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    Hi,

    Can anyone please provide me with the details of the crash involving Beaufort L8934 on 3 November 1940? I understand that it was relegated to GI '2380M' at Cranwell.

    Thank you in advance.

    David

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    No.3 (C)OTU was in the process of forming in Nov 1940 and it was not until the 27th that the first Beauforts and crews were transferred from No.1(C)OTU

    Some publications give the aircraft that became 2380M as L9934 of No.1 OTU which they say crashed on this day but there is no F1180 raised to support this.

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    Hi David, Ross is right wit the information - according to RAF Aircraft L1000-N9999, J. J. Halley, Air Britain, 1993, pg. 113.

    Pg. 103 of the same book stated that L8934 does not exist - there were Blenheims L8732-L8876 with a gap continuing by L9020-L9044

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    Hi Ross and Pavel,

    Thank you for your help with this. I can't recall where the serial number originated - perhaps it was a mis-pole? I don't have accesss to a list of 'M' Numbers to confirm the identity of 2380M?

    Rgds,

    David

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    Right or wrong; Bruce Robertson in British Military Aircraft Serials 1878-1987 (p.233) quotes: 2380M To 2421M, 2421M - L9934!

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    Hi Col,

    I'm confident that L9934 became the GI airframe so Robertson is correct in this respect.

    What remains a grey area is what befell L9934 to remove it from flying service.

    If the date is correct then No.3 OTU can be ruled out. There is no mention in No.3 OTU ORB of an incident to L9934 (neither does it confrim the airframe was TOC) up to the point that it reformed with Whitlley, Wellington and Anson.

    No.1 (C)OTU is possible and they did have a repairable Beaufort incident on the 3rd Nov 1940 but this was to L9951. The ORB does not record anything other than general remarks and weather for Nov 1940.

    No F1180 has been archived under Beauforts for L9934 in 1940 but this could mean that one was raised and subsequently lost before the microfilming took place at AHB.

    All just pencil entries at the moment, needs something to ink it in.

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