Database :: Aircraft Serials :: Aircraft Losses

Serial (AZ-9999) -
A-Z 1-2-3-4 -
Aircraft Name - Display: by Series Or Individually
Blenheim Blenheim [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Blenheim Blenheim



National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/1Pilot Officer W J Murphy, Flight Lieutenant W F Barton, Flying Officer H L Emden, Flying Officer H B Lightoller, Flying Officer J F Ross, Aircraftman 1st Class R Evans, Sergeant L R Ward, Sergeant S G M Otty, Corporal J L Ricketts, Aircraftman 2nd Class E Pateman, Sergeant O L D Howells, Aircraftman 1st Class E W Lyon and Sergeant A S Prince: report of deaths. Sergeant G F Booth and Aircraftman 2nd Class L J Slattery: prisoners of war. Pilot Sergeant R C Grossey: missing presumed dead; raid by Blenheims N6199, N6184, N6186, N6189 and N6240 on Wilhelmshaven, 4 September 1939. Note: With identity discsC14141980
AIR81/15Acting Wing Commander I M Cameron, Sergeant T C Hammond and Aircraftman 1st Class T Fullerton: report of deaths; Blenheim N6212 shot down near Osnabruck, 28 September 1939. Note: With photographsC14141994
AIR81/16Flying Officer D A Strachan, Sergeant W M Gunn and Aircraftman 1st Class J Bateson: missing presumed dead; Blenheim N606 failed to return from a reconnaissance flight near Munster, Germany, 28 September 1939.C14141995
AIR81/25Flying Officer A C MacLachan: prisoner of war. Aircraftman 2nd Class R V Britton and Sergeant W B Brown: report of deaths; Blenheim N6231 shot down near Petershagen, 1 October 1939. Note: With photographsC14142108
AIR81/27Wing Commander H M A Day: prisoner of war. Sergeant E B Hillier and Aircraftman 2nd Class F G Moller: report of deaths; Blenheim L1138 shot down near Ibar Oberstein, 13 October 1939. Note: With identity discC14142110

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Blenheim Blenheim

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantWilliam John ANSTEY (1187860) Pilot Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-10-14114 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomDoynton (Holy Trinity) Churchy
Flying OfficerAntony Flemlng BALDWYN (44706) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-10-30272 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantRobert BARR (1108927) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim Blenheim  Ext Link 1941-12-0617 OTU United KingdomRamsey Cemetery
Flight SergeantCharles Sydney Herbert BAYFORD (903502) Pilot Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-2084 Sqdn AIR27 LibyaTobruk War Cemetery
SergeantJames Ford BILLETT (1051615) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-2618 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flight SergeantJohn Walker Coutts BOWIE (561056) Blenheim Blenheim  Forum Post 1942-01-0162 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantWilliam Arthur BROADBEAR (945641) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-10-30272 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantBernard Frank BROOKS (925829) Blenheim Blenheim  Ext Link 1941-09-17107 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying OfficerDouglas Foulsham BROOKS (42299) Observer Blenheim Blenheim  Ext Link 1941-09-22113 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptEl Alamein War Cemetery
SergeantCedric Tyson BROWN (404197) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-19203 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Pilot OfficerFred Harvey BROWN (J/5095) Air Observer Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-09-22114 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomScottow Cemetery
Flight SergeantJohn BULLOCH (743063) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO  Forum Post 1941-06-2745 Sqdn AIR27 SyriaDamascus Commonwealth War Ceme
Warrant Officer Class IICharles Harold BUMSTEAD (R/56174) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-2084 Sqdn AIR27 LibyaTobruk War Cemetery
SergeantLeslie James BURCHER (919091) Observer Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO  Forum Post 1941-12-04107 Sqdn AIR27 ItalyCatania War Cemetery, Sicily
SergeantFrank BURRELL (638941) Blenheim Blenheim  Ext Link 1941-09-17107 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantSamuel Stephen John COLLIER (1261192) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-09-22114 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomManor Park Cemetery
