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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 224427
Last updated: 28 April 2019
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Date:17-JUN-1942
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter Mk IIF
Owner/operator:125 (Newfoundland) Squadron Royal Air Force (125 (Newfoundland) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R2318
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Furzehill Farm, Martletwy, Narbeth, West Glamorgan -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Fairwood Common, Swansea, West Glamorgan, South Wales
Destination airport:RAF Fairwood Common, Swansea, West Glamorgan, South Wales
Narrative:
R2318, a Merlin-engine variant of the Beaufighter of 125 Sqaudron, RAF had been practising interceptions with another aircraft when it entered a high-speed spin and crashed on June 17 1942 within a triangular piece of ground formed by Ilston, Lunnon and Furzehill Farm, Martletwy, Narbeth, West Glamorgan. Both crew killed

Crew
Pilot Officer Philip Gruchy (Pilot, Service Number 122929, aged 21) - KIA Buried Killay (St. Hilary of Poictiers) Churchyard, Grave 181
Sergeant Francis Whyte (Service Number 1175879 Buried Liverpool (Ford) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Sec. A.H. Grave 72.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. Fallen Flyers: Tragedy in the Skies Over Wartime Gower (Wartime Record) Bryngold Books Ltd; First edition (1 May 2005) by Steven H. Jones
3. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/489555421979770134/
4. http://www.ggat.org.uk/timeline/pdf/Military%20Aircraft%20Crash%20Sites%20in%20Southeast%20Wales.pdf
5. http://www.clynevalleycommunityproject.co.uk/world-war-ii/4559743795
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._125_Squadron_RAF#Second_World_War
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2717284/gruchy,-philip/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2412235/whyte,-francis/
9. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2717284


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Apr-2019 22:36 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Apr-2019 09:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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