Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V P5041 of No.502 Squadron, RAF, flew into high ground above the long abandoned settlement at Balmavicar on the Mull of Kintyre on the 23rd January 1941


Philip Leslie Billing Flight Lieutenant Pilot Killed
Arthur Peter Buckley Holmes Flying Officer Navigator Killed
Herbert Pilling Sergeant Observer Killed
Alec Raymond Hooker Sergeant Observer Killed
David John Peter Bradley Sergeant Wireless Operator Killed


The aircraft had taken off from Aldergrove in Northern Ireland on convoy escort duties, the crew became lost in bad weather (most likely while returning to Aldergrove) and flew too far east with fatal consequences for all on board. Within 200 yards is where Neptune WX545 crashed 15 years later.

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley P5041 at Balmavicar, Mull of Kintyre
Myself at the crash site of P5041, there is a large burnt scar and nearby are some panels and a single main under carriage oleo.
Undercarriage from Armstrong Whitworth Whitley P5041 at Balmavicar, Mull of Kintyre
The single oleo from the aircraft is shown here.
Grave of Sergeant David John Peter Bradley at Willesden New Cemetery, London
The wireless operator, Sergeant Bradley was buried at Willesden New Cemetery in North London, above is his grave.