Pilot OfficerEric CROMPTON (401029) Blenheim Blenheim  Forum Post 1942-01-0162 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantDesmond Philip DARCY (998985) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-22107 Sqdn AIR27 LibyaTripoli War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerCharles Richardson DIGGES (402155) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-18139 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomNorwich Cemetery, Norfolk
Pilot OfficerRandle FEILDEN (402650) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-09-22114 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomScottow Cemetery
SergeantMichael Terence GARFIN (1002281) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-18139 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomLeigh Cemetery
SergeantRoy Frederick Joseph HENLEY (1253157) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-22107 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial
SergeantJack William KERRISON (1255195) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-10-14114 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomLowestoft (Beccles Road) Cemet
SergeantRobert George KIDBY (1157291) Pilot Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO  Forum Post 1941-12-04107 Sqdn AIR27 ItalyCatania War Cemetery, Sicily
Pilot OfficerWilliam Edgar LAW (88021) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-09-24107 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantLawrence LAWSON (981601) Observer Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-10-2218 Sqdn AIR27 LibyaTripoli War Cemetery
SergeantWilliam Charles MARSHALL (920238) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-2618 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flying OfficerFrank MARTIN (80560) Blenheim Blenheim  Forum Post 1942-01-0162 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantWilliam Watson MARTIN (536352) Blenheim Blenheim  Forum Post 1942-01-0162 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantCyril Stanton MORT (956840) Observer Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-2084 Sqdn AIR27 LibyaTobruk War Cemetery
SergeantAlfred McLEVY (809126) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-19203 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantHarold Frederick Dolland PARSONS (1151990) Observer Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-22107 Sqdn AIR27 LibyaTripoli War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerIsaac PAUL (102610) Observer Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO  Forum Post 1941-12-24107 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta (Capuccini) Naval Cemete
Flying OfficerArthur Thomas READ (84674) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-19203 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
SergeantGeoffrey ROBINSON (1052470) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-10-2218 Sqdn AIR27 LibyaTripoli War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerPeter Edmund Covell ROBINSON (65572) Blenheim Blenheim  Ext Link 1941-09-17107 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantThomas William SHERRATT (751294) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-2084 Sqdn AIR27 LibyaTobruk War Cemetery
SergeantAnthony James SOUTHWOOD (920870) Observer Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-10-14114 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomFakenham Cemetery
SergeantOswald Colin SUMMERS (1177035) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-12-2618 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flight SergeantMatthew THOMPSON (1168424) Observer Blenheim Blenheim  Ext Link 1941-12-0617 OTU United KingdomLiverpool (Ford) Roman Catholi
Squadron LeaderTheophilus John Scott WARREN (41227) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-09-24107 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flying OfficerJohn Terence WATERFALL (88022) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-09-24107 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flight SergeantJames Douglas WOODBURN (R/54201) Pilot Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-10-2218 Sqdn AIR27 LibyaTripoli War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerCharles Herman WOODWORTH (J/6687) Pilot Blenheim Blenheim  Ext Link 1941-12-0617 OTU United KingdomRamsey Cemetery
