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    Default Blenheim crash on or around 17 April 1943

    Despite searching I have been unable to trace any report or loss of a Blenhein that took place around mid April 1943. It was a crash that occured in the UK, I tried to eliminate options on the CWGC but alas my skills are wanting in that respect.

    This is probably not enough information but felt it was worth posting just in case.

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    Hello Colin,

    How about V6303 of 54 OTU and L9461 of 1 AGS both lost April 17, 1943.

    EH374 of 1 OADU lost on April 16,

    L1508 of 12 PAFU on April 14

    V6525 of 17 OTU on April 21

    Regards,

    Ian

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    Thank you I will run with those and see what I can find. Excellent !

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    Hi Colin
    Depending on what you already have the following comes from "Blenheim" by Graham Warner:-
    L1508,engine cut- flew into high ground on approach to Harlaxton, F/O W Sprinkle(solo), inj.
    L9461,engine cut, crash landed Pembrey Beach,no reported casualties
    V6525, tyre burst on t/o at Steeple Morden.u/c collapsed, Sgt J Simpson(solo) escaped
    Couldn't find EH374 in Warner but Air Britain Serials gives it as colliding with a Spitfire 3/4 m S of Portreath
    Edit. Found EH374 in Warner.The collision was in the circuit at Portreath on a Ferry flight. 4 died - Sgt L Ayers RNZAF, SgtD Homer, and Sgt B Cornhill on the Blenheim V, Sgt V Smifh, RNZAF on the Spitfire AB518.
    Hope this helps
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 29th November 2012 at 11:14.

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    Ian and Dick.

    Thank you both, L1508 was the Mk I Blenheim I was looking for, I find it strange that the blunt nosed Blenheim was still being flow in 1943. But as a station hack or instructing airframe I suppose it was still fit for purpose.

    Thanks again. Colin

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    Hello Colin,

    As this Blenheim crashed on my patch could I ask what your interest is ?

    I am currently looking at information for RAF Spittlegate the home of 12 PAFU who were operating this aircraft (for pilot training)

    Not sure if operating out of home base or Harlaxton on the night in question, but it came down on the main railway line !

    Regards,

    Ian

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    Iam.

    E Mail sent to you explaining the connection to your home patch.

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    Many thanks,

    Ian

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    Hello,

    Pilot of Blenheim I L1508: F/O W A SPRINKLE RCAF.

    Col.

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