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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54129
Last updated: 30 December 2020
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Time:14:00 LT
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Owner/operator:600 (City of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (600 (City of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1401
C/n / msn: BQ-K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Piershil, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Kent
Destination airport:
Blenheim L1401 (BQ-K): Officially listed as "Blenheim L1401 force landed in the Netherlands, 10 May 1940". Mission to attack the airport of Waalhaven in Rotterdam.
F/O Rowe and P/O Echlin flew their Blenheim south of the island of IJsselmonde, when they were intercepted by a Bf.110 of 3/ZG.1. During the air-battle between the two airplanes one of the Blenheim's engines caught fire while navigator/rear gunner P/O Echlin was killed behind the machine gun. The Blenheim made a belly landing near Piershil, where Dutch engineers of a nearby position pulled the unconsious F/O Rowe out of the burning plane.
P/O Echlin's body tragically burnt with the wreckage and his remains were later salvaged and buried. F/O Rowe was treated in a military hospital in Oud-Beijerland, where he was dismissed three months later and sent to a German POW camp for the remainder of the war
F/O (90089) John Hugh Chitty ROWE (pilot) RAFVR - injured and became PoW,
P/O (77117) Robert Wyatt Hamilton ECHLIN (WOp/AG) RAFVR - KIA

L1514 was the only Blenheim out of six to return from the Waalhaven raid. The other five were all shot down.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain 1978 p 9)
2. ORB 600 Sqdn RAF
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/207:

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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]
10-Jan-2012 13:51 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Narrative]
26-Jan-2013 16:20 Nepa Updated [Narrative]
13-Aug-2013 22:19 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
15-Aug-2013 07:28 Nepa Updated [Operator]
15-Aug-2013 08:35 Nepa Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Aug-2013 15:40 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
20-Aug-2013 17:54 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
20-Aug-2013 18:32 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
24-Aug-2013 09:10 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
24-Aug-2013 15:01 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
14-Nov-2013 17:01 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
29-Sep-2015 20:08 sandman56 Updated [Narrative]
22-Jan-2016 05:24 JINX Updated [Operator]
22-Jan-2016 19:56 AlLah Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2016 20:59 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
11-Feb-2016 04:49 JIXN Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
26-Sep-2018 09:19 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
15-Jun-2019 23:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Mar-2020 13:17 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Source]
30-Dec-2020 21:23 Glog Updated [Narrative, Operator]

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