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
Info about her brother John Hird, kia 1942. Sq/Ldr with (?) 114Sq over Norway. Contact Editor
Frederick William Doodey
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,
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)
An Introduction to the Cologne Power Station Raid
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.
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
The Operation to Cologne – 12th August 1941
As recounted by Sq/Ldr Charles Patterson DSO DFC. As above plus Tom Baker, P/O Morton. Pic: V5888 in flight
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
Report of visit on 12-14th May 2006. Pic: Michael Pitt, ex 12Sq.
The Blenheim in Miniature (part 1)
An overview of plastic model kits available of the Blenheim
From the Engineering side, 13
ARC progress report – re-skinning fuselage and money shortages.
BB potted histories
Blenheim Serials (Mk.I) continued
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
Notes & Search Words
Cheque presented to Blenheim Co; copy of letter from Blenheim (Duxford) Ltd. 2007 is 70th anniversary of BB.
New members & absent friends. RIP: May Dobson (23/09/2005), Peter Evans (14/01/2006)
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
Thanks to Kevin Rowley; welcome to Tony Lowe. Book launch (see below)
Get the Blenheim Flying Draw
Lists the 2005 draw winners
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)
W/Ddr Peter Cundy DSO, DFC, AFC, TD
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)
Sq/Ldr A ‘Joe’ Hill
254Sq coastal command @ Sumburgh. In Norwegian Campaign, shot down Stavanger, R3622 25/06/1940 (as N3604) POW Stalag Luft III. Died 02/08/2005
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)
C J Braithwaite
No 1 AFTU in India, Ray Shepherd (Chief Engineer)
Info on Sgt Aifon Evans, 82Sq, kia 13/07/1940.
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
Sgt Pilot Sydney Lewis Bennett, 211Sq, kia 31/12/1940.
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.
Elvington Air Gunners
Bristol turret or parts for Air Gunners’ Memorial Rm. Contact ‘Bram’ via Ed. Pic: Air ministry diagram Centre Gun Turret, Bristol type B1, MkV
Names and contact details of 7 society ‘officials’ and 4 committee members
From the Engineering Side
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)
Blenheim Palace Book Launch
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.
Letters to the Editor
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
Letter from Jack Bartley of 21 Squadron
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’
Letter from Jack Bartley, Blenheim L8738, on his visit to Vraux 2005
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.
Vraux visit, July 2005
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.
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
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
George Checketts’ LuckyCharm
Pic: Joker card with signature of 13 OTU Bicester 20/07/1940 – 09/10/1940. Any info on 13 named Wop/Ags?
More Letters to the Editor
From 2004 prize winners; George Morris & Adam Warwick Hall.
Pic: Kirkby Cem, Isle of Romo, Mrs P Vaughan, Theo Boilen’s ‘Blenheim Strike’ (p224-5). Wattisham, Manston.
110 Squadron, Arthur Edgar Gibbs.
Arthur Edgar ‘Eddie’ Gibbs, 110 Squadron
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
Review of the Year
Review of the Blenheim Society activities in 2005.
From the Editor
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
Proposed memorial to 600 Squadron Blenheim Crew
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.