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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54115
Last updated: 14 March 2020
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Date:10-MAY-1940
Time:17:00 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:40 Squadron Royal Air Force (40 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P6901
C/n / msn: BL-P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Voorburg, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV P6901 (BL-P) 40 Squadron, RAF: Airborne 15:49 from Wyton. Target: Ypenburg Airfield. Cause of loss not established, but probably shot down. Crashed near Voorburg (Zuid Holland), in the SE outskirts of Den Haag,

On the Eastern Cemetery in Voorburg are two Commonwealth War Graves. The stones are along with the tombstones of 29 Dutch war graves placed in a monument. These are the graves of two airmen of 40 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. Sergeant Alfred J. Roberton and Sergeant Francis Checkley were killed when their Bristol Blenheim P6901 crashed during a mission to bomb the German held airfield of Ypenburg. The third crew member, Aircraftman 1st Class Webster got out of the airplane. He was taken POW by the Germans.

Crew:
Sergeant (Observer) Francis Checkley, RAF, 580605, age 21, killed in action 10/05/1940, buried Voorburg Eastern General Cemetery, Netherlands
Sergeant (Pilot) Alfred J. Roberton, RAF, 590388, age 26, killed in action 10/05/1940, buried Voorburg Eastern General Cemetery, Netherlands
Aircraftman 1st Class J.A.Webster; survivd, captured, taken as PoW and was interned in Camps L1/L3, PoW No.152.

On 10th May 1940, 12 Blenheims of 40 Squadron were dispatched to bomb Ypenburg airfield. 8 or 9 aircraft bombed the primary target, 1 bombed a landing ground 5 miles West of Leyden and 1 also strafed enemy aircraft parked along beach from The Hague to Noordwick. 3 a/c failed to return, 1 of these (P6901) being shot down by enemy aircraft after bombing primary target.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 36)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/228: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142053
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2635564/checkley,-francis/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2635565/roberton,-alfred-john/
5. https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/13849/Commonwealth-War-Graves-Eastern-Cemetery-Voorburg.htm
6. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/40_squadron.html#1005
7. https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T0098&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
26-Feb-2010 01:00 penguin832 Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 10:06 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Narrative]
13-Aug-2013 22:20 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
15-Dec-2014 16:43 Jixon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 17:17 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
17-Jun-2019 20:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Jun-2019 20:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 18:07 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source]

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