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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226119
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Date:03-MAY-1940
Time:21:00 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:53 Squadron Royal Air Force (53 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L9329
C/n / msn: TE-L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Horningrinde, Sasbach near Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg, -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Metz, France
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L9329 (TE-L) of 53 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed on combat operations) when failed to return on a reconnaissance flight over Achern, Germany, 3 May 1940. Took off from Metz, France at 20:30 on a reconnaissance flight over the Ruhr. Aircraft believed to have come down at Horningrinde, Sasbach, near Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg at 21:00; all three crew were killed

Crew of Blenheim L9329:
Aircraftman 2nd Class Robert Arthur Wood (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 624992)
Sergeant Maurice George Arthur Pearce (Observer, Service Number 565936, aged 24)
Pilot Officer J L G Butterworth (Pilot, Service Number 40798, aged 21)

All three crew were initially buried at Seebach, but we re-buried post war at Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Munich, Germany, Note that the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/193) gives this Blenheim the incorrect serial "P9329" (sic). (P9329 was a Spitfire Mk.1a)

Hornisgrinde, at 1,164 m (3,820 ft), is the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest of Germany. Hornisgrinde lies in northern Ortenaukreis district at approximate coordinates: 48°36′25″N 8°12′9″E.  

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 61)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/193: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142018
3. http://aircrewremembered.com/butterworth-john.html
4. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/raf-losses-may-1940-an-update.16940/#post-194460
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2103594/wood,-robert-arthur/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2102783/pearce,-maurice-george-arthur/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2079941/butterworth,-john-leslie-gilbert/
8. https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/227218-blenheim-iv-l9329.html
9. http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/WW2BookB.html#ButterworthJLG
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornisgrinde


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Jun-2019 01:41 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Jun-2019 02:40 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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