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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 90034
Last updated: 26 November 2019
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Date:15-AUG-1940
Time:16:43
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:600 (City of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (600 (City of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L6684
C/n / msn: BQ-S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:East Close, Rainham, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Unlike their German counterpart the Bf110 British twin engine fighter aircraft like the Blenheim avoided clearly unequal combat with the enemy in daylight. It was then relatively unusual for such aircraft to be flying on the busy and dangerous afternoon of September 7, 1940.

At 16:43 that afternoon a Hornchurch based 600 (City of London) Squadron Bristol Blenheim, L6684 ("BQ-S"), crashed at East Close, Rainham, Essex, killing its crew of two, Sergeant A Saunders and Sergeant J W Davies. The aircraft was approaching the aerodrome from the south when its port engine failed, causing it to crash into East Close, a location only a stones throw away from the crash site of the JG26 Messerschmitt Bf 109 a week earlier.

Crew fatalities:
Flight Sgt Albert Frederick Charles Saunders (pilot, Service Number 748574, aged 19) - killed; buried at Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery, Wandsworth, London Block 32. Grave 40.
Flight Sgt John William Davies (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 938521, aged 22) - killed; buried at Rounday (St. John) Churchyard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Sec. C. Joint grave 180.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 45)
2. http://600squadronassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/The-Right-of-The-Line-Jun-2012_sm.pdf
3. http://www.nwamuseum.co.uk/WESTESSEXcrashesMishaps3WW2.pdf
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2413161/davies,-john-william/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2429632/saunders,-albert-frederick-charles/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Feb-2011 23:12 angels one five Added
10-Jan-2012 14:38 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
10-Jan-2012 14:39 Nepa Updated [Registration]
22-Jan-2012 21:55 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
15-Dec-2014 17:21 Jixon Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 19:33 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-May-2019 22:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2019 12:49 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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