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Issue 55: July 2006


Topic

Page

Type

Title

Author

Notes & Search Words




1

Report

Chairman’s Comments

Andrew Pierce

Cpt Eric Brown (Winkle)

Editorial

2

Report

Editorial (and Events List)

Ian Carter

This issue dedicated to the memory of Sgt Dennis Wilson, kia 12/08/1941 (see p 6).




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Data

Membership




New members & absent friends. RIP: RD Morrell (03/05/2003), W/Cdr TR Williams

Tom Baker (Doughy)

3

Obit

Wing Commander Tom Baker DFM DFC


Graham Pitchfork (Daily Telegraph)

Knapsack, Quadrath, 90Sq, 107Sq, 114Sq, 12/08/1941, Halton, 17/04/1942 Schipol, 09/03/2006. Pic: Tom Baker

P4844

4

Wanted




Victor Spencer Wilson

Info about BB IVF P4844, 235 Coastal Command, crashed 08/05/1940. Sgt Victor Allison (pilot), Sgt Eric Schmid (obs), Victor Neirynck (Wop/Ag). Contact: 36 Inverness Ave, SS0 9DY

John Hird

4

Wanted




Joy Hughes-D’aeth

Info about her brother John Hird, kia 1942. Sq/Ldr with (?) 114Sq over Norway. Contact Editor

Frederick William Doodey

5

Letter

Kiss in the Night

Robert D Lang

F/Sgt FW Doodey (pic). N6150, N6145, Kia 11/11/1939 off Heligoland. F/Lt Mills, AC1 GJ Johnson. Poem found in tin. Any info contact:The Old Chapel, OX7 4BQ,

Massingham

5

Report

Sister Laurence RAF Massingham Museum



History of Great Massingham LG, 18Sq, 107Sq. G/Cpt Earl Bandon (‘Paddy’). Museum set up. Contact: 55 Nightingale Rd, WD3 7BU.


Cologne Raid (Knapsack)

6

Article

An Introduction to the Cologne Power Station Raid

Graham Warner

W/Cdr Hugh Edwards, W/Cdr Kercher, Knapsack Power Station, Quadrath, W/Cdr Nicols, Ops ‘Circus’ & ‘Roadstead’. 08/08/1941 practice crashes. F/Lt Charles Patterson, Sq/Ldr Saunders’ log for Z7311. Sgt O’Connell. The losses are listed: 18Sq: V6437, V6423, V6497. 21Sq: V5874, Z7451. 82Sq: T2437. 114Sq: Z7281. 139Sq: V5725, V6261, Z7448. 226Sq: V5859, X7352. Pic: Sgt Dennis Wilson with Z7448 after kia.

Cologne Raid

(Knapsack)



7

Article

A Most Memorable Occasion – 12th August 1941

Sq/Ldr ‘Dickie’ Rook

114 Squadron – first hand account of Cologne raid. As above plus G/Cpt Earl of Bandon, West Rayham, Sq/Ldr Bill Edrich, Sq/Ldr Alan Judson, Sgt John West, Sir Ivor Broom, Michael Turner’s painting of raid, Sgt David Wheatley, 114Sq

Cologne Raid

(Knapsack)



10

Article

The Operation to Cologne – 12th August 1941

Editor

As recounted by Sq/Ldr Charles Patterson DSO DFC. As above plus Tom Baker, P/O Morton. Pic: V5888 in flight


Stavanger Raid, Norway

12

Article

Wartime Memories of 110 Squadron

Richard Miller

Personal account of Stavanger raid, 30/04/1940, Sq/Ldr Doran, Sgt Duffy, LAC Edwards (Wop/Ag), C/O Basil Embry, W/Cdr RR Foster, Sq/Ldr Laselles, F/O Lings, Richard Miller, Tom Prescot, Sgt Harold Robson, W/Cdr Sinclair, Wilton-Jones, Lossiemouth. 104Sq, 107Sq, 110Sq, Wattisham. Postscript see 56/14

Delivery flights, Takoradi

13

Article

A Living Soul’s Reminiscences of the Takoradi Route

(part 1)


Sq/Ldr George Parr

Second part next issue. F/Lt AJ Douch, RJ Bassett (Wop/Ag), Len Harvey (boxer), Bruce Critchley, Gold Coast (now Ghana), HMS Ramillies, Sq/Ldr George Parr, Sgt ‘Daisy’ Plummer, Sierra Leone, Freetown, SS Empress of Australia, Wilberforce Barracks




14

Report

Gellik 2006

Tony Lowe

Report of visit on 12-14th May 2006. Pic: Michael Pitt, ex 12Sq.




