Discussion in '1940' started by morrisc8, Jan 30, 2016.
Photo from epay.
This one is (K) 9372 isn't it ? Happily no casualties.
Incident Fairey Battle Mk I K9372, 10 May 1940
105 Sqn shot down Bristol Blenheim 3 10 40. T1896. Grave of two of the crew Frank Vyvyan Bundock 580601 and Kenneth Lord 517486 26 years old, a 3rd crew member might be Hugh Dunbar 619755 but not in the photo. They were moved to Pihen-Les-Guines Communal Cemetery CWGC.
Photo from my collection.
I have found no info yet on the plane or how it was shot down.
AIR 81/3598 at Kew .
Photo from epay.
The text reads:
Gefallen für England
Fallen for England
The place name would be not so clear. But, given the context, discernible letters should give "Dünkirchen", I think.
Lord K - International Bomber Command Centre
UK and Allied Countries, Index of International Bomber Command Losses, 1936-1966
Name: Kenneth Lord
Death Age: 26
Birth Date: abt 1914
Place of Origin: United Kingdom
Service Branch: Royal Air Force
Squadron Number: 517486
Death Date: 3 Oct 1940
Burial Place: Pihen-Les-Guines Communal Cemetery, France
Robert Raymond Lord
Reference Number: 517486 Lord
Recherche de France-Crashes 39-45
Dunbar H - International Bomber Command Centre
Bundock F - International Bomber Command Centre
Most from the the new Ancestry database - UK and Allied Countries, Index of International Bomber Command Losses, 1936-1966
The crew of Blenheim 1V, Serial T 1896 were victims of the Battle of the Barges while operating against invasion shipping targets, in this case, the port of Calais.
On the early evening of 2 October 1940,No 105 Squadron dispatched three Blenheim aircraft to bomb the marshalling rail yard at Gremberg in Belgium. Adverse weather,icing,rain and low cloud resulted in the target being totally obscured, forcing the aircraft to return to their base at Watton Their bomb loads were dropped over searchlights before returning to Watton.
At the same mid evening, two Blenheims,T 1896 being one were also dispatched to bomb the port of Calais invasion barges and were confronted with the same weather, T 1896 RTR having crashed at Pihenl les Guineas.....probably the result of bad weather
Sgts Lord,Bundock and Dunbar were RAF regulars and were regarded as old hands of some experience having served in France as part of the AASF from September 1939 and members of the squadron since early 1939.
Interesting German intelligence was such that they were aware of the squadron’s home base as indicated on the burial memorial.
Two more photos of the same grave, 10/5/1940,
Might be in Norway looking at the background.
Photos from my collection.
Separate names with a comma.