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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53503
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Date:10-NOV-1940
Time:day
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:114 (Hong Kong) Squadron Royal Air Force (114 (Hong Kong) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R3753
C/n / msn: RT-E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Waddenzee, 20 km NE off De Kooy, Den Helder -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Oulton, Aylsham Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV R3753 (RT-E) 114 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations. All three crew killed, they other two survived to be captured and taken as PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/4166): "Shot down at sea, due to enemy action, Blenheim R3753, 114 Squadron, 10 November 1940. Pilot Officer E H Dawson, Sergeant J R Lamb, Sergeant W White: missing believed killed".

Took off from RAF Oulton, Aylsham, Norfolk. Target: De Kooy Airfield, Den Helder, Netherlands. Shot down by fighters off the Dutch coast, may have been claimed by Uffz Ludwig Zweigart, 9./JG54. No survivors among the crew of three.

Crew of Blenheim R3753:
Flying Officer Eric Henry Dawson, DFC (Pilot, Australian), RAF 41384 - killed in action 10/11/1940
Sergeant John Robert Graham Lamb, DFM (Observer) RAF 581017 - killed in action 10/11/1940
Sergeant William White DFM (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 625991 - killed in action 10/11/1940

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

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/4166: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16688264
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/232000/dawson,-eric-henry/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1802988/lamb,-john-robert-graham/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1531434/white,-william/
6. https://www.arnhem1944themissingones.com/missing-soldiers-in-the-netherlands-1940-1945-allied-german-and-axis/raf-raaf-rcaf-rnzaf-missing/north-sea-1940-march-1941/
7. http://www.militarian.com/threads/what-squadrons-were-these-raf-aussies-in-when-they-died.2477/
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Oulton
9. http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1940%20sec_tcm5-7281.pdf


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
15-Oct-2019 01:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Oct-2019 01:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Oct-2019 07:33 juza7 Updated [Operator]
04-Nov-2019 10:56 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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