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    Default 110 Squadron - July 9, 1941

    Dear Friends,

    I'm an Italian historical researcher.
    I need your valuable help.

    On July 9, 1941 seven Blenheim IVs from 110 Squadron took off from Luqa (Malta) to attack Axis shipping in Tripoli harbour.
    The Blenheims claimed several hits on four merchant vessels.
    They were intercepted by one FIAT G.50 and two FIAT CR.42.
    They said that the british aircrafts were five... then two Blenheims could have had some problems and returned to Malta prematurely.
    At the end of the fight four Blenheims failed to return:

    Z6449 Blenheim Mk.IV
    Sqn Ldr Douglas Holland Seale Pil. KIA
    Sgt Frederick Bertie Mulford Obs. KIA
    Flt Sgt William Henderson McDougall W.Op.A.G. KIA

    Z9533 Blenheim Mk.IV
    Sgt W. H. Twist Pil. POW
    Sgt D. W. Allen Obs. POW
    Sgt S. W. Taylor W.Op.A.G. POW

    Z9537 Blenheim Mk. IV
    Flt Lt Michael Ernest Potier Pil. KIA
    Flt Lt T. Griffith-Jones Obs. POW
    Sgt D. H. Wythe W.Op.A.G. POW

    Z9578 Blenheim Mk. IV
    Plt Off Walter Hugh Lowe Pil. KIA
    Sgt Ronald Ernest Baird Obs. KIA
    Sgt Harold Lummus W.Op.A.G. KIA

    Do you know the names of the crews of the other three Blenheim of this mission? (The ORB of 110 Squadron does not describe them)
    Do you know the "first" and the "middle" name of POW (Twist, Allen, Taylor, Griffith-Jones and Wythe)?
    Is there still some living witness?


    According to the italian record book serg. magg. Aldo Buvoli (pilot of FIAT G.50) shot down the formation leader and an other
    Blenheim.
    M.llo Paolo Montanari (pilot of FIAT CR.42) claimed one enemy aircraft.
    Serg. Ottorino Ambrosi (pilot of other FIAT CR.42) claimed an other Blenheim.
    The bulletin of the italian HQ of Armed Forces stated that two aircrafts were destroyed by fighters and two other by Flak.

    Any informations, details or documents about this mission are very welcome!

    Best regards, Dan

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    Hi Dan,

    welcome to the RAF forum.
    I can recommend you following - visit another part of this site where you can found the service number of PoWs (if all of them are listed there) - http://www.rafcommands.com/Air%20For...s%20Index.html
    Knowing service number + surname you can search:

    - London gazette online (officers only of if the NCO became officer)
    - AIR 78 files from TNA - http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...p=7&_rv=simple

    HTH

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Hi Pavel!

    In fact I tried on the links you suggested but I could not find anything on the "full" names of POW.

    Thanks again, Dan

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    Hi once more,

    for example:

    Flt Lt T. Griffith-Jones Obs. POW = Theodore GRIFFITH-JONES (88458)

    Pavel
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    Sgt W. H. Twist Pil. POW = William Henry TWIST (102976)
    but no luck with two other NCOs yet as I was not bale to find them in the PoW list.

    Pavel
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    Gulp!

    Fantastic PAVEL!

    Thanks you so much!

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    Default Re: 110 Squadron - July 9, 1941

    Quote Originally Posted by Black Cat View Post
    Dear Friends,

    I'm an Italian historical researcher.
    I need your valuable help.

    On July 9, 1941 seven Blenheim IVs from 110 Squadron took off from Luqa (Malta) to attack Axis shipping in Tripoli harbour.
    The Blenheims claimed several hits on four merchant vessels.
    They were intercepted by one FIAT G.50 and two FIAT CR.42.
    They said that the british aircrafts were five... then two Blenheims could have had some problems and returned to Malta prematurely.
    At the end of the fight four Blenheims failed to return:

    Z6449 Blenheim Mk.IV
    Sqn Ldr Douglas Holland Seale Pil. KIA
    Sgt Frederick Bertie Mulford Obs. KIA
    Flt Sgt William Henderson McDougall W.Op.A.G. KIA

    Z9533 Blenheim Mk.IV
    Sgt W. H. Twist Pil. POW
    Sgt D. W. Allen Obs. POW
    Sgt S. W. Taylor W.Op.A.G. POW

    Z9537 Blenheim Mk. IV
    Flt Lt Michael Ernest Potier Pil. KIA
    Flt Lt T. Griffith-Jones Obs. POW
    Sgt D. H. Wythe W.Op.A.G. POW

    Z9578 Blenheim Mk. IV
    Plt Off Walter Hugh Lowe Pil. KIA
    Sgt Ronald Ernest Baird Obs. KIA
    Sgt Harold Lummus W.Op.A.G. KIA

    Do you know the names of the crews of the other three Blenheim of this mission? (The ORB of 110 Squadron does not describe them)
    Do you know the "first" and the "middle" name of POW (Twist, Allen, Taylor, Griffith-Jones and Wythe)?
    Is there still some living witness?


    According to the italian record book serg. magg. Aldo Buvoli (pilot of FIAT G.50) shot down the formation leader and an other
    Blenheim.
    M.llo Paolo Montanari (pilot of FIAT CR.42) claimed one enemy aircraft.
    Serg. Ottorino Ambrosi (pilot of other FIAT CR.42) claimed an other Blenheim.
    The bulletin of the italian HQ of Armed Forces stated that two aircrafts were destroyed by fighters and two other by Flak.

    Any informations, details or documents about this mission are very welcome!

    Best regards, Dan
    Hi Dan

    The 80th anniversary of this crash is next week

    I am in touch with the brother of Potier, and the grandson of the Italian ship captain that shot him down, Francesco de Bastiani

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    Default Re: 110 Squadron - July 9, 1941

    Hi Dan,

    I canít help you with your request but Iím hopeful you might be able to help me with something. Can you contact me on harleyDOT158ATbigpondDOTcom replace the DOT & AT with the usual. I donít want to hijack your request.

    Regards,

    John.

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