Accident Bristol Blenheim Mk IV BL-127,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192924
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Date:Thursday 18 January 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic BLEN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:Suomen ilmavoimat
Registration: BL-127
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:North Sea, between Perth, Scotland, and Stavanger, Norway -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Perth/Scone Airfield, Perth, Perthshire
Destination airport:Stavanger, Norway
In January 1940 Finland bought 12 Bristol Blenheim IVs from Great Britain. They received the Finnish codes BL-122 to BL-133. They were flown by Finnish crew from Perth, Scotland, to Stavanger, Norway, where they were refuelled before flying on to Finland via Sweden.

On 18 January 1940 Blenheim IV BL-127 went missing in the North Sea during the flight from Perth to Stavanger. It was never found, and its two crew, lentomestari Rudolf Gottschalk (pilot) and kersantti Pekka Kallakari (radio), were both lost. Gottschalk was a trained pilot, but his flying experience was exclusively civilian. At 40, he was the oldest Finnish pilot who died in the war.


Revision history:

18-Jan-2017 09:00 Laurent Rizzotti Added
10-May-2019 01:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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