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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225433
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:31-JUL-1940
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:25 Squadron Royal Air Force (25 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1408
C/n / msn: ZK-J
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bristol Channel, off Worm's Head, Rhossili, Gower Peninsula -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RAF St. Athan, Glamorgan, South Wales
Destination airport:
Narrative:
This Blenheim was built by A V Roe & Co and, at time of loss, was assigned to 25 Squadron. The aircraft was in collision with another Blenheim, L6722 of 29 Squadron during A.I. Radar System trials over the Bristol Channel off Worm's Head, Rhossili, Gower Peninsula, on 31st July 1940. All six crew - three in each aircraft were killed:

Crew of Blenheim L1408:
Sgt Joseph Beckett Thompson, pilot, Service Number 566058, aged 24 - killed
AC.2 Edward John Toy of 32 MU RAF St. Athan, Service Number 572787, aged 19 - killed
Mr. D M Gordon, a civilian assistant from 32 MU, RAF St. Athan - killed

Were all lost as were the occupants of L6722 - Sgt. E Waite, Sgt. CJ Richardson and LAC T Ward from 32 MU.

Sources:

1. Halley, J J, 1993, Air Britain, Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000 to N9999
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/2497
3. http://www.ggat.org.uk/timeline/pdf/Military%20Aircraft%20Crash%20Sites%20in%20Southeast%20Wales.pdf
4. https://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/515601/details/bristol-blenheim-1-l6722
5. https://britainatwar.keypublishing.com/2018/08/23/the-many-raf-ground-crew-in-the-battle-of-britain/
6. https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/web_db_input.php
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2931372/thompson,-joseph-beckett/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1808971/toy,-edward-john/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3168813/gordon,-/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-May-2019 22:20 Dr. John Smith Added
25-May-2019 10:32 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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