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    Default Loss Blenheim T1945 from 2 OTU on 27th August 1941

    Dear all,

    In the early morning of 27th august 1941 Blenheim T1945 made a belly landing at the North West beach of Texel Island, The Netherlands. Pilot P/O Melville Harrison Gifford J/5141 RCAF was captured.

    Further circumstances concerning this incident are vague to me. Apperently the pilot got lost during a transition or test flight over England and wandered over the North Sea as far as Holland. Perhaps the Bleheim had other occupants too, however, none apart from the pilot, were captured in Holland.

    I've tried to find additonal info in The National Archives, but to no avail. Hopefully somebody is able to add more details?

    Thanks in advance for your effort,
    Hans Nauta

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    Hello Hans,

    Looks like there is a photo at the following link, but that said I was unable to open it.

    http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1941%20sec_tcm5-7282.pdf

    Regards,

    Ian

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    Hi Hans
    The details of this loss are as you give them and are recorded in Graham Warner's "Blenheim" with the date as 28/8/41(poss.Night t/o on 27/8 with the crash reported as at 0540 on 28/8) Gifford is recorded as the solo pilot.
    Edit: The a/c was on a night training flight , became lost and wandered to the Dutch Coast..Warner doesn't give a reason for the a/c to come down but low fuel may be the answer.The a/c was based at Catfoss.
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 18th May 2012 at 21:36.

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    Hello Ian and Dick,

    Thank you for your comments.

    Kind regards,
    Hans

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