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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141465
Last updated: 8 December 2021
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Date:15-AUG-1940
Time:19:00 approx
Type:Airspeed Oxford Mk I
Owner/operator:ex-8 SFTS Royal Air Force (ex-8 SFTS RAF)
Registration: L9681
MSN: 169
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Croydon, Croydon, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Narrative:
Airspeed Oxford Mk.1 L9681; delivered to the RAF at 8 FTS on 10/2/1939. Unit became 8 SFTS on 4/9/1939. Sustained slight damage in service; Destroyed 15/8/1940 in air raid on Rollason factory at Croydon Airport while under repair.

The raid took place from 7 pm. During the bombing Croydon Airport received a lot of damage - large potholes over the airfield, a direct hit on the armoury, and 'C' hangar used by Rollason Aircraft Services was hit with incendiary bombs and the training aircraft inside were all destroyed (including P9681). The Rollason factory and workshop was also badly hit which caused many civilian casualties. 'D' hangar was raked by cannon fire and received blast damage, 'A' hangar was only affected with minor damage, but the officers' mess was reduced to rubble when hit by a bomb blast close by.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 63
2. THe Oxford, Consul and Envoy File (John F Hamlin, Air Britain 2001, p 71)
3. http://www.airportofcroydon.com/RAF.html
4. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/first-bombing-raid-on-greater-london-croydon-august-15th-1940.19241/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2012 10:48 Uli Elch Added
21-Mar-2019 22:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 20:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jul-2019 19:40 TigerTimon Updated [Time]
02-Nov-2019 18:41 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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