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Bligh, A., Sgt., 1945
In Cambridge City Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Grave of 1523986 Sergeant Arthur Bligh, serving with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who died 05/03/1945.

Simon Glancey has submitted the following:

Sgt. Bligh was killed when Avro Lancaster I PD737 of 1662 H.C.U. (Heavy Conversion Unit) was lost on a training flight. It crashed in a field near Woodbeck, near Retford, after hitting a tree 25 feet from the ground, whilst on a nigh navigation exercise from R.A.F. Blyton. All seven crew members were killed.
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses: Vol. 8; Heavy Conversion Units and Miscellaneous Units, 1939-1947;W.R. Chorley; 2003; Midland Publishing; ISBN 1 85780 156 3, page 163

The C/O of R.A.F. Blyton stated “The accident may have been due to faulty or misinterpreted altimeter readings,” The AVM of No 7 Group stated : “the accident was due to bad instrument flying. Existing orders state that the Station should remind pilots of safety heights.”

He is remembered in Blyth on B42.19 and B42.23

The CWGC entry for Sergeant Bligh

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