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    Hi All,

    I'm trying to work out the position on a map where a 30 Sqn Blenheim was lost on 13th July 1940.

    The ORB states 3 Blenheims intercepted the Fleet (that they were to fly convoy patrol for) at position ZTSN 3014. I have also seen information to say the Blenheim was lost NW of Mersa Matruh.

    Can anyone give me an idea of what area of the Mediterranean the Fleet was please?

    Simon

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    Sorry, do not have the answer. The system for the position codes are explained here
    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=7471 (post #8)

    One has to know the code for the specific day.

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    Shores et al in Mediterranean Air War 1940-45, Vol. 1, p 35 says that the aircraft arrived over the ships at a position 160 miles north of Mersa Matruh.

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    Hello Simon,
    Without the code to the map refs your best bet is probably the convoy. Two ways to approach the task would be either to identify the convoy and view the convoy records at Kew, or identify a warship in the convoy and hope the logs were retained. Once the convoy is known, perhaps http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/ could reveal something. Also, it is possible that one of the daily/weekly summaries such as AIR22/11 may refer to the loss as a detail.

    Hope this helps,
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    Mikkel and Bruce,

    Thank you both for your helpful and informative answers, appreciate it.

    Simon

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