|Sgt. Thomas Mongey & Blenheim L9187 Crash Site||Hello
I know how to copy and past an URL. It's just that the website doesn't open, even after several minutes waiting...
Will try again tonight from home, as last night Windows7 automatically upgraded on my PC, that was perhaps the problem, that or my antivirus. It works from work
I'll have to have a look at my files about these two losses as I just came back from a long trip abroad 2 days ago. With the pictures taken on the ground, with the different angles of view, and despite the limited background and the faint details in the background, we tried with some people of the Cambrai area to triangulate the position. Also with the help of an elderly woman who provided one of the picture (I haven't seen her directly). My Cambrai contacts thought it was a Beaufighter because of the shape of the fin, but it's definitively a Blenheim, and on one of the pictures it's possible to guess the VW code letters of No. 18 Squadron.
From my own researches, one of the two Blenheims lost by No. 18 Squadron that day took off for a recce of the front line. Shot down by enemy fighters, it crashed near "ferme des Angles", on the territory of Crévecoeur-sur-l’Escaut, between Lesdain and Villers-Outréaux. STUART, BORTHWICK and JAMES are buried in this village cemetery.
The other Blenheim crashed between Gouy and Beaurevoir, at about 10 AM, near "ferme de Bellevue", at the place called « Bitarde », not far from the British cemetery.
Navigator Sgt Thomas John MONGEY was killed in action and seemed to have been initially buried near the wreckage of the plane. Pilot P/O J.R. WHELAN was wounded, WopAG LAC BROWN was safe. Both managed to get back to allied lines. MONGEY was later buried in Prospect Hill British Cemetery at Gouy (Aisne).
This crew had previously made a forced-landing at Vitry-en-Artois on 11 May in Blenheim IV L9192.
The « Loss Card » of STUART's crew doesn't give a serial number, I couldn't find one for the WHELAN crew at the RAF Museum Hendon.
It is my humble opinion that the serial numbers of the two lost Blenheim were swapped, STUART in L9187 and WHELAN in L9254, but I'm open about this.
Any additional information on the whole subject would be most welcome. The log-book of WHELAN might be very interesting to check. I don't remember if I had highlighted it in the list of log-books held by the RAF Museum in Hendon, but I have never "borrowed" log-books from them, so I don't know if they are easily to request for checking / copying when visiting the reading room at Hendon.
Just accessing your aerial pictures, I'll try to figure out whether the spots you have pin-pointed are STUART or WHELAN's Blenheims, but again, Battle of France losses can be very difficult to identify, as some days, many planes came down in the same geographical area.
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