Bristol Beaufort X8938

Busbie Muir Reservoir, Ardrossan

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: A Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber in flight.

 

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

 

Bristol Beaufort  X8938 of Torpedo Training Unit (TTU) crashed in bad visibility into Busbie Muir Reservoir, not far from the town of Ardrossan.

 

The aircraft would probably have been based at RAF Abbotsinch / RN HMS Sanderling (now Glasgow Airport) from where the Torpedo Training Unit operated.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

The three crew members who died in this accident were:

  • Pilot P/O John George Yates (21) 86 Sqdn. RAF; Buried - Paisley (Hawkhead) Cemetery, near Glasgow.
  • W/O,A/G Sgt Thomas Everett (20), 86 Sqdn. RAFVR; Buried - Monk Helseden (Blackhall) Cemetery, Durham

  • OBS. Sgt John Wilson, RAFVR; Buried - Elgin New Cemetery, Moray.

Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details.

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

The remains of this aircraft lie underwater. At the  moment, no photos are available.

 

 


 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 22 Jun 1941

 

Accident Site:

Busbie Muir Reservoir

 

Region: North Ayrshire

 

Nearest towns or villages:

Ardrossan, West Kilbride or Dalry

 

Nearest large town:

Ardrossan (W).

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Main wreckage removed by recovery team. Some parts remain underwater.

 

Note: Permission to carry out dives at this site is required from the relevant authorities, including Scottish Water and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

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:

Glasgow International Airport (EGPF)

 


 

Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields

 

 

 

 

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