Lockheed Hudson Mk.I N7310 / L of No.220 Sqn RAF, flew into Withi Gill on the island of Hoy, Orkney on the 19th March 1941.
|Richard Douglas Harris||Sergeant||Pilot||Killed|
|Gerald Edward Towe||Sergeant||Co-pilot||Killed|
|Howard Collard Street||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air gunner||Killed|
|Wilfred Wood||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air gunner||Killed|
No.220 Squadron was stationed at RAF Thornaby near Middlesbrough with a number of detached Flights at other coastal air stations, one was at RAF Wick in Caithness. At 05:50 on the 19th March N7310 with its four crew took off from Wick to carry out a convey escort patrol. Low level visibility was reported to be fairly good but there was also extensive low cloud which the aircraft soon climbed in to. The crew were to fly the Hudson west over the Pentland Firth and from shortly after takeoff were receiving radio direction finding assistance to aid navigation but they had already flown further north than planned. At 06:20 while in cloud at 1,000ft the aircraft flew into Withi Gill, a remote hill in the centre of the island of Hoy.
Given the remoteness of the crash site it is slightly surprising that the crash was immediately noticed and parties sent to the site from No.20 Balloon Centre which was stationed on the island at the Royal Navy’s base there. The bodies of the crew were recovered quickly from the crash site to Lyness where they were buried on the 21st March in the island’s naval cemetery.