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Last updated: 6 September 2019
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Date:03-SEP-1940
Time:11:15
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:25 Squadron Royal Air Force (25 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1512
C/n / msn: ZK-D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Greensted Green, near Ongar, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF North Weald, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Three Hurricane aircraft came upon three aircraft that they (mis)identified as German Junkers 88 bombers. They attacked. As a result of the hail of .303-inch machine gun fire directed at the formation all three aircraft were damaged, one mortally. It was only after delivering the attack that it was realised that a mistake had been made in the heat of battle. The recipients of the attack had been friendly aircraft, three Bristol Blenheimís of North Weald based 25 Squadron.

Blenheim L1401 managed to return to North Weald without any injuries but some damage, L8650 also returned to land at Hatfield Heath with heavy damage but again no injuries. It was L1512 that had born the brunt of the attack.

Pilot Officer Douglas William Hogg, RAFVR, aged 23 years, flew the Blenheim and Sergeant E Powell acted as his rear gunner. The combat between friends had occurred over Ongar, and a number of the residents stood outside to watch the battle take place. Mr R W Wheelhouse at work in the flour mill behind the High Street saw the crippled twin engine machine spin viciously towards the earth out of control. To Wheelhouse the British markings became all too clearly seen.

Sergeant Powell managed to escape from the Blenheim over the small town, eventually alighting safely under his parachute at Castle Farm. Although the aircraft was apparently about to crash within the built up area, it appears that Hogg, in a last supreme effort, managed to wrest some control out of his machine and stop the spin. Although it recovered into a shallow glide it crashed between Ongar and Greensted Green killing Hogg. Sgt Powell reported that Hogg had been shot and killed while the Blenheim was still in the air. The doctor who examined the body agreed.

Crew of Blenheim L1512:
Pilot Officer (77977) Douglas William HOGG (pilot, aged 23) RAFVR - killed; buried in Eastwood Cemetery, Glasgow.
Sgt E. POWELL (Air Gunner) RAFVR - baled out, uninjured.

Blemheim 1F L1512 was one of 450 built for the RAF by Bristol in the West Country and had been with 25 Squadron since February 1939.


Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 10)
2. http://www.unithistories.com/officers/RAFVR_officers_H01.html
3. http://www.nwamuseum.co.uk/WESTESSEXcrashesMishaps3WW2.pdf
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2452921/hogg,-douglas-william/
5. http://nwamuseum.co.uk/IncidentsWestEssexto2000-1.pdf
6. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showpost.php?p=58536&postcount=415
7. https://www.battleofbritainmemorial.org/men-of-the-battle-updates-and-additions/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Nov-2012 14:45 Nepa Added
03-Jan-2013 13:27 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Narrative]
22-Aug-2013 10:31 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
27-Nov-2014 19:54 Newton Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
02-Jun-2015 08:34 Opietz Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 10:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-May-2019 21:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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