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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179351
Last updated: 5 October 2019
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Date:07-AUG-1939
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:107 Sqn RAF
Registration: N6180
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Beachy Head, East Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 7.8.39, Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV N6180, 107 Squadron, RAF Wattisham was destroyed when it Crashed in mist, near Beachy Head, East Sussex. All three crew on board the Blenheim, plus one civilian passer-by, were killed:

Sgt Harry Donald Perry Farrow killed
Act Sgt Alfred John William Sargeant killed
AC2 Leslie Phillips killed

In addition, Miss Mary Florence Savery (aged 35) was killed by flying debris: she was walker on the clifftop path. According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (August 17, 1939 page 161 - see link #3):

"Sgt. Harry Donald Perry Farrow, A/Sgt. Alfred John Williams Sargeant and A/C.2 Leslie Phillips and a woman civilian, lost their lives as the result of an accident which occurred on August 7 at Beachy Head to an aircraft of No. 107 Squadron. Sgt. Farrow was the pilot, and A/Sgt. Sergeant and A/C.2 Phillips were the other members of the crew".

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1939/1939-1-%20-%200535.PDF
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/blenheim-test.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Sep-2015 16:43 TB Added
26-Nov-2017 00:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Nov-2017 00:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2017 18:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
01-Apr-2018 00:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
01-Apr-2018 00:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 10:49 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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