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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163708
Last updated: 3 February 2021
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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: L6616
C/n / msn: BQ-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pernis, near Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Kent
Destination airport:
Blenheim L6616,Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Blenheim L6618 shot down near Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10 May 1940". Target: Waalhaven, Netherlands.
In the afternoon of the 10th May six Blenheim 1F fighter-cruisers from Squadron 600 (Squadron Leader James Wells) had been directed to Waalhaven. The planes left Manston at 12:30 hours. They would never reach Waalhaven, for the Messerschmitt Bf-110's of 3/ZG1 [Cmdt: Oberleutnant Streib] would intercept the British planes over Pernis near Rotterdam. Five of the six Blenheims involved in the raid were shot down; the sixth plane, BQ-O (F/O Hayes and Cpl Holmes) escaped with heavy damage.

Crew of Blenheim L6616:
S/Ldr (90081) James Michael WELLS (pilot) RAF - killed
Corporal (800235) Basil Arthur KIDD (Air Gunner) RAF - killed
Sgt John DAVIS (Obs.) RAF - survived the crash and escaped from Holland by HMS Hereward.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James j Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 44)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/211:

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Revision history:

04-Feb-2014 15:05 Nepa Added
26-Sep-2018 09:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
16-Jun-2019 21:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2019 19:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
13-Mar-2020 13:12 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
02-Aug-2020 22:20 Jixon Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative, Operator]

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