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Beaufighter If R2083 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Beaufighter If R2083

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  30 Apr 41 Aircraft Name  Beaufighter If Serial Number  R2083
Unit  219 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  UK
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/6161Pilot Officer R C Holman, Flying Officer A C Black, Sergeant H Twindale, Sergeant T A Forster: killed; mid air collision between Beaufighter R2083 and Beaufighter R2127, 219 Squadron, 30 April 1941.C16755459

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Beaufighter If R2083

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flying OfficerAlexander Campbell BLACK (77113) Air Gunner Beaufighter If R2083  AIR81/6161 1941-04-30219 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomTangmere (St. Andrew) Churchya
Pilot OfficerRichard Charles HOLMAN (60066) Pilot Beaufighter If R2083  AIR81/6161 1941-04-30219 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomTangmere (St. Andrew) Churchya

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