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Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:01-OCT-1939
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:139 (Jamaica) Squadron Royal Air Force (139 (Jamaica) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N6231
C/n / msn: XD-D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:between Glissen and Westenfeld, 5 km N of Petershagen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV N6231, ("XD-D") of 139 (Jamaica) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) on combat operations on 1 October 1939. Took off from RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire, for reconnaissance of Hanover. Shot down over Petershagen, Minden-Lübbecke district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, near Hanover, Germany. (At approximate coordinates: 52°23'N 8°58'E). Two of the three crew were killed, one bailed out injured, was captured and taken as POW.

Crew of Blenheim N6231:
Flying Officer A C MacLachan (pilot, bailed out injured, captured and taken as prisoner of war).
AC.2 (Aircraftman 2nd Class) Ronald Victor Britton (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 547193, aged 19) - killed in action
Sgt William Brown (Observer, Service Number 562022, aged 28) - killed in action

According to some published sources: "Shot down on 1st October 1939 during a reconnaissance flight over Germany by the Oblt Walter Adolph of 2./JG 1, claimed as his first victory of WWII. The Blenheim crashed between Glissen and Westenfeld, 5 km North of Petershagen, so roughly 75 km north of Hanover."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/25: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142108
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2198281/brown,-william/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2198264/britton,-ronald-victor/
5. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/17.htm
6. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=22306
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petershagen


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jun-2019 20:48 Dr. John Smith Added
02-Jun-2019 20:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Jun-2019 09:37 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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