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    Browsing through 'Men of the BoB' I came upon the entry for Frank Blenkharn who was the radar operator in the above a/c which, according to MoBoB,collided with a training a/c out of Peterborough on the night of 7/8-12-1940 killing two of the Blenheim crew and six pupil pilots in the other a/c.

    Warner's Blenheim gives a different account whereby the Blenheim dig after control was lost, this version is shared by ABS.

    BTW Warner gives the place of the crash as Elton, near Marham. I believe this should read Elton, Hunts.

    Does anyone have any idea of what the real situation is please.

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    Hi Dave,

    I have no idea what the real situation was I was not there but.. :-)

    RAF serials by Air Britain gives:

    L1235 25 Sq Control lost in bad weather while conducting black-out tests over Peterborough, divet into ground Elton, Northants., 7.12.40

    Hope this helps a little

    Pavel

    P.S: Sorry for doubling, while reading your next post I recognised that probably your ABS means my RAF serials by Air Britain.
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    I've three airman on Blenheim L1235:
    F/Lt J.McC.M. HUGHES - DFC - 33191;
    Sgt (Airgunner) J.R. FRIEND - 904234, and INJURED
    Sgt (Radar Op) R. BLENKHAM.
    Took off from Wittering, Northamptonshire tasked to check the back-out of Peterborough; crashed in a field at Elton near Marham, NORFOLK.
    What was/were the serial of the other aircraft involved and names of the six casualties.
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    Hi Davew,

    Like Pavel, I wasn't there either. But I think you can rest assured, neither were Wynn's six pupil pilots!

    Col.

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    Elton, Northants bears 240 at 6 nm from Peterborough/Westwood aerodrome (I was born within spitting distance of Westwood!!!).
    Elton, Northants, bears 150 at 6 nm from Wittering.
    Wittering is now in Cambridgeshire. It might just have been in Lincolnshire in WW2. If it was not then it is likely to have been in the ancient administrative district of the Soke of Peterborough (which became part of Northamptonshire anyway!).
    I cannot find an 'Elton' near RAF Marham. The Northamptonshire Elton is only 5 nm southwest of the village of Marholm. The locals pronounce this place 'marram', whereas the RAF station in Norfolk is usually pronounce 'mar-um'.
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    Gents

    Thanks for your comments. Peter's explaination of how 'Marham' got into the picture certainly has credence.

    BTW Elton, according to my pre 1970's county boundary changes gazetteer, was in Huntingdonshire.

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    DaveW
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    Listen you bloody ignorant foreigners, the RAF station near King's Lynn is pronounced "Murram" by the "broad Norfolk" locals.

    No record of any aircraft crashes in Norfolk 7-8 Dec 1940 in Norfolk CD files.

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    Nice answer BC, yes I'm a foreigner but not 'bloody ignorant'.
    Regards from the continent,
    Henk.

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