Consolidated Catalina Mk.I Z2148 / X of No.240 Sqn crashed at Willa-mina Hoga on the Isle of Yell on the 19th January 1942
|Harry Goolden||Flight Lieutenant||Pilot||Killed|
|Alexander Helme||Flying Officer||Co-pilot||Survived|
|Lyle George Schell||Pilot Officer RCAF||Observer||Killed|
|Sinclair Irvine||Sergeant||Fitter II (Engines)||Killed|
|Alan Oscar Pitcher||Sergeant||Fitter II (Engines)||Killed|
|Albert Roland Breakspear||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||Killed|
|Eugen Henowy||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||Killed|
|Leslie Albert Rowe||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||Killed|
|Daniel Ernest Crittall Lockyer||Flight Sergeant||Wireless / Electrical Mechanic / Air Gunner||Survived|
|Robert Landsborough Richmond||Aircraftman||Flight Mechanic (Airframe)||Survived|
The crew of the aircraft had flown from their normal home station of RAF Castle Archdale on Lough Erne to RAF Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth north of Inverness before refuelling and taking off again to carry out a patrol off the coast of Norway with the aim of locating the battleship Tirpitz.
While heading for Norway one of the engines began to develop a fault which meant to crew were forced to return to the UK. They were unable to return as far as Invergordon so diverted to Sullom Voe in Shetland. Arriving there in darkness they were asked to hold while the flare path was positioned and lit on the water for them to land. This would normally have been left on the water but owing to there being no Sullom Voe aircraft airborne and very poor weather conditions the officer in charge of its deployment had decided to bring it to the pier to prevent wave damage.
The pilots made three circuits around Sullom Voe before heading East, apparently to gain height to clear high ground on the islands, it was while heading out to the East or North-east that the aircraft struck the ground at just over 250ft above sea level on the island of Yell and broke up with the wreckage soon catching fire.
Three of the four depth charges which the aircraft was carrying had been jettisoned over the sea before reaching Shetland, however one had hung up. Despite being aware of this Flight Sergeant Lockyer, who had suffered an injury to an ankle, after extricating himself from the crashed aircraft returned to the burning wreckage in which small arms ammunition was already cooking off and was successful in pulling the co-pilot Flying Officer Helme out. He moved him to a place of safety and attempted to get back into the wreckage but was unable to do so because of the fire. He then set off across the moorland to get help. For his actions he was awarded the British Empire Medal.