Lockheed Hudson Mk. IIALockheed Hudson in flight from right

The Accident:

The aircraft was on its way back to Reykjavík after submarine patrol flight SW of Iceland.
In poor weather conditions, the aircraft flew into a hillside close to Hraunsel, six miles NE of Stadur Light House.
In August 2011, F/O J. Coles daughter and her family members placed a plaque near the crash site.

The crash site was visited by stridsminjar.is June 20, 2010
Source: The RAF 269 Squadron History, SÁS GK, joebaugher

The Crew:

5 crew, all killed in the crash.
F/O J. Coles RAFVR, Pilot (age 28)
F/Sgt F.G. Crofts RAFAR, Navigator (age 25)
Sgt J.E. Robbins RAFVR, Wireless Operator and Gunner (age 22)
F/Sgt J.J. Hill RCAF, Wireless Operator, and Gunner
F/Sgt L. Franklin RAFVR, Wireless Operator and Gunner (age 21)
(RAFVR = Royal Airforce Volunteer Reserve)
The crew is buried in the Fossvogur Cemetery in Reykjavík.

The Aircraft:

Lockheed Hudson Mk. IIA
US Serial No: 41-37178
UK Serial No: FH 377
Aircraft Code: UA R
Operated by RAF 269 Squadron
The Squadron operated Lockheed Hudson in Iceland:
12.4.1941 - 31.5.1941 Detachment in Kaldadarnes
12.12.1942 – 7.7.1942 Detachment in Reykjavík
May 1941 – March 1943 Kaldadarnes
March 1943 – Jan 1944 Reykjavík.

Details on aircraft: WikipediaYoutube

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