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Note the bomb racks beneath each lower wing.
Photo: 2007 Robin Stevens via Ian Dunster
Aircraft Type and Background
RFC, RAF Bristol F.2b / B8942
Aircraft Type Designation: F.2b (Fighter).
Aircraft Type Nickname: Brisfit or Biff.
The Bristol F.2b two-seater biplane was designed in 1916 for the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) / Royal Air Force for operations during the First World War and beyond. The F.2b entered active service on the Western Front in 1917.
The F.2b was armed with three machine guns, and it carried 260lb (109kg) of bombs under the wings.
Photo: 2012 Nimbus 227
Aircraft Accident Details
Bristol F.2b B8942 took off from RAF East Fortune for a bombing sortie against the German High Seas Fleet. However, during takeoff, the aircraft stalled and descended sideways to the ground.
As the F.2b struck the ground, an underwing bomb exploded—killing both airmen.
Aircraft Crew Casualties
Both airmen died in this incident. They were:
Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 31 Oct 1918.
Nearest roads: B1347 or B1377.
Region: East Lothian.
Athelstaneford Cemetery: On W side of National Museum of Flight buildings.
(Athestaneford Cemetery link contains information on descendants of Lieutenants L N Bissell and E W Bragg.)
Crash site OS Grid Ref. N/A
Crash site GPS Ref: N/A
Present Condition: No known remains.
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Bristol F.2 fighter at Wikipedia.
Bristol F.2b fighter at the Shuttleworth Collection.
Bristol F.2b fighter (YouTube video including aircraft in flight. c. 6 mins.)
The First World War (Chronology at Spartacus Educational.)
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Bristol F.2b B8942
East Fortune, East Lothian.