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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196762
Last updated: 10 April 2020
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Date:01-APR-1940
Time:14:16
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:82 (United Provinces) Squadron Royal Air Force (82 (United Provinces) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L8867
C/n / msn: UX-F
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 180 km west of Amrun, Nordfriesland, Schleswig-Holstein -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bodney, near Watton, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Nine Blenheim of 82 Sqn RAF took off at 11:00 hrs (British time) from RAF Bodney, near Watton, Norfolk to search for enemy shipping off Denmark. They meet an heavy Flak and the Blenheim IV L8867 was then shot down at 14:16 hrs (German time) 180 km west of Amrun by the Lt Dietrich Bösler of Stab II./JG 77, who claimed his first kill. The three crew were all killed.

Crew of Blenheim L8867:
Flying Officer Glyn Harries (pilot, Service Number 39520) - killed in action 1/4/1940
Sgt Herbert Henry Kelleway (Observer, Service Number 561573, aged 28) - killed in action 1/4/1940
LAC Eric Lionel Wolverson (Wireless Op./Air Gunner, Service Number 544700, aged 25) - killed in action 1/4/1940

As no trace of Blenheim L8867 or its crew was ever found, they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

The crash location is 180 km off Amrum, one of the North Frisian Islands on the German North Sea coast, south of Sylt and west of Föhr. It is part of the Nordfriesland district in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain,1978)
2. "Bomber Command losses, vol 1. Aircraft and Crews lost during 1939-1940", by W R Chorley, ISBN 0-904597-85-7
3. Luftwaffe claim lists by Tony Wood and Jim Perry (http://lesbutler.co.uk/claims/tonywood.htm)
4. Batailles aériennes n° 3 (French magazine), 1997-1998
5. "Die Jagdfliegerverbände der deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945, Teil 2: Der "Sitzkrieg", 1.9.1939 bis 9.5.1940", by Jochen Prien & al, ISBN 3-923457-59-6
6. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/16.htm
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1799440/harries,-glyn/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1802524/kelleway,-herbert-henry/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1531949/wolverson,-eric-lionel/
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amrum


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Jul-2017 07:17 Laurent Rizzotti Added
06-Jan-2018 14:04 XindelX Updated [Operator, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 08:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
02-Jul-2019 02:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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