Robert Denholm BEILBY - HMS Unicorn - - 837 Squadron- Died 10.10.1943

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  1. tackler7

    tackler7 Member

    Hello I am hoping you can help with researching the above.

    His ancestry records from the Allied Airman Roll of Honour state "Crashed Over the Side During Take Off From Hms Unicorn Off Kildonan Point"

    I am trying to find out more about the circumstances of that and his service prior.

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Re crashing over the side

    I imagine the aircraft either did not have enough power or hit something taking off
    internet search states it was a Seafire
    your best bet is to apply for his service records to give you more info on his service career

    other forum members might have more info
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Accident Supermarine Seafire Mk IIc -, 10 Oct 1943

    Date: 10-OCT-1943
    Time: c.
    Type: [​IMG]
    Supermarine Seafire Mk IIc
    Owner/operator: 897 NAS FAA RN
    Registration: -
    MSN: -
    Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
    Other fatalities: 0
    Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
    Location: 'HMS Unicorn', The Firth of Clyde, Scotland. - [​IMG] United Kingdom
    Phase: Take off
    Nature: Military
    Departure airport: Aircraft carrier 'HMS Unicorn'
    Destination airport: -
    Lt; R D Beilby RNVR was killed when his unknown Seafire crashed into the Firth of Clyde when taking off from the aircraft carrier 'HMS Unicorn'' on 10th October 1943
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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    UNICORN arrived on the Clyde on October 10th, and the first squadron to disembark was 897, flying ashore to RNAS Burscough the same day; Lt R. D. Beilby RNVR was killed leaving the ship, his aircraft crashed into the sea on take-off. 887 flew ashore to RAF Andover on October 11th; after an overnight stop they continued on to RNAS Machrihanish the following day. 809 flew ashore to RAF Andover on October 12th and 818 disembarked to RNAS Belfast on the 13th.
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  5. tackler7

    tackler7 Member

    Thank you all for your replies. It is much appreciated.
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