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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54119
Last updated: 8 June 2021
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Time:17:00 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:40 Squadron Royal Air Force (40 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L8828
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea off 's-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire
Destination airport:
10th May 1940: 12 Blenheims of 40 Squadron dispatched to bomb Ypenburg airfield. 8 or 9 aircraft bombed 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 being shot down by enemy aircraft after bombing primary target.

L8828 was one of five 40 Squadron Blenheims lost on this day. Officially described as "Blenheim L8828 failed to return from air operations to attack an aerodrome in The Netherlands, 10 May 1940". Airborne 15:49 from RAF Wyton. Cause of loss not established. Crashed into the North Sea, off Gravenzande, Westland, Zuid-Holland. The bodies of the crew were eventually washed ashore onto the beaches of Zuid Holland.

Crew of Blenheim L8828:
Flying Officer (Pilot) Percival John Hamilton Rowan, RAF, 36133, killed in action 10/05/1940, buried at Rozenburg General Cemetery, Netherlands
Corporal (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Temple Frederick Sinclair Clark, RAF, 535562, age 21, killed in action 10/05/1940, buried Rockanje (Zeeweg) General Cemetery, Netherlands
Sergeant (Observer) George Beardwood, RAF 526936, age 27, killed in action 10/05/1940, buried Gravenzande General Cemetery, Netherlands


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 59)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/231:

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
26-Feb-2010 01:00 penguin832 Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Narrative]
01-Feb-2012 10:47 Anon. Updated [Location, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 10:05 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Narrative]
20-Aug-2013 15:41 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
15-Dec-2014 17:02 Jixon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 17:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
17-Jun-2019 21:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 18:05 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source]

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