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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226035
Last updated: 14 June 2020
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Date:24-APR-1940
Time:night
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:107 Sqn RAF
Registration: L8750
C/n / msn: OM-K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea (Target: Stavanger Airfield, Sola, Stavanger) -   Norway
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Lossiemouth, Morayshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L8750 (OM-K) of 107 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) on combat operations when failed to return from a flight to attack Stavanger Aerodrome, Norway, 24 April 1940. The aircraft left RAF Lossiemouth at 01.20 on Ops to Stavanger. All the crew were killed when the aircraft was lost without trace (posted as "missing presumed dead"). Some reports indicate that Blenheim L8750 was shot down by Me 110 of ZG 76.

Crew of Blenheim L8750:
Leading Aircraftman Edward Lewis Weeks (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Service Number 550893, aged 20)
Sergeant George Christopher Durie (Observer, Service Number 580510, aged 25)
Pilot Officer John Dawson Murphy (Pilot, Service Number 36177, aged 21)

As no trace of the aircraft or its crew were ever found, they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. in addition, LAC Edward Lewis Weeks in commemorated on the Shanklin War Memorial, Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 59)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/165: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141966
3. http://www.isle-of-wight-memorials.org.uk/people_2_w/weeks_el.htm
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1531187/weeks,-edward-lewis/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/232633/durie,-george-christopher/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1077416/murphy,-john-dawson/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jun-2019 19:10 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Jun-2019 19:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
11-Jun-2019 05:29 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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