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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53019
Last updated: 27 April 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:114 (Hong Kong) Squadron Royal Air Force (114 (Hong Kong) Sqn RAF)
Registration: V6391
C/n / msn: RT-V
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea off Schiermonnikoog -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF West Raynham, Norfolk
Destination airport:
The Blenheim Mk IV V6391 of No. 114 (Hong Kong) Squadron RAF took off at 17:35 hrs from RAF West Raynham for an Intruder sortie to Schiphol. It was shot down by Kriegsmarine Flak and crashed at 20:42 hrs in the sea off Schiermonnikoog. The whole crew is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Pilot F/Lt. B.J. Adam 400451 RAAF Runnymede Memorial 108
Observer Sgt. J.A. Willis 925267 RAF Runnymede Memorial 96
Wo ag F/O. F.W.O. Street Porter 83000 RAF Runnymede Memorial 67

During the night of 14/15 January 1942, the RAF Bomber Command flew the following operations:
_ 95 aircraft were sent to attack Hamburg, aiming shipyards and an airframe factory. Only 48 crews claimed to have bombed Hamburg, which reported Altona station hit , 12 fires (7 large), 6 people killed and 22 injured, but no other major incidents. Two Hampdens, one Manchester and one Wellington did not return from this raid (15 KIA, 5 POW), another Hampden and one Manchester from this force crashed in England (7 KIA).
_ 18 aircraft attacked Emden. A Wellington was badly damaged by a night-fighter and crashed on return (1 WIA).
_ 9 Blenheims and 2 Wellingtons were sent to Rotterdam and 5 Blenheims attacked it without loss.
_ 17 Blenheim flew Intruders sorties to the Dutch airfields of Soesterberg, Schiphol and Leeuwarden. 6 Blenheims attacked Schiphol, 4 Soesterberg and 1 Leeuwarden, dropping total of 6 tons HE and 8 X 250 oil bombs. Bombs straddled the flarepath at Schiphol and fires were started at Schiphol and Soesterberg. One aircraft did not return from Schiphol (3 KIA).
_ 5 Hampdens laid mines off Kiel and Warnemunde.


"The Bomber Command War Diaries", by Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt, ISBN 1-85780-033-8
"Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, vol 3: Aircraft and Crew Losses 1942", by W R Chorley. ISBN 0-904597-89-X

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
14-Jan-2016 12:55 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Dec-2017 11:05 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2018 12:46 XindelX Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
26-Sep-2018 08:41 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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