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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209928
Last updated: 23 February 2020
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Date:13-NOV-1939
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:110 (Hyderabad) Squadron Royal Air Force (110 (Hyderabad) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N6198
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barking Tye, 2 miles east of Wattisham, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Blenheim N6198 Written off (destroyed) 13/11/39 when crashed at Barking Tye, two miles east of Wattisham, Suffolk. One of the two crew members was killed, one was injured:
Crew:
Sgt (580398) Victor Brunsden THORNE (observer) RAF - killed
P/O Philip Samuel GOULDER (Canadian) injured

According to a recent newspaper report ("Ipswich Star" 9 November 2001) on the activities of the Wattisham Airfield museum volunteers (see link #4)

"Close to the mass grave in the peaceful graveyard at Hitcham is the headstone of Sergeant Victor Thorne who died after his plane crashed during low level training out of RAF Wattisham in November 1939.

The aircraft, piloted by a colleague, crashed at Barking Tye two miles east of Wattisham killing observer Sgt Thorne and seriously injuring the pilot. Sgt Thorne's grave was terribly overgrown, with a tree sprouting from the plot.

Now, thanks to the work of the museum, the grave has been cleared and poppy crosses are being lain at both".

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. National Arcgives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1655: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16359694
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2720532/thorne,-victor-brunsden/
5. http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/forgotten-are-honoured-1-122980
6. 110 Squadron RAF ORB (Air Ministry Form 540) 1937-1940: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C2503496
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barking,_Suffolk


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Apr-2018 17:33 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Sep-2018 07:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
26-Sep-2018 09:15 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
24-Jun-2019 21:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
23-Feb-2020 11:45 Xindel XL Updated [Location, Narrative, Operator]

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