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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16248
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:219 (Mysore) Squadron Royal Air Force (219 (Mysore) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R2071
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Town Field, Edenbridge, Kent, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Redhill, Surrey
Destination airport:
According to other eyewitnesses, the plane developed engine problems and was seen coming from the village of Four Elms towards Edenbridge in a north-easterly direction. The aircraft was in low cloud, and the engines were making a high-pitched whistling sound. As the plane neared Skinners farm, on the outskirts of Edenbridge it was heard to make spluttering noises, indicating that the plane was now having serious engine failure. As it came across the open fields towards Church Street, it was evident due to the severe loss of height, that a crash seemed imminent. Many residents of Church Street came out of their houses fearing a German Luftwaffe attack, only to see the sight of an English bomber hit the roof of a house in Church Street, and nose dive into the field by the river. The impact of the plane hitting the ground, caused the aircraft to break up.
P/O (87634) Thomas BIRKETT (pilot) RAFVR - killed
Sgt (966825) Colin Ewald Patrick CASTLE (obs) - killed


Revision history:

22-Mar-2008 12:28 Nepa Added
18-Apr-2010 00:17 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative]
25-Nov-2012 10:28 Nepa Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Apr-2013 19:13 Nepa Updated [Narrative]
20-Aug-2013 14:37 Nepa Updated [Operator]
11-Nov-2014 15:28 DB Updated [Location, Departure airport]

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