Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk VII, s/n Z6807Armstrong Whitworth Whitley in flight c1940

The Incident:

WL J took off on a transit flight from RAF Reykjavík at 10:51 hrs. The port engine failed on take off, the aircraft swung off the runway and hit an armory building. The aircraft was destroyed by huge explosion and fire.

The Crew:

All killed in the crash and rest in Fossvogur Cemetery.
P/O C Harrison †
P/O J H Hackett †
F/Sgt J G Turner †
F/Sgt L S Collins †
Sgt G H F Mc Clay †
LAC J W F Allan†
AC 1 F Ryan †

The Aircraft:

Armstrong Whitworth A. W.38,
Whitley Mk VII
Aircraft Code: WL J
Serial no: Z6807
Operator: 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron RAF
The Squadron was operating in Iceland from 15 Dec. 1941 to 18 August 1942.
Detachment from 12 Sep. 1941 to 3 Oct. 1941.

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