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Bristol” BLENHEIM

The Journal of the Blenheim Society

List of Contents


Abbreviations for rank:
G/Cpt  Group Captain

W/Cdr  Wing Commander

Sq/Ldr   Squadron Leader

F/Lt       Flight Lieutenant

F/O       Flying Officer

P/O       Pilot Officer

NCOs    Non Commissioned Officers

W/O      Warrant Officer

F/Sgt      Flight Sergeant

Sgt         Sergeant

Cpl         Corporal



Other Ranks

LAC       Leading  Aircraftsman

AC1      Aircraftsman 1st Class

AC2      Aircraftsman 2nd Class


Other abbreviations

CO Commanding Officer

Wop/AG Wireless operator/Air gunner

Obs Observer (navigator)

OTU Operation Training Unit

Kia Killed in Action



Other less frequently used abbreviations are listed at end


Notes & Search Words:

Main categories in this column are:

People Places

Squadrons Dates



Bristol Blenheim (BB) Serial numbers
For ease of search & consistency:

Dates are written as: dd/mm/yyyy

Squadrons listed as: 18Sq, 21Sq, etc

Ref to journals: Issue 56, page 4 = 56/4






Issue 58: July 2007

Topic


Page

Type

Title

Author

Notes & Search Words




1

Report

Chairman’s Comments

Andrew Pierce

70th anniversary of Blenheims and 20th of Blenheim Society. 2007 Draw tickets

Editorial

1

Report

Editorial

Ian Carter

Thanks to Tony Lowe for web-site & anniversary polo shirts




1

Report

Calling all Blenheim Boys:

Ian Carter

Anniversary memorial section in next issue. Contact Ian with names. Blenheim Day 22/09/2007.




2

Report

Birthday Boy




Pic: Albert Gregory DFC (ex 219Sq Wop/Ag) on 90th b/d, 09/05/2007, with Dennis Cooke, Ron Bramley & Phil Harvey of AGA.




3

Report

Membership




New members & absent friends. RIP: Cyril Hoye, Alistair Raby, Roy Neale, Pauline Stapleton, W/Cdr J Young, S/Ldr J Anderson (604Sq), S/Ldr Gerry Page, Tom Payne (110Sq), W/Cdr Patrick Newton Kingwill (60Sq)




3




Stop Press




Classic Airframes 1/48 Blenheim IV kits out Summer ‘07

Jack Bennett

947983


3

Obit

Jack Bennett – 11/02/1921–25/02/2007




Daughter writes: Trained at RAF technical school, St Athans. In 15Sq, 68Sq, 214Sq & overseas service Rhodesia. Founder member Blenheim Soc. Pic: Jack ~ 1940

Ray Lisgo

4

Obit

Ray Lisgo, died 04/04/07, aged 86

Ron Bramley

Funeral Bromfield, Cumbria. Boy entrant Cranwell, Wop/Ag on Blenheims, Air Sea Rescue, D-Day & landed Omaha Beach with Signals Unit. 110Sq. Pic: BB L1155 crash 15/02/1939, North Coates; F/Lt Withey & AC2 Richardson died, Ray survived.

Pic: Ray

John Gerard Sharratt


4

Obit

Farewell to a Greyhound

Ron Bramley

Sgt Wop/Ag with 211Sq in ME July ’39 to Dec ’41. 30 ops in 4 months with Hooper and Geary. Then 72 OTU at Nanyuki. 35 yrs RAF retired as S/Ldr 1972. Moved NZ ’87.




5

Letter

614 Squadron Operations

Dermot Stapleton

Patrick Stapleton (Wop/Ag) with P/O Iain Maclaren & Sgt Denis Ager (54/5). Secret op collecting French (?) civilian from emergency LG to Canrobert (?), attack by 2 109s; one crashed into pylon cables. Any info? 614Sq , Blida, Algiers, ? Dec ’42. Pic: P Stapleton’s log book.




5

Data

From AP 1530G Pilots Notes Blenheim V, Mercury XV or 25 engines

Bill Burberry

Warning to pilots about centre gravity & instability in flight!

Blenheim Mk 1

6

Report

From the Engineering side, 16

Smudge

Working on nose & front of bomb bay. New ribs made and opening window frames being rescued. Work started on hydraulic activating levers and rocker gears.


Blenheim Mk 1

6

Wanted

What is it and what did it do?

Smudge

Two pics of a mystery part found with BB’s short nose.

