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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163710
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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: L1515
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hoogvliet (near Spijkenisse bridge), Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Kent
Destination airport:
10/05/1940: Waalhaven, NL
In the afternoon of the 10th May six Blenheim 1F fighter-cruisers from Squadron 600 (Squadron Leader James Wells) had been directed to Waalhaven. The planes left Manston at 12:30 hours. They would never reach Waalhaven, for the Messerschmitt Bf-110's of 3/ZG1 [Cmdt: Oberleutnant Streib] would intercept the British planes over Pernis. Five of the six Blenheims were shot down; the sixth plane, L1514/BQ-O (F/O Hayes and Cpl Holmes) escaped with heavy damage.
Type: Blenheim Mk IF
Serial number: L1515, BQ-L
Operation: Waalhaven
Lost: 10/05/1940
One of the Blenheim had straffed the airbase when on the way back a Messerschmitt attacked them. According to reports from citizens of Hoogvliet and Spijkenissewas the Blenheim was able to shoot his attacker down and the German crashed with a big splash in the Oude Maas near the bridge of Spijkenisse.
P/O (90497) Michael Herbert ANDERSON (pilot) RAF - killed
LAC (800567) Herbert Charles William HAWKINS (nav.) RAF - killed


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 8)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/222:

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Revision history:

04-Feb-2014 15:21 Nepa Added
20-Jan-2016 17:35 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
21-Jan-2016 17:29 Django Updated [Operator]
26-Sep-2018 09:18 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
17-Jun-2019 18:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Sep-2019 11:15 ALAN MACKAY Updated [Cn]
13-Mar-2020 13:15 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Mar-2020 08:58 DB Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative, Operator]

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