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AIR81/3279Flying Officer H M S Lambert, Flying Officer M J Miley, Leading Aircraftman J P Wyatt: killed; aircraft crashed, Layhams Farm near Biggin Hill, Beaufighter 2067, 25 Squadron, 15 September 1940.C16472614
AIR81/4194Pilot officer T Birket, Sergeant C E P Castle: killed; aircraft accident, Beaufighter R2071, 219 Squadron, 13 November 1940.C16688292
AIR81/4209Sergeant D J Pearcy, Pilot Officer W G M Lambie: killed; aircraft accident, Beaufighter R2084, 219 Squadron, 15 November 1940.C16688307
AIR81/4229Pilot Officer K W Worsdell, Sergeant E C Gardiner: killed; failed to return from operational flight, Beaufighter R2065, 219 Squadron, 30 October 1940.C16688327
AIR81/4243Squadron Leader S C Widdows, Pilot Officer L D Wilson: injured; aircraft accident at Sleaford; Beaufighter R2095, 29 Squadron, 16 November 1940.C16688341

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Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantWilliam Archie BAILEY (1600853) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-1922 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant OfficerThomas Henry BASHFORD (1497184) Navigator/Wireless Op. Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-0847 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaImphal War Cemetery
Flying OfficerHenry James BENNETT (414722) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-0322 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerAlbert Frederick BIGGS (154221) Navigator/Wireless Op. Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-03-0622 Sqdn AIR27 MyanmarTaukkyan War Cemetery
Flight SergeantJames William CARR (1048291) Pilot Beaufighte   1944-04-18211 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaRanchi War Cemetery
Flight SergeantRonald Geoffrey CLIFFORD (1621165) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-1922 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantLeonard Pinfold CULLEY (1802431) Beaufighte  Archive Post 1945-01-0927 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant OfficerEdward Albert DADEN (1335460) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-0847 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant OfficerMichael DAY (571630) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-01-11144 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantBrian James DYE (1802259) Pilot Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-03-0622 Sqdn AIR27 MyanmarTaukkyan War Cemetery
Flight SergeantPeter James FULTON (1602800) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-04-07254 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantFrancis John Madden IRELAND (541264) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-01-2022 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant OfficerWilliam LORAINS (1451677) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-0847 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantJohn Mair MACKAY (1569418) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-01-2022 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant OfficerLeonard MAGUIRE (1452576) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-0322 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantRobert Joseph MERRETT (1421040) Beaufighte  Archive Post 1945-01-0927 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerNorman Storrs MORTON (151472) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-1022 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant OfficerEric William McPHERSON (416129) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-0322 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantDavid Robert NEWMAN (1600222) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-04-01254 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantCharles Frederick NICHOL (553344) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-0322 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantHarry Joseph NICHOLSON (1324151) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-04-07254 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantJohn George RODDIS (1514794) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-01-11144 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying OfficerRobert Glyndwr SAVORY (152676) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-1022 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantNorman Harold Wallace STUART (1578805) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-1922 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantAlexander Fraser Watson TAYLOR (1552276) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-1922 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant OfficerKenneth Vernon THOMAS (1389444) Pilot Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-02-0847 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaImphal War Cemetery
Flying OfficerEric Francis VON BOCK (152340) Pilot Beaufighte   1944-12-05 IndiaRanchi War Cemetery
Flight SergeantKenneth Dauncey WALL (1600167) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1945-04-01254 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying OfficerJames Howard BAKER (84946) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-12-23272 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantDenis BROOKSBANK (1430751) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-12-16219 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantThomas Geoffrey Frank DIXON (1377341) Radio/Observer Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-10-28219 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRichmond Cemetery, Surrey
Flight SergeantEdwin Stewart FENDER (939536) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-12-23272 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantHarold Cecil FOX (1150675) Pilot Beaufighte  Forum Post 1941-09-19OADU United KingdomSevenoaks (Greatness Park) Cem
SergeantArthur Seymour GREAVES (581440) Beaufighte  RAFWEB 1941-12-23272 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
Flight SergeantHenry Wren HILTON (759085) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-12-13272 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
Pilot OfficerWilliam Halstead HUGHES (60530) Pilot Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-12-27235 Sqdn AIR27 NorwayTrondheim (Stavne) Cemetery
SergeantWilliam Wight HYMAN (970699) Wireless Op./Observer Beaufighte  Forum Post 1941-09-19OADU United KingdomEdinburgh (Rosebank) Cemetery
Flying OfficerJames KEE (42713) Pilot Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-10-28219 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWorsley (St. Mark) Churchyard
Pilot OfficerJosef KLOBOUCNIK (83971) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-10-2368 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWellington General Cemetery, S
SergeantJosef KLVACEK (787848) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-10-2368 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomWellington General Cemetery, S
Flying OfficerGraham Wells MORRIS (81914) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-12-13272 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantClifford Frederick MYHILL (916359) Observer Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-12-27235 Sqdn AIR27 NorwayTrondheim (Stavne) Cemetery
SergeantJohn Edmund OLIVE (946185) Wireless Op./Observer Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-12-06272 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlexandria (Hadra) War Memoria
Group CaptainJohn Barker Hereward ROGERS (15128) Beaufighte  NA/PRO 1941-03-13600 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomGlasgow Crematorium