110 squadron

7/8

Poem

The Toast to 110

Tom Payne

110Sq history (1917–1971) in verse. Stanley Vincent, Major Harry Nicoll, Maisoncelle, Waddington, S/Ldr Cameron, Wattisham, S/Ldr Doran, Khumbirgram




8

Data

Where to find us

Editor

List of dates & airshow venues




8

Letter

‘light hearted piece’

Jack Bartley

Humour about two ladies

110 squadron

9

Pic

110Sq, Quetta, India, 1942




Pic: from Tom Payne of 110Sq hand-written names. Same at Wattisham Mar 1942




10

Wanted

Sydney Mould




Sydney Mould was Wop/Ag on Blenheims. Peter Cooke wants info for his 90th b/d. Info to Tony Lowe.




10

Wanted

11 Squadron




Mark Taylor’s dad, David Herbert Taylor was Wop/Ag with XISq (11Sq) Jan ‘42 to Feb ’45. Meiktila 15/04/1943 in N6183. Contact: PO Box 357, Belaiv, S Australia 5051




10

Wanted

11 Squadron




Peter Rackliff wants info about Battle of Ceylon, 11Sq & BBs. Believes an Australian researching this. Contact Peter at 8 Thomas Drive, MK16 8TH




10

Wanted

211 Squadron




Any info on 211Sq contact Don Clark PO Box 5696, Latham, ACTY 2615, Australia. Useful website: www.211squadron.org




10

Letters

RE; F/Lt Harry Sparkes (57/9)




Steve Wiliams writes: Harry flew with F/Sgt

T E Cantwell & Walter James Doe (Wop/Ag) on 24/05/1944. Awarded DFM.






10

Letters

‘Smudge’ Bob Coles writes:




Regensburg April 1945, attempted POW escape. Blenheim crew: Bill Middleton (pilot), Bob Coles (Nav), Bob Hale (Wop/Ag), also pilot ‘Tex’ Bob Ratcliff & A/G Jack Smith. Third escape lucky!




10

Letter

Nigel Eldred writes:




Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group (LARG) found BB L1160 in Wash 2mls from RAF Holbeach. 07/11/1938. 61Sq, Pilot P/O Steele-Perkins. Describes recovery. BB remains in East Kirby Heritage Centre. Any info to Nigel @ 11 Grange Drive, LN4 4GJ. Ed adds: P/O Steele injured, Cpl Bentley killed, AC1 Laurens drowned.

Wattisham

11

Report

Bench dedication ceremony

Peter Lewis

Pic: of bench dedication to those who served at Wattisham 1939-1945.




12



How things have changed


George Checketts

Describes BB delivery flight, Thorney Island to Malta on 03/12/1940 in BB T2179 & hazardous landing. After with 211Sq, Greece




12




39 squadron disbandment dinner.




Pic: RAF Marham, 27/07/2006, 39Sq (1 PRU)





Issue 57: March 2007


Topic

Page

Type

Title

Author

Notes & Search Words




1

Report

Chairman’s Comments

Andrew Pierce

£14,000 presented for Blenheim repairs at Christmas lunch. 2007 is 70th Anniversary of Blenheim entering RAF service. Pic: Blenheim Day 2006

Editorial

2

Report

From Your Editor

Ian Carter


Feb ’07 Flypast has 25 pages on Blenheims, incl 114Sq. Blen Soc 20th anniversary Nov ’07 – call for articles, esp FE & Greece. Also a Memorial page




3

Data

Membership




New members & absent friends. RIP: Raymond Sydney Stone, F/Lt TP Edwards, David Kay.




3

Report

Thank you and Welcome

Andrew Pierce

Andrew thanks Derek Baden for committee work, esp as Draw promoter, and welcomes Neil Clennell (to be confirmed at AGM). Chart of 2007 events

RAF Bircham Newton

4

Report

RAF Bircham Newton Memorial Project

Neil Grant, David Jacklin, Brian Hall

Up-date from 52/8. Pic: memorial stone by Teucer Wilson unvelied 02/09/2006 by Sir Michael Beetham, dedicated by Rev Canon George Hall. Next: stone for Docking satellite airfield & improve Heritage Room

Convoy escorts

5

Article

13 Squadron Navigator, Part II

Reverend Leonard Rivett

13Sq. Coastal ops from 15/05/1943 based Borizzo (Sicily). Describes patrols, square search technique, RDF ops, strike crews, standby, accidents. Based Sebala No 2, then Monastir on 02/07/1943. George VI visit to N Africa. Other bases: Blida, Bone, Protville. Diary quote on Bizerta port air-raid, 06/09/1943. F/O L Trevallion (Trev) Wop/Ag Sgt F J Chapman (Fred). PS by Ed: Laurie Frampton (ex 72Sq) also on RDF trips. Difficult flying Bisleys.





7

Article

Perchance to Dream?

