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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122744
Last updated: 22 February 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:114 (Hong Kong) Squadron Royal Air Force (114 (Hong Kong) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N6160
C/n / msn: RT-L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dreiborn, North of Duisberg, North Rhine-Westphalia -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne
Destination airport:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.1V N6160 (RT-L) of 114 (Hong Kong) Squadron, RAF: Took off form Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne, at 12:35 for Reconnaissance mission over the Ruhr Valley, Germany, and failed to return. Shot down by Ltn. Kurt Kirchner in a Bf 109 of 1./JG 52 (his 1st victory). According to the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/28), the Blenheim came down at Dreiborn, although most published sources gives the crash location as "Duisberg" in North Rhine-Westphalia (at approximate coordinates: 5126′6.53″N 645′45.69″E)

All three Crew killed:

Pilot: Pilot Officer Kenneth George Sheldon Thompson (Service Number 40445, aged 19) - Killed In Action
Observer: Sgt George Walton Marwood (Service Number 564032, aged 25) - Killed In Action
Wireless Op/Air Gunner: AC.1 Alexander Lumsden (Service Number 621435, aged 21) - Killed In Action

The dead airmen are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.


1. Air Britain: RAF Aircraft L1000 - N9999, published 1991
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/28:

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Revision history:

25-May-2011 15:42 ThW Added
03-Jan-2012 01:58 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Jan-2012 15:04 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator]
07-Jun-2013 14:21 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
06-Aug-2013 18:55 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
15-Dec-2014 10:41 Jixon Updated [Operator]
26-Sep-2018 09:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
02-Jun-2019 23:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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