Accident Bristol Beaufighter TF Mk X NE309,
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Date:Saturday 1 January 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bristol Beaufighter TF Mk X
Owner/operator:304 FTU RAF
Registration: NE309
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Sunderland Hill, near Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Port Ellen, Isle of Islay
Destination airport:
On 1st January 1944 the two crew of the Bristol Beaufighter NE309 of No.304 Ferry Training Unit, RAF, were carrying out a local flying exercise from RAF Port Ellen when their aircraft struck the ground on the boggy low moorland of Sunderland Hill near Bruichladdich on the Isle of Islay. The pilot was killed but the observer was able to escape with only abrasions and shock.
F/O (J/23434) Archibald Neville BOOK (pilot) RCAF Killed
F/O (151.725) Francis Edward Osbaldeston (obs.) RAFVR - Injured

Four days later the Pilot was buried at Bowmore Parish Churchyard with full military honours, it was reported that a number of local civilians also attended the funeral service.


Revision history:

24-Aug-2013 14:34 Nepa Added
03-Jan-2014 19:36 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
03-Jan-2019 10:49 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2021 12:04 BlBe Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Narrative, Operator]

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