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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196758
Last updated: 9 February 2021
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IVF
Owner/operator:203 Squadron Royal Air Force (203 Sqn RAF)
Registration: T9173
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Khormaksar, Aden -   Yemen
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Khormaksar, Aden
Destination airport:RAF Khormaksar, Aden
Early in the morning of 18 February 1941 two Blenheim IVFs of 203 Sqn RAF took off at 0605 and 0615 hrs from Khormaksar airfield near Aden for a strafing attack against Makale airfield, Ethiopia. A Fiat CR.32 flown by Tenente Alberto Veronese of 410a Sqa attacked and shot down Blenheim T2053, flown by Squadron Leader A.L.H. Solano, the aircraft force-landed in the Piano del Sale, on the Eritrean-Ethiopian border. He then chased the other Blenheim, T9173, flown by Squadron Leader Scott, out to sea and fired at it without apparent effect. It was badly damaged however, and crash-landed on its return to Aden. It was damaged beyond repair but the crew (Flt Lt B T Scott, Sgt R A Harding and Sgt D J Bushnell) was unhurt.

Of the three crew of T2053, Sgt Richard Douglas Rushton was found to be dead after the crash. The two other crew, Sqn Ldr Austin Luis Hugo Solano and Sgt E W A Sutton set out to walk to Assam, 145 km southeast of the crash site. Though they were assisted by friendly tribesmen Sqn Ldr Solano collapsed and died eight days later.

"Royal Air Force Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Volume 1: 1939-1942", by David Gunby and Pelham Temple. ISBN 1-85780-234-9

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Revision history:

18-Jul-2017 21:51 Laurent Rizzotti Added
09-Oct-2018 18:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
09-Oct-2018 19:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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