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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209637
Last updated: 7 November 2019
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Date:10-SEP-1939
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:82 Squadron Royal Air Force (82 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P4853
C/n / msn: UX-D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cleeve, North Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV, 82 Squadron, P4853 ('UX-D') RAF Watton, Thetford, Norfolk: Substantially damaged 10/9/39 when crashed into a field just to the WNW of Cleeve village, after engine failure. The aircraft struck high-voltage cables during the enforced descent and cartwheeled on ground impact. Aircraft had taken off from RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire. Two of the crew of four were killed (succumbing to their injuries shortly after the accident); the remaining two survived with injuries:

Sgt James Pratt alias James McLaughlin killed (Sergeant (Pilot) Service Number 516867 died 11/9/39 of injuries sustained)
AC.1 George Henry Butler (Aircraftman 1st Class (Flight Mechanic) Service Number 549796, aged 19) killed
AC.1 J. Dorman injured
AC.1 Ronald Patrick Arthur Dougan injured

Aircraft presumably repaired, as Blenheim Mk.IV P4853 ("UX-D") was lost on combat operations on 17/5/40 on a mission to Gembloux, Belgium (see link #9)

Sources:

1. RAF Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 26)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1509: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16359540
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2734958/butler,-george-henry/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2451662/mclaughlin,-james/
7. http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=1939-09-10
8. http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=P4853
9. https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=141358


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Apr-2018 00:40 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Sep-2018 08:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
24-Jun-2019 17:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
31-Oct-2019 17:12 fergui01 Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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