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    Default 9/6/1940 P/o F. Hartley-beavis

    I'm trying to find any information regarding :-

    Crash of Blenheim R3759 82 Squadron 9/6/1940 overshot night landing in rain at Hendon, hit pill box . P/O F. HARTLEY-BEAVIS Killed.

    'The Bristol Blenheim A Complete History' - Graham Warner

    Now I can't find anything on Hartley-Beavis (London Gazette, Cwgc ) is his correct ?

    TIA

    Mark

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    Hi Mark,

    I think this man you are looking for could be:

    P/O FRANCIS JOHN HARTNELL-BEAVIS, Who had a distinguished career in the Air Force and went on to write a book `FINAL FLIGHT` However, he wasn`t killed which would explain why you can`t find him on CWGC.

    I can say he was with 82 Sq at that according to page 125 of his book and flew Blenheims.

    I found him in LG at:

    http://beta.gazettes-online.co.uk/SearchResults.aspx?GeoType=London&st=adv&sb=date&a ll=Hartnell-Beavis&

    It says he was given a Commission w/e 1/12/39. So his rank would be right for your Blenheim incident.

    I looked in Bill Chorley`s book but I see he has no crew for the Blenhiem.

    Hope this helps.

    Dave.
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    Default Hartley-beavis

    Hi Mark,

    I think this man you are looking for could be:

    P/O FRANCIS JOHN HARTNELL-BEAVIS, Who had a distinguished career in the Air Force and went on to write a book `FINAL FLIGHT` However, he wasn`t killed which would explain why you can`t find him on CWGC.

    I can say if he was with 82 Sq at that time but it is possible, I know he flew with 76 Sq and at the time of the book was with 10 Sq but latter was in 1943, so it is possible he was your man.

    I found him in LG at:

    http://beta.gazettes-online.co.uk/SearchResults.aspx?GeoType=London&st=adv&sb=date&a ll=Hartnell-Beavis&

    It says he was given a Commission w/e 1/12/39. So his rank would be right for your Blenheim incident.

    I looked in Bill Chorley`s book but I see he has no crew for the Blenhiem.

    Hope this helps.

    Dave.

    PS. Found full account in `FINAL FLIGHT` on p.128/129 if you don`t have the book and want this, e-mail me for scans.

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    Thanks Dave

    Just the leap I was looking for, seems right !

    Thanks again

    Mark

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    I believe this could be the same Hartnell-Beavis who was shotdown in Halifax JD207 (10 Squadron), and who designed the Memorial to the 50 Great Escape POWs who were executed

    I can't get at my books to double check at the moment as I'm having a window replaced and stuff has been moved around :(

    A

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    76456 S/L Francis John HARTNELL-BEAVIS D.F.C shot down 26/7/1943 Essen 10 Sqn JD207
    Previously served with 76 Sqn. P.O.W Stalag Luft III Sagan !

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    Default Hartnell-Beavis, DFC

    HARTNELL-BEAVIS,. Francis John, A/S/L (76456, RAFVR*) - No.10 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943. Born in Hong Kong, 8 June 1913. Assigned to Ferry Command, Montreal, 3 January 1942 as Specialist Navigator. To Halifax, 23 January 1942. To Montreal, 10 February 1942. Departed Montreal 26 March 1942 with Hudson FM258, proceeding to Dartmouth. Departed Dartmouth, 29 March 1942 to Goose Bay. Departed Goose Bay for Britain, 1 April 1942. Citation in Air Ministry Bulletin 11720.

    "As captain of aircraft Squadron Leader Hartnell-Beavis has flown on many operational sorties and although his aircraft has, on several occasions, been hit by anti-aircraft fire, he has continued to display exceptional keenness. An excellent flight commander, his fine fighting spirit, courage and determination have bee an inspiration to the other members of his squadron."

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    Dave

    I don't suppose in Final Flight he lists his crew for the Blenheim incident?

    Thanks

    Paul

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