XL131 Beverley C1 with 47 Squadron Crest
Stored at Bicester 24th December1967
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XL131 had its first flight on 23rd May 1957 and Assigned to 30 squadron in the August, then onto Eastleigh in the October.
XM108 hit 131 while parked at Khormaksar on 8th January 1961 but was soon repaired and back in service the following month. A much more serious incident occurred on 22nd September 1961 when a bomb exploded on board and blew a hole in the fuselage side while on a flight from Kuwait to Muharraq.
It is also reported to have had a flying accident on 15th November 1961 and returned top Blackburn's, but I have not found any additional information.
It finally left 30 squadron on being reassigned to 47 Squadron on 1st May 1964, and eventually became an Non Effective Airframe (NEA) on the 22nd October 1967. Being sold as scrap to BKL on 29th August 1969.
For more information See: Beverley Main Album Notes:
30 Squadron 47 Squadron Mass Scrapping..
For more information onThe Blackburn Beverley See: Beverley Main Album Notes:
The Blackburn B-101 Beverley
Other sites on the Web of interest:
30 Squadron - MoD Site RAF 30 Squadron - Wikipedia Entry
47 Squadron - MoD Site RAF 47 Squadron - Special Forces Flight RAF 47 Squadron - Wikipedia Entry
The Beverley Association and Blackburn Beverley - Wikipedia Entry