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Date:10-MAY-1940
Time:14:00 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:600 (City of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (600 (City of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1514
C/n / msn: BQ-N
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Herkingen, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Brisotol Blenheim Mk.1 L1514 (BQ-N) of 600 (City of London) Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Blenheim L1514 [lost] in air operations over Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10 May 1940". Both crew survived.

Took off at 12:30 hrs. to attack German aircraft on the ground – a costly decision was made to not use bomber in order to avoid Dutch casualties and to use the Blenheim’s. Resulting in 5 aircraft being shot down during the raid and and another just making it back to the base after serious damage.

They were strafing Ju52’s when they were set upon by Bf 110’s and they were simply outclassed. Having set one of the enemy transports on fire, Haine pulled away from the target. As he did so he was attacked by a wave of German fighters. His gunner managed to shoot down a Messerschmitt Bf 109, but with one of his two engines on fire Haine was forced to crash-land on the Flakkee Mudflats, Goeree Overflakkee, Zuid-Holland, and make his escape.

Haine and his gunner made contact with the Dutch Army and two days later arrived at Den Haag, where the British air attache assisted them. Shortly after they had boarded the destroyer ‘Hereward’, Queen Wilhelmina and her party arrived and the ship sailed for Harwich. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for the action. The award was published in The London Gazette on 9 July 1940.[His medals were sold at auction for £7,000 in 2018 - see link #8].

Crew:
Pilot Officer (43147) Richard Cummings HAINE (pilot) RAF - Evaded capture
Pilot Officer (77345) Marcus KRAMER (Observer) RAFVR - Evaded capture

Pilot Officer Dickie Haine survived the war, became a Group Captain and died in 2008.

NOTE: Despite several published sources stating that the Blenheim involved was L1517, it was in fact L1514 (L1517 was a 604 Squadron Aircraft which crashed near Wassenaar on the same day).

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 10)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/213: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142038
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Haine#Military_service
4. Wynn, Kenneth G., ed. (2015). "1990". Richard Haine. Men of The Battle of Britain: A Biographical Dictionary of The Few. Barnsley, S. Yorkshire: Frontline Books. ISBN 1473847672. ISBN 978-1473847675. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
5. http://aircrewremembered.com/haine-richard.html
6. https://www.tracesofwar.com/articles/3649/Bombardment-of-Waalhaven-airfield-10-May-1940.htm
7. http://dunkirk1940.org/index.php?&p=1_179
8. https://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/past-catalogues/lot.php?auction_id=477&lot_id=314058
9. https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T0091&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Feb-2014 13:38 Nepa Added
30-Sep-2015 05:45 sandman56 Updated [Narrative]
22-Jan-2016 17:55 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
22-Jan-2016 19:53 AlLach Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 09:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
14-Feb-2019 19:53 Cobar Updated [Embed code]
16-Jun-2019 23:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Mar-2020 13:23 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Source]
20-Mar-2020 08:56 DB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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