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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 2627
Last updated: 7 April 2019
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Date:14-NOV-1938
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:62 Squadron Royal Air Force (62 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1108
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF West Freugh, Wigtownshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Destination airport:RAF West Freugh, Wigtownshire
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L1108 of 62 Squadron, RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 14/11/38 when overshot on landing at RAF West Freugh, Wigtownshire. The aircraft "broke its back" just aft of the gun turret. Ironically, most of the damage was caused by a ground collision with the Fire Tender.

The Blenheim's port wing also struck (and demolished) the duty pilot's office, as the pilot tried to swing off the runway in an attempt to reduce the Blenheim's speed. Fortunately, the office was unoccupied at the time, as the duty pilot, not expecting any aircraft to land, had just left, a few minutes earlier, to go to the toilet!

According to the aircraft's record card (Air Ministry Form 1180) "the aircraft overshot the runway and the brakes were ineffective because of the muddy ground".

Sources:

1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. Devotion to a Calling: Far-East Flying and Survival with 62 Squadron RAF By Harley Boxall, Joe Bamford
3. http://aircrewremembered.com/blenheim-test.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Feb-2008 12:32 JINX Added
10-Aug-2013 07:10 JINX Updated [Source]
15-Dec-2014 14:28 Jixon Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
19-Mar-2018 18:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 06:38 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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