Flight LieutenantDouglas Kenneth Alfred WORDSWORTH (41517) Blenheim Blenheim  NA/PRO 1941-10-30272 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptAlamein Memorial

Related Posts in RAF Commands Forum

ThreadPost TextAuthor
engine nacelle guns on blenheimsHi All, I am spending a bit of time browsing the new flight magazines on line, a goldmine of info.. on page http://www.flightglobal.com/PDFArchive/View/1941/1941%20-%202698.html is part of a three page translated wartime article on german investigation into crashed RAF aircraft. it mentions a blenheim with a fixed rearward firing engine nacelle gun. ' the gun is placed behind the engine in the engine nacelle above the wing' blenheims not being my area of research, was this a normal fit ? cheers Jerry ....Read More.brewerjerry on 18th November 2007 12:15:17
engine nacelle guns on blenheimsHi Jerry I don't think it was standard but may have been a local "mod". The only standard rearward facing guns mentioned in Warner's "Blenheim" were mounted below the nose on Blenheim Mk IVs and were aimed with a periscope. Both Mk 1F and IVF had forward facing guns in a position under the belly of the a/c to augment the single wing gun, according to Owen Thetford's "Aircraft of the Royal Air Force" Regards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 18th November 2007 02:27:36
1st July 1941.I am researching details on any escorting squadron's who went with the Blenheim's of 139 Squadron on the following raids. 30th June 1941. 139 Squadron took of at 17.32 Hours with 8 machines lead by Squ/Leader Thompson, DFC and 10 aircraft of 18 Squadron supported by fighter escort to rendezvous at Clacton, on Raid I A J 440 and returned 19.37 Hours with all aircraft having carried out a bombing raid on Pont-A-Vendin Thermic Power Station 4 miles N.E. of Lens. 1st July 1941, five machines of 139 Squadron left Horsham St. Faith, lead by Squadron Leader Sidney Smith at 08.48 on a daylight raid to Oldenburg Power Station. What l am trying to find out is if James McCairns and 616 Squadron escorted the Blenheim's on either or both of these raids. This would be a 'nice' coincidence as my Father was shot down on 1st July and McCairns on 6th and they both ended up in the same POW camp. If not, then l an still interested to see if there is any referance to my Father being shot down with any more details. Regards, Nick ....Read More.NickFenton on 18th November 2007 04:56:14
Identification of aircraftI am trying to identify the following 3 aircraft from the partial serials I have. All were used by 127 Sqn in the Western desert as communication aircraft. All I have is Magister 2435 Magister 2453 Blenheim 7542 Regards Andy ....Read More.Andy Ingham on 19th November 2007 12:14:41
Identification of aircraftWell the Blenheim must be Blenheim Mk.IV Z7542 as that is the only 7542 that was a Blenheim. It is in the Z7271 to Z8323 block built by Rootes Securities. ....Read More.alclark on 19th November 2007 01:48:22
1st July 1941.Nick, It appears that on July 1st, 1941 No 616 Squadron had a target support mission for 12 Blenheims on an early evening raid on a power station in Choques, N. France (Circus 28). The Northolt, Hornchurch, Tangmere and Kenley wings were all involved in escort duties for these Blenheims. On 6th July, 1941 11 Spitfires of No 616 Squadron were part of Target Support Wing B for Circus 35, a raid of some Stirling bombers to Lille, France from 13.30-15.20 hrs. It was on this occasion that Sgt McCairns became POW when his Spitfire P8500 crashlanded on the beach near Dunkirk. Regards, Leendert ....Read More.Leendert on 20th November 2007 07:03:42
1st July 1941.The Tangmere Wing was on target support duties for 18 Blenheims to the power station in Pont à Vendin (near Lens?), N. France in the given time frame (17.40-19.20) on 30 June 1941. This was Circus 27. Regards, Leendert ....Read More.Leendert on 21st November 2007 07:21:39
