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History Air Crashes of WWII

Allied - Lockheed PV 1 Ventura AE876

REF NR: 1940

1. 22nd January 1942 saw a rather unusual crash landing by a Lockheed Ventura, being a bomber from 464 Squadron based at Feltwell. The aircraft piloted by one of the four Sgts. on board was returning rather shot up from a raid on Maupertius Airfield near Cherbourg at 12:20 hrs where they had been hit badly by flak. The port engine was now the only one still working as they attempted to claw their way back to a local airfield long enough to take them, located at Lee on Solent. However, fate intervened and they were forced to put down early in a field next to Quarr Abbey towards Elanor's Grove. 


Sgt. S. W. Wood was taken to Ryde County Hospital, while the other three crew members being Sgts H. Pilkington, H. S Fidge and G. W. Sivell all came away with only minor injuries.

2. Lockheed PV-1 Ventura. The Empty weight 9161kg, max take-off weight 14096kg. Two 2000hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 radial engines Wing span 19.96m, length 15.77m, height 3.63m, wing area 51.19m2Max. speed 518km/h at 4205m. Normal range 2190km. Service ceiling 8015m. Armament: Two fixed forward-firing .50 guns in the nose decking  with Two .30 guns in the ventral position and a Dorsal turret with two .50 guns.. A torpedo /depth (six 147kg )  charges or Bombs up to 1361kg.

Note: All images are merely representative of the aircraft and not specific.