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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202398
Last updated: 16 May 2021
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Date:01-DEC-1941
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter Mk IIF
Owner/operator:600 (City of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (600 (City of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R2275
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Celtic Sea, off Land's End, Cornwall, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Predannack, Cornwall
Destination airport:
Narrative:
In fall 1941 the Luftwaffe sent large four-engined FW200 Condors out over the Atlantic to broadcast weather forcasts to Germany. One of the tasks of 600 Sqn RAF at Predannack was to try and intercept these aircraft, thus robbing the Germans of valuable weather information.

During one of these "milk train" runs in the morning of 1 December 1941 Flt Lt John Guthrie Fletcher AFC and his radar operator Sgt Edwin John Forgan Grant, experienced severe icing. One engine stopped and their Beaufighter II R2275 had to be ditched off Land End. A search by air-sea rescue Lysanders, escorted by Spitfires of 66 Sqn, failed to find the dinghy. Both crew were lost. The body of the pilot washed ashore much later. Grant is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?842-Edwin-John-Forgan-Grant
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/GrantEJF.htm
https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land%27s_End
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=50.068611&lon=-5.716111&z=7&m=b


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Dec-2017 12:17 Laurent Rizzotti Added
23-Jun-2019 06:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
14-Jul-2020 14:39 Nepa Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Damage, Narrative, Operator]
16-May-2021 19:46 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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