Blenheim L.8386My neice very recently did a Google search of some information we had turned up from the family archive and turned up a thread on your old board about Blenheim losses in Egypt in 1940. Blenheim L.8386 crashed 60 miles east of Suez in the early hours of 12th May 1940. My father, LAC King was the only survivor from among the four crew. He never talked about the crash and is long dead, but we have started to take a belated interest and were fascinated by the details about the incident given in the thread. I've now found I have my father's logbook. The final two entries read as follows: May 11 1940 0645-0845 L.8386 Sgt. Claxton Operational exercise Flight formation W/T ok Landed Fuka 2hrs 2350- ? L.8386 Sgt Claxton To Ismalia Crashed Sinai Desert 60 miles east of Suez Sgt Claxton x Sgt Smith x LAC Jobling x The thread we found added the information that the aircraft had been on a searchlight and observer post exercise, became lost and flew into high ground at 1,000 ft while trying to locate a landmark. If anyone could point me towards further details I would be very grateful. ....Read More.Peter_King on 21st November 2007 06:20:04
Blenheim L.8386Peter Hope this will help you. This is what I have on my system as the entry for our book "RAF Bomber losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean". 12 May 1940, Blenheim I, L8386, 55 Sqn RAF, 564591. Sgt R.H. Claxton, RAF. Pilot + 562869. Sgt N.F. Smith, RAF. Obs + 538896. LAC R.J. King, RAF. WOp/AG I 524001. LAC R.C. Jobling, RAF. AG + Took off 0730, Ismailia/Moascar, Egypt, 11th May 1940. Landed at Fuka Main (LG 17), Egypt, at 1100 hrs. Took off Fuka Main (LG 17), Egypt, at 2330 hrs. On an Air Defence of Egypt Exercise. Lost the formation approximately 40 km west of Alexandria on the return flight and flew into high ground at 0220 hrs, 90 km from Ismailia on the Ismailia-Palestine Road, whilst pilot was flying low in order to locate himself, 12th May 1940. Three of the crew are buried at Ismailia, War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt (1.D.2; 2.A.2; 2.B.2). Pel ....Read More.P.H.Temple on 22nd November 2007 05:36:01
1st July 1941.Thanks Fella's. I think this answers my question but as always raises others. So it appears that McCairn's was in the Tangmere wing that escorted the Blenheim's to Pont-à-Vendin on the 30th as well? I know that 139 squadron and my Father were on this circus operation from the Group ORB's at Kew so this is nice to see. But it looks unlikely that there was the same escort for the raid on 1st July on Oldenburg Power Station as the escort seems to be a distance away at the time. I can also find no referance to 139 Squadron being involved in a circus on that date. Sorry, but l only seem to be able to get the time to access the forum at the weekend but l do appreciate your help. If you have any views were this information is or where else to look, please let me know. I have copies of the 139 Squadron ORB's as well as those of 2 Group Bomber Command and Horsham St. Faith from where they left. McCairns and my Father first met up in Dulag Luft. Regards, NIck ....Read More.NickFenton on 25th November 2007 09:38:28
13th March 1941hello Frederic, This is quite unlikely if you simply consider the range of the machines in Fighter Command's strength in March 1941. There's nothing about a raid in this area of France in "1941 the Turning Point part 1" by John Foreman, neither the night before or the night after. Unless one crew was completely lost and dropped its bombs on a target of opportunity. The author would have probably mentioned any intruder mission, but again, this was quite far from U.K. bases for the planes used for such operations at the time, Bristol Blenheims. Nothing looking like it in "The Bomber Command War Diaries" by Middlebrook & Everitt. Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 27th November 2007 11:22:01
13th March 1941Bonjour Joss, However I have a series of day’s bombings since mid August 1940 and I don't see who else could have performed operations onto this area. Blenheim, Beaufighter... what was the real range of these planes? By being a short time onto the target, it was realizable, no? Warmest regards, Frederic ....Read More.Henofred on 28th November 2007 01:45:41
