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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15483
Last updated: 20 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF
Owner/operator:68 Squadron Royal Air Force (68 Sqn RAF)
Registration: T3354
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:South side of the Wrekin, Shropshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF High Ercall, Salop
Destination airport:
Beaufighter T3354 - T/o at 01:00 hrs on cloud base came down suddenly to approx 750/1000 feet and several of the pilots who were then airborne experienced difficulty in locating base. At 01:32 hrs crew who were in difficulties, crashed into the south side of the Wrekin and were both killed. Their machine was completely wrecked. Search party immediately left the station assisted by the Wellington police and the Home Guard. S/Ldr Jackson (MO) first discovered the machine and the bodies of the crew. Owing to the darkness of the night and the steep nature of the terrain the work of the stretcher party was extremely difficult. The cause of the crash was attributed by the court of inquiry to the sudden deterioration in weather (cloud base came down to 800 feet) and that the pilot was unable to see either flood light or funnel lights owing to cloud. 26.7.1941
F/O (40970) Oliver Bertram MORROGH-RYAN (pilot) RAF - Killed
Sgt (942245) Horace Robert WILLIS (obs) RAFVR - Killed


History 68 Sqn RAF
ORB 68 Sqdn RAF

Revision history:

08-Mar-2008 06:02 Nepa Added
10-Mar-2008 04:25 Nepa Updated
17-Feb-2010 10:24 NePa Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Damage, Narrative]
28-Mar-2012 01:47 Nepa Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Jun-2014 14:56 Nepa Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Sep-2014 22:13 yari Updated [Location]
09-Nov-2019 12:28 Nepa Updated [Source, Narrative, Operator]

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