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 Blenheim IV P4855


Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  08 Apr 40 Aircraft Name  Blenheim IV Serial Number  P4855
Unit  82 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  UK
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Casualities in the CWGC Register for Blenheim IV P4855

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantGeorge CHAPMAN (580942) U/T Observer Blenheim IV P4855  NA/PRO 1940-04-0882 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRosskeen Parish Churchyard Ext
Aircraftman 2nd ClassJohn William KEMPTON (629791) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim IV P4855  NA/PRO 1940-04-0882 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomMarch (Eastwood) Burial Ground
SergeantIan MURDOCH (580576) Observer Blenheim IV P4855  NA/PRO 1940-04-0882 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomInverness (Tomnahurich) Cemete


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Help ID Crewman Pilot 82 Sqn Blenheim P4855 Sgt Bennett April 8, 1940Can anyone ID Sgt Bennett of 82 Sqn who baled out of 82 Sqn Blenheim P4855 on April 8, 1940. when the aircraft crashed at Hillborough, 5 miles South of Swaffham. The rest of the crew were killed Sgt Ian Murdoch #580576, Sgt George Chapman #580942 and AC2 John William Kempton #629791 thanks Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 7th November 2013 06:16:33
Sgt Bennett 609 Sqn 1940John Thanks I am looking for a Pilot Sgt Bennett of 82 Sqn who bailed out of Blenheim P4855 on April 8, 1940 - I wonder if was Sgt Geoffrey Clarence Bennett who was later with 110 Sqn (also Blenheims) Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 28th January 2014 11:32:25
Blenheim P4855 Crash Swaffham, Norfolk April 8, 1940 82 SqnStill trying to ID the Pilot member of crew of this oee Blenheim P4855 82 Sqn Blenheim IV, UX- ? T/O Watton and at approximately 1045 emerged from cloud, in a dive, and crashed near a dummy airfield at Hillborough, 5 miles South of Swaffham, Norfolk Pilot Sgt Bennett managed to bale out. Sgt Ian Nairne Murdoch #580576 (Obs), Sgt George Chapman #580942 (Obs. U/T.) and AC2 John William Kempton #629791 (W. Op./Air Gnr.) all killed Note: Ian Nairne Murdoch is only down as Ian Murdoch on CWGC but casualty report had his Ar 78 entry confirm Sgt Ian Nairne Murdoch #580576 - He was from Inverness Thanks Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 27th June 2014 07:18:16
Blenheim P4855 Crash Swaffham, Norfolk April 8, 1940 82 SqnHi there, My father was Joseph Bennett and flew Blenheims. I have his log book in front of me and it bears the number 564534. There is no entry for 8 April 1940 but the previous day the entry states that he flew Blenheim IV P4855 from West Raynham to Watton. I see that one of the crew on 4 April was a Sgt Chapman but the crew is not mentioned for 7 April. The next entry in his log book is for 4 May. The entry on these pages refers to him being a member of B flight 82 Squadron. I'm happy to give whatever other information you may wish. John Bennett [QUOTE=paulmcmillan;100777]BC Great For some reason I had eliminated 564534 Joseph BENNETT as a possible (he was with 101 Sqn in Oct 1939) but it was good to get the correct info! Paul[/QUOTE] ....Read More.johnbbennett on 7th November 2016 09:14:08
Blenheim P4855 Crash Swaffham, Norfolk April 8, 1940 82 SqnJohn Thanks very much for posting. I am making a study of RAF parachute incidents up to May 1st Do you known if your father claimed his Caterpillar Club badge for this incident. The Blenheim was very difficult to bale out for anyone other than the pilot and observer (one escape hatch above the cockpit) the second in front of the fin, especially as there were 4 crew in total on this flight (rather than the standard 3). This is what I have on the incident in the file 82 Sqn Blenheim IV, UX- ? T/O Watton and at approximately 1045 emerged from cloud, in a dive, and crashed near a dummy airfield at Hillborough, 5 miles South of Swaffham. Pilot Sgt Bennett managed to bale out. Sgt Ian Nairne Murdoch #580576 (Obs), Sgt George Chapman #580942 (Obs. U/T.) and AC2 John William Kempton #629791 (W. Op./Air Gnr.) all killed -- Sgt Ian Murdoch from Inverness -- 564534 Joseph BENNETT 101 Sqn Oct 1939 ORB 82 Sqn: WATTON 8/4/40. Local flying carried out. Blenheim P4855 (Sgt Bennett, pilot) crashed. Pilot descended by parachute. Crew - Sgt Murdoch, Sgt Chapman , AC Kempton killed in crash. Aircraft observed by witnesses to dive vertically out of cloud and crash in trees near dummy aerodrome at Hillborough. The aircraft crashed at Cockley Cley and some pieces of the aircraft were recovered a few years ago Your father was very lucky in that he was not wearing a seat harness and fell out through the cockpit hatch as the plane went inverted. The gap in the logbook (of around a month) is probably due to the fact he baled over quite low and was injured as a result. Your father was commissioned in September 1943 from Warrant Officer. The incident is mentioned in the book The Squadron That Died Twice - The story of No. 82 Squadron RAF, which in 1940 lost 23 out of 24 aircraft in two bombing raids By Gordon Thorburn You can see the entry here [url]https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=W5vlCQAAQBAJ&pg=PT11&lpg=PT11&dq=82+squadron++andover&source=bl&ots=YJis74wxU1&sig=LD6j0IKzw7y1gJyFKnxsTTMXRA4&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Watton&f=false[/url] Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 7th November 2016 10:59:50
Blenheim P4855 Crash Swaffham, Norfolk April 8, 1940 82 SqnJohn If you have code for Blenheim P4855 of 82 Sqn Blenheim IV, UX- ? on 7th April 1940 I would be very glad if you could post many thanks Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 8th November 2016 05:43:44


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