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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53457
Last updated: 13 July 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:114 (Hong Kong) Squadron Royal Air Force (114 (Hong Kong) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R3897
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:De Moer -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Oulton
Destination airport:
On 31 December 1940, Bomber Command dispatched 22 Blenheim on single cloud cover raids to northern Germany, the Ruhr and Dutch airfields. Six crew bombed various targets and two did not return.

The Blenheim IV R3897 of 114 Sqn RAF took off from Outlon airfield just before noon to attack Gilze-Rijen airfield. At 1420 hrs, the aircraft was hit by Flak guns at Gilze and crashed at De Moer, between Loon op Zand and St. Joachimsmoer near Gilze. The bomb load exploded when the bomber hit the ground, killing the three crew.

Crew (all killed):
Sgt Leslie Alfred Young (pilot)
Sgt John Edward Brown (observer)
Sgt Jack Coates (wireless operator/air gunner)

They are buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery.

"The Bomber Command War Diaries", by Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt, ISBN 1-85780-033-8
"Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, vol 1: Aircraft and Crew lost during 1939-1940", by W R Chorley. ISBN 0-904597-85-7
"Battle of Britain-The Forgotten Months, November and December 1940", by John Foreman. ISBN 1-871187-02-8

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
01-Jan-2019 20:20 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Nov-2019 10:55 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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