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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: R3815
C/n / msn: OM-T
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / 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 R3815 (OM-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 81/1071: "Blenheim R3815 failed to return from air operations over France, 10 July 1940. Sergeant S M Wood, Sergeant G T Drew and Pilot Officer E A Wray: missing presumed dead"

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 R3815 was shot down over the target area by a Bf 109 of 9/JG 3; force landed at Glisy, Amiens, Somme department, Picardy region. No survivors among the crew of three.

Crew of Blenheim R3815:
Sergeant Sidney Metcalf Wood (Observer) RAF 751655, aged 26 - killed in action 10/07/1940
Sergeant George Thomas Drew (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 580431, aged 23 - killed in action 10/07/1940
Pilot Officer Eric Aubrey Wray (Pilot) RAF 42174 - killed in action 10/07/1940

As no trace of Blenheim R3815 or its crew of three was ever found, they crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980)
2. National Archvies (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1071: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502683
3. The Other Few: The Contribution Made by Bomber and Coastal Aircrew to the Battle Of Britain (p 29) By Larry Donnelly
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1531998/wood,-sidney-metcalf/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/232477/drew,-george-thomas/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1532121/wray,-eric-aubrey/
7. https://www.avions-bateaux.com/uploads/attachment/produit//produit_3117_bb15cbf0fc7ec7548b56256d40a169a6.pdf (French text)


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Oct-2019 23:08 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Oct-2019 07:28 juza7 Updated [Operator]

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