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 Blenheim IV V5577



Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  26 Mar 42 Aircraft Name  Blenheim IV Serial Number  V5577
Unit   Operating Airfield  Baluchistan Country  India
Aircrew details Plt Offr Cyril B Johnson
Flt Sgt Rennie
Details From http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?19241&p=112672#112672 I am working on a feature article built around a book extract (from Kate Johnson's Wings of the Dawn). The extract features the forced landing of a Blenheim, flown by Cyril A. B. Johnson, on a beach in the Belochistan region in what is now south-western Pakistan. The aircraft landed in low visibility and, as it rolled out, nosed over in soft sand. This caused a significant back injury for the pilot. According to the logbook page photo I have of the incident, the accident occurred on March 26, 1942 and the aircraft was V5577 originally en route from Habbaniyah to, believe it or not, Singapore. According to Johnson, some ground crew at Habbaniyah, in a fit of patriotic fervour, had cobbled together an aircraft as a "Gift to Singapore" notwithstanding that Johnson left on the ferry flight after his destination had surrendered. Although he doesn't mention it, Johnson appears to have tagged along with replacement aircraft being ferried to the remnants of No. 60 Squadron. He does mention a name, a Squadron Leader Monroe who, with the skill of a fellow forum member, has been narrowed down to John Sydney Monroe (37685) and who arrived in Karachi on 26 March with the lead flight of aircraft. Johnson was in the second flight that apparently got lost in low visibility and lost several aircraft in addition to V5577. However, we haven't been able to find any losses around the date of Johnson's prang so are unable to verify this part of the account. The prang certainly happened as the photos of the nose of the Blenheim are something to behold. . Full story at https://www.raafansw.org.au/docPDF/24_SQN._December_Newsletter.pdf
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Blenheim IV V5577Hi all Could anyone with the relevant serial records please do a look up for me? I have come up with nothing for this aircraft so far. I am working on a feature article built around a book extract (from Kate Johnson's Wings of the Dawn). The extract features the forced landing of a Blenheim, flown by Cyril A. B. Johnson, on a beach in the Belochistan region in what is now south-western Pakistan. The aircraft landed in low visibility and, as it rolled out, nosed over in soft sand. This caused a significant back injury for the pilot. According to the logbook page photo I have of the incident, the accident occurred on March 26, 1942 and the aircraft was V5577 originally en route from Habbaniyah to, believe it or not, Singapore. According to Johnson, some ground crew at Habbaniyah, in a fit of patriotic fervour, had cobbled together an aircraft as a "Gift to Singapore" notwithstanding that Johnson left on the ferry flight after his destination had surrendered. Although he doesn't mention it, Johnson appears to have tagged along with replacement aircraft being ferried to the remnants of No. 60 Squadron. He does mention a name, a Squadron Leader Monroe who, with the skill of a fellow forum member, has been narrowed down to John Sydney Monroe (37685) and who arrived in Karachi on 26 March with the lead flight of aircraft. Johnson was in the second flight that apparently got lost in low visibility and lost several aircraft in addition to V5577. However, we haven't been able to find any losses around the date of Johnson's prang so are unable to verify this part of the account. The prang certainly happened as the photos of the nose of the Blenheim are something to behold. Does the above sound at all familiar to anyone? Thanks in advance Andy Wright ....Read More.Andy in West Oz on 11th September 2015 09:57:15


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