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Blenheim IV V6333 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Blenheim IV V6333

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  24 Apr 42 Aircraft Name  Blenheim IV Serial Number  V6333
Unit  113 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Asansol Country  India
Aircrew details Flt Sgt William Victor HINDS*(745452)
Flt Sgt John Seton AITKEN*(580933)
Details Fg Offr Hammond and crew and Flt Sgt Hinds and crew carried out a LL bombing raid on Jap M T concentration along HOPONG LOILEIN ROAd.. Bombs burst with 11 second delay fueses. Flt Sgt H failed to return from this raid but his gunenr Sgt Bailee bailed out and walked home and reported having last seen him maintaining height with one engine on fire. hydraulics damaged by ground fire, belly-landed at Lashio and abandoned there on evacuation. ORB: Warrant Officer John Seton AITKEN (580933) [] We were briefed by Group Captain Noel Singer to attack' Japanese M.T concentrations along the Hopong - loilein road about one hundred rniles due south. We carried four 250 pound G.P bombs with eleven second delay fuses, since the attack was to pressed home from Iow level. F/O Hammond led, skimming over the tree tops of the Shan States. Nearing the target I noticed with apprehension that Bill Hinds had lost formation and the leading Blenheim was some way ahead As we dived Iow over the Japanese column M.T. in attack, l was firing the twin Browning.303 inch machine guns when there was an orange coloured explosion on the ground just below our starboard wing. As we climbed away after Jock had released our bombs I noticed grey smoke or vapour streaming from our starboard engine. We had been hit, either by Japanese flak, or more probably the explosion from F/0 Hammond's bombs. Minutes later Bill Hinds ordered me to bale out. We were at just over one thousand feet when I jumped. As I descended in sudden silence I saw the aircraft flying northwards, still trailing smoke. Nothing more was ever heard of Bill or Jock, the latter a Glaswegian who had survived the bombing of the SS Lancastria at St. Nazaire in 1940, and who had pulled me from the blazing wreck of an 88 squadron Blenheim at Swanton Morley in Norfolk in July 1941. SOURCE: F/Sgt Alan Bailes. HINDS listed as killed in CWGC on 1942-05-11
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