Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Bristol 152 Beaufort / AW345
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
Flt Sgt Maurice Joseph Daly and crew in Beaufort AW345, Call sign
BX-A took off near midnight on a ‘Rover’ mission from
Caithness, Scotland at 2325 Hrs on 27 May 1942. The patrol is
suspected to have taken it over Norway in search of German shipping
leaving the Fjords of Norway, as was the main job of 86 SQN at the
[Above information kindly provided by Joe Daly]
BELOW: A Chain Home early warning radar station mast.
Beaufort AW345 struck one of these masts at Tannach near Wick on its return from a patrol over the North Sea.
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 28 May 1942
(Chain Home Early Warning Radar Station mast)
Region: Highland (Caithness)
Nearest town or village:
Nearest large town:
OS Grid Ref. ND 3162 4615:34 31/12/201056
GPS Ref: N/A
Latitude, Longitude: 58.402054N, 3.171689W
Present Condition: As far as is known, RAF recovery teams removed this wreckage from the radar station site at Tannach.
The station and some of its buildings still exists, but they are in a derelict condition.
Registration or Serial: AW345
Call Sign: BX-A
Operator: RAF (86 Squadron RAF Coastal Command)
Operating Station: RAF Wick
Station Location: Wick, Highland, Scotland.
Current Station Status: Military operations ceased in 1946.
Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport
Current Airport Name: Wick Airport (EGPC)
Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields
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Bristol Beaufort AW345
Tannach, Wick, Highland