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    Sgt (Wop/Ag) Derek N. BUCKLEY - 633416 - 59 Sqn (Bircham Newton, Norfolk), buried Minster (Thanet) Cem., Kent, was killed in the air 25-3-1941 when a cannon shell entered his turret while flying a 'Dundee' Patrol in aircraft coded TR-V.
    Looking for the aircraft serial number.
    Regards and thanks for your help.
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    Hi,
    Don't know if this is the aircraft or event but -

    18th March 41.
    59 Sqn Blenheim IV
    Serial number V5533
    Coded "TR-V"
    Crew safe.
    Op: Pirate 2
    The U/C collapsed at Marham following a heavy landing in mist on return from patrol. The landing caused a flare to catch fire which then ignited the bomb load destroying the Blenheim.
    Perhaps you man was injured and died later ? he is not listed as crew, they were P/O. Munro, Sgt Hunt and Sgt. Hales.

    59 Sqn lost two a/c on the 26th March , TR-A and F. And then on the 30th March another TR-A was lost.
    So if not involved in the a crash he must have been in an a/c that was later repaired.
    Other TR-V's in 1941 lost before the 25th March were R2783 and R3635.

    I note also there was a Sgt. Buckley involved in a 502 Sqn Whitley crash on the 13th February 41, is it at all possible that this could be the same person, if so it may help your search.( page 96, T4276 ).

    ref is Ross's RAF Coastal Command Losses vol 1.

    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 19th August 2008 at 11:46.

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    Thanks Alex. Buckley's Blenheim TR-V returned safely to base, perhaps with minor damage. Serial will be a problem, even to Ross.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hello Henk

    25 Mar’41
    TRJ (n.b. not V), Crew F/Lt Palmer, Sgt West, Sgt Buckley, Duty DUNDEE, Time Up 1440, Time Down 1830. Shipping reported off Dunkerque. Attacked off Calais by 2 ME109s, when just below cloud. A/G fired but was killed instantly by cannon shells entering the turret. A/C returned to Manston and landed there. (AIR 27/555)

    Note TRJ took off from Thorney Island which I know has a detailed station ORB, so between that and Manston, one or other might contain the Blenheim’s serial.

    Kind regards
    Pierre

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    Hi,
    Could it have been the "TR-J" serial number V5962 that was lost on the 6th April with another crew ?
    Which I assume was replaced by "TR-J" serial V6174 that in turn was lost some ten days later on the 16th April ?
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 20th August 2008 at 17:24.

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    Thanks Alex and Pierre for this additional info.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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