|420409 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 9-4-1942||11 Squadron (Colombo Racecourse, Ceylon) lost four Blenheims (Z7803 * Z7896 * R9574 * V5992) attacking a Japanese fleet 175 miles E of Trincomalee (planned invasion Ceylon).
Missing on Z7896 and commemorated on the Singapore Memorial were:
Capt (Pilot) Charles H. ADCOCK - SAAF 102252 (Column 423), and
F/O (Nav) Geoffrey S. BURGAN - DFC - RAAF AUS407204 (Column 421).
Who else was (were) on board of Z7896 ?
Regards and thanks for your help.
Henk. ....Read More.||Henk Welting on 14th March 2010 10:17:46|
|11 Sqn 1942||Simon,
I don't yet have the 11 Sqn ORB (which is in AIR 27/157 at the UK National Archives) but I've assembled the following timeline from other sources:
1507: 240 Squadron Catalina BN-K (Round) reports three battleships and one aircraft carrier in position 90 degrees from Catalina’s corrected position of 20 miles West of 06.10N, 88.23E, course 350 degrees.
0716: 413 Squadron Catalina QL-Y (Thomas) reports a large enemy force steering 330 degrees. The signal gives no position or time of origin but the position was estimated to be 09.20N, 84.40E. (This is 209 nautical miles from Trincomalee.) It fades before being completely received and it is presumed that QL-Y had been shot down. (It was shot down by Zeros from Hiryu.) There were no survivors.
0725-0730: Japanese raid on China Bay and Trincomalee starts
0740: 11 Squadron ordered to proceed immediately to position 9-20N, 84-40E to attack. Primary objectives the carriers
0820: 11 Blenheims from 11 Squadron take off from Colombo’s racecourse to attack Kido Butai, carrying mixed loads of 250 lb and 500 lb. AS (anti-submarine) and SAP bombs. Two turn back with engine trouble.
1025: 11 Squadron Blenheims sight Japanese
1045/1048: 11 Squadron arrives over the Japanese carriers at 11,000 feet. They take the Japanese by surprise and drop their bombs on the carrier Akagi and cruiser Tone, scoring near misses but no hits. (Kongo TROM says it was attacked too but also without success.) Zeros then attack, with following results:
Z7896 (Capt Adcock, SAAF) was shot down at once
Z9574 (Lt Knight, SAAF) shot down next
R3911 (Sgt Maclennan) went down after a fierce fight. The gunner, Sgt Nell, may have shot down the Zero flown by Lt Nono, which was lost in this action
Z7803 (WO Stvenson) was then shot down
Remaining five aircraft got away
1105: Five remaining 11 Squadron aircraft encounter Vals from Shokaku returning from the attack on Hermes, escorted by three Zeros from Hiryu. The latter attack. V5592 (S/L Ault) was shot down and crashes on the beach, but in return the Zero of NAP 1/C Makinoda is destroyed. The undercarriage of Z7759 collapses on landing. V6010 and Z7506 arrive at Racecourse riddled by bullets.
1246: C-in-C East Indies reports that “Nine Blenheims took off to attack enemy force of 3 or 4 carriers and 9 other unidentified warships plus escorting destroyers. No hits. Three near misses claimed on one carrier. Bombers were opposed by enemy fighters throughout the attack and five Blemheims are missing and remainder are unserviceable.”
I hope this is of some help.
p.s. Thanks for your PM with the email address!! ....Read More.||Rob Stuart on 30th December 2010 06:36:30|
|11 Sqn 1942||Hello,
Blenheim IV Z7896
Aircraft was ordered to carry out bombing operations against the Japanese Fleet on the morning of 9-4-1942. Enemy fighters were encountered, and none of the crew of the aircraft have been seen again.
102252 Capt. (Pilot) Charles Henry ADCOCK SAAF +
AUS407284 P/O (Obs.) Geoffrey Shuttleworth BURGAN DFC RAAF +
AUS407152 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Maxwell Clifford GRAY RAAF +
Obs. Sub Lt (A) Anthony PEACE FAA + (806 Sqn. Lanka)
Adcock, Burgan and Gray commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. Peace commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial.
Blenheim IV Z9574
Aircraft was ordered to carry out bombing operations against the Japanese Fleet on the morning of 9-4-1942, Enemy fighters were encountered and neither the aircraft nor crew have been heard of since.
71114 P/O (Pilot) Frederick George KNIGHT SAAF +
AUS406203 P/O (Obs.) David Hugh EVANS RAAF +
AUS402093 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Lindsay Edward McAULEY RAAF +
All commemorated on the Singapore Memorial.
Blenheim IV R3911
Aircraft took off from Ceylon in an offensive action against the enemy. At approx. 1200 hours on 9-4-1942, the aircraft was seen to have been shot down into the sea, about 180 miles from Ceylon.
AUS404107 Sgt (Pilot) Hugh Alexander MacLENNAN RAAF +
AUS408017 Sgt (Obs.) Archibald Richard TRAVERS RAAF +
AUS400120 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Frederick John Gordon NELL RAAF +
All commemorated on the Singapore Memorial.
Blenheim IV Z7803
Aircraft was ordered to carry out bombing operations against the Japanese Fleet on the morning of 9-4-1942. Enemy fighters were encountered and the aircraft has not been seen since.
AUS407083 Sgt (Pilot) Noel Lindsay STEVENSON RAAF +
78989 F/O (Obs.) Alexander Watt DONALD RAFVR +
970582 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) James Charles Alfred BELL RAFVR +
All commemorated on the Singapore memorial.
Blenheim IV V5992
Aircraft was ordered to carry out bombing operations against the Japanese Fleet on the morning of 9-4-1942. Enemy fighters were encountered and neither the crew nor aircraft have been seen since. Believed to have crashed into the sea in the Trincomalee area, Ceylon.
33214 S/L (Pilot) Kenneth AULT RAF +
776023 F/Sgt (Obs.) Stanley Dennis WHILES RAFVR +
AUS404290 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) George Keith ECKERSLEY RAAF +
Obs. Sub Lt. (A) Frank William BONNELL FAA + (806 Sqn. Lanka)
Ault, Whiles and Eckersley commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. Bonnell commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial.
Col. (Happy New Year) ....Read More.||COL BRUGGY on 31st December 2010 09:43:17|