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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1519
Last updated: 18 June 2020
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Type:Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I
Owner/operator:2 AGS Royal Air Force (2 AGS RAF)
Registration: N1749
C/n / msn: 239
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:75 yds off Nairn, Nairnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:RAF Dalcross
Destination airport:
On 27 January 1943 the Defiant I N1749 of 2 Air Gunners School RAF ditched in the sea 75 yards off Nairn, after its engine cut. The Nairn RNLI was informed at about 1030 hrs that an airplane had crashed at sea. It could be seen indistinctly, some distance to the west of Nairn Harbour. Two men put off in a 10-feet rowing boat - the tide was low and only a small rowing boat could get out of harbour. A fresh westerly wind was blowing and the sea was smooth. The men searched but found nothing.

At 1035 hrs the duty boat ST379 of No.7 a/s rescue unit was ordered to proceed to a position 50 yards off shore North of Nairn to search for the crew of this aircraft. Whilst proceeding to the position given, ST379 was intercepted by the FV Palm which had picked up the crew and dinghy . After transferring aircrew the ST379 returned to base at 1122 hrs. The crew were fitted out with dry clothes and taken to RAF Kinloss.


Revision history:

03-Feb-2008 12:56 JINX Added
23-Apr-2015 18:53 Dandy Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source]
27-Jan-2016 13:49 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]

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