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Date:02-FEB-1942
Time:
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:113 Squadron Royal Air Force (113 Sqn RAF)
Registration: Z7680
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Toungoo airfield -   Myanmar
Phase: Landing
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 2 February 1942 the Blenheim IV Z7680 of 113 Sqn RAF flown by 2nd Lt N M ’Hookey’ Russel, SAAF, crashed when a tyre burst on landing at Toungoo, Central Burma. The aircraft bounced, then swerved to port hitting some barrels and caught fire. Just as Russel was halfway out, the fuel tank exploded. Burned from head to waist by the flames, he managed to drag himself clear of the inferno. Another man of 113 Sqn, Bill Clearihue, who was still in the cockpit of his Blenheim Z7859 after landing earlier, jumped out and ron over to the burning bomber. He jumped onto the wing of the aircraft and pulled out a heavily burnt Russel. The two other crew, Sgt Tom Barry and F/Sgt Allan Albert Tillott, both RAAF, escaped safely.

Not expected to survive, he did in fact recover after many weeks of intensive care. He was flown back to Calcutta where another pilot of 113 Sqn, Sgt ’Chappy" Chapman, saw him a couple of months later. He was down to only 130 lbs weight, still had burn marks on his face and was worried about losing the sight of his left eye.

According to Chapman, the above aircraft was flying from Mingaladon to Toungoo carrying his crews kit as well as that of Sgt J Chapman, who went on ahead taking the (ground?) crews in his aircraft.

Sources:

"Bloody Shambles, volume two: the defence of Sumatra to the fall of Burma", by CHristopher SHores, Brian Cull & Yasuho Izawa. ISBN 0-948817-67-4
"The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History", by Graham Warner. ISBN 0-85979-101-7
"Air Battle for Burma: Allied Pilots’ Fight for Supremacy" by Bryn Evans. ISBN 978-1-47385-892-3
http://113squadron.com/113_squadron_personnel.htm
http://113squadron.com/id21.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taungoo
http://www.maplandia.com/burma/bago-pegu/thoungoo/taungoo/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Feb-2017 11:25 Laurent Rizzotti Added
09-Oct-2018 17:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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