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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225881
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:25-FEB-1940
Time:
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:18 Squadron Royal Air Force (18 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1444
C/n / msn: WV-K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Donna Nook Bombing Range, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Metz, France
Destination airport:RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.1 L1444 (WV-K) of 18 Squadron, RAF: crashed on return from a reconnaissance flight, Donna Brook, Lincolnshire, 25 February 1940. The crew took off from France in L1444 on a reconnaissance flight over Germany and Sgt. John Potter was responsible for taking the photographs.

The aircraft was damaged by enemy action over Germany and after crossing the North Sea, crash landed at the Donna Nook Bombing Range, East Lindsey, near North Coates in Lincolnshire on its return. The pilot, Flying Officer Monette, was injured, the Gunner, Leading Aircraftman Whitehall was safe, but John Potter was killed.

Crew of Blenheim L1444
Pilot Officer J A E Monette (pilot,injured).
Sergeant John Abraham Humphries Potter (Observer, Service Number 562838, aged 28) - killed in action
Leading Aircraftman A N Whitehall (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) uninjured

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 9)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/94: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141916
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2723241/potter,-john-abraham-humphries/
4. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15558.0
5. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Sussex/EastGrinsteadWW2.html
6. https://internationalbcc.co.uk/losses/33496/
7. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Sussex/Willingdon.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jun-2019 14:51 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Jun-2019 10:43 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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