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Last updated: 11 May 2020
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Date:14-APR-1955
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter TT.Mk 10
Owner/operator:5 CAACU Royal Air Force (5 CAACU RAF)
Registration: RD783
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bromborough Golf Course, Raby Hall Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, Cheshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Llanbedr, Llanbedr, Gwynedd
Destination airport:RAF Hooton Park, Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire
Narrative:
Bristol Beaufighter TT.Mk.10 RD783: 5 CAACU (Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation Unit) RAF. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 14/4/55 when force landed on the Golf course at Bromborough Golf Course, Raby Hall Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, Cheshire. The aircraft yawed on final approach to RAF Hooton Park, and made a wheels up landing on the Golf Course, which is three miles west north west of Hooton Park. Fortunately, the pilot (Flight Lieutenant D. A. READ (Service Number 55436) RAFVR) was not injured.

The incident was described by the official history of the Bromborough Golf Club as follows:

"After almost 50 years of change and development, including the interruption to golfing activities of the two World Wars, the early post War years in the 1950's were a time of stability and the members could get on with their primary aim of playing and enjoying their golf at Bromborough. However, the tranquillity of the Golf Course was briefly disturbed by one unfortunate event. This occurred on the 14th April 1955 when an R.A.F. Bristol Beaufighter aircraft based at Llanbedr, in Wales, being used as a target-towing aircraft, made an emergency belly landing on the course. At the time of the emergency, when it experienced the failure of one of its two engines, the aircraft was on its final approach for landing at Hooton Aerodrome.

Hooton Aerodrome was laid out in what had formerly been Hooton Park; the Vauxhall car factory now mostly occupies the site of the aerodrome. The pilot escaped injury and the aircraft was not badly damaged but petrol was leaking from one of the wings. This was apparently put to good use by several locals who collected some of the petrol for use in their cars!"

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.170 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.128
3. https://www.bromboroughgolfclub.org.uk/about/history/
4. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/39520/supplement/2170/data.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-May-2020 18:11 Dr. John Smith Added
11-May-2020 18:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
11-May-2020 20:19 Boile A. Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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