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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 238068
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 IIF
Owner/operator:600 (City of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (600 (City of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R2323
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Corsham, Wiltshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Colerne, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RAF Middle Wallop
Beaufighter R2323 (600 Sqdn) aircraft accident near Corsham, 20 September 1941.
They were flying on 20th September 1941 when their Beaufighter IIF R2323 went into a spin near Corsham in Wiltshire. Woodward ordered Lipscombe to bale out. He did so and was killed. Woodward got away with a broken leg.
Woodward and Limpscombe‚ s partnership was to be brought to a tragic end on the night of 19/20 September. They were detailed to undertake a sortie in conjunction with W/Cdr Stainforth in another Beaufighter. No enemy aircraft were located, and the two 600 Sqn aircraft returned to Colerne just after midnight. While on their final approach they were notified that the weather around the airfield had deteriorated. Stainforth ordered Woodward to divert and land at Middle Wallop, but as Woodwards aircraft descended through 2,500ft, for some unexplained reason, the gyro instruments of the Beaufighter Mk.II F toppled, becoming useless. With no external visibility, and unusable instruments, disaster was only moments away. With no way of keeping his aircraft straight and level, the Beaufighter went into an inevitable and terrifying spin. Robert ordered Lipscombe to bail out three times, before he exited himself at a very low height. The parachute descent was short and his landing, next to Hartham Lane, north of Corsham, was heavy. Robert broke his leg and that was to keep him off operations for several months. The Beaufighter crashed in the back garden of 6 Easton Cottages, Easton Court Farm, Corsham.
F/O (74698) Robert Sinckler WOODWARD (pilot) RAF: injured;
Sgt (759213) Alfred John LIPSCOMBE (WOp) RAF - killed


Revision history:

15-Jul-2020 10:28 Nepa Added [Operator]
06-May-2021 21:40 Faun Updated [Other fatalities, Destination airport, Narrative, Operator]

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