Date: 21/08/1941
Squadron Code: TR-B
Serial Number: Blenheim IV ?
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Detling or Thorney Island
Take off time: 1455hrs
Op: Patrol

At 1455hrs this aircraft took off for a patrol sortie in company with Blenheim TR-G, flown by F/L Buchan & crew. Whilst TR-G & crew returned at 1726hrs having bombed Cherbourg with 4x250lb bombs and taken recon photos, TR-B failed to return. Nothing else is known at this stage.

On this day, the 'A' Flight detachment operating out of Detling was ordered to return to Thorney Island. It is unknown at this stage, when this occurred.

Crew awarded the Battle of Britain Clasp - Although entitlement was revoked by the Air Ministry in 1960 (read more)


Crew Details:

All lost:

Sgt J.E Mylchreest
P/O W.F.W Foster
Sgt G.A. Crowther

No crew images available at this time.



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