Bristol Beaufort AW345

Tannach, Wick, Highland

 
     
 
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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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

Wick

 

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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