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    Default 614 Sqn 13th February 1942 Sgt Nightingale 905538

    I am looking for the aircraft ID for the accident above.

    The source of the following info is from the Macmerry Station ORB and 614 Squadron ORB. I have searched through all the books I own and done the google search too but can find nothing on the actual ID of the aircraft. Does anyone have the information to hand.

    On the 13th of February the Macmerry ORB mentions:- Sgt W.J.O. Nightingale 905538 614 Squadron killed in flying accident. To Blenheim Z6039.

    I then check the 614 Sqn ORB it has details of the accident as follows but doesn’t mention the type or serial of the aircraft:- P/O Mummery and crew went to Aberdeen for photography picked up, Captain Mason (A.L.O) there and continued to Inverness. On taking off from Inverness the port engine of P/O Mummery’s aircraft failed, and the machine crashed in shallow water in the Moray Firth. The crew got out of the aircraft since it was only partly submerged but owing to the current , Sgt Nightingale (o) was unable to cling to the aircraft and was drowned. P/O Mummery and Sgt Field (W,OP/A.G.) were uninjured.
    The two survivors are mentioned again on the 14th when F/LT Munro goes to Inverness to collect them.

    The mystery with the aircraft ID begins when a google search of Z6039 brings up this aircraft with 500 Sqn and crashing near Holland in 1941.

    My next step is to write to the RAF Museum in April or the AHB.

    Meanwhile does anyone have any information on this accident.
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    Hello,

    The Blenheim involved was Mk.IV Z6033 (not Z6039) - 248/2 OTU/614 - Engine cut on take-off from Inverness, crashed in sea 14.2.42. RAF A/C X1000 to X9999, Z1000 to Z9999/A-B/Halley/71.

    and ...

    Appendix 2.

    Coastal Command Blenheim Losses, 1942.

    14-02-1942.

    Z6033 - 614 Squadron: FTR; engine cut just after take-off at Inverness on operational sortie, crashed into Moray Firth; P/O Mummery (Pilot) and Sgt Field (WOp/Ag) rescued, Sgt Nightingale (Obs) drowned.

    See:
    The Bristol Blenheim A Complete History
    Warner,Graham.
    Manchester:Crecy,2005 (2nd.ed.).
    p.390.

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    Hi Col.

    Fantastic. I can amend the details I have for this accident.

    Still have to order the 1180 if there is one. It makes you wonder how such mistakes we made at the time. I know there was a war on and everything but as the guy reporting about these things you would think he would get it right.

    I suppose he can only be as good as the information he had been passed though.

    Thanks once again for your help. I dont have access to the books you mention. They are on my want list but it's a long list and is quite short in funding.

    Scott
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    Scott, Hi,

    William Jack Owen Nightingale
    b. 10 Sep 1913 (MMS Daisy A Bickerstaff) (Reg Horsham 2b 484
    m. Q2 1933 Marjorie A Harper (Reg Horsham 2c 295) (3 x progeny)
    1939 Registration Loc @ 4 Shawford, Winchester , Winchester R.D., Hampshire, England (Insurance Agent)
    Jan 1940(?) Enlisted (905538) RAFVR (Block 900000-934899 Uxbridge 04-Jan-40 to 30-Apr-40)
    d. 13 Feb 1942

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    Thanks Peter.

    Every little bit of info helps and is appreciated.

    Scott
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    I have looked at Nightingale's death certificate. His body was not found until 27th August 1942, and his death registered at Knockbain in Ross & Cromarty.

    regards

    DaveW

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    Hello,

    Pilot, probably P/O Walter Robert MUMMERY, 2nd. Lt., R.A., (45603) R.A.F.

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    Once again.

    Thanks for all the information guys.

    Dave, that's a long time to be missing. Does it mention a location as to where he was found? Knockbain is quite far inland but probably the nearest place to where he was found that had a register.

    The story starts to unfold.

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    Scott

    No location apart from 'found in the Moray Firth'. I couldn't find a list of the places covered by Knockbain Registry Office, but Knockbain Parish covers includes the north side of The Moray Firth from Kessock Bridge to Munlochy Bay.

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    Thanks for looking Dave.

    I do know they sometimes mention the exact hill or beach that the casualties are found on.

    I will probably find that out from his AIR81 when its released.

    Meanwhile thanks again.

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