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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22890
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:39 Squadron Royal Air Force (39 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L8402
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Berbera -   Somalia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
In the morning on 12 August 1940 three Blenheims from 39 Squadron attacked Italian guns in the Darboruk area. Over the front a CR.32 flown by Veronese attacked the leading bomber, but Flight Sergeant Thomas in the third Blenheim (L8402/XZ-N), saw this, jettisoned his bombs and attacked. Veronese made a head-on attack on this aircraft, the observer, 23-year-old Sergeant Geoffrey Mortimer Hogan (RAF no. 521035) being killed and Thomas badly wounded in the right shoulder. Stemming the flow of blood with a handkerchief, he managed to reach Berbera, 40 miles away, and crash-land; he subsequently received a DFM for this courageous action. The wireless operator/air gunner, Corporal Wintle escaped uninjured.
Veronese was also slightly wounded in this encounter.

F/Sgt Thomas (pilot) RAF injured.
Sgt (521035) Geoffrey Mortimer Hogan (Wop/Obs) RAF killed.
Cpl Wintle (Wop/AG) RAF OK.


Air Britain RAF Aircraft L1000 - N9999

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Revision history:

18-Sep-2008 19:59 JINX Added
15-Dec-2014 17:17 Jixon Updated [Operator, Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 04:44 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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