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    Default Blenheim L8368 Crash July 20 1939 Crew 3 or 2?

    Blenheim L8368 of 23 Sqn crashed at Wansford, Cambridgeshire on July 20, 1939. The pilot Sgt. Jack Arnold Bullard lost his life as a result of delaying his escape while helping 16 year old Oundle Schoolboy Dennis Effrain Nahum who was making a flight under the public schools air liaison scheme to get clear first. The Blenheim had been involved in a collision and lost its tail.

    A number of newspaper reports state that there were 3 crew (not 2) and the other unnamed crewman (an aircraftman) escaped by parachute, who landed near by the tail

    Can anyone confirm if it was 2 or 3 people on the aircraft and if so who was the third crew member?
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    Paul,
    looks like 2 occupants only:
    Flight - July 27, 1939 "Sgt. Jack Arnold Bullard lost his life in an accident which occurred on July 21 near East Wittering to an aircraft of No. 23 Squadron. Sgt. Bullard was the pilot of the aircraft; Mr. Denis Nahun, the only other occupant, was uninjured."

    ORB 23 Sqdn - AIR27 287 "Sergeant J. A. Bullard killed in a flying accident. Saved Oundle Schoolboy by pushing him out - special letter from Station Commander to No. 12 Group requesting consideration for posthumous award."

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    Sean

    Thanks - My only concern is that numerous newspaper reports say 3 including specifically Aircraftsman. I was hoping that someone has Blenheim L8368 accident log and can confirm

    I would have thought it a bit irresponsible if only the pilot and schoolboy on bomber for air experience flight especially on a complex multi crewed bomber


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    Paul,

    There's quite a lengthy account about this accident in The Times (21 July edition), which also refers to three occupants. Apologies if this is one of the reports to which you refer, but I can copy it should you wish.

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    Brian

    I have the Times report thanks, this is just one of multiple different contemporary newspaper reports I was looking at to solve this mystery. Other than all reports taking it from the first (erroneous) agency report I can't solve the difference unless the F1180 has any other info

    Or I find a local report with more detail


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    Sorry to hark back to this re: L8368 However, I have found a report from a Australian Newspaper in November 1939 that reports on the Inquest of Bullard (who incidentally bailed out of Demon K5730 on November 3, 1938) which provides Dennis Effrain Nahum' full first name and surname (correctly) with correct middle Initial and article still says an unnamed 'aircraftsman' also bailed out. Can't find date of Inquest but it does seem there may be a third crew member or maybe some baled out of Blenheim L1448

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