Malcolm Morgan McMULLAN

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Malcolm Morgan McMULLAN. Wing Commander 21092 Royal Air Force, Headquarters Fighter Command.
Born 1904 to William John and Alice McMullan, nee Morgan. Died 17 July 1942 aged 38 years at North Wales
Husband of Elizabeth, nee Wilson of Hill Lodge, Ballycarry County Antrim, Northern Ireland who died 14 February 1994 aged 94 years.
He is commemorated of her headstone in Greyabbey Cemetery, County Down, Northern Ireland.
At rest in Howarden Military Cemetery North Wales.

He and eight others VIP passengers along with a crew of four in a Lockheed Hudson Mk I, N7253 of 24 Squadron RAF. The aircraft took off from RAF Sydenham, Belfast City Northern Ireland en route for RAF Hendon the 17 July 1942 when it crashed at Tyn-Y-Bryn Farm near Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire. An investigation into the accident was established that the cause was structural failure involving the port wing of the aircraft. It appears at the time of the accident, there was stormy weather with turbulence and it seems the aircraft went out of control after being struck by lightning. All on board perished.

Flying Officer Neville Patrick Peter KEARNEY Royal Australian Air Force was on board. and extract from his records state the following. “Hudson N7253 left Belfast for Hendon on 17 July 1942, and crashed 2.5 miles south east of Ruthven, North Wales. All on board were killed. A Court of Inquiry into the accident found that “the cause was due to a structural failure involving the detachment of the major portion of the port outer main plane following loss of control in low cloud and in general adverse weather. The reason for the loss of control is obscure.”

Image of headstone credited to Richard Minishull on Find a Grave.

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