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Last updated: 15 June 2020
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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: L9468
C/n / msn: UX-T
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Aigneville, 18 km SW of Abbeville, Somme Department -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L9468 (UX-T) 107 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over France. All three crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1070): "Blenheim P9468 crashed at Aigneville, France, 10 July 1940. Sergeant R D Cook, Sergeant R Mercer and Pilot Officer H L Atkin-Berry: report of deaths"

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 L9468 was shot down over the target area by a Bf 109 of 9/JG 3; force landed at Aigneville, Somme Department. No survivors among the crew of three. Note that the Blenheim L9468 was "borrowed" from 82 Squadron, RAF, due to "unserviceability issues" with a Blenheim of 107 Squadron (hence the 82 Squadron "UX" code letters); the crew was all from 107 Squadron

Crew of Blenheim L9468:
Sergeant Ronald Donaldson Cook (Observer) RAF 580997, aged 25 - killed in action 10/07/1940
Sergeant Roy Mercer (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 639880, aged 18 - killed in action 10/07/1940
Pilot Officer Harold Leslie Atkin-Berry (Pilot) RAF 41360, MiD, aged 20 - killed in action 10/07/1940

All three crew fatalities were buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wilimile, Pas de Calais, France. The reported crash location of Aigneville is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France, about 30 km (19 miles) southwest of Abbeville at approximate Coordinates: 5002′09″N 137′03″E

Note that the official Air Ministry file AIR 81/1070 is in error; the Blenheim involved in this incident was L9468 and NOT "P9864". The serial P9864 was allocated to a Fairey Barracuda (one of a batch with serials allocated between P9847 and P9891)

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archvies (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1070: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502682
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=4284
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2280873/cook,-robert-donaldson/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2280927/mercer,-roy/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2280857/atkin-berry,-harold-leslie/
8. http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety3.com/Memorial_Tower_Project/Stowe-School-aircrew-losses/
9. https://www.avions-bateaux.com/uploads/attachment/produit//produit_3117_bb15cbf0fc7ec7548b56256d40a169a6.pdf


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Oct-2019 22:43 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Oct-2019 22:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Oct-2019 22:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Oct-2019 07:27 juza7 Updated [Operator]

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