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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162973
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:08-JUL-1940
Time:17:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic both model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Blackburn Botha Mk I
Owner/operator:Blackburn Aircraft Ltd.
Registration: L6205
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sands Lane, Ellerker, Brough, East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Brough Aerodrome, Brough, East Yorkshire (EGNB)
Destination airport:Silloth, Cumberland
Narrative:
On 8th July 1940 this aircraft had just been built at Brough and was being test flown around the area of Brough airfield by a Blackburn Ltd pilot, during the flight it entered a spin from which the pilot was unable to recover and it crashed into an oat field at 17.45 hrs. The crash site was close to Sands Lane, Ellerker, near Brough and sadly the civilian test-pilot was killed. Wreckage was reported to have been spread over three hundred yards in a Civil Defence report sourced. There are unconfirmed reports that the aircraft had suffered sabotage which may be far-fetched.

Pilot - Mr Douglas Frank Charles Brecknell, of Clifton, Bristol. Killed. Burial location not known.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/19/W850: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6577040
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york40/l6205.html
3. https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/507102-blackburn-botha-crashes-1940-a.html
4. https://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/memorial/entry.php?id=52
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/aircraft/blackburn-b-26-botha?page=2

Blackburn Botha

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jan-2014 16:56 PKM Added
12-Oct-2019 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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