13th March 1941hello Frederic Not Beaufighter so early in the war. Blenheims in intruder missions could do, but they were also limited in range. At the same time, I have night intruder missions by Blenheims (for example No. 23 Squadron), but not as far south. They were flying in my area, usually patrolling over beacons, and waiting for preys to show up (in this case German bombers based in Nord-Pas-de-Calais). I too have Police/Gendarmerie reports for that time frame which mentions bombs, especially in Dunkirk area, and it's quite difficult to ascertain which bomber dropped the bombs, probably because they failed to locate the target and on returning back to UK, it was easy to spot a port and bomb it, and not bring bombs back to base. The Butt report in 1941 is quite adamant about the navigation and bombing skills of average Bomber Command crews. I don't see obvious reasons to bomb in the Orléans-Tours-Vierzon, especially marshalling yards, at that time of the war. I would understand airfields used by Luftwaffe bombers, but not specifically railway tracks. Perhaps other forumites will be able to confirm missions, but in the two books I've checked, nothing specific showed up. Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 28th November 2007 09:59:05
Whirlwind Ops[QUOTE=Decobeck;1068]Hi Hugh, Maybe you will be interested by the following information concerning the last mission of P/O Rebbetoy : At 10.35 h on April 25th 1943, 6 Whirlwind of the 137 Squadron took off from Manston for a Rhubard mission above Belgium. P/O Rebbetoy was F/Lt Bryan n°2 and near Tielt they sighted a train. They were ready to attack when F/Lt Bryan realized it was a Flak train. He tried to warn his n°2 not attacking this target but to no avail. P/O Rebbetoy dived and was immediately hit. The aircraft went down and inverted crashed in an inoccupied house. The pilot was instantly killed. It happened at Wijnendale near the railway track. The aircraft was a Whirlwind I (SF-G/P7058). Two German soldiers were wounded too. P/O Rebbetoy claimed the first Whirlwind victory of the Squadron (shared with Sgt H. O'Neil) too. Rgds. Régis[/QUOTE] Hi Régis, Thanks for the information, but one correction rebbetoy did not get 137Sq first whirlwind victory, it was the second . order of combats as follows :- 15.05.42 - F/Sgt G.V.Brennan P7111 & P/O Brunet P7055 (SF-W) - Ju.88 (Dam) N.Sea 27.05.42 - F/Sgt G.V.Brennan P7122 & P/O LaGette P7046 - Ju.88 N.Sea (actually a RAF Blenheim) 20.06.42 - P/O C.Mercer P6972 & Sgt Ashton P7012 ( SF-V)- Do.217 (Dam) N.Sea 06.07.42 - P/O Bartlett P7111 & Sgt Roberts P7037 - Ju.88 (Dam) N.Sea 25.07.42 - P/O J.E.McClure P7104 & W/O R.L.Smith P7012 (SF-V ) - Ju.88 3(F)./122 N.Sea 29.07.42 - F/Sgt J.R.Rebbetoy P7058 (SF-G) & Sgt L.O'Neill P7005 (SF-H) - Ju.88D-1 N.Sea Cheers Jerry ....Read More.brewerjerry on 2nd December 2007 12:10:42
W/O Norman Sinclair Davidson, 78 (RAF) SquadronSplash Firing Exercises were airborne affairs, firing at a target in a lake. Beam Firing Exercises were again airborne, the gunnery student manning either manual guns (early Fairey Battles) or a turret (Battles with turrets, Bolingrbrokes which were Canadian-built Blenheims). The student was firing at a target on the beam - i.e. a drogue being towed by a tug flying a parallel course. SR I assume to be Ship Recognition, although I am surprised that this would be done in an aerial setting as opposed to a classroom setting. BA I assume to be bomb aiming exercises, although on reconsideration I think it odd that such would figure prominently at an AOS where the emphasis was on navigation. ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 2nd December 2007 04:47:14
W/O Norman Sinclair Davidson, 78 (RAF) SquadronBy way of illustrating a navigator's training process, I put to you the courses taken by F/O Noel Gibbons (No.418 Squadron, DFC, killed in action 22 October 1944). This included the following: Enlisted in Vancouver, 2 October 1941. Posted on enlistment to No.3 Manning Depot, Edmonton. To No.4 ITS, Edmonton, 28 October 1941. To No.2 AOS, Edmonton, 20 December 1941. At No.2 AOS he flew in Ansons (31.20 day as first navigator, 36.10 day as second navigator, 2.30 night as first navigator and 8.20 at night as second navigator). He was first in a class of 29 and was described as "Best in class. Seems to have natural ability". Courses were DR Plotting (141/150), DR Written (180/200), Compasses and Instruments (123/150), Signals (100/100), Maps and Charts (96/100), Meteorology (79/100), Photography (75/100), and Reconnaissance (90/100). To No.8 BGS, Lethbridge, 29 March 