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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 224429
Last updated: 15 May 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:125 (Newfoundland) Squadron Royal Air Force (125 (Newfoundland) Sqn RAF)
Registration: X7967
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bristol Channel, 3 miles west of the Scarweather Lightship. Wales. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Fairwood Common, West Glamorgan, South Wales
Destination airport:RAF Fairwood Common, West Glamorgan, South Wales
Beaufighter X7967 was one of three Beaufighters which took off from RAF Fairwood Common on air tests over the Bristol Channel on New Years Day (January 1st) 1943. During the outward flight X7967 developed engine trouble at 7,000 feet, and turned to return to Fairwood Common on it's single working engine. On the return flight the aircraft was forced to ditch in rough seas, in the Bristol Channel, 3 miles West of the Scarweather Lightship. The aircraft filled with water within a few seconds and disappeared below the waves.

Crew of Beaufighter X7967:
F/O (J/6221) Walter Vernon HALL (Pilot) RCAF - killed
Sgt (1509135) George Hewitt (Obs.) RAFVR - killed


1. Fallen Flyers: Tragedy in the Skies Over Wartime Gower (Wartime Record) Bryngold Books Ltd; First edition (1 May 2005) by Steven H. Jones


Revision history:

27-Apr-2019 22:54 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Apr-2019 09:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
03-Mar-2020 21:57 DG333 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
15-May-2021 17:16 Xindel Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Operator]

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