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No.53 Sq. Blenheim crash, July 25, 1940

No.53 Sq. Blenheim crash, July 25, 1940
Author: floyd williston (Guest)
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19:20:34 Tuesday, October 22, 2002
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Sgt. Harry Walter Hunt ( 53 Squadron Coastal Command) joined the RAF as an observer in Nov.1938. He was killed on July 25, 1940 when his Blenheim crashed while on patrol over the North Sea. He was from Vancouver, Canada and the husband of Winifred Grace Hunt of Stoke Newington, London, England.The parents are identified as Walter James and Mary Theresa Hunt. The school he attended in Caada has his date of death as August 22, 1941 although the CWGC has no Hunt listed as KIA on that date.



Does anyone have information on this incident? He is buried in Holland. Who were the other crew members?



His father died around 1987 in California.



(Floyd)


RE: No.53 Sq. Blenheim crash, July 25, 1940
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
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21:26:32 Tuesday, October 22, 2002
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Floyd,

Extract from Vol One of my 'For Your Tomorrow':-

Thu 25 Jul 1940

Coastal Command

‘S.A.9’ - anti-shipping patrol off the Dutch coast

53 Squadron, RAF (Detling, Kent - 16 Group)

Blenheim IV R3836/X - took off at 0602 and crashed on the Koffieboon Plaat off Ameland, one of the West Frisian islands. The RAF observer’s body later washed ashore at Friesland, while his two comrades are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Pilot: 41752 Plt Off David Bayntun STARKY, RAF - Age 20. 304hrs. 10th op.

Jock Mason's 'United in Effort: The story of No.53 Squadron Royal Air Force 1916-1976' (Air-Britain 1997 - copy received after publication of FYT) adds that 'They had been shot down and killed by a German convoy near Ameland.' (p34). He gives the third crew member's name as WOpAG Sgt B Moriarty.

Starky was a Gisborne-born New Zealander who entered the RAF on a short service commission in Dec 1938. He was a brother of Sqn Ldr James Bayntun Starky, DSO, DFC, mid, who served in the RNZAF during WWII, the RAF postwar and then as a test pilot (later chief test pilot) for Armstrong Siddeley.

Errol


RE: No.53 Sq. Blenheim crash, July 25, 1940
Author: floyd williston (Guest)
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02:20:16 Wednesday, October 23, 2002
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Thanks Errol.





The father of Harry Hunt included in his will, just now being settled, a $1.5 million legacy (for scholarships in memory of his son)to the high school in Canada that Harry attended prior to joining the RAF.





The school has no background information re: Harry's death. I'll pass it on to them.





Chris Pointon has sent me an address for a contact in the Netherlands





(Floyd)


RE: No.53 Sq. Blenheim crash, July 25, 1940
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
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10:30:22 Wednesday, October 23, 2002
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Floyd,

Additional to my earlier post, from a letter to the Air Ministry by 53 Sqn's CO dated 28 July 1940 just to hand (double brackets used in lieu of squared brackets which this posting format does not accept to identify text I have added):

'...This aircraft left...for a recconaissance patrol (S.A.9) between North Foreland and a point some 25 miles north-east of Texel Island...((and was)) due to arrive back at Detling at 09.30 hours.'

As an interesting aside, he concludes with the following paragraph:

'In accordance with No.16 Group instructions this casualty was reported as ((a)) "Flying Accident", there being no definite evidence that the aircraft came into contact with the enemy: A Form 765(c) is being forwarded. Under SD 112/8 and A.P.1301, Appendix III, note 3, this would however be a "Flying Battle" casualty and for this reason this brief report is forwarded.'

Errol


RE: No.53 Sq. Blenheim crash, July 25, 1940
Author: floyd williston (Guest)
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13:42:55 Wednesday, October 23, 2002
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Thanks. (Floyd)