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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16295
Last updated: 20 January 2020
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Date:15-JUL-1940
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:55 Squadron Royal Air Force (55 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4820
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Buq Buq, Western Desert -   Libya
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:LG-017, Fuka Aerodrome, Sidi Haneish, Egypt
Destination airport:LG-017, Fuka Aerodrome, Sidi Haneish, Egypt
Narrative:
Crashed 15 July 1940 at Bug Bug, Western Desert, Libya. All three crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1122): "Flying Officer M F H Fox, Sergeant H F A Nicholas and Temporary Sergeant M Kline: report of deaths; Blenheim L4820 lost in air operations, 15 July 1940"

Took off from LG-017, Fuka Aerodrome, Sidi Haneish, Egypt to bomb Gazala. Crashed on fire on return at Buq Buq, due to starboard engine seizing and catching fire. No survivors among the three crew.

Crew of Blenheim L4820:
Flying Officer Michael Frederick Henry Fox (Pilot) RAF 39870 aged 21 - killed in action 15/07/1940
Sergeant Harry Francis Alfred Nicholas (Observer) RAF 563273, aged 26 - killed in action 15/07/1940
Temporary Sergeant M Kline (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) - killed in action 15/07/1940

All three crew fatalities were buried at Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain. 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1122: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502934
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2116124/fox,-michael-frederick-henry/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2057803/nicholas,-harry-francis-alfred/
5. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/19.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Mar-2008 21:52 JINX Added
15-Dec-2014 17:12 Jixon Updated [Operator]
09-Oct-2018 18:47 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
08-Aug-2019 18:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative]
16-Oct-2019 12:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Oct-2019 22:10 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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