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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 237875
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Date:30-APR-1941
Time:
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: R2127
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Brighton, Sussex, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Tangmere, West Sussex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Pilot Officer R C Holman, Flying Officer A C Black, Sergeant H Twindale, Sergeant T A Forster: killed; mid air collision between Beaufighter R2083 and Beaufighter R2127, 219 Squadron, 30 April 1941.
"At the time of the accident the two aircraft were carrying out a C.C.1* Interception, one acting as Bomber and the other as Fighter. The stage was reached where Pilot Officer HOLMAN was instructed to act as Bomber and Sergeant TWIDALE as Fighter. At this time Sergeant TWIDALE was flying on a steady course and Pilot Officer HOLMAN behind him at a safe distance, and not in formation. Pilot Officer HOLMAN then told Sergeand TWIDALE on the R/T that he was about to overtake him and go in front. In carrying out this manoeuvre, for some unexplained reason HOLMAN'S aircraft collided with the machine in front. Visibility at this height was good and the only possible explanation that I can think of is that Pilot Officer HOLMAN endeavoured to overtake the leading aircraft by flying above him instead of below him and to one side. If he did in fact do this TWIDALE's aircraft would be invisible for most of this manoeuvre owing to the natural blind spot when looking down."
Crew:
Sgt Harry TWIDALE (pilot) RAFVR : Ok
Sgt (945514) Thomas Alan FORSTER (obs) RAFVR: killed

Sources:

http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?action=printpage;topic=16363.0
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16755459
AIR81/6161


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Jul-2020 08:51 Nepa Added [Operator]
05-May-2021 21:42 Aardvark Updated [Date, Operator]

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