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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147714
Last updated: 14 October 2021
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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:600 (City of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (600 (City of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: T4641
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Warwick, Warwickshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Colerne, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
F/Lt Robert Woodward and his A I operator Sgt Alfred Lipscombe, of 600 Sqn based at RAF Colerne were lucky to survive when a Beaufighter from 604 Sqn. at RAF Middle Wallop mistook their aircraft for an enemy bomber. In the murk and darkness the 604 Sqn. pilot F/O Chisholm mistakenly thought the silhouette of the 600 Sqn. Beaufighter was hostile, possibly a JU88. Woodward managed to keep control of the burning aircraft while Lipscombe baled out, Woodward following close behind his AI operator. According to my records their aircraft T4641 crashed close to Warwick.
During the days that followed relations between the two squadrons were icy. In the Officers Mess the airmen of 600 Sqn suggested a number of courses of action to take as retribution against their assailants, none of which were ever carried out. The 600 Sqn ORB entry for the incident records sarcastically that “Sgt Lipscombe recognised their attacker as a Beaufighter, It is a pity that the 604 Sqn pilot did not do the same”
P/O (74698) Robert Sinckler WOODWARD (pilot) RAFVR - Ok
Sgt (759213).Alfred John LIPSCOMBE (obs.).RAFVR - Ok.

ORB 600 Sqn RAF

Revision history:

16-Aug-2012 02:21 Nepa Added
26-Jan-2013 15:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
23-Aug-2013 18:53 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
24-Aug-2013 06:27 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
20-Jan-2016 17:49 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
21-Jan-2016 17:23 Django Updated [Operator]
22-Jan-2016 17:57 JINX Updated [Operator, Narrative]
22-Jan-2016 20:06 Django Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2016 20:59 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
11-Feb-2016 04:46 JIXN Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 08:55 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
15-Jul-2020 09:06 Xindel XL Updated [Location, Operator]
19-Sep-2020 17:33 Elwood Updated [Aircraft type]
16-May-2021 19:55 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Operator]
17-May-2021 17:18 Elwood Updated [Narrative, Operator]

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