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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161010
Last updated: 29 October 2019
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Date:30-JAN-1939
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:64 Squadron Royal Air Force (64 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1476
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sykes Moor, near Glossop, Derbyshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire
Narrative:
Brsitol Blenheim Mk.I L1476 of 64 Squadron, RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire: Crashed during training flight on 30th January 1939. Both of the crew were new to the Squadron and Church Fenton, and were getting used to the surrounding areas. The aircraft Never returned from the exercise and was marked as missing, on the 12th February 1939, two weeks since the aircraft was lost the wreck and the two dead crew were discovered by a hill walker.

Crew:
Pilot Officer Stanley John Daly ROBINSON (pilot) RAF killed
Pilot Officer Jack Elliott THOMAS (observer) RAF killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (February 23, 1939 page 186 - see link #8):

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
With reference to the disappearance on January 30 of an aircraft of No. 64 (Fighter) Squadron, Church Fenton, Yorkshire, the Air Ministry regrets to announce that P/O Stanley John Daly Robinson and P/O Jack Elliott Thomas lost their lives on that date; the wreckage of the aircraft was located on Bleak Low Moor, near Glossop, Derbyshire. P/Os Robinson and Thomas were first and second pilots and the only occupants of the aircraft".

Some info acquired from the web says The crew must have become hopelessly lost, Early searches were concentrated over the sea, but they were well inland when they flew into Sykes Moor and the aircraft disintegrated, however, In the book Peakland Air Crashes - The North (2006), Pat Cunningham says the bodies of the airmen were found some distance back along the the planes flightpath, suggesting the men had baled out, but Tragically they were too close to the ground to use their parachutes.

There is a rememberence monument, built at the crash site on 18th May 1991 by the cadets and staff of 1401 Squadron ATC.

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20140409023645/http://www.28dayslater.co.uk:80/forums/military-sites/71524-raf-bristol-blenheim-mk-i-l1476-crash-site.html
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. http://aircrashsites.co.uk/air-crash-sites-5/bristol-blenheim-l1476-on-bleaklow/
4. https://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/crash_sites/peak-district/bristol-blenheim-l1476-sykes-moor/
5. http://peakwreckhunters.blogspot.co.uk/2007/06/blenheim-mki-l1476l-20a-beaver-52-6145.html
6. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pasujoba44/4058278423
7. http://peak-rambler.blogspot.com/2012/05/bleaklow-and-bristol-blenheim-crash.html
8. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1939/1939%20-%200510.PDF
9. http://aircrewremembered.com/blenheim-test.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Sep-2013 08:02 gerard57 Added
10-Oct-2013 06:04 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
02-Nov-2013 08:51 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Nov-2013 05:19 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
18-Dec-2013 18:17 Nepa Updated [Operator]
15-Dec-2014 18:40 Froome Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
18-Nov-2015 07:02 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 20:22 Staller Updated [Operator]
03-Dec-2017 22:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Mar-2018 18:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 06:40 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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