15

Review

The Blenheim in Miniature (part 1)


Mark Peacock

An overview of plastic model kits available of the Blenheim

Blenheim Mk1

16

Report

From the Engineering side, 13

Smudge

ARC progress report – re-skinning fuselage and money shortages.

BB potted histories

16

Data

Blenheim Serials (Mk.I) continued

Graham Warner

BB Mk 1: K7171, K7172, K7173, K7174, K7175, K7176, K7177, K7178, K7179, K7180, K7181, K7182. Last of batch of 150 BB Mk1s built @ Filton Jan-Dec 1937





Issue 54: March 2006


Topic

Page

Type

Title

Author

Notes & Search Words




1

Report

Chairman’s Comments

Andrew Pierce

Cheque presented to Blenheim Co; copy of letter from Blenheim (Duxford) Ltd. 2007 is 70th anniversary of BB.





2

Data

Membership




New members & absent friends. RIP: May Dobson (23/09/2005), Peter Evans (14/01/2006)

George Checketts

2

Obit

George Checketts

Editor

Wop/Ag in Blenheims in 82Sq, 211Sq, 55Sq, 72 OTU & 8Sq. Died 17/10/2005. Sgt Frank Baker, Sgt Bob Hay. Abu-Sueir, Delivery Flights, T2179, Greece, Durazzo Harbour 14/04/1940. Giarabub, Aden. Pic: Harry, Smudge, Jock, 113Sq, Sept ’41

Wynne Somers Goodrich Maydwell

3

Obit

Group Captain ‘Dick’ Maydwell DSO DFC

Graham Warner

Army Co-operation Squadron, 53Sq. France 1939. 1943 took over from W/Cdr ‘Buck’ Buchanan as CO 14Sq in Western Desert & Tunisia. Pics: Dick Maydwell; L4843

Terry Staples

4

Obit

Wing Commander Terry Staples DFM OBE

Dickie Rook

In RAFVR pre-war. CO 70Sq in Egypt. Describes incident on 18/04/1941, 114Sq, 21Sq & 107Sq attack convoy off Norwegian coast. Pic: Terry Stables, Dickie Rook, Sir Ivor Broom (all ex 114Sq)


Denis Christopher Ager

5

Obit

Flt/Lt Denis Christopher Ager

Editor

42 OTU, 614Sq (Army Co-operation), 18Sq (Bostons), 271Sq (DC3). 114Sq. 1942 poem by Denis – “Maybe”. Pic: Denis Ager, F/O Maclaren, Patrick Stapleton, May 1942

Bill Greenwood

5

Obit

Bill Greenwood, 82 Squadron

Editor

Wop/Ag with 82Sq. Shot down 13/98/1940, Aalborg.




6

Data

President and Committee

Editor

Addresses and emails etc listed. Pic: Society members with Betty George on Malta Trip

Kenneth H Dobbs

7

Wanted

Sgt Kenneth H Dobbs, 745629 114 Squadron

Editor

R3892, shot down 19/08/40 Beemster (Amsterdam) with Wop/Ag Alex Pillans (kia) & Sgt Andrew Stevenson (POW). 114Sq. Contact brother Vic Dobbs (Amsterdam branch RAFA) via editor. Pic. K Dobb+ 2 u/k

Walker, JHG

Leavers, RE



7

Wanted

Researching two pilots.


Mike Abbott (1408)

P/O John Harold Gilbert Walker, 25Sq (’39-’41), 118Sq (Spitfires); kia 09/05/1942. F/Sgt Reginald Evered Leavers, 21Sq UK & Malta;kia 16/06/1941. Contact: M Abbott, 120 Walker St, NG16 3FN

Harding, Geoff Fawconer

7

Wanted

Pilot Officer Geoffrey Fawconer Harding (33438), 18 Squadron

Richard Stevens

Info about uncle (P/O Harding), kia 11/05/1940 raid from Meharicourt. Buried Reichswald cemetery. 18Sq. Has pic with Padberg family. Contact 125 Swakeleys Rd, UB10 8DJ.

