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Last updated: 17 January 2022
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Date:26-MAR-1940
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:105 Squadron Royal Air Force (105 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4980
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Villeseneux, near Cheniers, 7 km south-west of Châlons-sur-Marne -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Battle Mk.I L4980 of 105 Squadron RAF crashed during a night training flight at Villeseneux, near Cheniers (Marne), 7 km south-west of Châlons-sur-Marne. All three crew killed

Crew of Battle L4980
Pilot Officer (Pilot) Allan M. Edgar, RAF 41270 (Australian, age 27), killed in action 26/03/1940
Sergeant (Observer) Hugh E. Pettit, RAF 580495, age 20, killed in action 26/03/1940
Corporal (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Alexander E. Jones, RAF 531577, age 22, killed in action 26/03/1940,

All three crew were buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 32)
2. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p 138)
3. "Bomber Command losses, vol 1. Aircraft and Crews lost during 1939-1940", by W R Chorley, ISBN 0-904597-85-7
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1940: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16471162
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2280884/edgar,-allan-matheson/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2280938/pettit,-hugh-edward/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2280909/jones,-alexander-egerton/
8. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=1905
9. http://olivier.housseaux.free.fr/AVIONS/L4980/recit.htm
10. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheniers
11. http://www.maplandia.com/france/champagne-ardenne/marne/chalons-en-champagne/cheniers/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Jul-2017 06:34 Laurent Rizzotti Added
16-Oct-2018 19:19 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
29-Jun-2019 19:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2019 19:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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