|N° 105 sqdn operation on november 15 1940||Hello,
On the 15th (November 1940), a 2 Group instruction required a maximum effort raid against enemy aerodromes in the area Antwerp-Brussels-Le Culot- St Trond. Enemy aircraft were not to be allowed to leave the ground. In the event, only four aircraft took off because of weather conditions. S/L Key, F/L Swain, Sgt Costello-Bowen and P/O Murray DFC did sterling work bombing aerodromes at Vught, Higene, Diegem, Evere and Antwerp (Duerne). Searchlight activity encountered at Antwerp was duly machine-gunned, and 40lb bombs dropped on searchlight installations at Breskens. It was reported that Blenheim T1890, flown by P/O Murray and crewed by Sgt Gavin (Observer) and Sgt Robson WOp/AG), had been lost during the raid, possibly at Diegem. The crew was laid to rest in the town cemetery. this was only the second operational flight of this aircraft since it had lost its airscrew and reduction gear on 25 October. This was certainly not a contributory factor, as the three aircraft accompanying it reported seeing it hit by tracer bullets from an aircraft making a very low attack in the vicinity of Diegem, in north-east Brussels. The aircraft was reported to have been engaged by ground defences and was seen to crash in flames. the German High Command later confirmed the names of P/O Murray and his crew, and that they had been killed in action.
Battle-Axe Blenheims:No.105 Squadron RAF at War 1940-1
37815 S/L Gordon Cooper Ollif KEY
37658 F/L Cyril Douglas SWAIN (Shot after the Great Escape).
519150 Sgt Edgar Alfred COSTELLO-BOWEN
41050 P/O Dennis MURRAY DFC
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