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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173641
Last updated: 7 January 2020
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Date:25-JUL-1939
Time:night
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:23 Squadron Royal Air Force (23 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1465
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Longlands Field, Little Humby, 5 miles E of Grantham, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.1F L1465 of No 23 Squadron, RAF Wittering: Written off (destroyed) 25.7.39 when collided with Hawker Hart, K4977 of No 12 FTS at Longlands Field, Little Humby, South Kesteven, five miles east of Grantham, Lincolnshire. (At approximate co ordinates 52.884644N 0.511296W). One person in each aircraft was killed, one of the Blenheim crew baled out:

Crew:
Acting Sgt Leslie George Tarrant (aged 30) killed
Flying Officer Percy Don Walker baled out; injured

Pilot of Hawker Hart K4977 - Acting Pilot Officer William Leonard Wright (aged 23) - was also killed. According to a contemporary report in the "Lincolnshire Echo" (on the Coroners inquest into the death of the pilot), which is the nearest thing to an "eyewitness report":

"The Coroner received a statement by Flying Officer Walker, in which he said that he performed a steep climbing turn after break-away intending to recall the flight to a southerly course, when he felt a tremendous jar The cockpit of his machine was badly damaged, and the craft fell out of control in a steep dive. His height was about 2,000 feet at the time and Sgt. Tarrant opened the sliding roof a few inches and began to buckle on his parachute. He (Walker) undid his belt, and tried to open the sliding roof a little further, but it seemed to have jammed. He eventually managed to open it just enough to abandon the machine."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. http://aircrewremembered.com/blenheim-test.html
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?16019-Who-is-quot-Harry-quot-23-Sqn-Early-1939/page3&styleid=3
5. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1930s-incident-logs#1939
6. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/sergeant-leslie-george-tarrant-raf-25th-july-1939.70101/
7. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?18234-Pre-War-Wittering-acft-amp-personnel-losses/page2&styleid=3


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Feb-2015 20:29 Quentin Added
08-Feb-2015 12:37 Erectus Updated [Aircraft type]
26-Jan-2018 00:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
31-Mar-2018 20:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 10:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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