Date: 02/11/1940
Squadron Code: TR-P
Serial Number: Blenheim IV T2137
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Thorney Island
Take off time: 0405 hrs.
Op: Strike.

Sgt Ivor Charles Greening was lost in action on his first mission, flying in a 59 Squadron Blenheim IV (T2137 TR-P) with Pilot Officer F Lewis and Sgt JS Peckham, they took off at 04.05 hours from Thorney Island. After an attack on the Cap Gris Nez guns they crashed at Halinghen, cause unknown but most likely due to battle damage.

Update March 2012: The ORB notes the following.

"P/O Lewis, Sgt Greening and Sgt Peckham on their first night bombing sortie did not return and were posted missing. The bombing trip to Cap Gris Nez was most successful in every other respect - 6 a/c taking part..."


Crew Details:

All lost:


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