Accident Vickers Wellington Mk X NC801, Wednesday 9 January 1946
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Date:Wednesday 9 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:10 AGS RAF
Registration: NC801
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumberland, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumberland
Destination airport:RAF Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumberland
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Vickers Wellington Mk. X NC801, 10 AGS (Air Gunnery School) RAF Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumberland: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 9 January 1946 when on approach to RAF Walney Island.

The port engine failed in flight while on a sortie from RAF Walney Island. The pilot reacted by setting up the Wellington aircraft for an asymmetric (single engine) approach and landing at RAF Walney Island. In the final stages of approach, the flaps were lowered, but instead of lowering to 50 degrees, they lowered to 70 degrees. The additional drag caused by the excess 20 degrees of flap could not be counteracted by increasing the engine power, and the aircraft crashed in the undershoot area of RAF Walney Island

Although the aircraft was written off as "damaged beyond repair", the four crew members on board survived uninjured.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.28 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.30
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft NA100-NZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
5. "RAF Write-offs 1946": Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1979 p.94:

Revision history:

30-May-2021 21:58 Dr. John Smith Added
31-May-2021 08:49 MiG19 Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]
29-Jul-2023 15:11 Dr. John Smith Updated

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