Bristol Beaufort AW345

Tannach, Wick, Highland












Aircraft Type 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 / 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 RAF Wick, 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 time.

On returning to RAF Wick at approximately 0505 Hrs in poor weather on 28 May 1942, AW345 collided with the Chain Home Low Radar Tower at Tannach, SW of Wick removing a wing and 50 foot of radar mast.

[Above information kindly provided by Joe Daly]



For Accident Report and Pilot's Log, see  here



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.


chain home early warning radar station mast


Photo: 2007.


 Released by the author to the public domain





Aircraft Crew Casualties


Those who died in this accident were:





Crash Site Photos


There are no crash site photos for this aircraft at the moment. However, for general photos of the now-derelict Tannach Chain Home Early Warning Radar Station, see here.
















Crash Date / Site


Accident Date: 28 May 1942


Accident Site:

Tannach (60m)


(Chain Home Early Warning Radar Station mast)


Region: Highland (Caithness)


Nearest town or village:



Nearest large town:

Wick (NE)


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.




Aircraft Details


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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