WWII: AirCrash Detectives (2014): S01E02 – Death in the Moonlight: Turweston Wellington Collision.


A documentary series looking at the causes behind catastrophic accidents and training crash incidents during World War Two.


In the early hours of 08 July 1944, a normally quiet part of rural Northamptonshire was a hive of activity as the 17 twinned engine Wellington bombers rumbled down the runway of their Turweston airfield home. The Wellington of Pilot Officer Searles and his six strong crew took to the air, but as they climbed into the inky darkness a fireball erupted. Searle’s Wellington had collided with another, and the two bombers crashed to the ground in flames. Both crews were killed instantly. Thirteen young men died before their war had even begun. Garth Barnard strives to find out what caused the mid-air collision by reviewing eye-witness accounts, official reports, computer simulations and his own theories.

WWII: Air Crash Detectives Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 2014
  • Running Time: 44 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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