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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22337
Last updated: 23 May 2021
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Time:c. 23:30
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:219 Squadron Royal Air Force (219 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L8724
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:River Swale, RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire
A Blenheim L8724 from No 219 Squadron based at Catterick airfield in Yorkshire, collided with HT cables and crashed into the River Swale during a searchlight co-operation flight, Pilot Officer J.C. Carriere and Sgt C. Beveridge, both superficially injured, the aircraft was a write-off.
P/O (J/41813) Joseph Charles Lionel CARRIERE (pilot) RCAF - injured
Sgt (54030) Charles BEVERIDGE (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) RAF - injured

According to one published source (see link #4)

"Charles Beveridge teamed up with the Canadian Pilot Officer John Charles Carriere who was the same age as him, and had been with 219 since it reformed in 1939. Their first flight together in ‘B’ Flight was on the 2nd August in Blenheim L8724, taking off at 14:11 hours to investigate unidentified aircraft (these were called 'X' Raids) in the area of Catterick, landing one hour later with no contact being made. Most of the night patrols covered the areas around Middlesborough, Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool.

With this sortie under his belt Beveridge was able to later claim the exclusive Battle of Britain bar for his 1939-45 Star. Their next flight later in the day, in the same aircraft, also proved to be uneventful, a night ‘op’ investigating an X-Raid from Leeming, taking off at 21:10 hours and landing 35 minutes later. Their third X-Raid ‘op’ of the day took place from 23:40 hours until 01:40 hours, again with no results.

On Tuesday 6th August they took off from Leeming at 22:55hrs in Blenheim L8724 on a searchlight co-operation flight, during which they dived low over a river. During this manoeuvre Pilot Officer Carriere flew into high tension cables and crashed into the river, completely wrecking the aircraft. Both Beveridge and Carriere suffered facial injuries, Carriere being admitted to hospital whilst Beveridge returned to the squadron. Beveridge did not fly again until Wednesday 4th September 1940..."

Blenheim L8724 was struck off charge as "beyond economic repair" (Cat.E(GI)) and relegated to a ground instructional airframe 2576M in March 1941.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain 1979)

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Revision history:

06-Aug-2008 23:18 Anon. Added
16-Feb-2012 00:09 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
20-Aug-2013 14:13 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
11-Nov-2014 15:14 Anthony COX Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 07:56 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
28-Sep-2018 01:03 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-May-2019 13:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Dec-2020 11:00 INV Updated [Location, Narrative, Operator]
23-Mar-2021 17:18 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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