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    Default West Raynham attack, 10 July 1940

    Hallo all,

    Recently I was viewing the 101 Squadron ORB (AIR 27/801) at Kew to resolve an issue in mid-1940. I came across an interesting entry in the F.540 for 10 July 1940. A lone German aircraft bombed No. 1 hangar at West Raynham at 0600 hours on that date. The ORB briefly notes that three Avro Ansons and one Gladiator were lost as a result.

    The Gladiator apparently belonged to 18 Sqn., another Blenheim unit also stationed at West Raynham. Very odd, but perhaps 18 Sqn. brought it back from France as its previous owner was 615 Sqn. which used Gladiators up to April/ May 1940.

    Two of the Ansons would seem to be N5156 and N5172, both of 13 OTU. The third I cannot identify. If the above is correct it would add to the fates for these two Ansons given in Chorley's Volume 7 on the OTUs.

    Can anyone please identify the third Anson ?

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Have you tried the guy who is dealing with the 101 Sqn ORBs. I think you can contact him via 156 Sqn. I am currently typing up some ORBs for them from 1944 (really interesting). Robin is his name I think but its on my work computer not on this one so I may be wrong.
    If you go to the RAFRA site and follow the 156 link they should be able to put you in touch though I will look it up when I get to work and ask him to have a look at this posting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Gleeson View Post
    Hallo all,



    The Gladiator apparently belonged to 18 Sqn., another Blenheim unit also stationed at West Raynham. Very odd, but perhaps 18 Sqn. brought it back from France as its previous owner was 615 Sqn. which used Gladiators up to April/ May 1940.

    Martin Gleeson.
    Martin

    Do you have the ID of the Gladiator then ???

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    Hi Paul,

    N5580 - Destroyed in air raid, West Raynham 10-7-1940.

    Col.

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    Hi Paul,

    Yes, I should have spotted that !

    Martin.

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