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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14729
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Date:07-NOV-1939
Time:12:30 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:57 Squadron Royal Air Force (57 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1325
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Metz, France
Destination airport:Metz, France
Narrative:
Airborne 11:45 from Metz, France, briefed to reconnoitre the Siegfried Line. Failed to return, reported shot down in the Wuppertal area. According to the son of one of the crew (Sgt McIntyre):

"My father, a Sergeant Observer, was in a Blenheim Mk I of 57 Squadron, Serial No L1325, on 7 November 1939, on a reconnaissance sortie from Metz. The aircraft was shot down near Mainz/Opladen by Leutnant (later Major) Joachim Muncheberg in an Bf 109, his first victory of 135 (!) according to some sources. My father, and the other two crew members, survived as POWs.

The crew that flew the same mission the day before, to survey the 'Siegfried Line', were killed in action. The squadron commander Wing Commander 'Wings ' Day had been shot down the month before.

Staying in the RAF after the war, until 1961, retiring as an engineer Warrant Officer, my father died in 1993 at the age of 82"

Crew:
Pilot: Pilot Officer 39776 H.R. Bewlay RAF PoW.
Sgt 562227 S. McIntyre RAF PoW No.42; detained at Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria
AC.1 540409 T.P. Adderley RAF PoW No.43; detained at Stalag 357 Kopernikus

As stated above, all three crew survived, bailed out, and spent the rest of the war as POWs

Sources:

1. Jame J Halley, Air Britain RAF Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/41: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142124
3. http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2476
4. https://www.pprune.org/military-aviation/551655-blenheim-mk1-flies.html#post8753310
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?16668&p=103298#103298
6. https://www.avions-bateaux.com/uploads/attachment/produit//produit_2377_9e33a184c4de02dd3bb500ecb7944ee8.pdf p 14 & 15
7. https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Joachim_M%C3%BCncheberg


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Feb-2008 20:29 JINX Added
22-Jun-2008 21:57 JINX Updated
15-Dec-2014 10:56 Jixon Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 15:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]
03-Jun-2019 22:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Jun-2019 04:14 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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