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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 248136
Last updated: 22 February 2021
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Type:Bristol Blenheim IV
Owner/operator:235 Squadron Royal Air Force (235 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L9396
C/n / msn: -
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, 8 miles off Calais, -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Thorney Island, West Sussex, England
Destination airport:RAF Thorney Island, West Sussex, England
235 Sqn. RAF, Bristol Blenheim IV L9396 'QY-E', operating from RAF Thorney Island, West Sussex, England, was shot down into the English Channel during combat with Messerschmitt Bf 109s of I/JG52 and III/JG53, while escorting six Fairy Albacores attacking an enemy convoy of invasion barges and support craft, 8 miles off Calais, France. The three aircrew, Pilot, Peter Claude Wickings-Smith; Observer, Pilot Officer, Alexander William Valentine Green and Air Gunner, Sergeant, Reginald Douglas Haig Watts were lost with the aircraft.

During the 'Invasion of Britain alert' in 1940, six RN Fairey Albacores of 826 Sqn. from RAF Bircham Newton and six escorting, RAF Bristol Blenheims of 235 Sqn. from RAF Thorney Island, were scrambled on 11th September to attack a convoy of invasion barges and support vessels located in the English Channel, 8 miles off Calais France. During the attack one Albacore and two Blenheims were shot down in a dog fight with Messerschmitt Bf 109s and several other aircraft returned to England with substantial battle damage.


JG52 & JG53 claims 11/Sept/40 [Archive] - Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum (
Flight of Blenheim IVF L9396 and Pilot Officer P C Wickings-Smith on 1940-09-11 (
Battle of Britain London Monument - P/O A W V Green (
Battle of Britain London Monument - Sgt. R D H Watts (
Wi-pilots (
Wednesday 11 September 1940 | The Battle of Britain Historical Timeline (
RAF Thorney Island - Wikipedia

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22-Feb-2021 19:03 Peter Clarke Added

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