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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205825
Last updated: 15 July 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:600 (City of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (600 (City of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L6685
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF stn Hornchurch, Essex, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
At 23:45 hrs on 16th November 1939 Flying Officer Albert Anthony Vickers (90084) of 600 (City of London) Squadron RAF took off from Hornchurch airfield for a patrol. He was flying solo the Blenheim IF L6685.

While the aircraft gained speed witnesses noticed the starboard engine spluttering badly. At about 200 feet it cut completely and the aircraft hit a tree, then a wing hit the ground and the Blenheim crashed and burst into flames. Vickers was killed instantaneously.

He was cremated on the 20th November 1939 at Golders Green Crematorium. The Squadron ORB said "The Squadron lost one of its most popular and capable officers."


1. "Gentlemen in Blue: 600 Squadron", by Hans Onderwater. ISBN 0-85052-575-6
2. "The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History", by Graham Warner. ISBN 0-85979-101-7
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1662:

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Revision history:

08-Feb-2018 13:13 Laurent Rizzotti Added
26-Apr-2018 21:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 09:18 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
25-Jun-2019 00:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
15-Jul-2020 08:45 Xindel XL Updated [Location, Narrative, Operator]

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