Date: 18/05/1940
Squadron Code: TR-?
Serial Number: Blenheim IV - R3702
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Poix - took off for Vitry-en-Artois
Take off time. n/a
Op: Recce

Shotdown - According to Richard Los (Keep Them Flying) there was only one survivor on this day.

Memorial for P/O Durie

This aircraft was shot down a few days before 59 Sqn pulled out of France. The sole survivor, AC1 Murdock managed to escape the aircraft and survived.

Aircraft was lost before it arrived at Vitry - failed to reach destination. Vitry was about a 25-30min flight from Poix.


Crew Details:

Two casualties - One survivor:

Source: Traces of World War II -

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