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    Default Beaufort (?) crash Sumburgh, 1941

    Air 28/917, the ORB for Fighter Sector HQ, Wick, refers to a "Beaufighter" crash at Sumburgh airfield on 19 May 1941, which resulted in the deaths of three civilians. I cannot find a matching RAF aircrew fatality for that date in CWGC website, nor a matching Beaufighter loss. However, from the Scottish National War Memorial website, I have the names of the civilians (John M Henderson, John Irvine and Robert J Smith). An ancestry research website (www.bayanne.info) says the deaths were due to the crash of a Beaufort, which seems a more likely type for this date. Can anyone please provide information on the Beaufort (or whatever a/c this was - ?Blenheim) and the circumstances. There were various short-term Beaufort detachments to Sumburgh at this time.

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    Hello,

    John Foreman, in his Air War 1941:The Turning Point Part Two (p.237), mentions that a No.272 Beaufighter T3293 crashed on take-off from Sumburgh on 19 May,1941. P/O Gee* and crew safe.

    * Believed to be: 906226 George Michael GEE (89327) RAFVR - http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archiv...p?t-15704.html

    Col.
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    have a browse through the PDF linked on this thread, from CWGC records

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...shing-aircraft

    Well, actually, maybe needn't bother, those three surnames are not listed!!
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    John Manson Henderson
    John Irvine
    Robert James Smith

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    Many thanks for this info.

    Keith

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    AIR 25/403 (18 Group appendix for May 1941) has two Beaufighters (P and B/272 Squadron) ordered to take off at 1010 hours for convoy escort. Beaufighter P/272 crashed on take off. No further detail about aircraft or crew. The squadron had a detachement of 6(?) aircraft at Sumburgh. The squadron ORB is not any help at all I'm afraid as it does not have any detail about the Sumburgh detachement.

    Bengt

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