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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158346
Last updated: 16 December 2020
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Time:00:30 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:54 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (54 OTU RAF)
Registration: L1168
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nether Poppleton, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
On the night of 27th/28th February 1941 the crew of this 54 O.T.U. aircraft were undertaking a night training exercise which involved receiving a beacon to home towards while in the air to simulate locating a target upon receiving the location from a ground unit. This exercise was a common one flown during night-fighter training in which 54 OTU were employed to provide. During the exercise the aircraft was flying close to York when the aircraft was illuminated by a search light battery.

The pilot was probably blinded or dazzled by the searchlight beam and lost control, he managed to regain control briefly but again lost control or could not see the instrument panel, it went into a dive from which he was able to recover and the aircraft crashed near Nether Poppleton at 00.30 hours. Sadly the two crew died as a result of this incident. Why he was over York was not known but the accident report stated that the searchlight unit had every right to challenge the aircraft.

Pilot - Pilot Officer George Reginald Beale-Brown RAFVR (78529), aged 32. Buried Cold Salperton Churchyard, Glocestershire.
Air Gunner - Sgt William Frederick Moore Hanson RAFVR (1181630), aged 19, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Buried Kirkby Wharfe Cemetery, Yorkshire.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (james J. Halley, Air Britain)

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Revision history:

16-Aug-2013 18:05 JINX Added
24-Aug-2013 09:50 Nepa Updated [Operator]
24-Aug-2013 15:39 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
14-Sep-2014 11:36 Jixon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
18-May-2019 19:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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