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Blenheim IV Z7977 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Blenheim IV Z7977



Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  05 Aug 43 Aircraft Name  Blenheim IV Serial Number  Z7977
Unit  11 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Feni Country  India
Aircrew details F Sgt Philip Harold MORPHETT*(407522)
F Sgt Leonard DAVIES *(1112037)
Details Crashed six miles south of Barabhum in Bengal. 70m ESE of Ranchi 86 10 N 23 5 E. Dived into ground at high speed.Pilot Officer Arthur BERESFORD (145726), Corporal Edward William GILLINGWATER (628345) passenger. took off from Feni at 0900 hours for 315MU at Nagpur. AT mid day an aircraft crashed at KANDRUJORA 6 m S of BARABAZAR. Officrs from Charra airfield investigated crash site. AC stcuk gorund athigh speed exploded and compltely disintgrated. Pieces of flesh and bone were gathered and buried at a spot on high ground 100 yards from crash site. Grave is marked by a cairn fo rocks and is at 86 26 E 22 59 N. Bodies exhumed in October 43 and re-interred. In october 1954, removed from isolated grave 200 yards from Kandrujana Village 36m of Purlia. Villagers pointed out the grave, marked by a Cairn of stones.
Source NAA


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