Accident Bristol Beaufort Mk I L9797, Thursday 6 June 1940
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Date:Thursday 6 June 1940
Type:Bristol Beaufort Mk I
Owner/operator:22 Sqn RAF
Registration: L9797
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:No.77, 5th Row, Ashington, Northumberland, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire
(OA-F) The aircraft took off 21:45 hrs on the 5/6/1940 for a bombing raid on Ghent. was returning from operations on the Ghent Oil Refineries. At 02.30 hours on the 6/6/1940. it crossed the coast at Blyth, Northumberland, with flak damage to the airframe and got caught in the searchlights; the pilot was dazzled so he flew lower but hit the balloon barrage cables, two of the crew baled out and the aircraft crashed into houses at Fifth Row, Ashington, one house (No.77) was completely demolished and two others damaged, three civilians were killed, all lived in the same house.

Pilot Officer (pilot) Westlake RAF pilot - OK
590984 (obs.) Sgt Twitchen RAF OK (Sgt Twitchen was in another crash later on the 10-9-1940 his body was never recovered).
623844 (WOp/AG) Sgt Llewellyn Edwin Thomas Harris killed. Buried at Portsmouth (Kingston) cemetery, Portsmouth, Hampshire plot 54 (evens) row 14 grave 23.
637032 (air gunner) Sgt Patrick O'Flaherty killed. Buried at Portsmouth (Kingston) cemetery, Portsmouth, Hampshire Sec H grave 243

Sgt Llewellyn Edwin Thomas Harris (Eddy) is my great uncle. he is lived on today by over 90 family members because he died so we may live in the freedoms that he gave his life to defend.

Lest we forget
Miss Gladys Audrey Cox passed away in hospital later same day.
Mr Henry Cox passed away on sight.
Mrs Eleanor Cox passed away on sight

All rest at Ashington, urban district cemetery; let those who come after see to it that these people be not forgotten. We will remember them.


1. This update is provided by Robert Andrew Kemp. I am related to Llewellyn Edwin Thomas Harris. He is my great uncle known as uncle Eddy. and the information provided can be cross reff: with. 22 sqdn records. British mod records
I would be interested in communication with any serviving family members of any of the crew on this page. I have photos of some crew members and am hoping others exist. I can be contacted at updated 01/03/2014
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) file AIR 81/777:
7. (night of 5th/6th June 1940)


This photo was taken during ww2

Revision history:

06-Aug-2008 08:51 Anon. Added
17-Jan-2012 13:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
19-Aug-2013 14:45 robert kemp Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
03-Sep-2013 06:30 robert kemp Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Sep-2013 07:47 robert a kemp Updated [Source, Narrative]
01-Mar-2014 15:43 robert kemp Updated [Source, Photo, ]
18-May-2019 20:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-May-2024 09:17 Nepa Updated [Time, Location, Narrative, Operator]

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