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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14674
Last updated: 17 April 2019
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Date:26-OCT-1938
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:34 Squadron Royal Air Force (34 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1252
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lune Moor, Staple Moss, Mickle Fell, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Kingstown, Carlisle, Cumberland
Narrative:
On 26th October 1938 the crew of this aircraft and at least one other from the same unit were undertaking a practice bombing raid and using Carlisle as their target. Both aircraft set out from Upper Heyford in the south of England and headed north and landed at Driffield airfield, this was probably so they could refuel. They took off again and headed north-west and while over the Pennines they encountered poor weather and the two aircraft became separated.

It was thought that crew of this aircraft had opted to turn back and head for Catterick or had lost control in the cloud after turning to instrument flying. Over high ground and in bad visibility the aircraft iced up and lost height. Being over high ground losing height, put the aircraft in danger and it crashed soon afterwards with the three on board were sadly killed. Aircraft crashed on Lune Moor, Staple Moss, around the head of Hargill Beck to the South East of Mickle Fell, 6 miles West of Middleton-in-Teesdale, in the North Pennines, on the borders of North Yorkshire and County Durham

The crew of this aircraft were the squadron's first casualties since converting to Blenheims from Hinds.
Crew:
Pilot Officer John Owen SOWERBUTTS (pilot, aged 25) RAF - killed.
AC1 William ASHBRIDGE (Air Gunner, aged 21) RAF - killed.
AC2 Horace REDFERN (W/op/Air Gunner, aged 18) RAF - killed.

Sources:

1. http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/crash_sites/pennines/bristol-blenheim-l1252-hargill-beck/
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/dales/l1252.html
4. https://www.militaryimages.net/media/sowerbutts-john-owen.84943/
5. Flight magazine (Novmeber 10, 1938 page 430) at https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1938/1938%20-%203172.PDF


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Feb-2008 01:28 JINX Added
26-Feb-2008 01:31 JINX Updated
24-Aug-2013 14:51 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Aug-2013 15:01 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
15-Dec-2014 14:22 Jixon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
28-Feb-2018 16:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Mar-2018 00:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 06:36 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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