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Date:27-MAR-1940
Time:morning
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:107 Sqn RAF
Registration: L8747
C/n / msn: OM-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Blåvandshuk, Jutland, northwest of Esbjerg -   Denmark
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L8747 (OM-G) of 107 Squadron RAF: Took off from RAF Wattisham on a photo recce sortie to photograph bombing results of the previous nights raid on Sylt. Shot down in target area by Me 109 of Uffz.K. Oploskk of 11/JG 77. (The official Air Ministry file on the incident states "Blenheim L8747 shot down near Blaavands Huk, Denmark, 27 March 1940"). Of the three crew, one listed as killed in action, the other two listed as "missing presumed dead".

Crew of Blenheim L8747
Sergeant G H Stiles (Observer, Service Number 580407) - killed in action
Flight Sergeant David William Gibb Nicholls (Pilot, Service Number 561600, aged 29) - missing presumed killed
Leading Aircraftman Jack Brian Roberts (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 541978) - missing presumed killed

Blenheim L8747 came down in the North Sea, off Blåvandshuk, off the coast of Jutland, northwest of Esbjerg, at approximate co ordinates: 55°33′28.08″N, 8°4′59.88″ E - the westernmost point of Denmark. Flt Sgt Nichols is commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial; the bodies of the other two crew were recovered, and buried at Kiel War Cemetery in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 59)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/105: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141927
3. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/N.htm
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2356853/stiles,-george-herbert/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1077699/nichols,-david-william-gibb/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2356778/roberts,-jack-brian/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jun-2019 22:11 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Jun-2019 10:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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