Halifax LL414 - Glen Isla
Halifax LL414 from 1667 HCU
On the night of 31 May 1944, Halifax LL414 took off at 2219 hrs on a night cross country exercise from 1667 HCU at Sandtoft. It failed to return to base. Onboard the aircraft were eight airmen, six of whom were Canadian. There were no survivors.
Pilot Officer Leslie Llewellyn WILLIAMS (J/85856) RCAF - Pilot
Sergeant Sidney William DOUGHTY (933062) RAFVR - Flight Engineer
Sergeant John Arthur TREBY (1867730) RAFVR - Flight Engineer
Flying Officer William CAMPBELL (J/35226) RCAF - Navigator
Flight Sergeant Robert Trevor DEAN (R/181350) RCAF - Air Bomber
Warrant Officer Class I James Stewart MACDONALD RCAF - W/Op A/G
Sergeant Thomas GOLDIE (R/215319) RCAF - Air Gunner
Sergeant Vernon Thomes SHERVEN (R/211938) RCAF - Air Gunner
It is believed that the aircraft crashed at approximately 0200 hrs on 1st June after suffering from a combination of engine failure and poor weather conditions. After investigation the RAF concluded that the pilot lost control flying by instruments after the failure of one or more engines. The aircraft crashed out of control in a spiral dive in the Glen Isla area.
Visiting the crash site in May 2005 with Mike D and assorted children there is still minor wreckage to be seen on the hillside.