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    Default Blenheim R3665 lost 13/14 July 1940

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    R3665 of 59 Squadron crashed into the sea off Saltdean (near Brighton) in the early hours of 13/14 July 1940. P/O Harold Clark and his crew were killed and their bodies recovered.

    It was believed that the Blenheim was shot down by a night fighter. German or British?

    Any further information available, please?

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    Hi Brian,

    I had a look in 'The Other Few' by Larry Donnelly DFM. It only states Blenheim R3665 'P' of 59 Sqn. Target was Bruges. Fell into the sea south of Saltdean, Susse3x at 02.22hrs. The 3 bodies of P/O H A Clark, Sgt D D Morton and Sgt F Clayton were all recovered from the sea.

    No cause was stated in his book.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Thanks John

    But I had already checked this source.

    My source is Bill Chorley's 'Bomber Command Losses' Volume 1.

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    Sorry, but the link above now seems to be broken.

    The webpage contained the basic information re. aircraft serial no., crew names, unit etc, as shown earlier in this thread.

    There was, as I recall, an interesting statement to the effect that the Blenheim was reported to have been caught in the beam of a British searchlight, no location given, but identified as "EL 1 ". It was speculated that the pilot had been dazzled so badly that he lost control of his plane and crashed into the sea.

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    Thanks for your help

    Much appreciated

    Brian




    Quote Originally Posted by angelsonefive View Post
    Sorry, but the link above now seems to be broken.

    The webpage contained the basic information re. aircraft serial no., crew names, unit etc, as shown earlier in this thread.

    There was, as I recall, an interesting statement to the effect that the Blenheim was reported to have been caught in the beam of a British searchlight, no location given, but identified as "EL 1 ". It was speculated that the pilot had been dazzled so badly that he lost control of his plane and crashed into the sea.

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