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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218639
Last updated: 31 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF
Owner/operator:89 Squadron Royal Air Force (89 Sqn RAF)
Registration: V8268
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Luqa -   Malta
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF ????
Destination airport:RAF Luqa, Malta
Beaufighter V8268 Shot Down by Friendly Fire 27.2.1942
A RAF pilot has died and his observer is in a critical condition after friendly fire struck their aircraft over Malta. The Beaufighter of 89 Sqn was one of two which had to return early from a patrol to intercept enemy raiders. As they approached, the Island’s anti-aircraft positions were on ‘Guns Tight’, orders to shoot only at aircraft once they had been identified. However, the guns covering the approach to Luqa airfield were still on ‘Guns Free’ – ready to fire at any aircraft
Spotting an unidentified aircraft headed for Luqa, the gunners opened fire. The Beaufighter pilot took evasive action, turning away from the airfield and looping back to make another attempt at landing. But the aircraft had lost too much height and he was forced to crash land. The Beaufighter burst into flames. The pilot escaped from the top hatch as Royal Artillery personnel rushed to the scene, managing to rescue the observer, P/O Cumbers, who was badly burned. Despite suffering relatively minor burns the pilot,
F/Lt Waddingham, died later in hospital from shock.
F/Lt (40867) John WADDINGHAM (pilot) RAF - killed
P/O (118.713) Alfred Bernard CUMBERS DFM (nav.) RAF - seriously injured

ORB 89 Sqdn RAF

Revision history:

27-Nov-2018 12:04 gerard57 Added
19-May-2019 07:12 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
31-Jan-2020 13:17 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Operator]
31-Jan-2020 13:43 stehlik49 Updated [Location, Operator]

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