Date: 22/07/1940
Squadron Code: TR-?
Serial Number: Blenheim IV R3639
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Thorney island.
Op: Attack on Invasion barges

Past Incident: Monday 22nd july 1940 –- 6 blenheims of 59 sqdn and one Hudson bombed invasion barges at Amsterdam.  On return the undercarriage of Blenheim R3639 collapsed on landing at Thorney Island. The aircraft caught fire and burnt out but fortunately, the crew P/O Hovenier , Sgt Magee and Sgt Scothcmere escaped unhurt.

Crew awarded the Battle of Britain Clasp - Although entitlement was revoked by the Air Ministry in 1960 (read more)


Crew Details:

No casualties:

Source: C/C Losses - McNeill - The Other Few - Larry Donnelly

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