Accident Bristol Blenheim Mk I L1540,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14891
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Date:Tuesday 31 December 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic BLEN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:211 Sqn RAF
Registration: L1540
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Mavrovë, Vlorë County about 7 miles SE of Vlorë, Shushicë River Valley -   Albania
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Menidi (Tatoi) aerodrome
Destination airport:
Blenheim I L1540: Took off at 12:30 hrs for mission. 31/12/1940
Nine aircraft attacked targets South of Valona on New Year’s Eve 1940. Intercepted by several enemy fighters CR.42, on the return leg the port engine of Blenheim L1540 was seen to be on fire. The aircraft was last seen leaving the formation but under control some 20 miles South of Valona.
During aerial combat aircraft was shot down and crashed near Valona in the Albanian village of Mavrove.
Sgt (742975) Sidney Lewis BENNETT (pilot) RAFVR: killed
Sgt (749318) William Henry TUNSTALL (obs.) RAFVR: killed
Sgt (580854) Leslie Ronald FRANCE (WOp/AG) RAF: killed


1.Blenheim production list
2.ORB 211 Sqdn RAF

Revision history:

29-Feb-2008 12:39 JINX Added
03-Aug-2009 20:59 Anon. Updated
15-Dec-2014 20:00 Paco Updated [Operator, Source]
26-Sep-2018 10:40 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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