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Date:27-FEB-1940
Time:
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:82 (United Provinces) Squadron Royal Air Force (82 (United Provinces) Sqn RAF)
Registration: P4842
C/n / msn: UX-B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Elbe Estuary, off Scharhörn -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Watton, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV P4842 (UX-B) of 82 Squadron, RAF: Took off from RAF Watton at 12:30 hrs for Reconnaissance of Elbe Estuary. Presumed lost at sea on or near the target area; the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/95) states that the crew were "missing presumed dead; Blenheim P4842 failed to return from air operations, 27 February 1940". No official cause for the loss was ever established, but the squadron history implies that the Blenheim was tasked to attack enemy shipping, and was brought down by AA fire from the ships it was attacking.

Crew of Blenheim P4842:
Aircraftman 1st Class Samuel Newton Middleton (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 611040, aged 19)
Sergeant Thomas Sinclair Weightman (Observer, Service Number 564455, aged 27)
Flying Officer John Christopher Howell Blake (Pilot, Service Number 39196)

The body of F/O Blake was found, and he was buried in the Sage War Cemetery, Neidersachen, Germany (Grave 4. E. 8). The other two crew members were never found, and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain p 26)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/95: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141917
3. The Squadron That Died Twice - The story of No. 82 Squadron RAF By Gordon Thorburn
4. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/W.htm
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1076801/middleton,-samuel-newton/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1531193/weightman,-thomas-sinclair/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2073565/blake,-john-christopher-howell/
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe#Outer_Elbe_(estuary)


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jun-2019 15:17 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Jun-2019 10:32 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
04-Nov-2019 10:52 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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