Date: 26/11/1940
Squadron Code: TR-B
Serial Number: Blenheim IV ?

(L-R) F/O Fry (P), Sgt "Lofty" Groves (Obs), Tubby Ball (AG), Unknown, LAC EJ Sheldon (Eng' Fitter - A Flight)

Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Thorney Island
Time Up: 1550 - Time Down: 2110
Op: Bombing L'orient

10/10th low cloud. unable to locate target so dropped bombs on flak. Unable to reach base owing to weather and landed at Ford. Crashed on landing, into a stationary aircraft whilst taxying.

Crew awarded the Battle of Britain Clasp - Although entitlement was revoked by the Air Ministry in 1960 (read more)


Crew Details:

No Casualties:

Sgt Freeman - Obs.
F/O Fry - Pilot
Sgt Aust - WAG

No crew images available at this time.

Source: AIR27/554

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