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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 219799
Last updated: 1 April 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:5 AOS Royal Air Force (5 AOS RAF)
Registration: Z6350
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mull of Kintyre, Argyllshire, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 21 December 1941 the Blenheim IV Z6350 of 5 AOS RAF was on its way to Tiree on a training exercise when it ran short of fuel and tried to make a cloud break to land at Machrihanish. It flew into high ground on Mull of Kintyre, Argyllshire, killing all crew. The actual place of the crash is a 329m hill 3 miles southeast of Tayinloan on the Kintyre Peninsula. It hit the hill and travelled up and along a ridge before stopping. The engines were removed by the RAF shortly after the crash. Small pieces are still visible on the hill.

Crew (all killed):
Sgt Arthur John Gearing 550938 (pilot)
Sgt John Edward Orton 1013757 (pilot)
Cpl Robert Sidney Cohen 655638 (observer under training)
AC2 Peter Gibson Woodward 1377654 (wireless operator/air gunner under training)

Orton is buried at Douglas, Isle of Man, Gearing at Wallasey, Cheshire, Cohen at Golders Green Jewish, Middlesex, and Woodward at Surbiton, Surrey.

December 21st 1941, “Blenheim Z6350 crashed and was completely wrecked on Mull of Kintyre. Sgts Orton and Gearing, Cpl Cohen and AC Woodward were all killed.”


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21-Dec-2018 10:14 Laurent Rizzotti Added

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