14 Squadron

8

Wanted

14 Squadron

Mike Napier

14Sq celebrates centenary in 2015 & info wanted. Contact 14 Squadron Assn: Lowesmoor, Great Rollright OX7 5RR

Mk IV cannon

8

Wanted

Mk IVs of 15 Squadron SAAF

Stefaan Bouwer

20mm cannon mounting, MkIVs of 15Sq SAAF., Also 15Sq codes in 1942. Any photos? Contact: PO Box 1011, Ferndale 2160, South Africa

Sudan

8

Article

Blenheims Over the Sudan


F Culliford (‘Cully’)

Experiences of Wop, Sept 1941 - April 1943. Wadi Seidna, Khartoum, HQ 115 wing, ‘Refors’, Takoradi, 54 RSU, 103 MU, 10Sq Aden, Kismu, Lake Victoria, F/Lt Wells, El Fasher, Fort Lamy, El Geniena, F/Sgt Hawking, V5594. Beaufort DW382

Blenheim Mk1

10

Report

From the Engineering side, 12

Smudge

Centre section complete and moved to hangar; MkI ‘nose’/fuselage now in Blenheim Palace for repairs. Pic: of work’s progress.

Bristol electricians

11

Letter

From editor of the ‘Turret’

Johnny Cumber

Photo of wartime Electrical Supervisors at Bristol. George Wooton

139 Squadron

11

Letter




Jim King

Successful response from Norman Chapman to request about Wop/Ag Sgt Vince Arrowsmith (kia 24/09/1940 with Sq/Ldr Hendry). N6215. F/O McPherson 30/04/1940. Sq/Ldr Tideman.

Greece

11

Letter

Escape from Greece and Crete

Cecil Hansford (airframe fitter)

Personal account of escape. April 1941. 211Sq. Authors number 549069. Contact details:2-9055 Ashwell Rd, V2P 7S6, Canada





12

Letter

Flak Ship ‘Dust Up”

Ron Fox (Wop/Ag)

114Sq, 14Sq, 139Sq. Describes two incidents. P/O E Sydney-Smith, 31/03/1941, Holland, ‘Routing’ messages. W/Cdr ‘Digger Kyle’. Storm over North Africa. Contact details given.

Editorial

13

Report

Editor’s Comments

Ian Carter

Mainly about articles. List of 2006 events.

Book

13




Circuses Beats and Blenheims

Gordon Shackleton

New book by war-time bomber pilot. 114Sq

62 Squadron

14

Article

62 Squadron

S Fielding

Describes 62Sq incident about 09/12/1941 at Alor Star, N Malaya. Butterworth. Cyril Rich (Wop/Ag), Sgt Gordon Calder (‘Paddy’, obs), Sq/Ldr ASK Scarf (‘Pongo’) kia. Singora. Tengah (Singapore island) . Heenan, the spy! Pic: L1108, crashed

Sandakan

15

Report


Sandakan Memorial Windows Project

Editor

Including summary of Sandakan story of POWs in North Borneo. Steve Mockridge, List 211Sq North Borneo POWs who died. Pic: plaque @ POW chapel, St Michael’s church, Sandakan, N Borneo.

BB potted histories

16

Data

Blenheim Serials (Mk.I) continued

Graham Warner

BB Mk 1: K7154, K7155, K7156, K7157, K7158, K7159, K7160, K7161, K7162, K7163, K7164, K7165, K7166, K7167, K7168, K7169, K7170 (Pic of 61Sq’s K7170 on 08/05/1938)




Issue 53: November 2005


Topic

Page

Type

Title

Author

Notes & Search Words




1

Report

President’s Message

Graham Warner

Review of events of Blenheim Society in 2005.




