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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69968
Last updated: 12 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter TF Mk X
Owner/operator:143 Sqn RAF
Registration: JM279
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Folkton Wold, Flixton, Filey, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
On 23rd April 1944 the crew on board this aircraft took off at 22:13 hours, and were undertaking an exercise with a fishing vessel in the Bridlington area. The actual reason for the flight is listed on the Form AM1180 as being "co-operation with Pinnacle" which is a small vessel, with the crew practicing locating small ships at night.

Whilst flying on instruments the aircraft struck the ground at Folkton Wold, Flixton, Filey, North Yorkshire, at 23:05 hours, bounced back into the air briefly before skidding for a short distance and running over a raised track and verge at the edge of the field. This turned the aircraft over and after travelling for a short distance more it caught fire and later burnt out. As part of the flight the aircraft would have had to fly low to find the target. The pilot was unaware of the rising ground to which he flew into.
F/Lt (Aus404816) Robert AGNEW (pilot) RAAF - killed
F/Sgt (1060671) Harold Benajamin BLACKWELL (nav.) RAFVR - killed



Revision history:

07-Nov-2009 22:59 NePa Added
24-Feb-2010 05:48 NePa Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
08-Jan-2015 02:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
07-Feb-2015 22:04 SIS07 Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 07:49 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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