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Blenheim IV T2066
Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry
|Date of Crash || 31 Aug 41 ||Aircraft Name || Blenheim IV ||Serial Number || T2066 |
|Unit || 113 Sqdn ||Operating Airfield || ||Country || Libya|
|Aircrew details || |
|Source|| Henk Welting's Database|
National Archives AIR81
|Citation ||AIR81 Casualty File Description ||Link |
|AIR81/2884||Flight Lieutenant N G Birks, Sergeant J P Gillhespy, Sergeant J L Cheyne: missing found safe; aircraft accident, Blenheim T2066, 107 Squadron, 26 August 1940.||C16472222|
|AIR81/8768||Sergeant G L Sulman, Sergeant D L Rhodes (RNZAF), Sergeant P Thacker: missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Benghazi Harbour, Blenheim T2066, 113 Squadron, 31 August 1941.||C16924610|
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|Prisoner of War capture TWICE Central Mediterranean Forces||I have come across the strange circumstances of an RAF Navigator apparently becoming a prisoner of war on two differing occasions.
The recently released AIR 81/2884 1940 for Flight Lieutenant N G Birks, Sergeant J P Gillhespy, Sergeant J L Cheyne: missing found safe; aircraft accident, Blenheim T2066, 107 Squadron, 26 August 1940 does not provide much information. It appears they were going to Port Sudan.Later arrived safe 16 September 1940 and commenced service with 14 Squadron.
Five days later on 21.9.40 the same crew all reported as pow's after attack on Massawa in Blenheim T2061.
(Bomber Losses ME and Mediterranean p26 advises 21.9.40 -14 Squadron)
The POW Questionnaire WO/344-119/1 for Gillhespy states Original capture 8.12.43 at Pesara Italy, with 223 Squadron.
The Navigator John Philip Gillhespy 562127 is the same man in all documents, we do not have any conflict of service numbers or names here only facts and circumstances. Any thoughts on how we appear to have two dates of becoming a pow 21.9.40 and then 8.12.43 both when flying.
The WO/344 for capture in Italy evidences later movement into German as you would expect. ....Read More.||colinpateman on 26th July 2017 06:56:31|
|1940 Unaccounted Airmen Database Reconciliation||Sergeant James Linklater Birnie CHEYNE (613598) Wireless Operator 1940-09-25 14 Sqdn Eritrea Asmara War Cemetery
Previously reported missing, now presumed killed in Action
What is interesting is this
AIR 81/2884 1940 Jan 01 - 1940 Dec 31 Flight Lieutenant N G Birks, Sergeant J P Gillhespy, Sergeant J L Cheyne: missing found safe; aircraft accident, Blenheim T2066, 107 Squadron, 26 August 1940. 30/06/2017 Open on Transfer 4th Trance ....Read More.||paulmcmillan on 2nd January 2019 12:40:20|