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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69359
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:39 Squadron Royal Air Force (39 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L8474
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Diredawa -   Ethiopia
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Shot down in flames by CR.42.
Crew:Only pilot known.
P/O (40916) Paul Edwin Osborne Jago (pilot)RAF killed.

Early in the morning on 20 August four Blenheims of 39 Squadron and one of 11 Squadron, RAF, attacked the Ala Littoria hangar at Diredawa. This target was hit and damaged; a S.81 under repair being burnt and splinters damaged a CR.32. While on the run-up to the target the bombers were attacked by two CR.42s of the 413a Squadriglia and L8474 was shot down in flames by Capitano Santoro, the crew being killed. Santoro also hit the 11 Squadron aircraft, which was badly damaged and crash-landed on return to Aden.


Air Britain RAF Aircraft L1000 - N9999


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Revision history:

22-Oct-2009 01:55 JINX Added
15-Dec-2014 17:23 Jixon Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 04:46 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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