CRASH OF A BRISTOL BEAUFORT
INTO A LAKE NEAR EAST SALE, VICTORIA
ON 29 DECEMBER 1944
Beaufort A9-176 of No. 1 OTU crashed into a lake bed near East Sale on the 29th December 1944 at about 1500 hours. The aircraft crashed during practice single engine flying, just after take off.
The pilot P/O Robert Spencer Roberts (417119) and crew member Francis Edward Keach (408198) were both killed. Crewman Sgt Jones was slightly injured with shock, burns and lacerations. Roberts had been involved in an earlier incident in Beaufort A9-101 of No 6 OTU Nowra when it lost its airscrew in Jervis Bay.
The Aircraft Accident Data card indicated the following comment:-
"Instructor lost control of the A/C due to poor appreciation of twin engined A/C flight characteristics at low speeds. A contributing factor to this accident was that the instructor did not give his pupil sufficiently explicit instructions as to what stage in the take off, one engine was to be throttled back, with the result that the port throttle was closed before single engine speed was attained.
Photo:- Gordon Birkett Collection, ex RAAF Official
Wreckage of Beaufort A9-176
Crash site of Beaufort A9-176
I'd like to thank Rick Hanning and Gordon Birkett for their assistance with the above information.
Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?
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This page first produced 8 December 2000
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