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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203949
Last updated: 7 February 2021
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Date:02-JUN-1942
Time:00:29 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:114 (Hong Kong) Squadron Royal Air Force (114 (Hong Kong) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R3620
C/n / msn: RT-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Buschbell, Frechen, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF West Raynham, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Blenheim R3620 ("RT-A"): T/o at 22:39 hrs for an intruder mission to Venlo airfield in the Netherlands, in support of the second 1000 bomber raid (target: Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen).
The aircraft fell foul of the 7. Flak Division based at Köln (Cologne). The three crew members rest at the Rheinberg War Cemetery:

Pilot: F/Sgt (R/61124) Patrick Bernard L'Hirondelle RCAF - killed
Observer: P/O (104574) Ronald George INGLIS (RAFVR) - killed
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Sgt (1359228) Henry MEAKIN (RAFVR) - killed

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 23)
2. https://www.backtonormandy.org/component/mtree/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/blenheim/43270-RAF25532.html
3. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18407359/bernard-patrick-l_hirondelle
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/lhirondelle-patrick.html
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2047900/l'hirondelle,-patrick-bernard/
6. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2047900
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2047639/inglis,-ronald-george/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2048147/meakin,-henry/
9. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three (2019)
10. Google Maps


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jan-2018 13:12 Red Dragon Added
24-Jan-2018 11:39 XindelX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 08:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
29-May-2019 02:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
23-Feb-2020 10:51 Xindel XL Updated [Location, Narrative, Operator]
22-Apr-2020 19:07 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
22-Apr-2020 19:08 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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