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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158985
Last updated: 14 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter TF Mk X
Owner/operator:304 FTU Royal Air Force (304 FTU RAF)
Registration: NE309
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sunderland Hill, near Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Port Ellen
Destination airport:
On 1st January 1944 the two crew of the Bristol Beaufighter T.F. Mk.X NE309 of No.304 Ferry Training Unit, RAF, were carrying out a local flying exercise from RAF Port Ellen when their aircraft struck the ground on the boggy low moorland of Sunderland Hill near Bruichladdich on the Isle of Islay. The pilot was killed but the observer was able to escape with only abrasions and shock.

Flg Officer Archibald Neville Book RCAF (pilot) Killed
Flg Officer Francis Edward Osbaldeston (observer) Injured

Four days later the Pilot was buried at Bowmore Parish Churchyard with full military honours, it was reported that a number of local civilians also attended the funeral service.


Revision history:

24-Aug-2013 14:34 Nepa Added
03-Jan-2014 19:36 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
03-Jan-2019 10:49 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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