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 Blenheim IV L8788

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  26 Aug 41 Aircraft Name  Blenheim IV Serial Number  L8788
Unit  88 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  Sea
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/8582Pilot Officer J R A Jones: killed; Pilot Officer G B Dunn, Flight Sergeant B D Davies: missing believed killed; aircraft hit by enemy anti aircraft fire over enemy shipping, Blenheim L8788, 88 Squadron, 26 August 1941.C16924424

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Book - Battle Axe Blenhiems 105 SqnHello, I have the book. Shirlaw is mentioned 3 times in the names index : page 28 : "Nevertheless Sgt Wilson in L8788:N and P/O Shirlaw in T1932:T started fires in the docks area of Dusseldorf.". That should account for a raid on 27th November 1940. Page 30 : "On the last operation on the 31st [December] [...], P/O Shirlaw in Blenheim T1848:V, tried to reach an oil refinery at Bremen but once again without cloud cover the two crews gave up and began their return trip." Page 34 : "On the 21st [March 1941], Lorient, home of the submarines, was to be the target. Six aircraft took off, led by W/C Arnold Christian and his crew who took off in V5828:R at 20:25 hours. The last back after a successful raid was Sgt King and his crew in Z5903:D at 01:25 hours. There was no sign of Q-Queen, Blenheim T1892. P/O Shirlaw and his crew, P/O Dugdale (observer) and F/O Mair (WOp/AG) failed to return. In a similar incident to that of 20 October the previous year, when F/Sgt Richardson clipped a balloon cable over Harwich, a ballon cable had been hit at Pilton Hackett, south west of Birmingham. But his time tragdy had struck : Q-Queen had crashed and the crew were killed." HTH Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 24th September 2010 12:04:57

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