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    Some background here for 19/05/40: http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/59_squadron.html

    Robert
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    Yep looks to me

    L4856, TR-K 59 Sqn lost 19/05/1940


    other L?856 was with 15 Sqn (L8856)

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    Paul,

    Based on other EBay photos L4856 is TR-Z, not K. N6164 was TR-K.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Martin

    Good to get your input and correction in this!

    Now it on the 'Internet" hopefully error not repeated

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    Hello

    Pictures of TR-K can be seen here http://sehet.andre.free.fr/dedetexte...guerre3945.htm but no serial number is readable. So this one should be N6164 according to Martin.

    Casualty pack AIR 81/951 covers the death of P/O C.R. WYLIE on 16th June 1940, with another crew, on Blenheim IV R3817, near Dreux.

    There's an earlier casualty pack for WYLIE (AIR 81/1740 - 17 December 1939, Blenheim L6899).

    Looks like there's no casualty pack for L4856, so who was flying it ? and when was this Blenheim lost ? No trace in RAF Coastal Command losses volume 1 (or I missed it) ?

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    Joss,

    There is no AIR 81 casualty pack for L4856 because no aircrew were hurt. It was damaged during a reconnaissance sortie on 11 May 1940 and returned to Vitry-en-Artois airfield. F/Lt. Smither was the pilot. It was under repair there from May 13th to 18th inclusive and was flown to Poix late on the 18th for further repairs. Due to the evacuation of Poix on the 19th and the repairs not being completed L4856 TR-Z was abandoned there and burnt by ground personnel.
    All this information comes from an excellent report by the 59 Squadron Engineer Officer in the 59 Squadron Appendices (AIR 27/558).

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    Martin.

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    Hello Martin,

    Thanks for your confirmation that it was a ground destruction, following combat damage.

    Joss

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