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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22323
Last updated: 9 April 2019
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Date:15-DEC-1940
Time:
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:600 (City of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (600 (City of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L8723
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:nr RAF Catterick, Yorkshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Drem
Destination airport:RAF Catterick
Narrative:
In October 1940, 600 Sqn RAF, a nightfighter squadron using Blenheim IF, moved to Catterick airfield in Yorkshire for being re-equipped with Beaufighters night fighters. Until the end of the year the squadron continued also to fly patrols when the bad weather permitted, and sent detachments at Drem, Prestwick and Acklington.

On 15 December 1940 several aircraft of 600 Sqn RAF were flying from Drem to Catterick but met bad weather. The Blenheim If L8723 was force-landed close to Catterick airfield possibly at 1510 hrs due to this bad weather. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair, Cat.W/FA damage being recorded and it was struck off charge two days later. The crew were slightly injured and their names are not known.

Blenheim L8723 was built to contract 551920/37 by Rootes Securities Ltd. at Speke and was awaiting collection in August 1939, it was placed into MU storage for a few months before being taken on charge by 229 Sqn at Digby when the unit re-formed after a twenty year period of absence from the RAF in November 1939. It later transferred to 219 Sqn at Catterick in 1940 but the precise date is not known. On 12 October 1940 219 Sqn moved to Redhill being replaced the same day by 600 Sqn from Redhill and this aircraft was left behind at Catterick and was taken on charge by 600 Sqn.

Sources:

http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york40/l8723.html
"The Bristol Blenheim: A Complete History", by Graham Warner. ISBN 0-85979-101-7
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Catterick
https://www.google.com/maps/search/54.365278,-1.619722/@54.365278,-1.619722,3336m/data=!4m2!2m1!4b1?dg=dbrw&newdg=1


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Aug-2008 23:17 Anon. Added
10-Jan-2012 14:01 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport]
26-Jan-2013 16:07 Nepa Updated [Destination airport, Source]
23-Aug-2013 07:07 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport]
24-Aug-2013 06:33 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
24-Aug-2013 15:03 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
14-Nov-2013 17:18 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
25-Nov-2013 21:13 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
17-Dec-2013 17:41 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
20-Jan-2014 20:40 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
29-Sep-2014 02:53 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
14-Oct-2014 14:40 Jixn Updated [Operator, Location]
14-Oct-2014 14:42 Unitex Updated [Operator]
15-Dec-2015 10:27 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 09:01 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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