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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230018
Last updated: 27 October 2019
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Date:18-JUL-1940
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:235 Squadron Royal Air Force (235 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3541
C/n / msn: LA-X
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, East of Harwich, off coast of Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Brsitol Blenheim Mk.IV N3541 (LA-X) 235 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from a Convoy Escort Patrol. All three crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1142): "Blenheim N3541 failed to return from air operations, 18 July 1940. Pilot Officer R L Patterson, Sergeant L Reece and Sergeant R Tucker: missing presumed dead"

Took off from RAF Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk for convoy escort duties. Crashed into North Sea; failed to return from a convoy patrol in poor weather off East Anglia on 18th July 1940. All three men on board were lost, Tucker, P/O R L Patterson and Sgt. L H M Reece. Aircraft believed came down off the coast of Essex, east of Harwich. (Reasons and exact location not yet established).

Crew of Blenheim N3541:
Pilot Officer Robert Lawson Patterson, RAF 77529, aged 26 - posted as missing, presumed killed in action 18/07/1940
Sergeant Lawrence Hugh Murrell Reece, RAFVR 747825, aged 18 - posted as missing, presumed killed in action 18/07/1940
Sergeant Ronald Yeaman Tucker RAF 552711, aged 18 - posted as missing, presumed killed in action 18/07/1940

As there were no survivors among the three crew, and no trace of the aircraft or its crew was ever found, they are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 20)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1142: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14503081
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1803989/patterson,-robert-lawson/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2939993/reece,-lawrence-hugh-murrell/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1809067/tucker,-ronald-yeaman/
6. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/235_squadron.html#1807
7. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york40/l1168b.html
8. https://www.netweather.tv/forum/topic/63129-the-battle-of-britain-weather-diary/page/2/
9. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/so-it-began-their-finest-hour.31735/page-34
10. http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/PattersonRL.htm
11. http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/TuckerRY.htm
12. http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/ReeceRHM.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Oct-2019 15:57 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Oct-2019 22:16 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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