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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53845
Last updated: 18 August 2020
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Time:18:00 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:18 Squadron Royal Air Force (18 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L9472
C/n / msn: WV-T
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Zeeland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF West Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L9472 (WV-T) 18 Squadron, RAF: Written off (presumed destroyed) 8 August 1940 when lost (failed to return) from combat operations over the North Sea. Dispatched from RAF West Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk, to bomb airfields at Schipol and Valkenberg in the Netherlands. All three crew killed, but only one body ever recovered. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1280): "Sergeant J H Saville and Sergeant V R T Land: missing, presumed dead. Sergeant F F Parvin: report of death; Blenheim L9472 lost in air operations, 8 August 1940"

Crew of Blenheim L9472
Sergeant Jack Herbert Saville (pilot, RAF 745096) - posted as missing in action 08/08/40
Sergeant Victor Robert Thomas Land (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAFVR 9085836, aged 20) posted as missing in action 08/08/40
Sergeant Frederick Finkill Parvin (Observer, RAF 58118) - killed in action 08/08/40, buried at Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

As the bodies of Sgts. J H Saville and V R T Land were never recovered, they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 62)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1280:

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
20-Aug-2013 18:34 JINX Updated [Location]
18-Aug-2019 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2019 17:58 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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