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Date:10-JUL-1940
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:107 Squadron Royal Air Force (107 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R3606
C/n / msn: OM-O
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Glisy, Amiens, Somme department, Picardy region -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV R3606 (OM-O) 107 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over France. All three crew survived, but were captured and taken as PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1067): "Blenheim R3606 force landed near Amiens, France, 10 July 1940. Sergeant G A Allison, Sergeant G C G Hawkins and Sergeant S L Bain: prisoners of war. Death of Warrant Officer G C G Hawkins whilst a prisoner of war, 19 April 1945"

Airborne from RAF Wattisham, Suffolk as one of six Blenheims tasked to attack Glisy Aerdrome, near Amiems, Somme Department, France. Five of the six Blenheims were shot down (R3916, R3815, P6894, L9468 and R3606). Blenheim R3606 was shot down over the target area by a Bf 109 of 9/JG 3; force landed at Glisy, and all three crew survived.

Crew of Blenheim R3606:
Sergeant G A Allison (Observer) RAF 742188; survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camp Stalg Luft 6 as PoW No.145
Sergeant Gordon Cyril George Hawkins (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 746982; survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camp Stalg Luft 357 as PoW No. 131. Died 19 April 1945 while still a PoW (see below)
Sergeant S L Bain (Pilot) RAF 742188; survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camp Stalg Luft 357 as PoW No. 146

In a tragic post script, Sgt Cyril Hawkins (who had been promoted to a Warrant Officer whilst in captivity) was killed on 19 April 1945 by "friendly fire" when an RAF Typhoon fighter strafed the column he was in. Sgt Hawkins was being transferred from one PoW Camp to another, as the allied forces advanced. However, the RAF Hawker Typhoon mistook the columns of PoWs for a column of enemy troops, and strafed them, killing Sgt Hawkins. April 19, 1945 was just 19 days before the end of the war (VE-Day was declared on May 8 1945)

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 23)
2. National Archvies (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1067: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502679
3. The Other Few: The Contribution Made by Bomber and Coastal Aircrew to the Battle Of Britain (p 29) By Larry Donnelly
4. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=4386
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2201472/hawkins,-gordon-cyril-george-todd/
6. http://bluegrassireland.blogspot.com/2015/04/no-connection-with-bluegrass.html?m=0 .


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Oct-2019 17:14 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Oct-2019 20:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
11-Oct-2019 21:37 juza7 Updated [Operator]
14-Oct-2019 18:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Source]

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