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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209785
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:18-OCT-1939
Time:night
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:604 (County of Middlesex) Squadron Royal Air Force (604 (County of Middlesex) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L6689
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pampisford Road, Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF North Weald, Essex
Destination airport:RAF Croydon, Surrey
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF L6689, 604 (County of Middlesex) Squadron, RAF North Weald, Essex: Written off (destroyed) 18/10/39 when flew into ground at night at Pampisford Road, Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey. Both crew were killed:

Flying Officer Edward Neville Prescott (Service Number 90211, aged 27) killed
Leading Aircraftman Albert Roberts (Service Number 804276, aged 19) killed

According to a Facebook posting, referring to the recovery of some wreckage of this aircraft (see link #6):

"Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF, Serial No. L6689, of No.604 (County of Middlesex) Squadron which crashed into playing fields to the east of Croydon Airfield, between Pampisford Road and Purley Way. It flew into the ground on the night of 18th October 1939, reputedly in flames, killing the pilot, Flying Officer Edward N. Prescott, and Air Gunner, Leading Aircraftsman Albert Roberts.

The Blenheim had taken off from its base at North Weald and was sortied on a night anti-aircraft co-operation flight when the accident happened. An inquest reported in the Croydon Advertiser on 27th October 1939 described them as coming from a ‘Middlesex Aerodrome’ (the confusion probably coming from being No.604 (County of Middlesex) Squadron) and recorded a verdict of ‘misadventure’. Their home base of North Weald is obviously in Essex.

Flying Officer Edward Neville Prescott, Service No. 90211, was twenty-seven years old. He was the son of Lt/Col. Henry C. and Mary A. Prescott, and husband of Imogen Prescott. He is buried in the Redhill (Redstone) Cemtery.

Leading Aircraftman Albert Roberts, Service No.804276, was only nineteen years old. He was the son of Harold J. and Ethel Roberts of Edgware. He is buried in the Little Stanmore (St. Lawrence) Churchyard."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 45)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1589: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16359620
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2435340/prescott,-edward-neville/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2735456/roberts,-albert/
6. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=915216871966821&id=126834467471736
7. https://nekropole.info/en/Edward-Neville-Prescott
8. http://nwamuseum.co.uk/page15.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Apr-2018 21:06 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Sep-2018 10:46 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
24-Jun-2019 19:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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