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Wellington bomber W5719 was returning from a raid on Köln when it crashed into the crags of Kinder Scout in the Peak District, England, 31 July 1941.
All crew except one died in the crash. Sergeant Earl Tilley was the tail turret gunner which was flung clear of the bomber when it exploded on hitting the ground. He was able to make his way down to Edale for help.
In PEAKLAND AIR CRASHES – THE NORTH, Pat Cunningham says the Wellington did not drop its bombs as planned, but returned towards RAF Snaith near Goole in Yorkshire, having aborted the mission due to being unable to find the target in cloud covered Germany.
Due to low cloud over Northern England, the pilot overshot the base and crashed while believing to be still 2000 feet above sea level. The bombs exploded on impact, hurling the tail turret and Sergeant Tilley down into Grindsbrook Clough. Of the 7 other aircraft on that raid, all dropped their bombs, but one failed to make it home, crashing after crossing the English Channel.
One source says W5719 had successfully dropped its bombs. The Lost Bombers database states the Wellington “returned early due adverse weather.”
Sergeant Percival Harold Charles Parrott, pilot
Sergeant Joseph Arthur Haswell, (supernumerary) second pilot
Sergeant Jack Douglas Evelle, navigator (Canadian)
Sergeant Frederick Kenneth Webber, wireless operator/air gunner
Sergeant Dennis Aloysius Monk, air gunner