Date: 20/09/1940
Squadron Code: TR-D
Serial Number: Blenheim IV V2795
Flight/Mission Details:

Base; Thorney Island.
Take off time: 2125 hrs.
Op: Cherbourg.

Missing. P/O. Palmer and his crew are buried in Le Vast Churchyard, Manche. France.

According to McNeill the serial number of this craft was V2795, although I have found other sources that have had this aircraft as R3635. (


Crew Details:

All lost:


(above) Palmer & crew at rest in Le Vast Churchyard (photo - Harry Ree)

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