1942. At No.8 BGS he was in Fairey Battles (18.05 day bombing, 7.45 night bombing, 12.05 day gunnery). Average bombing error was 170 yards; average error on best exercise was 92 yards; dropped 62 bombs (high level) and 17 bombs (low level). "Average ability as Bomb Aimer." He was deemed "weak in gunnery", scored 0.5 in beam test, 2.81 % in Beam Relative Speed Test, 2.66 % in Under Tail Test. He fired a total of 1,755 rounds air-to-air. Placed first in a class of 27 and described as "Sets an excellent example as class leader both in appearance and applying self to work. Conscientious, above average ability. Definite leadership qualities." To No.1 ANS, Rivers, 10 May 1942 - At No.1 ANS he flew Ansons (8.15 day as first navigator, 7.45 day as second navigator, 3.35 night as first navigator, 9.45 night at second navigator). Ground training stressed Astro Navigation Plotting (114/150) and Astro Navigation Written (100/100). Placed 3rd in a class of 24. Disembarked in United Kingdom, 11 November 1942. To No.1 Signal School, 22 December 1942. At No.1 Signal School, 26 December 1942 to 31 March 1943. Tested in Morse and Visual Signals (required 18 words per minute in Morse and Syko Speed, actually achieved 22 words per minute; needed and achieved eight words per minute in Aldis Lamp). He spent five hours in Dominie aircraft (2.30 on W/T sets in air) and 9.15 hours in Proctor aircraft (all on W/T sets in the air). Ground School courses and results were as follows: Technical (Theory), 105/150; Signals Organisation, 104/150; Out-Station Procedure, 114/150; Set Manipulation, 186/250; D/F Loop Manipulation, 92/150; Daily Inspections and Fault Finding, 105/150. Air Results were listed as follows: Air Operating, 252/300; Frequency Changing, 288/300; D/F Loop Manipulation, 148/200; D/F Procedure. 85/100; Log Keeping, 86/100. To No.51 OTU, 3 March 1943 - no notes taken To No.60 OTU, 26 May 1943. On completion of instructing at No.60 OTU, he noted he had flown 190 hours in Ansons, 50 hours in Blenheims, 215 non-operational hours in Mosquitos, and in requesting postin ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 2nd December 2007 05:19:47
ATA Casualty Eric David Mills aged 24 28/06/1941Thanks BTW Air Britain Aeromilitaria has 'Crashed '- I realise where I got SDAA from - the line row above!!!!Blenheim IV V5755 opps! thanks Should be P2402 Cr - Actually should be Coll now! ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 5th December 2007 12:36:56
P/O H. CapstickInfo from the LG and the Web: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officers on probation on the dates stated: — Leading Aircraftmen. 5th May 1940. 751809 Herbert CAPSTICK (79176). Air Ministry, 20th June, 1941. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and promoted to the war substantive rank of Flying Officer: — 5th May 1941. Herbert CAPSTICK (79176). Air Ministry, 23rd June, 1942. ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.): — 5th May 1942. H. CAPSTICK (79176) Between August and October 1940 the Luftwaffe (German air force) tried to kill off the British Royal Air Force in order to open the way for a German invasion of Britain. But the Battle of Britain went the Allies' way, thanks in large part to the brave contributions of Commonwealth and other pilots. These included Pilot Officer H Capstick, Jamaican, of 236 Blenheim Squadron. http://www.mgtrust.org/w2.htm Regards, Terry ....Read More.Terry on 7th December 2007 03:22:00
Master T8553 59 OTU 20/02/1943758018 / 114086 Flight Lieutenant John Edward Van Schaick, DFM A Canadian, on 8th March 1941 whilst flying Spitfires in 266 Squadron from Wittering, Sergeant van Schaick and Flying Officer Ferris attacked Ju.88A5 W/Nr 0404 FG+BM of Lessmöllman and shot it down into the sea off Skegness at 10:13hrs. As well as Lessmöllman, 86406 F/O Ferris was killed in this engagement. A British pilot, Sergeant van Schaick joined B flight of 609 Squadron on 14th July 1941 at Biggin Hill under S/Ldr Robinson. He Damaged 2 Bf.109F’s on 21st July whilst flying Spitfire PR-L on Circus 54, taking off at 07:44 hours and escorting 3 Stirlings to Lille. 