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    Hi,

    on 14.05.1940, the airfield was bombed in Condé Vraux. 18 aircraft were destroyed or abandoned later. Are the serial numbers of the aircraft known?
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    Alex

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    Warner's 'The Bristol Blenheim' has six 114 Sqn Blenheims destroyed by nine Do-17s on 11th May 1940 at Conde-Vraux while they were parked in a line armed, fuelled up and awaiting orders for take off. He doesn't list the serials in the relevant appendix.

    However, there is a list of sixteen 114 Sqn Blenheims recorded as 'destroyed or abandoned on the ground in France' on page 229. One of them is L8857:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/33898088@N05/5127598794/

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    Simon
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    Two other Blenheim N6149 and N6155? Both are existed in the unit, before May 1940.

    another question: S/L Frederick Mark Smith, RAF 33147, Death: 01.06.1940, crashed Gladiator N2291?

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    Alex,

    I have the following losses listed on the 11 May 1940:

    114 SQUADRON, CONDÉ-VRAUX

    Seven Blenheim IV L8857, L9398, N6148, N6153, N6154, N6232, P6885. Aircraft destroyed or badly damaged on the ground during low-level bombing attack on the airfield by Do17s of 4. and 5./KG2 at 5.45 a.m. No crew casualties. Aircraft RT*?, RT*N, RT*Z, RT*B, RT*R, RT*P, RT*W all write-offs.
    Eleven aircraft are believed to have been lost in this attack, six crews transferring to Plivot three days later for operations with No.139 Squadron. Records are incomplete but the following aircraft, all reported as ‘lost in France’, are believed to include four more of those abandoned following this attack: L9177, L9178, N6149, N6159, N6161, and N6162.

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    Hello Alex,

    Re S/Ldr Smith.

    Smith, F Mark. S/Ldr RAF No 33147

    From Norfolk he was Aden’s armament officer. Had flown a Klemm out to Aden via Libya in 1938. Killed June 1, 1940 while performing low aerobatics in 94 squadron Gladiator N2291, crashing on the firing range. Age 25.

    By the way do you have him as serving with 114 sqdn ?

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    Ian

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    Hi,

    thank you for all your reply. Ian no, pure interest.

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    Alex

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