Bristol Beaufort L9818

Knockside Hills, Largs, Ayrshire

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: A Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber in flight.

 

a bristol beaufort torpedo bomber in flight

 

Photo: Source unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Bristol 152 Beaufort / L9818

 


 

A twin-engine large reconnaissance, torpedo bomber and mine-laying aircraft, the Beaufort's design was based on the Bristol Blenheim light bomber. For a time, they used two Taurus 14-cylinder radial engines (or, sometimes, Pratt and Witney Twin Wasps). The aircraft could travel at about 260 mph (418 km/h), but the speed fell when carrying a torpedo. Carrying a crew of four, the Beaufort operated as the standard torpedo bomber between 1940 and 1943.

 

Bristol Beauforts were used by both the RAF (Coastal Command) and the Fleet Air Arm. They were used also by the SAAF and the RAAF; and, indeed, many Beaufort's were manufactured in Australia for use in the Pacific arena. 

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

This aircraft left RAF Abbotsinch to carry out a torpedo training exercise over the torpedo range in the Firth of Clyde near Largs, Ayrshire.

 

At the time of the accident, the Beaufort was circling over the Largs hills to make another approach over the torpedo range. However, during the circling manoeuvre, the aircraft struck Knockside Hills (near Irish Law), impacting itself in the ground. 

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

The two crew members who died in this accident were:

  • Sgt Jannet
  • Sgt Jack

The one crew member who sustained injury but survived was:

 

Sgt Walker

 

The fourth crew member who escaped uninjured from the crash was:

 

Sgt Bower

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

There are no crash site photos for this aircraft at the moment.

 

If anyone is able to provide photos of the crash site at Knockside Hills, or of the remaining wreckage fragments , this would be much appreciated.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 27 Oct 1941

 

Accident Site:

Knockside Hills (440m)

(E of Blairpark Farm and S of Irish Law.) 

 

Region: North Ayrshire

 

Nearest town or village:

Largs

 

Nearest large towns:

Largs (W) or Kilbirnie (E)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Main wreckage removed by RAF recovery team. Some fragmented parts remain at the crash site.

 


 

 

Air crashes in this vicinity:

 

 

South side of A760:

 

1) RN Fairey Firefly DT977, Blaeloch Hill.

(Now within the grounds of a publicly-accessible wind farm at Kelburn Estate.)
Some parts, including engine, remain at the crash site, and are described on information boards by the wind farm operators (RES). RES have created a visitor's car park off the A760, and walking routes for the area. [Map and route details here.]

 

 

North side of A760:

 

2) RAF de Havilland Devon VP969, Slaty Law / Box Law.

Wings, engines and under-carriage, etc., remain at the site.

 

3) RAF Vickers Wellington R1164, Box Law.

Fragmented wreckage only remains at the crash site.

 

4) BEA Vickers Viking G-AIVE, Irish Law.

Wings, engines and under-carriage, etc., remain at the site.

 

5) RN Supermarine Sea Spitfire ('Seafire'). Hill of Stake.

All remaining wreckage now removed from the site.

 

6) Northern Scottish Airways Spartan Cruiser, Hill of Stake.

Remaining fuselage shell was recovered from the site in 1973. Now at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune.

 

7) RAF Bristol Beaufort L9818, Knockside Hills, S of Irish Law.

(The aircraft on this page.)
Wreckage removed by RAF recovery team. Fragments only remain at the crash site.

 

8) Starways Douglas C-47B Dakota G-AMRB, Greenside Hill, SE of Irish Law.

Fragments only remain at the crash site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: L9818

 

Operator: RAF (TTU—Torpedo Training Unit)

 

Operating Base: RAF Abbotsinch / RN HMS Sanderling

Base Location: Abbotsinch, near Paisley or Glasgow

 

Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport.

 

Current Airport Name: Glasgow International Airport (EGPF)

  

 

 

 

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