1

Report


Chairman’s Report

Andrew Pierce

Thanks to Kevin Rowley; welcome to Tony Lowe. Book launch (see below)




1

Data

Get the Blenheim Flying Draw




Lists the 2005 draw winners




2

Data

Membership




New members & absent friends. RIP: George Checketts (18/10/2005), George Miles Harvey (13/09/2005), W M Lingham (30/09/2005), H D Stevens, Douglas Baker, Gordon Wallace (30/07/2004), G/Cpt KP Smales DSO DFC (27/09/2005)

Peter Cundy

3

Obit

W/Ddr Peter Cundy DSO, DFC, AFC, TD

Graham Warner

53Sq Costal Command. 27/12/1940 V5399 Berck-sur-Mer. Wop/Ag Sgt J Hill, Twin Mike Cundy with 13Sq kia May 1942. Pic: P/O Peter Cundy & crew: Sgt R Fabel, Sgt Graham (Jock).

A Hill (Joe)

3

Obit

Sq/Ldr A ‘Joe’ Hill

Graham Warner

254Sq coastal command @ Sumburgh. In Norwegian Campaign, shot down Stavanger, R3622 25/06/1940 (as N3604) POW Stalag Luft III. Died 02/08/2005


Charlie Bladen

3

Obit

Charlie Bladen

Bram & Eric Birchall

No 5 COTU. F/Sgt Oughton, Sgt Birchall. 17/07/1941. F/Sgt Manning, Norman Spark (nav), 42Sq @ Leuchars. 47Sq in Western Desert, Prosperina, Ceylon, 22Sq, Burma. ‘Painting ‘Rommel’s Last Tanker’ @ RAF Lyneham.

C J Braithwaite (Pin)

3

Obit

C J Braithwaite

Bram

No 1 AFTU in India, Ray Shepherd (Chief Engineer)

Aifon Evans

4

Wanted

Info on Sgt Aifon Evans, 82Sq, kia 13/07/1940.

Editor

Brother wants info on Sgt Evan, kia age 18, on raid of Amsterdam in R3701. Other crew POWs: Pilot Sgt D Adams, Obs Sgt A Avery. Please contact Haydon Evans, 10 Fair View, NP16 5BX

Sydney Lewis Bennet

4

Wanted

Sgt Pilot Sydney Lewis Bennett, 211Sq, kia 31/12/1940.

Editor

Shot down returning Valona (Albania) raid in L1540. Crew killed. Nephew wants info re operation. CL Bennett, Ivy House, Paddock Lane, CW3 0DP. Crew also with 114 AASF. Pic: Sgt Pilot Bennett.


Bristol Turret

4

Wanted

Elvington Air Gunners

Editor

Bristol turret or parts for Air Gunners’ Memorial Rm. Contact ‘Bram’ via Ed. Pic: Air ministry diagram Centre Gun Turret, Bristol type B1, MkV

Blenheim Society

5

Data

President and Committee




Names and contact details of 7 society ‘officials’ and 4 committee members

Blenheim Mk1

5

Report

From the Engineering Side

Smudge

ARC progress report – Bottom front & rear spars fillted/skinned. Front ‘D’ section, undercarriage, fuel tanks fitted. 2 unused wheels found in Canada.

‘The Bristol Blenheim: a Complete History’ by

Graham Warner (2nd edition)



6

Report

Blenheim Palace Book Launch

(Aug 2005)



Editor

Graham Warner, George Checketts, Ken Spells, ‘Dickie’ Rook, Hal Randall, Charles Patterson, Ian Blair, George Williams, Phillip Fenton, Jack Bennett, Don Knight, Arthur Rogers, Sir Michael Beetham. Jim Richmond found brother Jack Richmond DFM (Obs) on p489, kia Libyan Desert , 11Sq


Re-equipping with Blenheims: riggers view.

7

Letter

Letters to the Editor

Ron Wright

64Sq(F), Church Fenton. 1938 re-equipped with 2nd hand Blenheim L1168 (with pic). CO Sq/Ldr Heber-Percy. Bristol rep, Mr Cheesewright, George Shepherd (rigger & Ag, kia Battle of Britain). Lost L1476 Jan 1939, Sykes Moss, Glossop. F/O Robinson (pilot), P/O Thomas (pas), Ag W McAdam (Wally). Empire Air Day. 72Sq. F/Sgt Hey, Martlesham Heath. If at Takoradi 1941-43, please contact Ron via Ed.

