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Last updated: 15 October 2019
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Date:13-JUL-1940
Time:
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:82 (United Provinces) Squadron Royal Air Force (82 (United Provinces) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R3756
C/n / msn: UX-W
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wilster, Schleswig-Holstein, North of Hamburg -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Watton, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Watton, Norfolk
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV R3756 (UX-W) 82 (United Provinces) Squadron, RAF: Written off (presumed destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations. Of the three crew, one was killed, and the other two survived to be captured and taken as PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1110): "Blenheim R3756 crashed north of Hamburg, Germany, 13 July 1940. Sergeant D A Adams and Sergeant A Avery: prisoners of war. Sergeant A Evans: report of death"

One of 22 Blenheimís dispatched on raids to Holland, Belgium, France and Germany. Aircraft took-off from R.A.F. Watton, one of 9 aircraft from 82 Squadron that set out independently to attack various targets. Blenheim IV R3756 was one of two aircraft from 82 Squadron lost that day, shot down by flak near Schleswig-Holstein north of Hamburg.

Two of the crew, Sgt. D A Adams and Sgt. A Avery, became P.O.W.s, but sadly Sgt. Arfon Evans was killed. He is buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf.

Crew of Blenheim R3756:
Sergeant D A Adams (Pilot) - survived, captured, became a PoW; Interned in PoW Camp Stalag Luft VI
Sergeant A Avery (Observer) - survived, captured, became a PoW; Interned in PoW Camp Stalag Luft 357
Sergeant Arfon Evans (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 552163, aged 18 - killed in action 13/07/1940, buried at Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1110: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502922
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2200081/evans,-arfon/
4. http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.co.uk/styled-5/styled-7/styled-522/index.html
5. http://blenheimsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/BB-Journal-40-49-list-of-contents-1.pdf .


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Oct-2019 02:05 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Oct-2019 07:29 juza7 Updated [Operator]

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