Incident Bristol Blenheim Mk IV L8873,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 227898
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Date:Wednesday 10 January 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic BLEN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:104 Sqn RAF
Registration: L8873
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Bicester
Bristol Blenheim L8873/L: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 10 January 1940, when wrecked in a forced landing at RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire. The crew of two were injured. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/495): "Sergeant D N Wittaker and Sergeant J Friendly: injured as a result of an accident on board Blenheim L8873, Bicester, England, 10 January 1940"

104 Squadron reformed at Abingdon on 7 January 1936 when 'C' Flight of No 40 Squadron was raised to squadron status, although it was attached to No 40 until July of that year. Equipped with Hinds, it moved to Hucknall in August 1936 and Bassingbourn in May 1938, where it re-equipped with Blenheim Is. However, the outbreak of war did not see the squadron becoming operational, instead it was designated a Group Pool squadron and was involved in training crews for the other squadrons in the group. This came to an end on 8 April 1940, when it was absorbed into No 13 Operational Training Unit.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 60)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/495:

Revision history:

04-Aug-2019 23:43 Dr. John Smith Added
05-Aug-2019 06:34 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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