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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19850
Last updated: 15 October 2019
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Date:22-JUL-1940
Time:night
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:211 Squadron Royal Air Force (211 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L6661
C/n / msn: UO-D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediterranean Sea, off coast of Libya -   Libya
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF LG-020, Qotafiyah I, Sanyet Turbiya, Egypt
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L6661 (UO-D), 211 Sqaudron, RAF: Written off (presumed destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) fro combat operations. All three crew similarly posted as "missing believed killed". According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1183): "Blenheim L6661 lost in air operations over Libya, 23 July 1940. Sergeant G B Smith and Sergeant R A Steele: missing presumed dead. Sergeant G A Sewell: report of death"

L6661 took off from RAF Landing Ground LG-020 (Qotafiyah I, Sanyet Turbiya, Egypt) at 21.30 hrs to bomb El Adem, Libya, and was lost without trace on night raid on El Adem 22 July 1940. Of the three crew, only one - Sgt G A Sewell’s - body was recovered, washed ashore on the coast of Libya. (Which implies that Blenheim L6661 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, off coast of Libya).

Crew of Blenheim L6661:
Sgt George Bartle Smith (pilot) RAF 563381, age 26 - missing, presumed killed in action 22/07/1940.
Sgt Reginald Alfred Steele (Observer) RAFVR 751178 - missing, presumed killed in action 22/07/1940.
Sgt (530961) George Aidan Sewell (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) RAF 530961 - killed in action 22/07/1940.

As no trace of Sgt George Bartle Smith or Sgt Reginald Alfred Steele was ever found, they are commemorated on the El Alamein War Memorial. The body of Sgt George Aiden Sewell was found and recovered, and he is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery in Egypt

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1183: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14503122
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1282570/smith,-george-bartle/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1282652/steele,-reginald-alfred/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2211849/sewell,-george-aidan/
6. http://www.211squadron.org/bristol_blenheim_i.html
7. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/19.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-May-2008 18:16 JINX Added
15-Dec-2014 19:46 Paco Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 10:37 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
13-Oct-2019 18:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Oct-2019 18:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Oct-2019 07:32 juza7 Updated [Operator]

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