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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153107
Last updated: 28 July 2020
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Date:24-FEB-1941
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic both model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Blackburn Botha Mk I
Owner/operator:2 BGS Royal Air Force (2 BGS RAF)
Registration: L6262
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Enfield Bridge, Leigh, Kent, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:RAF Millom
Destination airport:RAF Detling
Narrative:
On 24 February 1941 the Botha I L6262 of 2 BGS RAF (Bombing and Gunnery School) was flying from RAF Millom, near Haverigg, in Cumberland, to RAF Detling, in Kent. En route, the twin engine aircraft went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in a huge explosion at Ensfield Bridge, Leigh, Kent. All four occupants were killed. The aircraft was completely wrecked and burnt out, and all bodies were unidentifiable.

Crew (all killed):
Plt Off Sidney Guy Rodd (pilot, aged 37)
Sgt Geoffrey Leo Pitman (navigator)
LAC Phillip Leslie Jackson (aged 20)
AC1 Harold Davenport

Rodd was en engineer who obtained his Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate (number 10433) at the Eastern Counties Aeroplane Club on 2 April 1932. As a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve he was called up for service shortly after the outbreak of the war and joined 2 BGS.

Note: the crash location is also listed as Penshurst. The crash location is south of Leigh and northeast of Penshurst, between the two places.

Sources:

http://baaa-acro.sindev.ch/crash/crash-blackburn-b-26-botha-penshurst-4-killed
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=10770.0
http://www.chelmsfordwarmemorial.co.uk/second-world-war/chelmsford/ww2-rodd-sidney-guy.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leigh,_Kent
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2098013


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Feb-2013 00:20 PKM Added
07-Feb-2013 11:28 PKM Updated [Registration, Operator, Narrative]
06-Aug-2013 19:10 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
25-Jan-2018 08:37 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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