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    Default 107 Blenheim losses 27th August 1943 - causes?

    Hi,
    I would be grateful if any forum members could give me some information about the raid on the 27th august 1943 where 107 Sqn lost 3 Blenheim bombers? I am particularly looking for the aircraft serial numbers and cause - flak, fighter etc and any information about the raid itself?

    Thanks in advance,
    Rick

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    Hello,

    I'm sure the information has already been mentioned here. The raid was a low-level attack of Gosnay power station (Ramrod Special 7) and was a diversion for the main 8th Air Force raid against Eperlecques blockhaus.

    BZ235 OM-K collided with BZ280 OM-O and both crashed in a village called Fléchinelle, in the Pas-de-Calais département. The bodies were recocered by a German party from Rely (Norrent-Fontes) airfield and buried close to the airfield at Auchy-au-Bois : BZ235 : Rankin, Jones, Anderson, Parsons, BZ280 : Locke, Wilkinson, Edwards, Pattinson.

    BZ237 OM-S was the third Boston lost that day. The crew mentioned being attacked by Focke-Wulf Fw-190s. They made a forced-landing in a village called Beaumetz-les-Aire. The 4 of them evaded capture, but the cameraman "Skeets" Kelly was captured in Paris in December 1943. The other three made it back to U.K. : F/O J.C. ALLISON, F/Sgt R. McLEOD and F/O N.T. FAIRFAX.

    Joss
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    Joss,
    many thanks for the swift reply, much appreicated,
    Rick

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    Joss

    2nd TAF Vol.1 has BZ226 rather than BZ280. Any comments?

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    Hello John

    The serial number are coming straight from the ORB, I've only corrected the wrong statement about the two machines lost in the mid-air collision, which is not correct in the ORB, the returning crew being unsure : "It is believed they were 'S' and 'K'".

    There must be some problems with Boston serial numbers, for Air-Britain serials BA100-BZ999 doesn't show that BZ280 was lost (she served with 342 later and was SOC in 1947).

    Same queries apply to the Bostons lost on 16th August 1943, BZ259 being quoted in the ORB, and similarly in ABS, posted to 342 and SOC in 1947.

    In ABS, BZ226 is shown as lost on 16th August 1943 and this again doesn't match the Squadron ORB.

    2 Group ORB only states individual letters of these Bostons, not their serial numbers. But the diarist added "identity of the aircraft uncertain"

    I'm open to suggestion and other documents such as log-books for this period.

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    Hello,

    Secondary, thus needs verification.

    Appendix 5: Aircraft on (2) Group Strength - 1 June 1943.

    (i) Squadrons operating Boston IIIA:

    No.107:

    BZ202 -
    BZ203 - G
    BZ220 - U
    BZ223 - H
    BZ226 -
    BZ230 - A
    BZ235 - K
    BZ237 - S
    BZ241 - B
    BZ253 - C
    BZ259 - M
    BZ262 -
    BZ266 - O
    BZ275 - K
    BZ278 -
    BZ279 - T
    BZ280 - D
    BZ281 - P
    BZ303 -
    BZ308 -
    BZ317 -
    BZ321 - L
    BZ335 -

    See:
    2 Group R.A.F.:A Complete History 1936-1945.
    Bowyer,Michael J F.
    London:Faber,1979.
    p.446 (See also p.451)

    Bowyer must have obtained this information from somewhere (he was a Spotter during the war). It is obvious that quite a bit of re-lettering took place, for whatever reason.

    Col.
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    Hello,

    Secondary, thus suspect!

    Appendix 5: Aircraft on (2) Group Strength - 1 June 1943.

    (i) Squadrons operating Boston IIIA:

    No.107:

    BZ202 -
    BZ203 - G
    BZ220 - U
    BZ223 - H
    BZ226 -
    BZ230 - A
    BZ235 - K
    BZ237 - S
    BZ241 - B
    BZ253 - C
    BZ259 - M
    BZ262 -
    BZ266 - O
    BZ275 - K
    BZ278 -
    BZ279 - T
    BZ280 - D
    BZ281 - P
    BZ303 -
    BZ308 -
    BZ317 -
    BZ321 - L
    BZ235 -

    See;
    2 Group R.A.F.:A Complete History 1936-1945.
    Bowyer,Michael J F.
    London:Faber,1979.
    p.446

    Bowyer must have obtained this information from somewhere (he was a Spotter during the war).

    Col.

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