Locating crash site in Ardennes

8

Letter

Letter from Jack Bartley of 21 Squadron

(France 1940)



Jack Bartley (Wop/Ag)

L8738, 21Sq, crashed14/05/1940. Pilot Sgt John Outhwaite did belly land (kia few weeks later). Jack wounded & to hospital. David Summers contacted JB ref James Waters (nav). Appeal via French news-paper, Pierre Rogers knew crash site.

Recycled ‘siege du pilote’

9

Letter

Letter from Jack Bartley, Blenheim L8738, on his visit to Vraux 2005

Jack Bartley

Lottery grant, 21Sq, M & Mme Camponar, Aubigy-les-Pothees. M Gilbert Taton (ex-mayor L’Echelle). L8738 pilot seat in French farm shed. Sgt John Outhwaite.





9

Report

Vraux visit, July 2005

Tony Tranter

Day by day account and visit on 14/07/2005 to La Maison Rouge, RAF control building at Vraux, 1939-40. Celebrations with Gerard Faux, Mayor M Michel Hannetal. 15Sq.

Vincent Arrowsmith

10

Letter/

Wanted


Letter from J D King, membership No. 19.

J D King

Read about Sgt Vincent Arrowsmith 521409, 139Sq(B) in Journal 52/19, who was his Wop/Ag., after F/O McPherson DFC kia 12/05/1940. Heard Arrowsmith died when bomb exploded; is this true? Contact JD King, 3 Church Rd, B77 1LU

18(B) Squadon 90th Anniversary

11

Letter

Letter from ‘Dinger’ Bell No 18(B) Squadron, RAF Odiham, Hants RG29 1QT

18(B) Sqd Assn Sec.

Report of 18Sq(B)’s 90th anniversary do. Many ex-Blenheim attended. Oldest member Alec McCurdy, also W/Cdr Holloway, AVM David Niven. To join write to Assn Secretary, 18(B) Sqn, RG29 1QT

Lucky charm

11

Wanted

George Checketts’ LuckyCharm


Editor

Pic: Joker card with signature of 13 OTU Bicester 20/07/1940 – 09/10/1940. Any info on 13 named Wop/Ags?

Thank you

12

Letter

More Letters to the Editor




From 2004 prize winners; George Morris & Adam Warwick Hall.

Douglas Beagley,

12

Letter

Letter from Douglas K Beagley, ex 1382293




18Sq, 13/03/1942 – 03/10/1945. Wattisham. W/Cdr Malcolm.

Kirkby Cemetry

12

Letter

Letter from Mick Ford re F/Sgt A Guesford

Mick Ford

Pic: Kirkby Cem, Isle of Romo, Mrs P Vaughan, Theo Boilen’s ‘Blenheim Strike’ (p224-5). Wattisham, Manston.

110 Squadron, Arthur Edgar Gibbs.

13

Article

Arthur Edgar ‘Eddie’ Gibbs, 110 Squadron

Brian Gibbs

Pic: 110Sq @ Wattisham May 1941 with 63 aircrew + Nelson (dog). Sidney Newborough (Obs) & Noel Cathles kia Malta, Catania War Cem. 17/05/1941 incident Trapani Harbour. Quotes from 110Sq bk , transcript of events (from Iris Bonner) & Log Book entries (AEG & SN). BB 3772. Contact details given.


2005 Society review

14

Report

Review of the Year

Andrew Pierce

Review of the Blenheim Society activities in 2005.




15




From the Editor

Ian Carter

Pics: ‘Fly with the RAF’ newspaper recruitment ad 1940/1 with 22Sq Beaufort & crew. Ron Bramley, Albert Gregory (ex 219Sq) @ Elvington Air Gunner’s Day

Ramsgate Memorial Plaque

15

Letter

Proposed memorial to 600 Squadron Blenheim Crew

John Rowe

600Sq, 08/08/1940, L8665, F/O Dennis Neve Grice, Sgt Francis J Keast (Ag), John B W Warren (AC1). All kia after avoiding crash on Ramsgate. Progress and contacts.

BB potted histories

16

Data

Blenheim Serials (Mk.I) continued

Graham Warner

BB Mk 1: K7139, K7140, K7141, K7142, K7143, K7144, K7145, K7146, K7147, K7148, K7149, K7150, K7151, K7152, K7153 (Pic of K7147)



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