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Date:17-DEC-1939
Time:
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:234 (Madras Presidency) Squadron Royal Air Force (234 (Madras Presidency) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1206
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Leconfield
Destination airport:RAF Leconfield
Narrative:
On 30 October 1939, 234 Sqn RAF was reformed at Leconfield as a fighter squadron. Originally intended for shipping protection duties, it flew a mixture of Blenheims, Battles and Gauntlets until March 1940, when it began to receive Spitfires.

On 17 December 1939, Plt Off Geoffrey Kenneth Gout of 234 Sqn took off from Leconfield airfield with the Blenheim I L1206 but its undercarriage was damaged on take-off and jammed. On the return to the airfield the pilot had to belly-land and the aircraft was badly damaged. It was not repaired and after assessment was converted to instructional airframe 2974M. Gout was not hurt but was later killed on 25 July 1940 when his Spitfire crashed in Cornwall.

This aircraft had been built in 1938 and issued to 114 Sqn. It then passed to MU storage in May 1939 when 114 Sqn converted to Mk.IV Blenheims. It was then issued to 234 Sqn at Leconfield in November 1939 when the unit received its first aircraft.

Sources:

http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york39/l1206.html
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york39/dec39.html
"The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History", by Graham Warner. ISBN 0-85979-101-7
https://www.raf.mod.uk/campaign/battle-of-britain-75th/squadrons/234-squadron/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Leconfield
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=53.876944&lon=-0.437500&z=13


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Aug-2013 03:40 JINX Added
31-Oct-2014 17:06 Dandy Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
02-Jun-2015 13:20 Victor II Updated [Location]
18-Dec-2015 06:42 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Total fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2016 17:45 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Jan-2016 17:57 BlB Updated [Operator, Narrative]
22-Jan-2016 05:22 JINX Updated [Operator]
22-Jan-2016 21:12 Paix Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2016 20:57 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
28-Feb-2016 10:23 BlB Updated [Operator, Nature, Narrative]
18-Dec-2017 15:10 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 10:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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