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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209893
Last updated: 14 June 2021
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:Special Duties Flt Royal Air Force (Special Duties Flt RAF)
Registration: P4848
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ben Inner, near Carsphain, Kircudbrightshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Perth, Scone, Perthshire
Destination airport:RAF St. Athan, Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV P4848, Special Duties Flight, RAF Perth: Written off (destroyed) 8/11/39 when crashed on Ben Inner, near Carsphairn, Kircurbrightshire. Pilot - Flight Lt Kenneth Norman Masters Eyres (Service Number 34234) - killed.

During 8/11/39 the Special Duties Flight, a unit which was testing radio and radar equipment among other things for the Air Ministry Research Establishment, were ferrying 5 aircraft (4 Blenheims and 1 Battle) from Perth to RAF St Athan. The Battle landed at Blackpool due to poor weather while three of the Blenheims arrived safely at St Athan. The last aircraft, P4848, had not landed at any airfield and was reported as overdue.

The crash site was located more than a week later on 17/11/39 on the lower slopes of Ben Inner near Carsphairn. A guard was provided by No.4 AOS at West Freugh while “the special installation” was recovered by personnel from Air Ministry Research Establishment. The special installation was probably a Mk.II Airborne Interception Radar which was first fitted to Blenheims for testing during November 1939.

Note that, officially, according to the Air Ministry file on this accident (File AIR 81/1646), Blenheim P4848 was on charge with 32 MU RAF St. Athan (as per link #2), quote: "Blenheim P4848, 32 Maintenance Unit; aircraft accident, 8 November 1939; Flight Lieutenant K N M Eyres: killed".


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 ()James J. Halley Air Britain 1978
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1646:

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Revision history:

25-Apr-2018 21:46 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Oct-2018 18:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
24-Jun-2019 20:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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