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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158840
Last updated: 31 March 2020
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Date:07-DEC-1940
Time:
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:25 Squadron Royal Air Force (25 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1235
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Elton, Huntingdonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
In the evening of 7 December 1940 the Blenheim If L1235 (a former bomber, converted to fighter) of 25 Sqn RAF took off from Wittering airfield to check the blackout over Peterborough. During the patrol, the weather deteriorated and a bad storm developed. The pilot evidently lost control and the Blenheim dived into ground in a field near Elton, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire since the 1970ís). The pilot, Flt Lt John McCulloch Middlemore Hughes DFC, and the gunner, Sgt. Jack Richard Friend, were both killed and the radar operator, Sgt. F B Blenkharn, was seriously injured.

In the past, the book "Men of the Battle of Britain" said that the Blenheim collided with an aircraft which had been training pilots in night landings at Peterborough aerodrome, the latter aircraft crashing too, killing all six men aboard. This did not take place at all.

Sources:

ORB of 25 Sqn RAF, December 1940 (available online at http://oldrafrecords.com/)
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4622-Blenheim-L1235
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?618-F-Lt-John-Hughes-DFC-25-Sqdn
"The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History", by Graham Warner. ISBN 0-85979-101-7
http://bbm.org.uk/HughesJMM.htm
http://bbm.org.uk/Blenkharn.htm
http://bbm.org.uk/Friend.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elton,_Cambridgeshire
http://www.maplandia.com/united-kingdom/england/east-anglia/cambridgeshire-county/elton/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Aug-2013 08:47 JINX Added
27-Nov-2014 20:02 MiG21 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
07-Dec-2015 15:18 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 10:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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