Jim Dale

Jim’s evokative description of flight from Duxford in a Tr9 Spitfire with RR Merlin engine. Pilot was Alan Walker. The flight was a prize from the Blenheim Society 2006 annual draw. Pic: Jim with Spitfire




8

Letter




Victor Dobbs

Update of 54/7, by brother of Sgt Kenneth H Dobbs, 114Sq. Victor reports on 04/05/2006 Dutch Remberance day at site of R3892 crash on 19/08/1940 & where Ken Dobbs (745629) & Wop/Ag Alex Pillans (751549) are buried. Pics: of cross and service




9

Letter

Maastricht Memories

Mr P Greenwood

Ref 56/12. Writer’s father, AC Greenwood (Wop/Ag) flew with Robert Miller (pilot) on 11/05/1940 & awarded DFM. Logbook states ‘very lucky’!





9

Letter

New Year: Newsletter

Norman Wight

(Editors apologies re misspelling)



Norman was AC1 with 21Sq on 26/12/1941 when flew from Watton to Malta. More later!




9

Wanted




Harry Sparkes

13Sq, 114Sq. Wants name of Wop/Ag who flew night 24/05/1944 in Boston BZ327 on Recco of Avezzano area in electric storm. Pilot was John Berlandina. Contact: Harry @ 8 Robinswood Cres, CF64 3JE




9

Wanted

18 Squadron, Sgt Arthur Ernest Craig

Mr Craig

18Sq. Sgt AE Craig 358376, missing on Recco from Watton 21/05/1940. Sister Laurence Mary (55/5) has provided details.

Researching BB and crew

10

Article

T2254 A Blenheim Research Story

Walter Lindekens

Fascinating account of how WL researched T2254, tracing its history in 13Sq & 18Sq, various repairs, details of final flight on 25/06/1942 and the crew that died at Aartselaar: Sgt Gordon Cox (Wop/Ag, RAFVR), F/Sgt William O,Neill (Obs, RNZAF), & FO Peter Huxley Looker (pilot). An example of varied sources, personal contacts/letters, and luck.. Pics: T2254 @ Odiham 1941; the 3 crew; 42 OTU Aug ’41 @ Andover (with names); and the graves at Antwerp Schoonselhof cemetery. Who is EH Turner? See also 52/12. Alec McCurdy, Doug Beagley, Eric Aldred, Heather Tunmore, 09/03/1942 accident,





14

Wanted




Walter Lindekens

Want to trace Ron MacKay, author ‘Squadron Signal in Action’. Conact Ed or walter-lindekens@versateladsl.be

Blenheim Mk1

14

Report

From the Engineering side, 15

Smudge

ARC progress report – wings on, u/c completed, and working on nose.from photos (as no detailed plans). Next is cockpit bottom and engine bay.




15

Review

The Blenheim in Minature (part 3)

Mark Peacock

An overview of plastic model kits available of the Blenheim. Classic Airframes 1/48 scale kits of BB Mk I, Mk IV & Mk V. Also review of available aftermarket decals.

BB potted histories

16

Data

Blenheim Serials (Mk.I) continued

Graham Warner

BB Mk 1: L1097, L1098, L1099, L1100, L1101, L1102, L1103, L1104, L1105, L1106, L1107, L1108 (Pic: 54/14). First of batch 450 Mk I’s built at Filton, delivered Feb ’38 to March ‘39



Issue 56: November 2006


Topic

Page

Type

Title

Author

Notes & Search Words




1

Report

President’s Message

Graham Warner

Cpt Eric Brown (Winkle)




1

Report

Chairman’s Report

Andrew Pierce




Editorial

2

Report




Ian Carter

Sgt John West, Sage CWGC Cemetery, Tom Payne, 110Sq, Flying Camels, 45Sq, ‘Battleaxe Blenheim’ by Stuart Scott




3

Data

Membership




New members & absent friends. RIP: J W Griffiths, E Pert, Rev’d GW Chapman, HE Jones, JA Sturmer, LHE Ridge, DS Knights, Jim Langston.

Lord R A Deramore

4

Obit


Richard Arthur de Yarborough-Bateson

Graham Warner

14Sq, Western desert, 20/08/2006

J R N (Bob) Molesworth

4

Obit

Sq/Ldr John Robert Nassau Molesworth DFC (RAAF)

Bill Burberry (Wop/Ag)

Sq/Ldr Tim Denny, 114Sq, 13Sq, Algeria, Tunisia, 01/07/2006, 27/04/1942, Eindhoven, Pulham, Lowestoft,

Mick Angell

4

Obit

W/Cdr EE ‘Mick’ Angell AFC

Editor

18/09/1914, 01/08/2006, 139Sq, K7065, 31/03/1938, 31/03/1938, 172Sq, 179Sq, 518Sq, RAF Tiree, W/Cdr N F Morris, Bismuth,

