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Date:14-JAN-1946
Time:day
Type:Bristol Beaufort Mk IIA
Owner/operator:17 SFTS Royal Air Force (17 SFTS RAF)
Registration: ML476
MSN: 11622
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
Bristol Beaufort Mk IIA ML476,17 SFTS (Service Flying Training School), RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 14-1-46

ML476 was 47th of 229 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, to contract 136959/40. Delivered as 130 Mk.IA and 81 Mk.IIA between November 1943 and November 1944. Although the Beaufort was deemed obsolescent by the RAF by 1944, two batches totalling 24 aircraft had been sold to the Turkish Air Force. As part of the sale deal, the Turkish pilots were training in the UK, and three of the aircraft sold to Turkey were wrecked in training accidents in the UK before delivery.

At least eleven, but more likely, twelve, Beaufort IAs were delivered to Turkey in 1944 and another twelve Mk.IIAs were delivered in 1945. All twenty-four were assigned to 105 TRG TAF and were operated until 1950.

Beaufort ML476 was the first of the three to be wrecked in the UK before delivery. While on a training sortie from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire on 14-1-46, and having feathered the port engine as part of an asymmetric flying training sortie, the port engine would not give full engine power when the engine was unfeathered. The Turkish pilot under training therefore had to bellyland the aircraft. Although the aircraft was written off ("deemed damaged beyond repair") the pilot was uninjured.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.28 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.34
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft MA100-MZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
4. Robertson, Bruce. Beaufort Special. Shepperton, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Ltd., 1976. ISBN 0-7110-0667-9.
5. http://www.britishaviation-ptp.com/b/bristol_type152.html
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bristol_Beaufort_operators#Turkey
7. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1945-49-incident-logs#1946


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-May-2021 19:24 Dr. John Smith Added
31-May-2021 19:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
31-May-2021 19:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
31-May-2021 20:58 Faun Updated [Operator, Operator]
01-Jun-2021 21:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Jun-2021 21:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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