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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192101
Last updated: 1 July 2020
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Date:27-FEB-1940
Time:15:00 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:114 (Hong Kong) Squadron Royal Air Force (114 (Hong Kong) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L8838
C/n / msn: RT-J
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Beausart, near Acheux en Amienois, Somme -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Condé-Vraux, France
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L8838, 114 (Hong Kong) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when crashed during a training sortie, lost in clouds, 2 of the crew bailed out, one killed. Aircraft crashed at Beausart near Acheux en Amienois, Somme. According to the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/1852): "Pilot Officer H Dodgson killed; aircraft accident, Blenheim L8838, 114 Squadron, 27 February 1940".

Crew of Blenheim L8838:
Pilot Officer Harold Dodgson (Pilot, Service Number 41525,aged 20) - killed in action 27/2/1940, buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Sgt Hawkins - bailed out, uninjured
AC.1 (Aircraftsman First Class) BARROW - bailed out, uninjured

The loss of Harold Dodgson was the first operational fataltity for 114 Sqaudron in WWII

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1852: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16471327
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2278858/dodgson,-harold/
4. https://www.somme-aviation-39-45.fr/dossiers-decouvertes/blenheim-iv-beaussart-27-fevrier-1940/-blenheim-iv-beaussart-27-fevrier-1940.html
5. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=1847
6. http://amrvraux.com/page-2/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Dec-2016 13:35 gerard57 Added
26-Sep-2018 09:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
30-Nov-2018 21:03 John Updated [Narrative]
01-Jul-2019 22:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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