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    Default Sgt. John Mortimer Blundell

    Guys,

    Not been around for a while so good to see you all.

    Does anyone please have the details of a 139 Squadron loss on 30th July 1941 that included Sgt John Blundell.

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    Nick

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    You need to search the archives using google

    blundell site:rafcommands.com

    One hit is:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/dcforum/DCForumID6/Data/8462.txt

    Blenheim 139 Sqn - V6176

    and more googling:
    http://www.flensted.eu.com/194111.shtml
    http://www.airmen.dk/p037.htm
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks Dennis

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    Default john mortimer blundell

    my name is john martyn blundell and john mortimer was my uncle . Hewas the second son and third child of my grandparents. John wanted to study law but the war and his rafvr stopped this . I was named after him although my mother did not like the name mortimer and called me martyn insted. My father the third son and fourth child was serving in the RA in Gibralter at the time of johns death.
    My grandparents who lived in eltham were church members but they ignored johns death and the salvation army ministered support THese are memories of a very young child .
    My father (died 1981) worshipped his elder brother and often spoke emotionally about johns potential.
    We always thought that john served in coastal command as the only picture of john in service shows him alongside a hudson. upon using the CWGC website we realised that as a member of 139 sqn he actually served with bomber command. We have no information regarding the circumstances of johns death.
    My grandfather was an air ministry inspector who worked with airships in the 1930s
    Hope this is of interest.
    regards
    john martyn blundell (Lt -Col RTD)

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    From Bomber Command Losses 1941

    139 Squadron Blenheim V6176 XD-
    Anti shipping operation, take off 1400 hours from Oulton.

    Crew
    Sgt L H Gruer
    Sgt J M Blundell
    Sgt D G Dennis-Smithers

    All were killed, presumed lost over the sea. Only the body of Sgt J M Blundell was recovered and is buried at Esbjerg. This would indicate he was operating in an area off the Frisians or Danish coast.

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