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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: 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
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
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.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James j Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 44)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/211: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142036
3. http://www.aircrewremembered.com/haine-richard.html
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2635038/wells,-james-michael/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2634979/kidd,-basil-arthur/
6. https://www.tracesofwar.com/articles/3649/Bombardment-of-Waalhaven-airfield-10-May-1940.htm?c=gw
7. http://600squadronassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/The-2012-Dutch-Special-Supplement_sm.pdf
8. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/raf-losses-may-1940-an-update.16940/page-17#post-309271
9. https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T0093&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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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