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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 176583
Last updated: 19 August 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:25 Squadron Royal Air Force (25 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1439
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Dartford, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Hawkinge, Folkestone, Kent
Destination airport:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.1F L1439 of 25 Sqaudron, RAF Hawkinge: Written off 18.5.39: Lost control in cloud at night, near Dartford, Kent. One of the two crew was killed:
Sgt (568629) John G. Lingard (pilot) RAF - baled out, survived OK
A/C 1 (613589) Francis R. Jones (passenger) RAF - killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (May 25, 1939 page 530 - see link #4):

A/C.2 Francis Roy Jones lost his life in an accident which occurred at Dartford, Kent, on May 18, to an aircraft of No. 25 Squadron. Sgt. John Granville Lingard, the pilot, was not injured".

Note that some published sources give the crash date as 18/5/39 and others as 19/5/39. The crash took place at night, on the night of 18-19/5/39. However, the above contemporary report from "Flight" magazine implies that the crash happened before midnight - that is on 18/5/39.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (Jame J. Halley Air Britain, 1983)
2. ORB 25 Sqdn RAF at

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Revision history:

02-Jun-2015 08:27 Thomas Fuk Added
26-Jan-2018 01:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
27-Mar-2018 23:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 10:01 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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