Bristol Beaufort N1180

Torr Môr, Mull of Kintyre, Argyll












Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: A Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber.


bristol beafort torpedo bomber in flight.


Photo: Source unknown.






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Bristol 152 Beaufort  Mk I / N1180


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


Bristol Beaufort N1180 was on detachment from RAF Abbotsinch near Glasgow to RAF Turnberry north of Girvan.


During a night navigation exercise, the aircraft went off track and headed west toward the Kintyre peninsula. While flying across high ground on the Mull of Kintyre, the Beaufort crashed and caught fire on the slopes of Torr Môr—just opposite Beinn na Lice.






Aircraft Crew Casualties


Those who died in this accident were:

  • Sgt Albert Augustine Haydon (26), Pilot, RNZAF.
    (Buried, Grave Reference 2.H.1, Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey.)

  • P/O Leonard Percy Booker (29), Pilot, RNZAF.
    (Buried, Division 4, Grave 600, Campbeltown (Kilkerran) Cemetery, Argyll.)

  • Sgt Francis John Bliss Griffin (33), Obs., RAFVR.
    (Buried, Section F.5, Grave 125, Harrow New Cemetery, Pinner, Middlesex.)

  • Sgt Tom Henry Grasswick (21), W/Op / Air Gnr., RCAF.
    (Buried, Division 4, Grave 601, Campbeltown (Kilkerran) Cemetery, Argyll.)



(Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)







Crash Site Photos


BELOW: The few remaining wreckage pieces of Beaufort N1180 on the side of Torr Môr.


Note the road / track in the background.



Photo: © 1968-2014 Alan Thomson



BELOW: Another view of the impact point on the slopes of Torr Môr.


The crash site lies above "The Gap". It can be accessed via the track leading to the communications mast.



Photo: © 1968-2014 Alan Thomson









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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 2 Sep 1942


Accident Site:

Torr Môr (414m)


(Above "The Gap" in the vicinity of Torr Môr.)


Nearest road: B842 from Campbeltown.
(Then west on unclassified roads leading to Beinn na Lice and Torr Môr.)


Region: Argyll and Bute (Argyll / Mull of Kintyre)


Nearest towns or villages:



Nearest larger town:

Campbeltown (S)


OS Grid Ref. NGR 598 080


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Unknown.



Other air crash sites in this vicinity:


1) RAF A.W. Whitley Mk.V P5041 crash near Balmavicar, Mull of Kintyre, in 1941.


2) RAF Lockheed Neptune WX545 crash at Beinn na Lice, Mull of Kintyre, in 1956.


3) RAF Boeing-Vertol CH-47 Chinook ZD576 (helicopter) crash at Beinn na Lice, Mull of Kintyre, in 1994.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: N1180


Operator: RAF (TTU (Torpedo Training Unit))


Operating Base: RAF Turnberry (X6TU)

(On detachment to RAF Turnberry from RAF Abbotsinch / HMS Sanderling.)


Base Location: Turnberry near Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland.


Current Airport Status: Closed 1945. Re-opened 1960. Part of former site used occasionally by microlights. In 1946, the remainder of this site had reverted to its pre-war owners—Turnberry Golf Club (Ailsa Course).






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