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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226559
Last updated: 18 December 2019
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:S of Army Co-op Royal Air Force (S of Army Co-op RAF)
Registration: P6899
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Goonhilly Downs, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV P6899, School of Army Co-operation, Old Sarum; written off (damaged beyond repair) when crash landed at Goonhilly Downs, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall (at approximate Coordinates: 50.0394N 5.1709W). No fatalities, but both crew injured. Note that this is at variance with the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/1740) which states:

"Blenheim L6899, Blenheim Reinforcement Squadron; aircraft accident, Goonhilly Downs, 17 December 1939. Pilot Officer C R Wylie, Pilot Officer J R Krohn injured". The Blenheim was delivered 25 October 1939 and Struck Off Charge 13 January 1940. It should be noted that the serial L6899 is presumably a typographical error - L6899 was a Miles Magister which crashed at RAF Manston, Kent on 18 March 1941

Pilot Officer Clive R Wylie (RAF Service Number 41769 and a New Zealander) recovered and returned to service; on 16 June 1940 he was killed in the crash of Blenheim R3817 on a reconnaissance sortie west of Dreux, France.

It is also noteworthy that the official file AIR 81/1740 is "closed", and thus unavailable for public scrutiny, for 82 years, until 1 January 2023. The decision to retain the file and keep it closed was taken by the National Archives 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 P1000-P9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 36)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) AIR 81/1740:
3. Airfix Magazine February 1976
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Revision history:

25-Jun-2019 20:18 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Jun-2019 20:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2019 19:25 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
18-Dec-2019 22:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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