Boeing B17E  FL455


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Fortress FL455 of 519 Sqn took off from Wick at 09:30 on 1st February 1945, for a routine met reconnaissance flight. While on the return leg of the sortie about 4 hours north of Wick the aircraft encountered snow and ice which persisted for the rest of the flight. The Aircraft was heard flying over it's base at Wick and was given a course to fly but at 20:40 it crashed on moorland near Loch Rangag. Of the 9 on board 4 were killed instantly and two died later of their injuries.

 The crew were:

Pilot Flt Lt F. K. Humphries, RAAF.-survived.
Pilot F/O G. H. Pullan.-survived.
Pilot F/O T.G. Wrigley(Training)-survived.
F/S Geoffrey Arthur Francis Panzer RAFVR, A/G, W/Op.-killed.
F/S William Henry Payne, RAFVR, Flight Engineer.-killed.
F/S Kenneth Anthony Ian Day, RAFVR, A/G, W/Op.-killed.
Sgt Alexander Purdie Beatson, RAFVR, W/Op.-killed.
E.A Wood, RAF-died later from injuries.
D.A Pressley, RAF-died later from injuries.

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