609 were top cover of the Bigin Hill Escort Wing and flew in 6 pairs, 3 pairs on either side of the bombers, at 23,000ft. He was attacked by 2 fighters from up-sun shortly after leaving the target area and felt his Spitfire taking hits in the tail. He broke away downwards and headed for home reaching Calais at a height of 3,000ft. Seeing a gun emplacement he was about to attack it when he saw tracer going past his aircraft and then saw 2 Bf.109’s. All 3 went into a tight circle at 500ft over the rooftops, after which van Schaick broke away across the Channel. The Germans gave chase and hit the Spitfire in the starboard mainplane, only for van Schaick to execute a tight turn which put him on the tail of a 109, allowing him to shoot away a piece of the 109’s wingtip with cannon-fire. The other Bf.109 attacked head-on, and after turning full circle at sea level van Schaick opened fire and the 109 withdrew streaming oil and glyclol. Van Schaick had previously called M’Aidez on Button D and now, in answer to the Controllers query replied that he thought he could reach the coast, which he did and landed at Manston. On 5th August he hit a gun post in PR-S and on the 21st he was flying as part of the Biggin Hill Escort Cover Wing on Circus 83, 6 Blenheims attacking the Chocques Chemical Works. The bombers came under attack by Bf.109’s, van Schaick Probably Destroying a straggler, black smoke being seen after his attack. Arriving alone over Dunkirk at 3,000ft he spotted an E or R boat firing at him. Descending to 100ft he attacked it with cannon-fire, causing a bright flash followed by volumes of smoke, being credited with a Probably Destroyed. On 27th September he was flying as high cover to 12 Blenheims bound for Mazingarbe. Crossing the coast at Mardyck at 27,000ft, a large formation of Bf.109’s was spotted 5,000ft below. The wing dove after them, and van Schaick was attacked 4 times. On 9th October it rained, and in the morning the pilots watched a film on the use of oxygen at the Intelligence Office, followed by a recognition film on which they were tested. Pilot Officer du Monceau and van Schaick made no mistakes. On 7th November, flying Spitfire PR-V at 28,000ft as top cover with the Biggin Hill Wing on a Ramrod, van Schaick took off at 13:15hrs. Rendezvousing with the Northolt Wing, the formation swept east of Dunkirk, ....Read More.Mark Crame on 7th December 2007 05:07:55
LAC Angus Victor Macleod Gilmour RNZAFHe was from Auckland and his service number was 402457. I have details that he was 21 years old when killed on 21 January 1941 when the aircraft in which he flying in on a training flight crashed into a hill near Blenheim in foggy conditions. Can anybody identify his unit, type of aircraft and what role was he training up for? His brother Walter was killed, serving as a Captain with the New Zealand Medical Corps in the Western Desert, later the same year. Regards Malcolm ....Read More.malcolmmacdonald on 13th December 2007 09:54:38
P/O H. CapstickGuys, (Terry, Brian, Howard & Amrit) many thanks for your insights and contributions. They answered many questions, though of course they prompt several new ones. The site with the photos was outstanding: well done for that. I've now tried LG online myself and, surprise, it worked: thanks for that. The school reference was also interesting: it mirrors the practice of the British in India. The Battle of Britain Monument (bbm) website describes P/O Capstick as a 'Pilot from Jamaica'. I did know Herbert Capstick was on 236 Sqn, a Blenheim squadron with O & AG, but I did feel that if the bbm says he is a pilot, they ought to know. The detail also seemed plausible as most Observers at this stage seemed to be Sgt. (and AG were still: Cpl., LAC & AC.1!). Beyond the additional background detail, I think the main value of my query was that this detail was so promptly corrected. On checking back the bbm site, I see that everybody is described as a 'Pilot'. That is obviously the popular perception, but it seems particularly slack on a 'semi-official' site, especially one with a dedicated focus, such as the bbm. I find this at best 'very disappointing'. The statement is actually inaccurate, but a semi-official site will be taken as a reliable source by many laymen wishing to learn more. The site does them no service, nor the non-pilot aircrew the site commemorates. It makes sites like this all the more to be treasured. Good job. Thanks to you all. ....Read More.dodo on 13th December 2007 11:48:58
