THAMESIDE AVIATION MUSEUM


25 SQUADRON 

RAF DEBDEN

BRISTOL BLENHEIM 1F NIGHT FIGHTER L6679
16th November 1940

This particular aircraft crashed at Stock Essex, after breaking up in a dive brought on by icing in cloud.

Sgt L T Winter (Pilot
Sgt A J Theasby (Radio Operator)
Sgt A L Romanis (W/Op - Air Gunner

Excavation carried out August 1975.

Crashed at "Ramsey Tyrells" Stock, Essex, England.

 

 

 

Above: left to right. Robin, Roger, Fred. on the day we found the site, note hump in fore-ground of this picture, this is from the crash thirty five years earlier.

THE EXCAVATION OF A BRISTOL BLENHEIM 1F NIGHT FIGHTER L6679

The meadow in which the Blenheim had crashed had not ever been ploughed, so finding a small rise of earth in the field the metal detector was employed to scan the site with a good reading of metal being produced over an area of 12 sq ft (3 m2), this followed by a small excavation with spades allowing a small amount of finds to be located.

After a discussion we decided that it would be worthwhile to bring the excavator to site the following weekend, and again we were to use "Rolly Ellis's" Dinkum Digger for the sum of 30.00 (1975).

The excavation proved to be a bit of a disappointment, all that we found was the Pito tube and a piece of armour plate, the rest of the readings from the metal detector had been produced from the corrosion in the soil, but never mind we all had a great time.

Present on the dig were,

Fred Dunn, Robin Hill, Roger Pickett, David Campbell, Ron Wingrave and Colin Wingrave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below: this is how we leave the sites, taken after the excavation 1975


Pre Dig trench to see if the aircraft remains were still below this meadowUseing probs and spades the test  trench is opened up

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No 25 (Fighter) Squadron Royal Air Force

90th Anniversary1915 - 2005

The Thameside Aviation Museum would like to thank Pete Harry, 25 Squadron Association, for his help and assistance with updating this page
 

 

The History of 25 Squadron 'Hawks Rising' 

ISBN 0-85130-307-2

 

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