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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226083
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:30-APR-1940
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:110 (Hyderabad) Squadron Royal Air Force (110 (Hyderabad) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L9242
C/n / msn: VE-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Stavanger-Sola Airfield, Stavanger, Rogaland -   Norway
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Lossiemouth, Morayshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L9242 (VE-A) 110 Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations when failed to return from a flight to attack Stavanger Aerodrome, Norway, 30 April 1940. Took off from RAF Lossiemouth, Morayshire for Stavanger-Sola Airfield, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway as the target. Shot down by Bf 109s in the target area. Of the three crew, two were killed, one bailed out, survived, and was taken as a POW.

Crew of Blenheim L9242:
Acting Squadron Leader K C Doran: (Pilot) bailed out, survived, captured and taken as prisoner of war.
Sergeant Reginald Henry John Batterick (Observer, Service Number 516469, aged 27) - killed in action;
Pilot Officer Frederick Maurice Norman Searle (Service Number 42962) - killed in action;

The two crew that were killed in action were never found, and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 61)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/179: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142004
3. https://www.backtonormandy.org/component/mtree/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/blenheim/22243-L92421940-04-29.html
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1083563/battrick,-reginald-henry-john/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2941080/searle,-frederick-maurice-norman/
6. https://internationalbcc.co.uk/losses/2321/
7. https://internationalbcc.co.uk/losses/33588/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jun-2019 21:07 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Jun-2019 12:56 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
15-Jun-2019 21:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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