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Blenheim IV Z7803 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Blenheim IV Z7803

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  09 Apr 42 Aircraft Name  Blenheim IV Serial Number  Z7803
Unit  11 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Ratmalana Country  Ceylon
Aircrew details Sgt Noel Lindsay STEVENSON*(407083)
Fg Offr Alexander Watt DONALD*(78989)
Details shot down by Zeros; W/O N. Stevenson, F/O Donald (Obs), and Sgt J C W Bell (WOp/Ag), KIA.[ORB]. AT 0820 hours 11 ac led by Sqn Ldr K AUTLT took off to bomb the Jap Aircraft carrier. Two aircraft returned with engines u/s/ The formation reached the target and dropped their bombs scoring some near misses. . One of our ac was shot down into the sea by AA. On return the formation ran into 60 Jap fighters returning from escorting a raid on Ceylon. The fomration was attacked and a half hour battle resulted. Four of our aircraft were shot down. Our bombers shot down four enemy fighters. Four ac returned to base, two were badly damaged.
Source ORB

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