|06/07/1940||Gladiator II||N2266||Shetland Fighter
The Gladiator stalled on take-off from Sumburgh and struck a telegraph pole at Pool of Virkie. There are no further details.
|22/07/1940||Blenheim IV||R3887||254 Sqn||Sumburgh|
The pilot was just about to touch down at Sumburgh when he saw that the runway was blocked by two lorries. He opened the throttles and turned
away, but with the flaps down the Blenheim stalled and dived into the
ground in a ball of flames.
F/Sgt W.G.Tyler (Killed)
|23/07/1940||Hurricane I||P2861||232 Sqn||Sumburgh|
The Hurricane was on approach to land at Sumburgh when the engine failed. The pilot made a good ditching, and was soon picked up by the Maid of Thule.
Sgt A.F. Butterwick
|14/08/1940||Swordfish||P4265||821 Sqn||FAA Hatston|
The Swordfish ran out of fuel while on anti U-boat patrol. A ditching was made at 60 degrees N 3 degrees 6W, to the west of Foula. All the crew
are recorded as lost at sea.
Lt W.A.F.Fryer (Pilot), Sub/Lt (A) A.J.Mouriljan (Observer) and PO (A)
A.T.Tyler of Ark Royal (A/G).
|28/08/1940||Magister 1||R1832||248 Sqn||Sumburgh|
The pilot was performing some low level aerobatics over Sumburgh when the Maggie struck the ground in a shallow inverted dive.
P/O R.H.Havilan; Passenger AC2 R.Moon, both killed.
The Swordfish was returning from a anti U-boat patrol when it developed engine trouble. It landed at Sumburgh for repairs to be made. After these had been completed they took off again, but within four minutes it crashed into Quendale Bay, killing all of the crew.
Mid (A) R.T.Chambers (Pilot) buried Lerwick; Sub/Lt (A) P.B.Laycock
(Nav) missing, and NA I B.F.A.Brewster (TAG) buried Lerwick.
|08/11/1940||Blenheim VI||T2130||248 Sqn||Sumburgh|
The runways at Sumburgh were covered with ice, and the pilot of the Blenheim had been detailed to carry out some taxiing tests to see if they were fit for flying. But he went too fast and the aircraft became airborne.
As the Blenheim had not been de-iced, or prepared for flying, it failed to gain height. He left runway 33, and skimming the ground the Blenheim flew into a haystack which halted its progress. The aircraft came to a stop 20 yards from a cottage in the village of Toab, without any injuries or fire.
|11/12/1940||Sunderland I||N9046||204 Sqn||Sullom Voe|
The Sunderland was destroyed by fire while at anchor at Sullom Voe.
|13/12/1940||Blenheim IV||L9455&R3625||248 Sqn||Sumburgh|
The Squadron was moving from Sumburgh to Dyce, and 7 Blenheims were to fly in formation to Wick, on the first stage of their journey. As well as the usual crew, each aircraft carried two ground crew as passengers.
These two Blenheims, WR-B and WR-S, were the first to take-off. They circled off Compass Hill awaiting the others. There was a near gale blowing, and it is possible that turbulence from Compass Hill caused the two Blenheims to collide and dive into the sea. There were no survivors, and no bodies recovered. It is thought that the Blenheims lie three miles off Compass Head.
‘B’ F/O Dodd (Pilot); F/O Pettett (Observer) and Sgt Hook (W/OP)
‘S’ Sgt Hamilton (Pilot); Sgt Walmesley (Observer) and Sgt May (W/OP).
The names of the four ground crew are not recorded.
|28/02/1941||Blenheim IV||T1953||254 Sqn||Sumburgh|
The Blenheim crashed on landing and caught fire at Sumburgh. Two of
the crew escaped, but Sgt R.G.Hicks, the wireless operator was killed.
Sgt Holton (Pilot); Sgt Harker (Observer) and Sgt R.G.Hicks (WOP/AG).