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Peak District Air Accident Research

Peak District Air Accident Research

Peak District Air Accident Research

Bristol Beaufort Mk.I N1180 of No.1 TTU, crashed on Tor Mhor, Mull of Kintyre, on the 2nd September 1942 while on a training flight from Turnberry

Bristol Beaufort at the RAF Museum

 

Crew / Passengers Rank - If Applicable Position e.g. Pilot Status
Leonard Percy Booker Pilot Officer RNZAF Pilot Killed
Albert Augustine Haydon Sergeant RNZAF Pilot Killed
Francis John Bliss Griffin Sergeant Observer Killed
Tom Henry Grasswick Sergeant RCAF Wireless Operator / Air Gunner Killed

 

While normally stationed at RAF Abbotsinch (now Glasgow Airport), the crew had been detatched to operate from RAF Turnberry on the Ayrshire coast. They had been briefed for a night navigation training flight, they had been given a weather forecast for a general deterioration in conditions along their planned route. However during the flight the change in the weather occurred more rapidly than forecast with a strong westerly wind developing. The aircraft had drifted a short way from the crew's intended track when it struck Tor Mhor, 1/2 a mile SE of the Mull of Kintyre lighthouse, where it broke up and caught fire.

 

Crash site of Bristol Beaufort N1180 on Tor Mhor, Mull of Kintyre

Above is the crash site of N1180 on Tor Mhor, the road to the Mull lighthouse can be seen, the memorial to the 29 victims of ZD576 is near the summit of the hill in the background.

Two of the aircraft's crew were buried at Kilkerran Cemetery in Campbeltown, they were P/O Booker and Sgt Grasswick. The aircraft's co-pilot Sergeant Haydon was buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey and Observer, Sergeant Griffin was buried at Harrow Pinner New Cemetery.

Grave of Pilot Officer Leonard Percy Booker at Kilkerran Cemetery, Campbeltown    Grave of Sergeant Tom Henry Grasswick at Kilkerran Cemetery, Campbeltown

 

Grave of Albert Augustine Sergeant Haydon at Brookwood Military Cemetery    Grave of Sergeant Francis John Bliss Griffin at Harrow Pinner New Cemetery, London

 

Grave of Sergeant Francis John Bliss Griffin at Harrow Pinner New Cemetery, London

 

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