Date: 22/03/1941
Squadron Code: TR-X
Serial Number: Blenheim IV ?
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Bircham Newton
Time Up: 0315 - Time Down -
Op: "EMRO" Patrol

According to Alec McCurdy, P/O Eric Moore (his former observer) was lost when his aircraft was shot down by an M.E.109.

22 march 1941
59 Squadron Blenheim IV T2433
Failed to return. Shot down by Me109E of JG1 off Katwijk. Crew P/O. D. Date, P/O. E. Moore. and Sgt. B. Watkins killed in action and commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
source - The Bristol Blenheim' - Warner

The ORB notes that between 1110 and 1130 hrs - 5 a/c took off to search for TR-X but nothing was found.


Crew Details:

All lost:




Source: C/C Losses - McNeill

During WWII, the RAF used three-letter codes to identify their aircraft from a distance. Two large letters were painted before the roundel, which signified the squadron to which the aircraft belonged, and another letter was painted after the roundel which indicated the individual aircraft. Aditionally, there was the individual serial number for each aircraft, which was painted in a much smaller size, usually somewhere at the rear of the aircraft: (more)

Codes used by RAF 59 Squadron:

PJ Sep 1938 - Sep 1939
TR Sep 1939 - Oct 1942
1 Aug 1943 - Jul 1944
WE Jul 1944 - Oct 1945
BY Oct 1945 - Jun 1946, Dec 1947 - Oct 1950