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    Default 11 Squadron Blenheims, June 1941.

    Hallo all,

    Could anyone please tell me the serial numbers of the 8 Blenheim IVs handed over to 11 Sqn. on 1 June 1941 by 211 Sqn. at Aqir ?

    Also looking for the serial of the 11 Sqn. Blenheim which was force-landed on a beach in Syria or Lebanon on 2 June 1941, and was it a write-off ?

    (From DUST CLOUDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST by Christopher Shores).

    Regards,

    Martin Gleeson.

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    Hi Martin,

    From 'The Bristol Blenheim' - Warner

    02/06/1941
    Blenheim IV L9316. 11 Squadron, force-landed on a beach in Palestine after being pursued by French MS.406 fighters, crew safe, aircraft recovered and repaired.

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    Peter.
    Last edited by peter; 22nd December 2009 at 09:50.

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    Hallo Peter,

    Thanks for that but it is precisely this entry that caused my puzzlement. Just two places above it one will also find L9316 lost on 31-5-41 with 84 Squadron after being shot down by a Vichy French MS.406. The crew of 3 were KIA and this date and unit is supported by the CWGC website.
    I recently acquired a copy of the Form 78 from the RAF Museum for L9316. No squadrons are mentioned, but its fate is shown as '2/6/41 F.A. (E) (Missing)'.
    SCORPIONS STING (A history of 84 Sqn.) by Don Neate provides less information than Warner. Nor is L9316 on the list of Blenheim IVs that served with the squadron.

    It is a puzzle.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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    Default For Pel Temple

    Pel Temple for sure may have the answer we're looking for.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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