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Blenheim IV V6176 crashed in the North Sea on 30/7-1941.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 139 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded XD-?.
T/O 14:00 Oulton. OP: Anti shipping.
It is believed that Blenheim V6176 as well as R3803 and V6322 fell prey to Bf
110`s from II. / ZG 76 who on this day claimed five Blenheims between 16:18 and
The body of Observer Sgt John M. Blundell was found on the beach near Nymindegab and laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery, Esbjerg on 18/8 1941 together
with Nicholls of Stirling N6013, Gretton of Blenheim T1832 and Orme of Beaufort
W5622 and an unknown sergeant. Attending the gravesite ceremony were The City
Mayor M. Mortensen and the chief of Police Aksel Hebo as well as other Danish
Pilot Sgt Lawrence H. Gruer and W/OP-Air Gnr. Sgt Derek G. Dennis-Smithers have
no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Fovrfelt cemetery, Esbjerg on 18/8 1941
Sources : UA, BCL, CWGC, BE, TW.
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