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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138355
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I
Owner/operator:256 Squadron Royal Air Force (256 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N1745
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:17
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:97 Reads Avenue, Blackpool, Lancashire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Squires Gate, Lancashire
Destination airport:RAF Squires Gate
Four Defiants of 256 Sqn were conducting formation flying practice at about 2,000 feet over Blackpool.

At the same time three Blackburn Bothas of No. 3 School of General Reconnaissance, also based at Squires Gate, were flying nearby but about 500 feet lower.

The leader of the Defiant flight ordered a practice formation break and the first two aircraft did so uneventfully, but the third Defiant collided with one of the Bothas, L6509, cutting the fuselage of the bomber in half and removing a motor and part of a wing. The Botha fell into the booking hall at Blackpool Central Railway Station and exploded in flames, killing the three crew and 14 others in the station.

The Defiant, having also lost a wing in the collision, spun down and crashed on a house at 97 Reads Ave, bursting into flames and demolishing the building. Two persons at home at the time miraculously escaped injury.

The gunner of the Defiant baled out but his parachute could not open in time, and his body was seen huddled lifeless in Regents Road. The pilot was found dead in the burned out wreckage of the plane in the basement of the house.
Sgt (NZ40760) Lincoln John ELLMERS (pilot) RNZAF - killed
Sgt (NZ402166) Noel Anthony John CLIFFORD (AG) RNZAF - killed in a flying accident.
Both airmen are buried in Lytham St Anne's (Park) Cemetery.


Revision history:

04-Sep-2011 00:25 angels one five Added
04-Sep-2011 00:42 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]
07-Jan-2012 03:48 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 02:10 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 02:10 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
25-Sep-2013 02:38 angels one five Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Sep-2013 02:40 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
16-Oct-2013 01:15 JINX Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature]
31-Oct-2013 07:21 angels one five Updated [Operator]
27-Nov-2014 20:03 Comet123 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
03-Dec-2014 18:26 angels one five Updated [Operator, Nature]
19-Feb-2015 18:18 paddy Updated [Cn, Destination airport, Narrative]
17-Apr-2015 13:38 ABBA Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
20-Apr-2015 03:50 angels one five Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
20-Apr-2015 04:55 Comet123 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
02-May-2021 11:21 angels one five Updated [Phase]

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