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    Default 400316 - Unaccounted Airmen - 16-03-1940

    Hello,

    400316 - Unaccounted Airmen - 16-03-1940

    From Henk's List -

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    BLOOMFIELD, Richard Graham - Wng/CDR - 01043 - RAF - D.S.O.
    Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire.
    Cause of death, an event post Court Marshall.

    WHENHAM, John William Valentine - S/Lt(A) - RN - HMS Peregrine.
    Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, Hampshire.
    Died from an illness.

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    GILLINGS, John William - Sgt - 564649 - RAF - 45 Sqn
    Ipswich New Cemetery, Suffolk.
    MORGAN, Edward Vincent - Lac - 532018 - RAF - 45 Sqn.
    PIZZEY, Eric William - Lac - 566695 - RAF - 45 Sqn.
    These two airmen rest at Andover Cemetery, Hampshire.
    SWIRE-GRIFFITHS, William John - F/O(Pilot) - 39833 - RAF - 45 Sqn.
    Penzance Cemetery, Cornwall.
    The four airmen named above were crew of Blenheim IV - L9385 on a delivery Flight to the ME.
    203 Sqn is associated with this a/c (?). L9385 hit the ground at Overtones, Hant's.
    In Air81/1915(2029) listed as L9358.

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    Default Re: 400316 - Unaccounted Airmen - 16-03-1940

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    Hello,

    400316 - Unaccounted Airmen - 16-03-1940

    From Henk's List -

    UK
    BLOOMFIELD, Richard Graham - Wng/CDR - 01043 - RAF - D.S.O.
    Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire.
    Cause of death, an event post Court Marshall.

    WHENHAM, John William Valentine - S/Lt(A) - RN - HMS Peregrine.
    Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, Hampshire.
    Died from an illness.

    From CWGC -

    UK
    GILLINGS, John William - Sgt - 564649 - RAF - 45 Sqn
    Ipswich New Cemetery, Suffolk.
    MORGAN, Edward Vincent - Lac - 532018 - RAF - 45 Sqn.
    PIZZEY, Eric William - Lac - 566695 - RAF - 45 Sqn.
    These two airmen rest at Andover Cemetery, Hampshire.
    SWIRE-GRIFFITHS, William John - F/O(Pilot) - 39833 - RAF - 45 Sqn.
    Penzance Cemetery, Cornwall.
    The four airmen named above were crew of Blenheim IV - L9385 on a delivery Flight to the ME.
    203 Sqn is associated with this a/c (?). L9385 hit the ground at Overtones, Hant's.
    In Air81/1915(2029) listed as L9358.

    Alex
    Hello,

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    BLOOMFIELD, Richard Graham - Wng/Cdr. - 01043 - RAF - D.S.O.

    Correct surname is, "BLOMFIELD" (Australian)*

    BLOMFIELD, Wing Commander Richard Graham, Royal Air Force (1043) [sic], Distinguished Service Order, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hants, Fighter Command, 16 March 1940, Suicide, Found gassed at his home in Farnborough, Hants after being court martialled for theft, Age 50, Farnborough, Hants, Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hants.

    See:
    Failed To Return Airmen Died in the Second World War 1939-1945 Part 2, A-B.
    Hobson,Chris.
    Uckfield:Naval & Military Press,2019.
    p.724.

    * http://www.56sqnfirebirds.org.uk/COs/RG_Blomfield.htm

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 19th September 2020 at 03:19.

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    Default Re: 400316 - Unaccounted Airmen - 16-03-1940

    Hello,

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    GILLINGS, MORGAN, PIZZEY & SWIRE-GRIFFITHS.

    Appendix 3 - Non-operational Blenheim losses 1 January to 9 May 1940.

    16-3-1940

    Blenheim IV L9385 (new).

    Failed to reach 203 Squadron when 20 MU Delivery Flight Pilot F/O W Swire-Griffiths lost control in cloud and crashed at Overton, Hants, killing himself, Sgt J Gillings (Obs.), and two ground crew passengers, LAC E. Morgan and LAC E. Pizzey.

    See:
    The Bristol Blenheim A Complete History.
    Warner,Graham.
    Manchester:Crecy Publishing,2005 (2nd rev. ed.)
    p.169

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