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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 175520
Last updated: 11 October 2021
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Date:27-MAR-1942
Time:13:15 LT
Type:Bristol Beaufort Mk I
Owner/operator:32 (C) Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (32 (C) OTU RAF)
Registration: W6473
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Between Rodeo NM and Lordsburg NM -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Sky Harbour Aiport, Phoenix AZ
Destination airport:Abilene TX
Narrative:
Beaufort W6473 was engaged in a public relations flight in the USA.
Near Rodeo, New Mexico, the crankshaft of the port engine failed causing severe vibration and a fire. The vibration caused the engine to fall off the aircraft but the pilot was still able to maintain sufficient control to make a successful forced landing in a rock-strewn area of desert.
The Beaufort was destroyed by fire and one of the crew, the navigator, Flt-Lt P.A. Kimpton (23) RAF died from his injuries.
The remaining crew, Sqdn-Ldr N.K. Lloyd RAF (pilot), Cpl J.R. Berth-Jones (rigger), and AC1 R. West (fitter) all suffered minor injuries.

Peter Adrian Kimpton is buried in El Paso (Fort Bliss) Cemetery.
R.I.P.

Sources:

RAF Commands Forum


Revision history:

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