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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144986
Last updated: 4 November 2019
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Date:15-NOV-1939
Time:14:55
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:139 (Jamaica) Squadron Royal Air Force (139 (Jamaica) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N6226
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Narrative:
On 15 November 1939 the Blenheim IV N6226 of 139 Sqn RAF landed at 14:55 hrs at Upper Heyford after bombing practice with a "hung up" 20lb practice bomb still aboard. After the aircraft had run about 50 yards the "hung up" bomb fell off and exploded, wrecking the bomber and killing one of the crew. The two other were unhurt.

Crew:
Pilot Officer Philip Ellard Dundee (pilot)
Sgt P N Davidson
Corporal Francis James Wilson Moores (wireless operator/air gunner, Service Number 517390, aged 24) Killed

It is notable that the official Air Ministry file on the accident (File AIR 81/1660) is "closed", and therefore unavailable for public scrutiny, for 82 years, until 1 January 2030. This decision was taken by the National Archives in 2014 due to "Exemption 1: Personal information where the applicant is a 3rd party" and "Exemption 2: Information provided in confidence"

Sources:

1. "Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, vol 1: Aircraft and Crew lost during 1939-1940", by W R Chorley. ISBN 0-904597-85-7
2. "The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History", by Graham Warner. ISBN 0-85979-101-7
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Upper_Heyford
4. https://www.google.com/maps/search/51.936944,-1.253333/@51.936944,-1.253333,3336m/data=!4m2!2m1!4b1?dg=dbrw&newdg=1
5. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2655183/moores,-francis-james-wilson/
7. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1660: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16359463


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Apr-2012 10:00 Brani 56 Added
12-Apr-2012 10:01 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator]
14-Oct-2014 14:36 Heart Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
22-Jan-2018 11:39 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Apr-2018 20:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 09:23 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
24-Jun-2019 23:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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