‘Cookie’ Leon

4

Obit

W/Cdr Leon DSO, DFC and Bar

Graham Warner

14Sq, Western Desert, OTU Egypt, 223Sq, 55Sq, Italy

Don McFarlane

5

Obit

F/Lt Don McFarlane DFM

Graham Warner

82Sq, 17/05/1940, Watton, Gembloux, 13/08/1940, Aarlborg, 13 OTU. Pic: R3821 with Sgt Peter Eames (kia 26/04/1941), P/O Donald Wellings (kia 1944). Haamstede, 07/08/1940


Jim ‘Jingles’ Langston

5

Obit

Sgt Jim Langston 21 Squadron

Editor

21Sq, 18/10/2006, Cologne Power Station ‘Quadrath’, 12/08/1941, Z7451, Dave Roberts, Wop/Ag Ken Attew, ‘Blenheim Strike’ by Theo Boiten, Barbed Wire University




5

Data

Get the Blenheim Flying Draw




Lists the 2006 draw winners

Flight from UK to Algeria May 1943

6

Article

13 Squadron Navigator (part I)

Reverend Leonard Rivett

13Sq, F/O L Trevallion, Wop/Ag Sgt F J Chapman, 42 OTU Ashbourne, 14/11/1942, ‘Duchess of Athol’, South Africa, Lyneham, Bisley EH395

Blenheim Mk1

7

Report

From the Engineering side, 14

Smudge

ARC progress report – a Mk 1 with wings!

Sponsors

7

Report

British Sponsor for The Blenheim


Ian Carter

American and Dutch sponsors, but no British yet. Contacts or ideas to Smudge (ja1071smith@lineone.net).

Takoradi Route

8

Article

A Living Soul’s Reminiscences of the Takoradi Route

(part 2)


Sq/Ldr George Parr

216Sq Bombay, Lagos, Apapa airfield, Ikeja airfield, Kano, Nigeria, Maiduguri, Fort Lamy (now N’djamina), Chad, General de Gaulle, Jim Mollinson, El Geneina, Sudan, Corporal Fisher, El Fasher, El Obeid, Khartoum, Valencia aircraft, Omdurman, Nubian desert, Abu Hamad, Wadi Halfa, Gizeh, Gezirah Island, Juba, Empire flying boat, Junkers 52, Wadi Seidna, Sq/Ldr Royski. Pic: George Parr in BB IV, June 1941.

Cologne Power Station raid

11

Letter




Elizabeth Watts

Sgt John Edward Pearson (Jack), 18Sq (RAFVR), RAF Manston, F/Sgt Jack Nickleson (RCAF), Sgt Walter Meadows, R3843, Wynn Roberts, Ken Palmer, Zandvoort 20/09/1941, ‘Churchill’s Light Brigade’ by Dinty Moore, ‘The Bristol Blenheim’ by G Warner, page 366.

Maastricht Bridge raid, 11th May 1940

12


Article

Richard Miller: Maastricht Memories

Richard Miller

2 Group, Advanced Expeditionary Striking Force, 110Sq, 107Sq, Wattisham, Sgt Duffy (observer), AC Greenwood (Wop/Ag), F/Lt Gratton, P4860, 31/05/1940 St Mol, Nieuport, 14/06/1940 Mantes, W/Cdr Basil Embry, W/Cdr R N Foster, Sq/Ldr Doran, Stavanger, W/Cdr L R Stokes, 01/06/1940 promotions. ‘Wingless Victory’ by Anthony Richardson (Embry’s escape from POW). PS from 55/12: Stavanger, Lossiemouth, Sgt Pilot Peter Chivers, 104Sq, ‘2 Group, A Complete History 1936-1945’ by Michael J F Bowyer




14

Report

Blenheim Day 2006

Ian Carter




Squadron 30

14

Wanted

30 Squadron Greece 1940-1941

Simon Lord

Asks any ex-30 squadron personnel in Greece to contact 29 Herstone Close, Poole BH17 8AS. 30Sq.




15

Review

The Blenheim in Minature (part 2)

Mark Peacock

An overview of plastic model kits available of the Blenheim

Bremen 25th June 1942


16

Data

114/614 Combined Battle Order: 1,000 Bomber Raid, Bremen 25th June 1942

Supplied by Bill Burberry

List the a/c and crew of 114Sq, and crew of 614Sq. V 6262, Z7356, Z7761, Z7354, V6510, Z7414, V5635, Z7319, V6431, V6264, T2224, V5456, R3678, Z6161. W/Cdr M E Pollard. 83 others named.



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