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 Blenheim I L4817



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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/1233Sergeant J J Barry, Sergeant G J Harnden and Leading Aircraftman A MacKintosh: report of deaths; Blenheim L4817 failed to return from air operations over Assab, Eritrea, 29 July 1940.C14502952

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Blenheim I L4817

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantJohn Joseph BARRY (518370) Pilot Blenheim I L4817  AIR81/1233 1940-07-2911 Sqdn AIR27 EritreaAsmara War Cemetery
SergeantGilbert John (Johnny) HARNDEN (751197) Observer Blenheim I L4817  AIR81/1233 1940-07-2911 Sqdn AIR27 EritreaAsmara War Cemetery
SergeantAlexander MACKINTOSH (520842) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Blenheim I L4817  AIR81/1233 1940-07-2911 Sqdn AIR27 EritreaAsmara War Cemetery

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L-series Blenheim I and IVs.Hallo all, Looking for some light to be shed on something I noticed recently. The Blenheim batch L4817-L4934 is recorded to have been a mixture of Mk. Is (L4817-L4822 and L4907-L4934) and Mk. IVs (L4823-L4906). Lately I obtained copies of the AM Form 78 Aircraft History Cards for L4825 and L4833 but these are recorded as Mk. Is on the cards with Mercury VIII engines. There is a photo of a crashed Blenheim which I believe is L4833 in the 'SCORPIONS STING' by Don Neate and it seems to be a Mk. I. There are photos of L4842 and L4843 in 'THE BRISTOL BLENHEIM' by Graham Warner and these are clearly Mk. IVs. Can anyone say how many of the L4823-L4906 group were actually finished as Mk. Is ? Regards, Martin Gleeson. ....Read More.Martin Gleeson on 7th January 2010 05:33:23
No.113 Squadron June 1940 (Mersa Matruh)Hallo John, . Thank you for posting. As you probably know early wartime records for 113 Squadron are sparse or non-existant, so any photos or information such as you have are of great interest to many of us who are particularly keen on the Blenheim or North African air war. Without seeing the photos one has to assume all show incidents that happened before 10 June 1940. . The batch of 118 Blenheims which includes L4823 is a little odd by way of composition. Very good published works such as Robertson's note it comprised 34 Mark Is (L4817-L4822 and L4907-L4934) and 84 Mark IVs (L4823-L4906). However it is clear more were built as Mk.Is than previously recorded. I am fairly sure L4817-L4834 were all Mk.Is. L4835 I don't know, but I suspect was a Mk.IV based on unit allocation. L4836 was a Mk.IV because it served with 53 Squadron, which only used the Mk.IV. . Furthermore looking at the Air-Britain 'RAF AIRCRAFT L1000-N9999' it appears the units using L4817 to L4834 were all only Mark I formations around this time (June 1940). I stand to be corrected in the following but as far as I know Turkey only received the Mark I before June 1940. Perhaps 40 in total. The last batch for Turkey included L4821, L4824, L4826 and L4828. I also believe the last batch of ten Mk.Is Turkey received came from RAF stocks in the Middle East and there may have been no Mk.IVs in the region at that time (late 1939 ?). . There is also at least one photo of L4833 after its crash on 5 February 1941 in Greece which shows it to be a Mk.I. Several years ago while researching the tangled fates of four Blenheims I obtained a copy of the Form 78 Aircraft Record Card for L4833. It clearly shows it to have been a Mk.I. I also have a similar Form for L4825 again showing it to be a Mk.I. I should note that while working on the above I relied heavily on the excellent 'RAF BOMBER LOSSES in the MEDITERRANEAN and MIDDLE EAST', Volume 1 by David Gunby and Pel Temple. They - and to a lesser extent Graham Warner in the mammoth 'THE BRISTOL BLENHEIM' (2nd edition) - are the only authors I know of to correctly identify L4823-L4834 as Mark Is. . Between June 11th and June 29th 113 Squadron also had three Blenheims damaged by Italian fighters on June 16th. Nothing else is known about this action from the RAF viewpoint due to lack of records. (ref. 'A HISTORY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN AIR WAR, Vol.1' by Christopher Shores, Giovanni Massimello and Russell Guest). . Do you have access to the flying logbook of your relative ? This could be a mine of information. . Regards, . Martin Gleeson. ....Read More.Martin Gleeson on 30th January 2013 08:32:00


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