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Last updated: 10 October 2019
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Date:03-DEC-1937
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:114 Squadron Royal Air Force (114 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K7110
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barwell Lane, Hinckley, Leicestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire (EGUY)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I K7110 of 114 Squadron RAF Wyton: Written off (Damaged Beyond Repair) 3 December 1937 after pilot abandoned aircraft when control lost in cloud, passenger belly landed aircraft. According to a contemporary news report:

"Hull Daily Mail Fri 03 Dec 1937
THREE ESCAPE IN PLANE CRASH
One man escaped by parachute and two others were uninjured when R.A.F. bomber clashed at Hinckley, Leicestershire, today, striking and killing a horse. The machine, which apparently got into difficulties when flying low, hit a hedge and one of its twin engines was torn away. Pilot Officer (sic) S. H. P. Smith, landed safely by parachute. Corporal T. E. Barnes and Aircraftman A. E. Dearn were helped from the wreckage and escaped with a few bruises."

Barnes took over control of aircraft and even though he had only had 2 hours dual piloting instruction he managed to crash land the aircraft for which he was awarded the Air Force Medal

The London Gazette Air Ministry. March 1, 1938. Royal Air Force "The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the following award in recognition of exceptional courage and devotion to duty displayed on the occasion of the forced landing of an aircraft near Hinckley on December 3, 1937: Awarded the Air Force Medal. 511912 Corporal T. E. Barnes.

Flight Sergeant Barnes would be killed in action during the Second World War, while piloting a Bristol Blenheim (T2125) on a weather reconnaissance of Flushing harbour in the Netherlands on 15th February 1941.

March 1938 Pilot Officer Smith was sent to attend a court martial at RAF Wyton for his cowardness actions of abandoning his aircraft.

Sources:

1. Air-Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13706-Sgt-Sidney-H-P-Smith-Syndey-Smith-Bale-Out-Dec-3-1937-Bristol-Blenheim-114-Sqn
3. http://www.leicestershire-aviation.co.uk/1899-1939.html
4. https://www.hinckleypastpresent.org/ww2planecrash.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Oct-2009 21:06 JINX Added
07-Jun-2013 14:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Total occupants]
14-Jul-2013 18:21 JINX Updated [Operator, Source]
02-Aug-2013 13:49 JINX Updated [Operator]
02-Aug-2013 14:57 Nepa Updated [Operator]
03-Aug-2013 15:49 Nepa Updated [Operator]
04-Aug-2013 21:18 JINX Updated [Operator]
12-Nov-2014 17:34 Holschtein Updated [Operator, Location]
12-Jan-2015 14:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2017 23:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source]
08-Mar-2018 21:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 09:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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