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R6179

Oxford

Airspeed Oxford R6179, assigned to 7th Air Depot Group, 9AF USAAF. Returning to Langford Lodge in Northern Ireland after delivering radio equipment to Speke. A/C was flown by 2nd Lt Joseph E Lowe and 1st Lt John L Pearce of the Signals Corps as a passenger. The weather at the time of take of was not good with icing at 1,500 feet and visibility about a mile. A/C headed out across the River Mersey to avoid the Liverpool defences. The pilot had to fly down to 800 feet as the cloud base lowered. As the aircraft was not fitted with radio he had to maintain visual contact with the ground, however he was forced to climb up through clouds to clear barrage balloons that were in the area and then the aircraft suddenly crashed at 1345 hrs into the 1,450 feet high Fron Hen Mountain in Denbighshire, North Wales. The aircraft was completely wrecked but the crew survived with major injuries and were taken to the hospital at RAF Sealand. 3-Dec-42.

Service

People

  • Joseph Lowe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 7th Air Depot Group
    3 December 1942 after takeoff from Speke crashed into Hen Mountain, Northern Wales, in bad weather. Seriously injured. AC was Oxford II R6179

  • John Pearce

    Military | First Lieutenant | 7th Air Depot Group
    3 December 1942 after takeoff from Speke crashed into Hen Mountain, Northern Wales, in bad weather. Seriously injured. AC was Oxford II R6179

Places

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Denbighshire, UK 3 December 1942

Crashed into Fron Hen Mountain in Denbighshire, North Wales. Cat 5 damage. Pilot 2nd Lt Joseph E Lowe and 1st Lt John L Pearce badly injured. RTD. 3-Dec-42.

Struck Off Charge SOC Langford Lodge, United Kingdom 5 December 1942

Struck Off Charge.

Manufactured Christchurch, Dorset, UK

Built at Airspeed.

Delivered England, UK

Delivered to RAF MU.

Assigned Langford Lodge, United Kingdom

Assigned to 7th Air Depot Group, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2016 12:19:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=95216
AAM DB Entry.

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