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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204386
Last updated: 20 June 2021
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:18 Squadron Royal Air Force (18 Sqn RAF)
Registration: Z7283
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Crashed into a cottage at Hough-on-the-Hill, 5 miles N of Grantham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham
Destination airport:
T/o Wattisham for a night exercise which, Derek Bales reports, involved elements of the 70th Suffolk Regiment. Shortly after midnight one of the Blenheim's engines began to misfire and Sgt Jones ordered his crew to bale out but as the aircraft had descended to below a thousand feet Sgt Dawson said he would rather risk forced-landing. However, Sgt Crawford complied and jumped from the stricken bomber at 750 feet, landing in a tree from where he was rescued suffering from shock and a sprained left ankle. Meanwhile, at approximately 00:15 the Blenheim crashed into a cottage at Hough-on-the-Hill, 5 miles N of Grantham, killing the occupants Mr and Mrs Ayto; both are buried in West Kesteven Rural District Cemetery. Sgt Jones was taken home to Wales and laid to rest in Dolbenmaen [Bethel] Cemetery while 32 year old Sgt Dawson's funeral was held at Hull's Northern Cemetery, their bodies having initially being recovered to RAF Spitalgate. Sadly, Sgt G B Crawford, who had joined 18 Squadron on 6 May 1942, was killed in a flying accident on 18 July 1942.

Pilot:656731 Sgt John Kenneth Jones - killed
Observer:1027697 Sgt Herbert Dawson - killed
WOp/AG:1178840 Sgt George Bernard Crawford - Injured
Mr John Ayto - killed
Mrs Annie Sophia Ayto - killed


Derek Bales 18 Squadron

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Revision history:

14-Jan-2018 17:34 Red Dragon Added
14-Jan-2018 17:39 Red Dragon Updated [Narrative]
12-Feb-2018 09:32 XindelXL Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]

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