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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53881
Last updated: 18 November 2019
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Date:13-JUL-1940
Time:13:15 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:82 (United Provinces) Squadron Royal Air Force (82 (United Provinces) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R3701
C/n / msn: UX-C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea near Schiermonnikoog island, West Frisian Islands -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Watton, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV R3701 (UX-C) 82 (United Provinces) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over the Netherlands. All three crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1109): "Blenheim 3701 crashed at Heligoland Bight, Germany, 13 July 1940. Flying Officer P H Lewis and Sergeant H W Richardson: report of deaths. Sergeant J Newberry: missing presumed dead"

Mission - Amsterdam. Shot down by fighter pilot Oberfeldwebel Gustav Denk of the 6./JG 52, who was flying a Bf 109 from Nordholz airfield (Niedersachsen, Germany). Crashed into the North Sea near Schiermonnikoog island. No survivors among the three crew.

Crew:
Pilot: Flying Officer Peter Humphrey Lewis, RAF 70399, aged 26 - killed in action 13/07/1940. Body not found/not recovered, commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial
Observer: Sgt. H.W. Richardson, RAF 581413, aged 19 - killed in action 13/07/1940, buried at Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands
Wireless Op./Air Gunner: Sgt. J. Newberry, RAF 626884, aged 20 - killed in action 13/07/1940. Body not found/not recovered, commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

The reported crash location of Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. Schiermonnikoog is one of the West Frisian Islands, and is part of the province of Friesland. It is situated between the islands of Ameland and Rottumerplaat at approximate Coordinates: 5329′N 610′E.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 23)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1109: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502921
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1803404/lewis,-peter-humphrey/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2649126/richardson,-horace-william/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1077615/newberry,-james/
6. http://www.626-squadron.co.uk/willem4.htm
7. https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T0749&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
8. 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/
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schiermonnikoog


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
10-Jul-2019 15:17 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Jul-2019 09:23 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
17-Sep-2019 15:49 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]
14-Oct-2019 19:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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