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Date:01-JAN-1943
Time:15:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter
Owner/operator:125 (Newfoundland) Squadron Royal Air Force (125 (Newfoundland) Sqn RAF)
Registration: X7967
C/n / msn:
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 -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Fairwood Common, Swansea, West Glamorgan, South Wales
Destination airport:RAF Fairwood Common, Swansea, West Glamorgan, South Wales
Narrative:
Bristol Beaufighter X7967 of 125 Squadron 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. Both crew were killed:

Crew of Beaufighter X7967:
Flying Officer Walter Vernon Hall, RCAF (Pilot, aged 21, Service Number J/6221) KIA - Mentioned on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 173
Sergeant George Hewitt (Service Number 1509135, aged 32) KIA - Mentioned on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 153.

Sources:

1. Fallen Flyers: Tragedy in the Skies Over Wartime Gower (Wartime Record) Bryngold Books Ltd; First edition (1 May 2005) by Steven H. Jones
2. http://www.ggat.org.uk/timeline/pdf/Military%20Aircraft%20Crash%20Sites%20in%20Southeast%20Wales.pdf
3. http://www.clynevalleycommunityproject.co.uk/world-war-ii/4559743795
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._125_Squadron_RAF#Second_World_War
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1799155/hall,-walter-vernon/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1800022/hewitt,-george/
7. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/1799155


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Apr-2019 22:54 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Apr-2019 09:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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