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    Default Y0002 Blenheim 23 Sqn 3/4-1-1941 "L6781"

    Hello,
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    This one is a little puzzling.

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    Blenheim I - 23 Sqdn "YP-X" - 3/4-1-1941
    Intruder Dieppe
    Sqdn/Ldr COLMAN, Cyril H. A. - 24058 RAF
    F/Sgt MATHEWS, David W. - 561312 - RAF
    Sgt MacRORY, Harry I. - 801456 - RAF

    The a/c serial number is thought to have been L6781.
    But this a/c was involved in an earlier accident on 28/09/1940 with 13 OTU, F/O P.D.SHARP escaped uninjured. The a/c caught fire on impact. ( See BCL vol 7 p30 ) & ( RĀF Aircraft L1000-N9999 ) which gives -
    L6781 - 245/23/13 OTU - Swung on t/o and hit trees, Weston-on-the-Green 28.9.40, DBF.

    So was the a/c recovered and repaired and returned to service ?
    Are there details/documents to support the reserection ?

    Alex
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    Warner in Blenheim edition 2 notes issue with duplicated aerials but does not offer solution

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    Hello Paul,
    Do you have any idea as to where Halley would have gotten the info re DBF ?
    What info in either 23 Sqdn or 13 OTU Records that may tell the story of this a/c's fate ?
    Alex

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    No solution but just more confusion.

    F1180 for incident on 28/09/40 lists as L6181, Blenheim IV, Airframe Cat W (Amended E1), Engines R, Fire on Impact.

    but..

    L6181 was Botha and L6781 was built as MkI.

    F1180 amendment to Cat E1 and possibly addition of V to Blenheim IV dates the change from W to E.1 as circa 1941 but no other corrections or changes were made to the card.

    Reading between the lines I suspect that the incident in 1940 was to L6781 and that the fire on impact was not extensive (hence recoverable engines). Initially recorded as Cat W it was later recatted and reworked as an AI airframe and returned to service.

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    Halley gets/got info from RAF Index file from aircraft which I think at Hendon?

    But they only as good as clerk doing the original update ! I suspect a transposition error somewhere

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