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    Default Blenheim P6958 235 Sqn lost 27-6-1940

    There is an article on this aircraft in my local newspaper (Maidenhead Advertiser) about a Dutch Recovery Group that have found the wreckage of Blenheim P6958 'LA-D' of 235 Sqn lost 27-6-1940. There enquiry is about one of the crew: The crew were

    Pilot Officer (Pilot) Hugh S. Pardoe-Williams, RAF 41974, 235 Sqdn., age 23, 27/06/1940, Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, NL
    Sergeant (Obs.) Clifford W. Thorley, RAFVR 751531, 235 Sqdn., age unknown, 27/06/1940, Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, NL
    Pilot Officer (Air Gnr.) Edward A. Saunders, RAFVR 77342, 235 Sqdn., age unknown, 27/06/1940, Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, NL

    The person they are interested in is Edward A. Saunders, which they seem to link to White Waltham airfield as and this confuses me, 'as the base from which the aircraft took off on', on the date of its loss June 27th 1940. The issue I have is 235 Sqn were based at Manston at the time (I believe) unless they had a detachment there. The aircraft was lost on a search and recovery mission so I can't see why it would be at White Waltham anyway!

    Edward A. Saunders has no next of kin in CWGC nor age. However, there was an Edward A Saunders born in 1918 in Maidenhead.... Methinks the newspaper or original dutch enquiry has there wires crossed on this. Please can someone confirm details of loss and airfield it took of on. I do not currently have access to my copy Coastal Command Losses Vol 1


    http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/news/article-18578-family-search-of-wwii-raf-officer-killed-in-plane-crash/

    Many Thanks

    Paul
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    Hi Paul
    From Coastal Command Losses Vol 1-Ross McNeill,the base is given as Bircham Newton and the mission as a patrol of the Ijsselmeer.The a/c was shot down by Me 109's at Ooderkerk aan de Amstel.
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    Dick

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    Thanks Dick

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    Default Blenheim P6958 235 Sqn lost 27-6-1940

    Hi Paul,

    My name is Harm van der Laan and I'm secretary of the Aircraft Recovery Group 1940-1945 in The Netherlands. Our foundation located the crashplace of this Blenheim in Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, close to Amsterdam.
    As we try to erect a small memorial at the crashplace we are hoping to find any relatives of the perished crewmembers.
    So I wrote to some newspapers in the aerea the crewmembers are born. In the personal service records of P/O Saunders RAF states that he was born in White Waldham. The newspaper made the conculsion that he was flying from there. As already stated 235 squadron was based at Bircham Newton.
    Do you new any Edward E. Saunders in Maidenhead? This might be the same person because P/O Saunders was indeed born in 1918.
    Any help in finding relatives would be most appreciated.
    All the best,

    Harm van der Laan
    Last edited by Harm53; 21st November 2010 at 21:48.

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    Harm


    No infomation of Edward A Saunders only to confirm that based on you clarifying the White Waltham information that he would be the same Edward A Saunders registered in Maidenhead in 1918

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