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    From

    Phil Butler on AB-IX where I posted a query

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    This has been a difficult one to pin down, but my conclusion is that the Beaufort L4468 crashed in the Bristol Channel on 20/12/39. The entry for L4468 in the sequential Register (delivery record) held by AHB and RAFM is missing (the bottom of the page with the entry for this aircraft is damaged), while the Form 78
    shows no delivery to the RAF, only an allotment to 19 MU in December 1939, and a reference to an AID letter to say that the aircraft crashed during flight trials, this information leading to it being struck off charge on 23/4/40. The Contract record for L4468 has it as 'Crashed', with an illegible comment that includes the date 20/12/39 , quoting an AID reference. All the Beauforts with adjacent serial numbers were in the course of delivery in December 1939.
    So I think we have the answer.
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    Hi,

    Thanks for everyones input, much appreciated.

    Paul,

    I downloaded the NA file this morning. It doesn't have much simply when he was promoted to P/O and then Flt Lt, 1932 I think it was. It has a hand written note to say he was a temporary flight instructor with Bristol Flying School.

    For some strange reason I can't open the file anymore.

    Alex

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    ound a report on his Inquest

    Thursday 25 January 1940
    Western Daily Press

    PILOTS CRASH INTO SEA
    Verdict at Bristol Inquest
    The adjourned inquest of Paul Carodyce Mesurier Deacon (30), of 10, Beaufort Road Clifton, who died when an aeroplane in which was conducting a test flight crashed into the water off Avonmouth docks on December 20, was resumed yesterday by the Bristol city coroner (Mr A. E. Barker) A verdict of "Accidental death" was recorded.

    Dr. A. D. Fraser, the pathologist at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, said that death was due to concussion following fracture of the skull accelerated by multiple injuries.

    In answer to a question the doctor said had examined Deacon's heart three months before he would have pronounced it fit. Some unexpected shock mid-air might have affected his heart,
    although he would have been fit for normal purposes of flying.

    Arthur John Pegg of Hazlecote, Rudgeway, who described himself as an assistant test pilot, said the machine was and found airworthy. He described Deacon as a highly competent pilot, and he was looking perfectly fit just before he made the flight.

    Ronald Alfred Kennett said that he saw the 'plane come suddenly straight out of the clouds in an almost per-pendicular dive and dive into the water.

    Frederick Francis White, of 148, Cotswold road, whose boat put out to sea after the accident, described how the pilots body was recovered from the water. "His parachute was open, spread out in tide. It was attached to him."

    Arthur John Pegg is of course Arthur John 'Bill' Pegg later chief test pilot at Bristols

    I had a nagging doubt that plane was not badly damaged and repaired only to crash later - but based on description this was not the case!

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    Hi Paul,

    Thanks again for the additional info, much appreciated.

    Alex

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