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For Henk especially - F/O BH BaileyHallo all, Shortly before the 'Big Crash' on this website in February I posted an appeal for information on this airman who died on 26 January 1943. Several members replied with details that allowed me to find the relevant entry in his unit's ORB at Kew, for which my thanks again. Henk Welting indicated then that Bailey was in his 'unaccounted file'. Hopefully the following will allow him to remove Bailey from this 'Limbo'. Bailey was indeed on board Wellington DV927 / 'F' of 3 (C)OTU when it crashed on 26 January 1943. It was engaged on a Fighter Affiliation exercise with a Beaufighter. The Wellington was seen to take evasive action but then crashed into the ground at Swineshead, near Boston in Lincolnshire. All six on board were killed, including the instructor F/O Bailey. No details of any follow-up investigation or burials were noted in the ORB (AIR 29/705), but the entry speculates that a failure occurred in the aircraft due to the violent manouvers. Sgt. B.H. Bailey (581429) served with 502 Squadron RAF from at least October 1940 as an air gunner. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer (46343) on 7 August 1941 he continued to serve with 502 Squadron until 19 April 1942 when he was posted to 3 (C)OTU for Gunnery Instructor duties (AIR 27/1958 and 1959) Hope this helps, Regards, Martin Gleeson. ....Read More.Martin Gleeson on 8th December 2007 06:33:56
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2nd Lt. Clifford Leggett, USAAF, KIFA UKGentlemen, On 21 June 1943, 1/Lt. Clifford Leggett, a law student from Mississippi prior to the war, was returning to Acklington, Northumberland where the 416th Night Fighter Squadron, USAAF was training. He flew a cross-country flight to Hendon and on return crashed at 1005 hours just west of Walkworth Castle, four miles from the base. The Bristol Beaufighter was demolished and Lt. Leggett killed. He was buried at the American Military Cemetery (Brookwood Cemetery), Brookwood Station, Surrey. Does anyone know the Beau's serial number or have further information surrounding the fatal crash? Norman Malayney ....Read More.norman malayney on 28th December 2007 12:21:37
2nd Lt. Clifford Leggett, USAAF, KIFA UKNorman, Beaufighter V8769 believed to have suffered engine failure, due to fuel shortage. Crashed near WARKWORTH, Northumberland. (South East of Amble). Regards, Doug. ....Read More.Doug Cuthbertson on 28th December 2007 01:36:01
Beaufighter serials 254 Squadron and external appearanceDear all, On 17th January 1945 the North Coates Wing (236 and 254 Sqdn) attacked a convoy in the Marsdiep between Den Helder and Texel, The Netherlands. The ORB of 254 Squadron only mentions individual letters, no serials. The next Beaufighters carried out this mission: QM-H QM-S QM-A RD140 QM-C QM-Z QM-F NE465 QM-K QM-O NV153 QM-Q QM-T NV187 QM-V QM-W QM-X QM-Y QM-P QM-R I've managed to match some serials with the individual letter, but hope some visitors of this Board can add more serials. The external appearance of these TF M.X's also raise some question marks. I've seen mk.X's both with normal nose and normal dorsal fin and the thimble nose radome and dorsal fin extension in several books. From which serial block exactly was this modification used? Apart from that illustrations of these late period Beau's suggest a thin white band around the tail fuselage, but I've also noticed a thin red and white band. What was the purpose of this band? Thanks in advance for your effort and best regards, Hans Nauta ....Read More.Hans Nauta on 31st December 2007 09:34:34

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