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    Default Bristol Blenheim L1325 (57 Sqdn) Incident

    Hello,

    I wish to learn more about the Bristol Blenheim L1325 incident that occurred on November 7th 1939.
    I have already read this account, which is from Sgt. McIntyre's son, whom I conversed with some time ago. I am hoping to see if there is a more vivid account of the incident (in a published book perhaps?) or a report in the Gazette?

    With best wishes,

    P.S. I am also trying to find out when Sgt. McIntyre was promoted to Warrant Officer? If you someone could tell me when, I would be most grateful.

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    Default Re: Bristol Blenheim L1325 (57 Sqdn) Incident

    Hello,

    The link you provided states that Sgt McIntyre was a POW at Stalag Luft III. Not in 1939, he wasn't. The POW list on this site shows him at Stalag IIID, Berlin-Steglitz

    There's an AIR81 file on this loss at Kew. https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C14142124

    This might help as well. https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C17152444

    If you have access to ancestry there are a few pictures of Harry Ryland Bewlay, deceased Suffolk 2000, as well as some text.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Do you know when he was transferred to Stalag Luft III?

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    RAF NCOs went to the Centre Compound of Luft III.

    So, some time after April 1942. The nominal rolls I have from Luft III do not show the date a man arrived.

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    Bewlay H R "Pop" : Pilot Officer : Blenheim I L1325 of 57 Squadron, 07-Nov-1939. Pilot, PoW #39776 - Daily Mirror November 4, 1941 Page 5
    PIN TELLS WIFE OF 'CHUTE LEAP

    A caterpillar pin, which is given by the Caterpillar Club to all airmen who save their lives by parachute, has been sent to Mrs. Bewlay. of Somerset-road, Handsworth, Birmingham, on the instructions of her husband, Flying-Officer H. R. Bewlay. now prisoner in Germany.
    Nursing her baby boy, whom her husband has not seen. Mrs. Bewlay told the Daily Mirror: I got the pin six weeks after he was taken prisoner, but in his letter to me he said nothing about baling out

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    Default Re: Bristol Blenheim L1325 (57 Sqdn) Incident

    Thanks a lot, Paul and Pete! I'll have a thorough read of the website this evening!

    Very grateful for the help once again!

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    Default Re: Bristol Blenheim L1325 (57 Sqdn) Incident

    "16 October 1939

    Blenheim serial L1141 – took off at 10:00 hours from Etain (U5071) on a photo-recce sortie – railways in Wesel-Bocholt area north west of Essen.

    Pilot – F/O Michael James Casey MiD. Age 21 Prisoner

    Obs – Sgt Alfred George Fripp. Age 25 Prisoner

    WOp/AG – 539817 AC1 James Nelson Prisoner

    They also fell victim to German fighters when caught by a flight of Bf109’s and were shot down by an aircraft of 3 Staffel/ Jagdgeschwader 1, flown by Leutnant Hans-Folkert Rosenboom over Furstenau, north west of Osnabruck at 14.30 hours. They landed by parachute and went “into the bag”. Rosenboom was himself killed on 16 August 1940 in a low level collision east of the Isle of Wight.

    “Mike” Casey was murdered by the Gestapo on 31 March 1944 after participating the the “Great Escape” from Stalah Luft III Sagan."

    all evidence I have is this aircraft in fact forced landed and the crew did not bail out -- happy to be proved wrong

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    Default Re: Bristol Blenheim L1325 (57 Sqdn) Incident

    Thanks for the info

    What is U5071 ?

    Bertrand

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    Default Re: Bristol Blenheim L1325 (57 Sqdn) Incident

    Hello Bertrand

    These are the map coordinates of Etain.

    Jpss

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