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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158832
Last updated: 30 July 2020
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Date:10-OCT-1939
Time:night
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:108 Squadron Royal Air Force (108 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1219
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Irish Sea, off Oxwich Point, Gower Peninsula, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire
Narrative:
Brstol Blenheim Mk.I L1219, 108 Squadron, RAF Bicester: Missing on a night navigation exercise, believed crashed into sea off the coast of Wales at night on 10/10/39, off Oxwich Point, Gower Peninsula (at Map Reference SB93SW Grid Reference SB9487834484). All three crew killed

Sgt (580939) Frederick George BRYANT (pilot) RAF - killed
Sgt (740112) Phillip Geoffrey Vezey HEMSLEY (observer) RAFVR - killed
AC.2 (625176) James SHEARER (Air Gunner) RAF - killed

Blenheim L1219 was on the returning leg of a cross-country training flight from its base in RAF Bicester. It was seen to fly extremely low over the village of Port Eynon before diving into sea off Oxwich Point.

Sources:

1. Halley, J J, Air Britain, 1993, Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000 to N9999, page 9
2. National Airchives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1576: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16359492
3. http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/515589/details/bristol-blenheim-i-l1219
4. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530722/bryant,-frederick-george/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1799898/hemsley,-phillip-geoffrey-vezey/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1806999/shearer,-james/
8. http://www.ggat.org.uk/timeline/pdf/Military%20Aircraft%20Crash%20Sites%20in%20Southeast%20Wales.pdf
9. http://www.brightoncollegeremembers.com/roll-of-honour/philip-geoffrey-vezey-hemsley
10. https://www.ancientfaces.com/person/phillip-geoffrey-vezey-hemsley/164198618


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Aug-2013 03:38 JINX Added
16-Oct-2013 03:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Oct-2013 20:08 JINX Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
02-Nov-2013 10:57 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Narrative]
25-Nov-2013 21:10 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
18-Dec-2013 18:15 Nepa Updated [Operator]
24-Nov-2014 09:13 Gloug Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
24-Nov-2014 09:15 R.Depa Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Narrative]
23-Apr-2018 16:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 15:19 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
24-Jun-2019 19:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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