Bristol Beaufighter EL457

Hedgehope Hill, Northumberland

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: Royal Air Force Coastal Command, 1939-1945.


The crew of a Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIC (ITF) of No 144 Squadron RAF stand by the cockpit of their aircraft at a dispersal at Tain, Ross-shire.

 

The Interim Torpedo Fighter, or "Torbeau" as this version was known, is armed with a Mark XII aerial torpedo. Note the aerial camera port in the nose. [Wikipedia]

 

RAF Coastal Command Beaufighter

 

Photo: Hensser H (F/O), Royal Air Force official photographer

 

 Source: Imperial War Museum

 

This image was created and released by the Imperial War Museum on the IWM Non Commercial Licence. Photographs taken, or artworks created, by a member of the forces during their active service duties are covered by Crown Copyright provisions. Faithful reproductions may be reused under that licence, which is considered expired 50 years after their creation.

 


 

BELOW: Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIC, X8035 'J', of No. 235 Squadron RAF Detachment, taking off from Luqa, Malta, during the Italian naval attack on the "Harpoon" Convoy. [Wikipedia]

 

beaufighter of 235 squadron raf

 

Photo: 1942 Royal Air Force official photographer


Crown Copyright (expired)

 

Source: This is photograph GM 1040 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

 


 

Both of the above photos show Mk.VIc variants of the Bristol Beaufighter.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Bristol 156 Beaufighter  / EL457 coded 9Y

 


 

(Click here for RAF history of this type.)

 

Aircraft Type Designation: 156 (Long range heavy fighter / bomber.)

 

Aircraft Type Nickname: Beau.

 

 

The Bristol Beaufighter was first night-fighter that was fast enough to take full advantage of airborne-interception (AI) radar, and was used in this role against enemy aircraft.

 

The Beaufighter Mk.VIc (the variant featured on this page) was equipped with additional radio and navigational equipment for use with RAF Coastal Command.

 

In addition to the machine guns in the wings, the Mk.VI was also adapted to carry rocket projectiles and torpedoes for strike attack and anti-submarine sorties. This variant was fitted with a backward-firing Vickers K machine gun.

 

The Mk.VI Beaufighter was equipped with two 1230.4kW (1650hp) Bristol Hercules VI or XVI engines. It had a maximum speed of just over 483kmh (300mph); a range of almost 2,414km (1,500 miles), and a service ceiling of 8,077m (26,500ft).

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

Very little is known about this accident. It is understood that the pilot reduced his altitude to combat icing on the wings. However, by doing so, the aicraft was unable the clear the Cheviot Hills and subsequently crashed at Hedgehope Hill (Threestoneburn Wood).

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

 

The two airmen who died in this incident were:

 

(Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: Private road leading to Linhope.

 

Private road leading to Linhope.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Looking across to Meggrim's Knowe from the road to Linhope.

 

Looking across to Meggrims Knowe from the road to Linhope.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The crash location and memorial of Hurricane N2522 (yellow circle).

 

The crash location and memorial of Hurricane N2522 (yellow circle).

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Linhope.

 

Linhope.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Hedgehope Hill from the south.

 

Hedgehope Hill from the south.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Hedgehope Hill on right, Linhope Rig on left. A Ju-88 crashed on Linhope Rig.

 

Hedgehope Hill on right,Linhope Rig on left. A Ju-88 crashed on Linhope Rig.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next 2 photos) : The path up to Hedgehope.

 

The path up to Hedgehope.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

The path up to Hedgehope.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The top edge of Threestoneburn Wood on the slopes of Hedgehope Hill.

 

The top edge of Threestoneburn Wood on the slopes of Hedgehope Hill.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next 2 photos) : The memorial post placed by Chris R Davies.

 

(next 2 photos) : The memorial post placed by Chris R Davies.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next 3 photos) : 20mm ammunition, cemented in place around the base of the memorial post presumably to prevent souvenier hunters stealing them!

 

(next 3 photos) : 20mm ammunition, cemented in place around the base of the memorial post.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next 2 photos) : Unidentified parts.

 

(next 2 photos) : Unidentified parts.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

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BELOW (next 3 photos) : Some very corroded 20mm and .303 ammunition lie loose around the base of the post.

 

(next 3 photos) : Some very corroded 20mm and 303 ammunition lie loose around the base of the post.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Battery plates.

 

Battery plates.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next 2 photos) : Another unidentified part.

 

(next 2 photos) : Another unidentified part.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A fire extinguisher.

 

A fire extinguisher.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next 2 photos) : More corroded components.

 

All the parts were unearthed and placed around the base of the post by Chris R Davies after he located the site following an extensive search of the woods with his metal detector. The full story of how he found this wrecksite can be found in his book called 'Almost Fortgotten'.

 

(next 2 photos) : (next 2 photos) : More corroded components.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next 3 photos) : I was careful to replace everything back to how I found it. [Gary]

 

(next 3 photos) : I was careful to replace everything back to how I found it. [Gary]

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: One last shot as I leave the site. (Memorial at centre of photo.)

 

One last shot as I leave the site.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A far easier and shorter route is from Langleeford to the north following this track south into the woods but I was planning to visit the Ju-88 on Linhope Rig as well so walked in from the south. [Gary]

 

A far easier and shorter route is from Langleeford to the north following this track south into the woods.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Approaching Linhope Rig.

 

Approaching Linhope Rig.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next 2 photos) : Almost at the crash site of the Ju-88, but I ran out of time.

 

Knowing I'd have plenty of opportunities to return and encouraged by the very cold front that can be seen rolling over Cheviot (next photo) and heading my way I turned back here! [Gary]

 

(next 2 photos) : Almost at the crashsite of the Ju-88, but I ran out of time.

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Aircraft page added: 20 June 2015

 

Page last updated: 20 June 2015

 


 

Country: England

 

national flag of england.

 


 

Accident Date: 3 Mar 1943

 

Accident Site:

Hedgehope Hill
(Threestoneburn Wood.)

 

Region: Northumberland

 

Nearest town, village or hamlet: Linhope or Ingram

 

Nearest large town:

Wooler (N)

 

OS Grid Ref: N/A

 

GPS Ref. N/A

 

Present Crash Site Status: A Memorial post and plaque, surrounded by small pieces of wreckage, can be seen near the crash site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: EL457 coded 9Y.

Operator: RAF (132 OTU (No. 132 Operational Training Unit))

Operating Station: RAF East Fortune.

 

Station Location: East Fortune, East Lothian.

 

Current Station Status:

Decommissioned post WWII.

 

Current Station Name: East Fortune airfield (microlights / microlites); industrial units, and National Museum of Flight.

 

 

 

 

Related Links

 

 

Accident Specific Link

Beaufighter EL457-9Y. Account of Basil Oliver.

 

(Extracted from the book / ebook "Almost Forgotten" by Chris R Davies.)

 

 

RAF and Related Links

132 OTU.

RAF East Fortune.

Bristol Beaufighter (RAF History)

 

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Bristol Beaufighters in action (YouTube newsreel film)

Bristol Beaufighter at The Aviation History Online Museum 

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Bristol Beaufighter at Wikipedia

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