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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53453
Last updated: 31 March 2021
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:114 (Hong Kong) Squadron Royal Air Force (114 (Hong Kong) Sqn RAF)
Registration: T1858
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 20 km W off Bergen -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Oulton
Destination airport:
In the last weeks of 1940, a new 1./JG 1 was created in Holland (the old I./JG 1 had been renamed III./JG 27 in July 1940). The first victory of the new Gruppe (then still reduced to only one Staffel) was claimed on 13 January 1941 by Fw. Rudolf Mickel who claimed a Blenheim shot down at 1039 hrs over the sea 20 km west of Bergen.

That day bad weather curtailed air operations by both sides. RAF dispatched only one aircraft to the continent: the Blenheim IV T1858 of 114 Sqn RAF took off at 0855 hrs from Oulton for a reconnaissance of Nordhorn. It did not return and was shot down by Fw Mickel. All three crew were never found and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Crew (all killed):
Plt Off David Lowther-Clarke (pilot)
Sgt Alfred Richard Grindley (navigator)
Sgt Norman Oswald Allen (gunner)

"Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, vol 2: Aircraft and Crew Losses 1941", by W R Chorley. ISBN 0-904597-87-3
"1941 the turning point. Part 1", by John Foreman, ISBN 1-871187-22-2
"JG 1. L'histoire de la Jagdgeschwader 1 'Oesau'", by Eric Mombeek. ISBN 2-9509485-2-9

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
18-Mar-2016 19:22 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Mar-2016 19:10 Giggs Updated [Time, Operator]
06-Jan-2018 12:45 XindelX Updated [Operator]
18-Jan-2018 16:33 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 09:00 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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