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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225853
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:27-DEC-1939
Time:
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:107 Sqn RAF
Registration: L8779
C/n / msn: OM-D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea, 10 km north of Wangerooge, Frisian Islands, Lower Saxony -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L8779 (OM-D) of 107 Squadron, RAF: failed to return from a reconnaissance flight, 27 December 1939. Lost at Sea, 10 km north of Wangerooge, Frisian Islands, Lower Saxony, at approximate coordinates: 5347′27″N 753′57″E, with all three crew posted as "missing presumed dead". One source (see link #7) credits Karl August Schumacher in a Bf 109E-3 of the Luftwaffe's Stab./JG 1 with shooting down Blenheim L8779 (his second victory in air to air combat)

Crew of Blenheim L8779:
Pilot Officer Keith Laxton (Pilot, service Number 70389, aged 21)
Leading Aircraftman, Truscott Victor Lewis (Service Number 531954, aged 21)
Sergeant William Anderson (Service Number 580390, aged 22)

No trace of the aircraft or of the crew were ever found; they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 59)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/79: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141880
3. https://www.aviationartprints.com/airframe_data.php?FrameID=23035
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1803186/laxton,-keith/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1803418/lewis,-truscott-victor/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1082801/anderson,-william/
7. http://www.aircrewremembered.com/KrackerDatabase/?s=1600&q=Karl%2C
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wangerooge


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jun-2019 17:41 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Jun-2019 10:36 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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