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    Hi all,

    Does anyone have access to the ORB for 406 Sqdn for late 1941 when the unit was based at Acklington?

    I am interested in any mention of the following crash, where it happened and names of the crew where possible.

    Bristol Beaufighter IIF R2404, crashed 8th December 1941


    Many thanks,

    Jim
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    Hi Jim

    It's mentioned on this site, in case you hadn't already seen it:

    http://www.fusilier.co.uk/acklington...1939_1945.html

    "(23.30) Beaufighter II (R2404) (Pilot F/O. MITCHELL and Radio Observer Sgt DOBELL) had engine trouble and overshot aerodrome in landing. The Pilot and Observer were unhurt."

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    Jim,

    RAF Station Acklington ORB states, 'Dec 8 23.30 Beaufighter II (R2404) Pilot F.O Mitchell & radio observer Sgt Dobell had engine trouble and overshot aerodrome on landing. The pilot & observer were unhurt' (sic)

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    Cheers Simon & Chris,

    Police reports local to me have a Beaufighter crashing on this date near Rochester, Redesdale. I'm wondering if this is the same aircraft.

    Redesdale would be one hell of an overshoot!

    Jim
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    That's quite an overshoot from Acklington...!

    Simon

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    That's what I thought but the date and type make it one hell of a coincidence.
    Jim Corbett

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    Jim,

    I've forwarded you the ORB for 406 Squadron and of the crash 'one engine cut out, bad landing' but no mention where.

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    Jim,
    The F1180 records the following:
    Beaufighter Mk. IIF, Serial No. R2404, of No. 406 Squadron RCAF, RAF Acklington, No. 13 Group, Fighter Command, suffered engine failure in flight on 8th December 1941. The Port engine cut but picked up again after the throttle was pumped. Beaufighter R2404 overshot landing on one engine. The pilot, failed to fully lower the flaps and raised the undercarriage to prevent the aircraft leaving the runway. Although the approach was too low, the pilot was not to blame for the flying accident.
    The aircraft accident was categorised ‘Ac’ on 8th December 1941 but re-classified on 13th December 1941 as ‘B’ After ‘B.A.C’ on 21st December 1942, and Bristols ‘R.I.W’ on 17th January 1944, it was re-classified again, this time as ‘E1 on 14th May 1942.

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    Cheers Chris,

    So it looks like that particular Beaufighter did indeed crash on the airfield. Back to square one :-(

    Jim
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    Hi Jim,

    If it's any consolation, when I was researching a a Spitfire which the police report recorded that the aircraft had crashed at Eshott Heugh (a farm at the edge of the airfield), it was in fact over 2 miles away.


    Chris

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