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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54117
Last updated: 19 January 2021
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Time:17:00 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:18 Squadron Royal Air Force (18 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L8860
C/n / msn: WV-P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Kessel, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Méharicourt, France
Destination airport:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L8860 (WV-P) of 18 Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Blenheim L8860 crashed near Kessel, The Netherlands, 11 May 1940". Took off from Méharicourt on a low-level reconnaissance mission to reconnoiter the Albert Kanaal. Crashed on the banks of the Maas (Meuse) between Reuver and Kessel, south-west of Venlo, at 17:00 hrs. The aircraft was shot down by fighter pilot Oberleutnant H-C. Schäfer of the 5./JG 26, who was flying a Bf 109E from Dortmund-Brackel airfield in Germany.

Pilot Officer (Pilot) Leonard Thomas Dixon, RAF 42111, killed in action 10/05/1940.
Sergeant (Observer) Thomas Arthur Peach, RAF 581241, age 24, killed in action 10/05/1940
Aircraftman 1st Class (Wireless Op..Air Gunner) John Townsley, RAF 552526, age 18, killed in action 10/05/1940,

All three crew were buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Netherlands


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/251:
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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
26-Feb-2010 01:00 penguin832 Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 04:33 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Narrative]
03-Jun-2013 01:58 Anon. Updated [Operator]
03-Jun-2013 07:27 Nepa Updated [Narrative]
03-Jun-2013 07:37 Nepa Updated [Operator]
06-Aug-2013 18:59 JINX Updated [Operator]
15-Dec-2014 09:54 Koumes Updated [Operator, Narrative]
29-Sep-2015 20:06 sandman56 Updated [Narrative]
19-Jun-2019 22:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 18:00 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source]
14-Mar-2020 18:04 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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