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Wellington bomber DV718
Wellington DV718 was taking part in a night navigation exercise which was called off due to bad weather. Lost above the moors and trying to descend through cloud, the bomber flew into Riggs Moor and blew up on impact when a fuel tank ruptured. 3rd September 1942.
Of the four men on board, only one survived, Navigator P/O D H Lyne RAFVR. The bomber was piloted by 20 year old New Zealander Sgt George F Ridgway RNZAF. Also killed were Bomb Aimer – Sgt Willie Allinson RAFVR, Wireless Operator Sgt Howard W Spencer RAFVR and Rear Gunner – Sgt Paul McLarnon RAFVR. See comments belwo from crew member’s relatives.
At the same time as this crash, another Wellington of the same flight, Z8808, also crashed on these moors. Z8808 was also piloted by a New Zealander, Flight Lieutenant P.R Coney. He and his crew all survived, the Wellington, a well built aircraft, remaining almost intact.