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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 239015
Last updated: 9 June 2021
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Date:08-JAN-1946
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk X
Owner/operator:252 Sqn RAF
Registration: RD162
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Araxos, Achaea -   Greece
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Araxos, Achaea, Greece (GPA/LRGX)
Narrative:
Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk.X RD162, 252 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 8-1-46. Engine cut; swung, stalled, and crashed from an altitude of 50 feet, on approach to Araxos, Achaea, Greece. The pilot attempted an asymmetric (single engined) approach, then tried to overshoot the approach, as the aircraft was not correctly 'lined up' with the runway. A swing to port then developed, and the Beaufighter stalled and struck the ground, catching fire on impact.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.10
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
4. 252 Sqaudron ORB for the period 1-6-45 to 30-9-46: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27/1509/35 at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8397276
5. http://aviationarchaeology.gr/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Beaufighter-losses-in-Greece-1941-19464.pdf
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._252_Squadron_RAF#Reformation_in_World_War_II
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patras_Araxos_Airport



Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Aug-2020 17:42 Nepa Added [Operator]
09-Jun-2021 19:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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