Bristol Beaufort AW242

Hill of Wirren, Edzell, Angus













Aircraft Photo / Type Photo


BELOW: Pre-Accident Photo of AW242.


Two Royal Air Force Bristol Beauforts (N1173 / `MW-E' and AW242 / `MW-B') of 217 Squadron, Royal Air Force, patrolling the British coast near St. Eval, Cornwall (UK).


(AW242 / 'MW-B' is the aircraft furthest from the camera.)


Bristol Beaufort AW242 at St Eval Cornwall prior to crash


This artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government is in the public domain.


HMSO has declared that the expiry of Crown Copyrights applies worldwide (ref: HMSO Email Reply) [Wikipedia]



Other Photo


BELOW: A Bristol Beaufort in flight.


A Bristol Beaufort in flight


Photo: Crown Copyright (expired)


Source: RAF MoD Wallpapers






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Bristol 152 Beaufort  / AW242



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 AW242 was en route from RAF Leuchars to RAF Wick when it crashed at Hill of Wirren [map], Angus in misty conditions.






Aircraft Crew Casualties


The four airmen who died in this incident were:


[Above details kindly provided by Alan Leishman]



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




Crew Photo


A Memorial photo of the above crew can been seen at this website.


The photos shows the crew of two aircraft: AW288 (with crew names listed) and AW242. The names of both crews can be seen by clicking on the link beneath the photo.


[Photo link kindly provided by Ben Ward.]






Crash Site Photos


BELOW: The main wreckage area at Hill of Wirren.


main area of wreckage at wirren.


Photo: © 2014 Jerry Drury



BELOW: Looking across the glen from Hill of Wirren.


looking toward distant hills.


Photo: © 2014 Jerry Drury



BELOW: Teardrop from the Bristol Beaufort crash site.


teardrop from hill of wirren.


Photo: © 2014 Jerry Drury



BELOW: Part of the main undercarriage (hydraulic oleo strut) from Beaufort AW242.


undercarriage leg.


Photo: © 2014 Jerry Drury





BELOW: James Mackenzie at Beaufort AW242 crash site in 1998.


This photo shows the main debris field from the Beaufort aircraft on Hill of Wirren.


james mackenzie at beaufort aw242 crash site in 1998


Photo: © Colin Mackenzie |















BELOW: Another view of the debris field. Apparently, the wreckage has been piled together.


another view of the debris field


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Parts of the wings can be seen in this view of the debris field.


debris field showing individual parts


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: A closer view of a wing section showing wing ribs and spars.


a closer view of a wing section


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: one of the main undercarriage legs (hydraulic oleo strut) from Beaufort AW242.


an undercarriage strut from the beaufort aircraft


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: The other main oleo strut.


another view of the oleo strut


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Fragmented aluminium wreckage.


fragmented aluminium wreckage


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel









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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 8 Mar 1942


Accident Site:

Hill of Wirren (678m)


Nearest road: B966 from Edzell. (Then, N by unclassified roads and tracks leading toward Glen Esk; OR, NW by unclassified roads leading toward Glen Lethnot.)


Region: Angus.


Nearest town or village:

Edzell (S) or Brechin (S).


Nearest large towns:

Stonehaven (E) or Montrose (SE).


OS Grid Ref. NO 51554 74045


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Some wreckage remains at the crash site.



Air crash sites in this vicinity:


1) RAF Consolidated Liberator KG857, Hill of Wirren.

2) RAF Bristol Beaufort AW242, Hill of Wirren.

(The aircraft on this page.)


3) RAF Bristol Beaufighter EL335, Hill of Wirren.


4) RAF Hawker Hurricane AF978, Hill of Wirren.


5) RN Fairey Swordfish L9785, Hill of Wirren.


6) RN Hawker Sea Fury VW590, Hill of Wirren.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: AW242

Operator: RAF (217 Squadron)

Operating Station: RAF Leuchars.


Station Location: Leuchars (9.5km / 6 miles from St Andrews), Fife, Scotland.


Current Station Status:

RAF operations will cease in 2013. The station will then be taken over by the army.


Current Station Name (Until Closure): RAF Leuchars





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