Date & Time: Apr 22, 1939 at 1100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Bloch MB.210
Operator:
Registration:
152
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Angers - Tours
Country:
France
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
5
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
700
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a special flight from Angers on behalf of the Territory Aerial Defence (DAT - Défense Aérienne du Territoire). A total of four Bloch MB.210 was flying together, making a 'Diamond' formation. While approaching the Tours-Parçay-Meslay Airport, the aircraft positioned on the left side of the 'Diamond' left the formation to the left while the aircraft positioned on the right side of the 'Diamond' left the formation to the right. Suddenly, both aircraft flying one behind the other collided. Both aircraft went out of control, crashed in an open field and were destroyed. All nine crew members on both aircraft were killed.
Crew aboard 152:
Sergeant Paul Bredela,
Warrant Officer Gaston François,
Sergeant Girard,
Corporal-Chief Génébault,
Warrant Officer Lagarce.
Second aircraft's crew (registration unconfirmed):
Lieutenant-Colonel Louis Mailloux,
Lieutenant Henry de Rilly d'Oysonville,
Warrant Officer Gonin,
Sergeant Robert Callède.
Probable cause:
Investigation committee was unable to determine the exact cause of the collision.