Lancaster questions.Guys, One detail which has not been commented on in this thread was the presence of an automatic pilot in all RAF "heavies" in Bomber Command (as well as in Coastal, Transport, etc). "George" was, I am certain, a "normal" feature in all larger RAF aircraft by the outbreak of WW2, although I am not so certain as to the exact date of introduction, nor whether "George" was fitted in aircraft down to Blenheim and Hampden size or not. Automatic pilots were developed in the UK and particularly in the USA as a pilot's aid during the 1930s, most particuarly for commercial aviation, and the best known brands were Sperry and Jack & Heintz in the USA (plus one other which fo the life of me I cannot remember the name of!) Sperry also manufactured them in the UK, and J&H autopilots were manufactured under licence in Japan throughout WW2 for fitment to all heavy Japanese aircraft. No doubt the Germans were also up with the play as well, also probably the Russians, Italians, etc. I have only piped up here on this subject because of Bert Harris's insistence that Bomber Command aircraft should all be equipped with an autopilot, when I always thought they had them all the time! Probably Bert knew more about this at the time he made this comment than I do; was manufacture of such devices falling behind the rate of production of new aircraft perhaps? David D ....Read More.David Duxbury on 13th December 2007 02:48:22
LAC Angus Victor Macleod Gilmour RNZAFMalcolm, From Vol One of my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services Since 1915': Tue 21 Jan 1941 New Zealand Reconnaissance report writing exercise 2 Service Flying Training School (ATS), RNZAF (Woodbourne) Vincent NZ354 - took off at 0830, but encountered low cloud and fog and crashed at about 0945 some 100 feet from the top of a 1000 foot hill, in the vicinity of Redwood Pass Road about 8 miles SE of Blenheim. The two airmen are buried at Wellington and Auckland, respectively. Pilot: NZ403123 LAC Guy Wilfrid SUISTED, RNZAF - Age 22. 102hrs (27 solo on Vincent) (Pilot): NZ402457 LAC Angus Victor Macleod GILMOUR, RNZAF - Age 21. Gilmour was acting as navigator for the exercise. 2 Service Flying Training School (ATS), RNZAF (Woodbourne) Vincent NZ340 - took off at 1000 on the same exercise as the above and encountered similar weather. NZ340 crashed and caught fire at about 1030 some 25 feet from the top of a 2000 foot hill in the vicinity of Weld Pass, about 7 miles SW of Blenheim. The two airmen are buried at Wellington and Dargaville respectively. Pilot: NZ402898 LAC William Frederick READER, RNZAF - Age 21. 115hrs (24 solo on Vincent) (Pilot): NZ402878 LAC Rodney Albert LLEWELLYN, RNZAF - Age 20. Llewellyn was acting as navigator for the exercise. All four of the above pilots had been awarded their Flying Badges with effect from 18 January. And bio details to appear in Vol Three: GILMOUR, LAC Angus Victor Macleod. NZ402457 (prev. A402457); b Bordighera, Liguria, Italy 7 Jun 19; to NZ c.1920; Auckland Grammar; warehouseman - Dental & Medical Supply Co, Auckland. RNZAF Whenuapai/NZGR Sqn as Aircrafthand (AMD) 15 Jul 40, remust as Airman Pilot u/t & ITW 1 Sep 40, 3EFTS 29 Sep 40, 2FTS (Vincent) 23 Nov 40, Pilot Badge 18 Jan 41, kaa 21 Jan 41. Auckland (Waikumete) Cemetery - D.19.26. Son of Dr Walter Gilmour & Mrs Margaret MacLeod Gilmour (née Macleod), Auckland. [phot. TWN 29.1.41]. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 13th December 2007 04:19:29
23 November 1941David Carl Taylor, 139sqdn Blenheim Z7275 crashed during training on 22/11/41, died next day of his injuries. (BC Losses). Strangely, none of the airmen mentioned are on the list of RAF deaths, all ranks, 1939-48. ....Read More.AlanW on 26th December 2007 04:16:19
23 November 1941[QUOTE=AlanW;2180]David Carl Taylor, 139sqdn Blenheim Z7275 crashed during training on 22/11/41, died next day of his injuries. (BC Losses). Strangely, none of the airmen mentioned are on the list of RAF deaths, all ranks, 1939-48.[/QUOTE] Hi Alan The reason they are not listed on the list of RAF Deaths is that their deaths were registered at a UK Registary office local to the place of death. Regards Andy ....Read More.Andy Ingham on 27th December 2007 02:47:14


The URL for this page is Here is a Clickable Link
Like what you see? You can support this site!