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
|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.
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.