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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226542
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:90 Squadron Royal Air Force (90 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4884
C/n / msn: WP-L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Whittlesey, Huntingdonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire
Destination airport:
Bristol Bleheim Mk.IV L4884 (WP-L) of 90 Squadron, RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 8/12/1939 when the pilot became lost as darkness fell. While attempting a forced landing in a field near Whittlesey, Huntingdonshire, the Blenheim hit a dyke and overturned. No fatalities, but both crew were injured.

According to the official Air Ministry File into the accident (File AIR 81/1709): "Blenheim L4884, 90 Squadron; aircraft accident, Whittlesey, 3 December 1939; Sergeant L Charnock and Aircraftman J Harking injured".

It is notable that the Air Ministry File mentioned above (File AIR 81/1709) is closed for 82 years, until 1 January 2023. the decision to keep the file closed was taken in 2015 on the grounds of "Exemption 1: Personal information where the applicant is a 3rd party" and "Exemption 2: Information provided in confidence."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 31)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1709:

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Revision history:

25-Jun-2019 02:47 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Jun-2019 05:48 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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