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    Default Blenheim If L1376, 29 Sqn, July 1st 1940

    Hello again

    I have come across two possible causes for the loss of Blenhiem If L1376 of 29 Sqn on July 1st 1940.

    Firstly, Henk posted in this thread http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/05728.php quoting Franks' FCL Vol.1:

    Blenheim If - 29 Sqdn - L1376 - Night interception, pilot apparently blinded by searchlights and crashed trying to land; enemy aircraft bombed wreckage. Crew: P/O P. Sisman and Sgt A. Reed both killed.

    and secondly, from: http://www.rodcollins.com/wordpress/...g-world-war-ii

    1st July Blenheim 1 L1376 (RO) 29 Sqd. Digby. Aircraft left identification light on, shot down by He.111.

    This is partly backed up by: http://www.bcar.org.uk/1940-incident-logs

    Blenheim I L1376, 29 Sqn, Nr. Wellingore - shot down by He-111, one account quotes it as being 'firebombed', 2 killed.

    So, which is correct? A bit of both?

    Many thanks,

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon,
    Quoting directly from the ORB:-
    Aircraft L1374 piloted by P/O Sisman with Sgt. A Reed as air gunner left L1 on patrol. At 00:04 hrs the pilot was ordered to return to land as his recognition lights had become unservicable. As P/O Sisman approached the base he reported on RT that he had sighted a bandit, and that he was going to investigate further. He then informed 'Operations' that he could not keep the bandit in sight as he was being illuminated and dazzled by searchlights. He was then given a vector for base which he acknowledged. Shortly afterwards a crash and bomb explosions were reported, and it was confirmed that L1374 had crashed and that P/ O Sisman and Sgt Reed had lost their lives. On striking the ground the aircraft caught fire, and the bandit bombed the wreckage causing a direct hit which practically disintegrated the aircraft. It is considered that P/O Sisman was held in the searchlight; became confused, and lost control of his aircraft.

    Regards
    Gerry
    PS L1374 is the serial number given in the ORB.

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    Hi Gerry

    Many thanks indeed for your very comprehensive reply, and for the correct serial number. Seems both accounts were correct, though incomplete!

    EDIT - the Casualty File on the National Archives has them on L1376:

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ls/r/C14502840

    So, is it L1376 or L1374...?

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 22nd February 2018 at 17:17. Reason: Added link to TNA file

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    Hi Simon,
    I'd go with what's on the casualty file 're the serial number.
    Gerry

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    Hi Simon,
    Air Britain has the following
    L1374 - 34/219 - To Admiralty 22.10.43
    L1376 - 34/29 - Blinded by searchlight on night patrol and control lost 1.7.40 Engine cut; lost height and belly landed, Wittdering,9.8.40 [sic]

    Chris

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    Thanks Chris, and a belated thanks to Gerry - L1376 it is.

    Regards

    Simon

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