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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 86877
Last updated: 7 October 2019
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Date:07-NOV-1942
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF
Owner/operator:25 Squadron Royal Air Force (25 Sqn RAF)
Registration: X7698
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:nr Bielby , 3 miles S of RAF stn Pocklington, Yorkshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Pockington, North Yorkshire
Narrative:
On 7th November 1942 this aircraft was being flown on an operational patrol when the port engine began emitting sparks from a faulty exhaust manifold, the port engine is believed to have then caught fire and was shut down. The pilot was attempting a landing at Pocklington airfield when the aircraft stalled while flying on one engine and crashed beside the canal near Bielby and caught fire.

The navigator had a very lucky escape and was thrown clear and was taken to hospital with burns and a broken pelvis. The pilot was sadly killed and the wreckage burnt out. A superb memorial was dedicated at the crash site in 2011 but unfortunately incorrectly states that the navigator died of his injuries following this crash at Bielby. This was not the case; he recovered and returned to active service but was killed in another crash on 8 April 1943
Crew:
Sgt (1171174) Michael Harold GRIFFITH (pilot) RAFVR - killed
Sgt (1338437) Gerald Henry WHEATLAND (nav.) RAFVR parents of Hounslow, London. Seriously injured.

Sources:

1. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?12732-BIELBY-Beaufighter-%28X7698%29-Memorial]
2. http://bielbyvillage.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/remembrance-day-service-sunday-13th.html
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?7046-421107-Unaccounted-airmen-7-11-1942
4. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?85447-info-wanted-on-beaufighter-book-and-crash-sites
5. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york42/x7698.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Dec-2010 14:05 Nepa Added
05-Jan-2014 17:46 Nepa Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2015 22:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Mar-2015 13:19 AlLah Updated [Location, Departure airport, Narrative]

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