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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205417
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Date:07-FEB-1942
Time:20:32
Type:Bristol Beaufort Mk I
Owner/operator:5(C) Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (5(C) OTU RAF)
Registration: L9935
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile east of Chivenor airfield, Devon, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Chivenor
Destination airport:
Narrative:
At 2032 hrs on 7 February 1942 the Beaufort I L9935 of 5 (C)OTU took off from Chivenor airfield for a night navigation exercise patrol over sea. The pilot lost control after the night take off and stalled while carrying out a turn to port with the undercarriage retracted and the flaps in the process of coming up. The Beaufort flew into high ground 1 mile east of the aerodrome, killing the whole crew.

Crew (all killed):
Sgt Victor Meldrum (pilot)
Sgt Clarence Colville McLennan RAAF (observer)
Sgt Norman Battram (wireless operator/air gunner)
Sgt George Alexander Blackwood (wireless operator/air gunner)

Sources:

http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4806-Unaccounted-airmen-7-2-1942
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Marines_Base_Chivenor

Location


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31-Jan-2018 10:19 Laurent Rizzotti Added

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