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    Default AIR 81/1158 Bristol Blenheim 110 Sqn 20-JUL-1940

    AIR81/1158 Squadron Leader J F Stephens and Sergeant J V West: missing presumed dead. Sergeant E C Parker: prisoner of war; Blenheim R3738 crashed into the North Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands, 20 July 1940.

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C14503097

    I don 't suppose anyone has a copy of this Air file ?

    Trying to figure out something about the survivor (512517) Ernest Charles PARKER

    An article on him from 1945 getting his DFM says "After shot down by Germans
    into Sea off Dutch Coast"

    But he also had at least 1 bale out during the war. (He also had one pre-wat)

    Article says

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    Previously shot down in May 1940 at Sedan France, but dropped into British Lines."

    This may be the mass Blenheim raid on Sedan 14/05/1940


    The question I have is did he bale out of Blenheim R3738 on 20 July 1940.or unknown Blenheim at Sedan in May 1940

    Can anyone ID his loss for May 1940 ?

    Thanks

    Paul

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    Found it in 110 Sqn ORB

    Blenheim L9241, listed as Sgt A. Storrow, Sgt E. Parker, and LAC Rowlands and says "Force Landed" 14/05/1940

    So unless he baled out of another Blenheim of 110 Sqn before July 1940, I think he must have bailed out of Blenheim R3738 on 20 July 1940.

    Kind Regards

    Paul

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    Hello Paul

    I confirm the forced-landing near the town of Orchies on 14th May 1940, at least one picture exist showing the Blenheim. Sgt Storrow was later KIA, and came down also in my research area that second time.

    Joss

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    Joss

    Thanks for that all I need to know now is circumstances for loss of Blenheim R3738 on 20 July 1940.

    Paul

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    From Warner's 'Blenheim'.

    "20/7/40 R3738 110 Squadron FTR to Wattisham from sortie to bomb Vlissingen airfield, shot down into sea. S/Ldr J Stephens (pilot) and Sgt J West DFM (WOp/AG) KIA and commemorated on Runnymede Memorial. Sgt E Parker (Obs) captured and became PoW at Stalag Luft III Sagan."

    DaveW

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    DaveW

    thanks for that

    It looks like from the description the survivor was able to escape the aircraft before it hit the sea - The logical explanation is by parachute

    Paul

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