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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180050
Last updated: 16 April 2020
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Date:25-JAN-1940
Time:14:20
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:57 Squadron Royal Air Force (57 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1280
C/n / msn: DX-C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:S of Duisburg -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Rosieres-en-Santerre, France
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L1280 (DX-C) of 57 Squadron, RAF. Took off 25 January 1940 from Rosieres-en-Santerre, France on a Reconnaissance sortie over North Western Germany. Shot down by Shot down by Fw Scherer of 2./JGr.102 during a reconnaissance mission south of Duisburg, North Rhine Westphalia. All three crew killed.

Crew of Blenheim L1280:
Pilot Officer (Pilot) John Noel O'Reilly-Blackwood, RAF 42474, 57 Sqn., killed in action 25/01/1940
Sergeant (Observer) Douglas James Bendall, RAF 580596, 57 Sqn., age 24, killed in action 25/01/1940
Aircraftman 2nd Class (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) John Raymond Hunter, RAF 625656, 57 Sqn., killed in action 25/01/1940

All three occupants were buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 7)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/88: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141910
3. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/57_squadron.html#2501
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2040825/o'reilly-blackwood,-john-noel/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2036873/bendall,-douglas-james/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2055707/hunter,-john-raymond/
Jenaer Volksblatt 27 January 1939


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Sep-2015 17:50 gerard57 Added
20-Oct-2015 17:54 Jixn Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
12-Feb-2016 17:46 MrBean1941 Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 06:47 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
06-Jun-2019 01:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2019 10:42 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
16-Apr-2020 16:16 TB Updated [Location, Source]

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