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Thread: 07 04 1941 C H Blake RAF Detling (moved)

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    Default 07 04 1941 C H Blake RAF Detling (moved)

    Hi Everyone!

    First of all, I hope I've read the rules correctly on here for posting on this thread, so here goes with my query:

    I'm a community historian currently researching the one CWGC grave in my local churchyard of Otham in Kent.
    This grave is for Flight Sergeant C H Blake.

    The Operational Record Book for Detling says this:

    On 7 April 1941 Avro Anson 652a, registration N5203 took off from RAF Detling. It was a Coastal Artillery Co-operation Flight to escort convoy Usage. Two minutes after take off the aircraft crashed at Scragged Oak, Detling at 1310. The aircraft exploded and was completely wrecked.

    On board were pilot - Flight Sergeant Cyril H Blake (No 741885), Flight Sergeant Robert J Fryer (No 581352), Sergeant Harold L Beach (Royal New Zealand Air Force No 402138) and a Sergeant Wood (RAF No not known).
    Blake, Pryer and Beach all died in the explosion. Wood survived but was badly hurt.

    I have found the graves for all three casualties but cannot find out anything further. I am also in contact with Cyril's daughter (she was born three months after her father died) but she has very little information and would also like to find out more.

    I have checked Ross McNeill's Coastal Command Losses 1939-1941, which is usually very helpful, but the crash is not mentioned!

    Does anyone have any further information about this crash or can suggest other written sources that I could check?
    I'd like to find out the full name of Sergeant Wood and his RAF number. I understand that Cyril's wife did briefly visit Sergeant Wood whilst he was in hospital.
    I'd also particularly love to find out what might have been the cause of the accident -presumably there was some sort of investigation? If s, where might the records be for this investigation? Apparently, Cyril had previously flown Avro Ansons but this particular aircraft was new to him. In a rather savage irony, Cyril's flight was the the last using Anson aircraft at Detling for some time; the operational records show that from midnight on 7 April 1941, flying duties were transferred to Bristol Blenheim aircraft.

    Also, I'd like to find out the full name of Sergeant Wood and his RAF number. I understand that Cyril's wife did briefly visit Sergeant Wood whilst he was in hospital.

    Thanks in advance everyone for your help!

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    there might be some useful information in the following file in the new AIR81 series

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ls/r/C16689818

    Survivor named there as Sgt R D Wood. But you will get his service number in the above files

    The content might be graphic, descriptions of injuries etc.

    And also this file:
    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/C6577199

    There are file copying providers out there who can access and photograph the fiels for a fee. Well worth it.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hi Dennis

    An ENORMOUS thank you for this advice - I shall follow this up straightaway!

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