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Beaufort I L9797 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Beaufort I L9797

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  06 Jun 40 Aircraft Name  Beaufort I Serial Number  L9797
Unit  22 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  UK
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/777Sergeant P O'Flaherty and Sergeant L E T Harris: report of deaths; Beaufort L9797 crashed off the coast of Ashington, Northumberland, 6 June 1940.C14502386

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Beaufort I L9797

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantLlewellyn Edwin Thomas HARRIS (623844) Wireless Operator Beaufort I L9797  AIR81/777 1940-06-0622 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomPortsmouth (Kingston) Cemetery
SergeantPatrick O'FLAHERTY (637032) Air Gunner Beaufort I L9797  AIR81/777 1940-06-0622 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomChevington Cemetery

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Sgt Twitchen Beaufort N1146 Missing 10/9/40Dear All, I am reaserching the loss of Beaufighter L9797 that crashed into a row of houses in Ashington on the 6th June 1940. I think I have most of that story sorted now, however I am interested in a member of the crew that survived, a Sgt Twitchen (590984). He was the Obs on when L9797 crashed, however I have been told by Ross that he was killed on the 10th September 1940 when Beaufighter N1146 went missing on ops to Bolougne. He is also listed on the casualty dead of the RAF North Coates was memorial. However, I am having problems finding him on the CWGC. Does this mean he was something other than a member of the Commonwealth (Dutch/Norwegian?) or have I not been looking properly. I was also wondering why he would be the Observer in L9797 but the pilot in N1146. Any information would be great. Johnnie ....Read More.johnnie214 on 7th December 2007 03:22:44
Sgt Twitchen Beaufort N1146 Missing 10/9/40Thanks for both of those replies. I had tried changing to Twitchan but not Twitchin!! Do you have the entry for Coastal Command losses. If so could I trouble you for it. I was also wondering if 22 Squadron lost any other aircraft on the night of the 5/6 of June when L9797 crashed at Ashington. I think it was the only aircraft of the Squadron to come down but I am not 100% sure. Thanks again. ....Read More.johnnie214 on 7th December 2007 05:44:50
Sgt Twitchen Beaufort N1146 Missing 10/9/40From Coastal Command Losses Vol 1/Ross McNeill-the only 22 Sqn loss recorded that night, Beaufort 1,L9797, Op. Ghent,-"While over Ashington,early in the morning of 6th(June) the a/c collided with a barrage balloon cable when avoiding searchlights. Subsequently an engine failed and P/O Westlake and Sgt Twitchen bailed out leaving the a/c to crash into a terrace house at 77 Fifth Row killing the 3 residents." The other 2 crewmen Sgt L E T Harris and Sgt P O'Flaherty both died. Regards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 8th December 2007 04:50:13
New Book - Air Crash NorthumberlandJust a quick post regarding our new book 'Air Crash Northumberland' published by Countryside Books ( The book details 29 crash sites in Northumberland between 1930 and 1983 and has been written by four regulars on this forum, Jim Corbett, Russ Gray, Johnathan Shipley and Neil Anderson. The stories covered are: Whitley P4952 at Bellingham Vulcan XM610 at Wingate Botha's W5137 & W5154 at Morpeth B17 42-30030 at Seahouses B17 44-6504 at Braydon Crag Beaufighter T3037 at Stobswood Beaufort L9797 at Ashington Rapide G-AFMF at Simonburn Venom WR557 at Slaggyford Flycatchers N9679 & N9677 at Falstone Hampden L4054 at Whitley Bay Hunter XG236 at Kielder Hurricane KX190 at Elsdon Tempest EJ859 at Felkington Typhoon MN140 at North Seaton Heinkel HE111 3550 at Morpeth Junkers Ju88 1064 at Bedlington F104 Starfighter D-8337 at Alwinton Mustang AG617 at Bellingham Cherokee G-BHDG at Hedgehope Hill P47 Thunderbolt 42-25530 at Eshott Stirling EH880 at Amble Spitfire's R6596 & X4595 at Hepburn Moor Spitfire P8563 at Weldon Bridge Spitfire P8563 at Blanchland Spitfire AA920 at Longhorsley Spitfire MH388 at Ouston Varsity WL640 at Falstone Wellington X3171 at Greenhaugh The book can be ordered online from Amazon, Tesco, Waterstones and numerous other sites. Would welcome any comments should anyone obtain a copy. All the best. Jim Corbett ....Read More.JimCorbett1977 on 15th October 2008 03:21:42

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