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    The Blenheim IV Z7979 was ferried by the RAF OADU (Overseas Air Dispatch Unit) from England to Egypt. On 29 October 1941 it ran out off fuel and dived into the sea 13 km north of Ras Engla. There was no survivor. Depending of sources it was being flown between Gibraltar and Malta, or between Malta and Egypte (in Gunby and Temple book). Ras Engla (or Enghela) being in Tunisia, the former is more probable, or the crew could have got hopelessly lost while flying to Egypt.

    Crew (all killed):
    Sgt Albert Edwin Belasco (pilot)
    Plt Off David Roland Lake (observer)
    Sgt David Gordon McGeorge Mayo (wireless operator/air gunner)

    Can anyone confirm from which place this Blenheim took off for his final flight ?

    Thanks in advance

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    Hi Laurent
    Graham Warner in "Blenheim" gives the same bare data as you have of this loss but
    google maps does give a Ras Angela, a cape , NW of Bizerta,Tunisia and an appropriate point for a flight from Gib. to Malta to pass. Is there any chance of the place name being mis-translated in the report. Both Warner and Gunby probably used the same reference
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    Hi Laurent

    Following on from the suggestion by Dick, I have found a map which might solve the riddle and looks like a possible corruption of the place name, Rass Enghela. It can be viewed on the link below.
    http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/t...-bizerte-2.jpg
    The sight appears to be a headland surmounted by a lighthouse, located below the map title Bizerte and directly above the very large mauve coloured letter D which appears in outline form.

    Kind regards
    Pierre

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    Thanks for the replies,

    Like you the only "Ras Engla" I could find was this cape near Bizerte, and so the Blenheim ran out of fuel off Bizerte. This could be understandable from a flight from Gibraltar to Malta, but seems strange for a flight from Malta to Egypt. So I'm searching confirmation of the starting airfield of this aircraft this day.

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