Date: 16/06/1941
Squadron Code: TR-Y
Serial Number: Blenheim IV ?
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: N/A
Take off time: N/A
Op: N/A

According to Ian Edgar, the son of Sgt C.H Edgar, his father along with P/O's Briggs and Kennedy were shot down by Priller in a Me.109 and ditched in the Channel. All survived becoming PoW's.

"There is a great write up in a book by Theo Boiten called Blenheim Strike that details the raid that Dad was on when he was shot down in the channel. They were on a run to knock out a power station,the bomb load would not release & I think Dad said they made 3 runs over the target. With no success clearing the bomb bay they headed for home at very low altitude over the channel to protect the underside from fighter attack.

About 3 miles out from home they were bounced by Priller in an Me109,(Dad thinks he hit him with the 303`s) unfortunately this also caused the bombs to release and the Blenheim was swamped & crashed into the channel badly injuring Dad. With a bit more bad luck they were in the dinghy within shouting distance of home but got picked up by a German MTB and taken off to be PoW`s.

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