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    Default Sgt D.S Allen 30-11-1942 18Sqn

    Hope some one can help with this one, I'm researching for a friend her relative Sgt. (Obs) D.S Allen killed on 30/11/42 while with No.18 sqn,he is buried in a joint grave with Sgt.(pilot) J Proud in Dely Ibrahim cemetery Algeria. Any information on the aircraft involved (Bisley/ Blenheim V), location, previous ops etc would fill in a large blank for the family.

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    RAF Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean - Vol. 1 page 203 (David Gunby & Pelham Temple):
    Blenheim V BA730 took off Blida on a transit flight en route to 18 Sqn's new base at Canrobert, but crashed at Jfa el Mizan. Four airmen were killed in the accident, besides ALLEN:
    Sgt J. PROUD, F/Sgt J.W. EVANS and Cpl (passenger) L. DUNCAN.
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    Thanks Henk, I'll pass that piece of information on tonight. I had come across entries for Evans and Duncan on GWGC for Dely Ibrahim cemetery but due to the high attrition rate for 18sqn was not going to assume they were all connected. The family always assumed that he was shot down as no information was provided at the time.
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    Henk,
    Some additional details on the loss of Blenheim BA730. The crash location is in a mountainous area called Beni Khalfoun in the former (under French occupation) district of Dra-el-Mizan. Initially the crew were buried in the French Cemetery at Palestro (now known as Lakhdaria) then re-interred at Deli Ibrahim Cemetery.

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    Thanks Alan for this additional info on Blenheim BA730.
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    Hi Henk,
    Some further information on the crash of Blenheim BA730 from an eye witness in Algeria who's father was responsible for highways. The crash took place on a bend on highway N5 midway between Palestro and Theirs (Now known as Lahkdaria and Kadiria) in the Beni Khalfoun area and required the road to be repaired after the accident.

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    Thanks Alan for additional info on crash location BA730.
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    Henk.

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