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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19835
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:18-NOV-1939
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:8 Sqn Royal Air Force (8 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L6647
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Wadi Sanam, 15 miles NW of Mashyakhat al-Irqa, Aden -   Yemen
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Khormaksar, Aden
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.1 L6647 of 8 Squadron, crash landed near Wadi Sanam, 15 miles NW of Mashyakhat al-Irqa, Aden (now Yemen), due to engine failure; crew survived crash, but killed by Bedouin Tribesmen

Crew of Blenheim L6647:
Pilot Officer (40538) Mervyn Osmond Howell (pilot) RAF - killed.
Pilot Officer (39826) Richard John Melville-Townsend (observer) RAF - killed.
AC.1 (541094) Alan Usherwood Smith (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) RAF - killed.

All three crew buried at Maala Cemetery, Al-Ma'ala, Aden, Yemen

Sources:

1. James J Halley, Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain 1978 p 45)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/50: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142167
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?14818-Howell-Mervyn-Osmond-P-O-40538-Died-18-11-39-8-Sqd-Maala-Cemetery
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2194571/howell,-mervyn-osmond/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2194589/melville-townsend,-richard-john/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2194621/smith,-alan-usherwood/
7. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23494862/richard-john-melville_townsend


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-May-2008 13:12 JINX Added
23-Jan-2012 04:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Jul-2013 09:37 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
15-Dec-2014 14:56 Jixon Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 15:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]
04-Jun-2019 01:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Jun-2019 04:18 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
26-Jun-2019 22:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Jul-2019 21:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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