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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208431
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:21-JUN-1939
Time:night
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:29 Squadron Royal Air Force (29 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1504
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cole End Farm, Cole End Lane, Sewards End, near Debden, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Debden, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF L1504, 29 Squadron, RAF Debden: Written off (destroyed) 21/6/39 when crashed at night at Cole End Farm, Cole End Lane, Sewards End, near Debden, Essex. Aircraft failed to gain altitude on take off from RAF Debden, Essex, crashed into trees, and was destroyed by fire on impact. Pilot - Pilot Officer Sydney Herbert Lyttle (aged 20) - was killed. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (July 6, 1939 page 7 - see link #4)

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
THE Air Ministry regrets to announce the following accidents:
P/O Sydney Herbert Lyttle (flying solo) lost his life in an accident which occurred near Saffron Walden on June 21 to an aircraft of No. 29 Squadron."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. http://aircrewremembered.com/blenheim-test.html
4. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1939/1939-1-%20-%200033.PDF
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?314-RAF-officer-deaths-1-1-29-3-9-39
6. https://sewards-end.cylex-uk.co.uk/company/cole-end-farm-19669216.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Mar-2018 18:58 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Sep-2018 10:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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