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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71908
Last updated: 30 January 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:23 Squadron Royal Air Force (23 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L6686
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Brading Down, Isle of Wight -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Ford, Yapton, West Sussex
Destination airport:
While flying back from a patrol, the Bristol Blenheim from 23 Squadron based in Ford, West Sussex, ran out of fuel over the Channel. It began to head towards the Isle of Wight when Flt. Sgt. Loveridge gave the order to bail out. The two airmen, Flt. Sgts. Newman and Southall both jumped into the sea off Ventnor but unfortunately drowned in the rough swell.

Flt Sgt Loveridge on the other hand had better luck, bailing moments later and landing on the Isle of Wight at Ventnor. The aircraft flew on and eventually crashed into Brading Down.

Crew fatalities:
Flight Sgt Alexander Newman (Observer, Service Number 515013, aged 27) - killed; buried at Islington Cemetary & Crematorium, Sec. Z. Block 19. Grave 19456P.
Flight Sgt George Southall (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 938291, aged 20) - killed; buried at Penn Field (St. Philip) Churchyard, Staffordshire, Sec. M.A. Grave 128


1. Battle in The Skies over the Isle of Wight by H J T Leal, Isle of Wight County Press. 1988
2. Wight Air Wrecks by A T Gilliam (ISBN 0-7524-2376-2)
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 45)

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Revision history:

26-Jan-2010 04:36 John Baker Added
27-May-2019 21:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-May-2019 22:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-May-2019 12:42 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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