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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158211
Last updated: 17 June 2020
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Date:21-MAR-1940
Time:02:25
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:219 (Mysore) Squadron Royal Air Force (219 (Mysore) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1117
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cockayne Ridge, near Bransdale, Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Catterick
Narrative:
Blenheim L1117 was built to contract 527114/36 by The Bristol Aeroplane Co Ltd. at Filton, Bristol. It was delivered to the RAF in February 1939 and issued on an unspecified date to 82 Squadron at Cranfield. 82 Squadron ceased operating Blenhiem MkI's on 25th August 1939 when the unit moved to Watton and the aircraft was transferred to 57 Squadron at Upper Heyford. On 24th September 1939 57 Squadron moved to France and the aircraft went to an MU before being issued to 219 Squadron on 4th October 1939 when the unit reformed at Catterick, the purpose being to operate Blenheim's as fighters to protect shipping.

This Blenheim had set out from Catterick on 20th March 1940 for a night patrol off Whitby and while on this flight it may well have been attacked by an enemy aircraft, although this was never proven. The Blenheim was returning to Catterick when, at 02.25hrs, it crashed into "Cockayne Ridge" near Bransdale whilst flying in low cloud. The pilot is believed to descended and to have broken cloud to either check that he was flying in correct direction for base or to locate his position possibly after being lost in the cloud.

It was thought that he assumed he was over low ground when he was actually flying over hills rising to 1,400 feet. Both airmen were killed instantly in the resulting crash and aircraft caught fire and burnt out. A search for the overdue aircraft was put into operation with the wreckage being found in the late afternoon of 21st March 1940, with the aircraft being completely destroyed. The inquest into the airmen's deaths was held on 23rd March 1940.

Crew of Blenheim L1117:
Pilot - Sgt Horace Philips RAF (562840), aged 27, of Barry, Wales. Buried Catterick Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - AC1 Frank Prosser RAF (622364), aged 21, of Pontnewynydd, Wales. Buried Garndiffaith (St John's) Burial Ground, Monmouthshire, Wales



Sources:

http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/40/l1117.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Aug-2013 21:00 JINX Added
13-Aug-2013 15:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
13-Aug-2013 22:18 JINX Updated [Operator, Narrative]
20-Aug-2013 14:03 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
20-Aug-2013 15:39 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
28-Apr-2014 20:01 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
11-Nov-2014 15:19 Boelck O. Updated [Location]
15-Jan-2015 13:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2016 17:48 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
20-Jan-2016 17:48 JINX Updated [Operator]
21-Jan-2016 18:02 JIXN Updated [Time, Operator, Destination airport, Source]
26-Sep-2018 07:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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