Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: A Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber in flight.
Photo: Source unknown.
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Bristol 152 Beaufort / X8938
A twin-engine large reconnaissance, torpedo bomber and mine-laying aircraft, the Beaufort's design was based on the Bristol Blenheim light bomber. For a time, they used two Taurus 14-cylinder radial engines (or, sometimes, Pratt and Witney Twin Wasps). The aircraft could travel at about 260 mph (418 km/h), but the speed fell when carrying a torpedo. Carrying a crew of four, the Beaufort operated as the standard torpedo bomber between 1940 and 1943.
Bristol Beauforts were used by both the RAF (Coastal Command) and the Fleet Air Arm. They were used also by the SAAF and the RAAF; and, indeed, many Beaufort's were manufactured in Australia for use in the Pacific arena.
Aircraft Accident Details
Aircraft Crew Casualties
The three crew members who died in this accident were:
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 22 Jun 1941
Region: North Ayrshire
Nearest towns or villages:
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OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref: N/A
Present Condition: Main wreckage removed by recovery team. Some parts remain underwater.
Registration or Serial: X8938
Operator: RAF (TTU—Torpedo Training Unit)
Operating Station: RAF Abbotsinch / RN HMS Sanderling
Base Location: Abbotsinch, near Paisley or Glasgow
Current StationStatus: Operational Civil Airport.
Current Station Name:
Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields
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