Date: 16/05/1940
Squadron Code: TR-A
Serial Number: Blenheim IV N6168
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Poix
Take off time :
Op: :

According to the memoirs of Richard Los, F/L Smither force landed at Vitry-en-Artois after his plane was badly damaged in the air. Although he escaped injury, there was no mention of the other crew members.

Attacked again (in Blenheim N6168) by RAF Hurricane, this time they crashed at Vitry-en-Artois, France. Crew survived.

A Canadian fighter ace flying with the RAF, F/L Robert D Grassick DFC also claimed that a Ju.88 he shot down on this date, may have been a Blenheim of 59 Squadron. source

According to Graham Warner's 'Bristol Blenheim - A Complete History' Smithers plane was attacked by a Hurricane due to faulty recognition. The Blenheim sustained damage to the oil and fuel tanks and the hydraulic system.
The WOp/Ag was injured by flying splinters before Smithers made a crash landing at Vitry without further injury. The aircraft was written off.

Blenheim IV N6168. Damaged by flak south-east of Louvain during strategic reconnaissance sortie then attacked by P/O Grassick of No. 615 Squadron over the Foret de Meerdael and belly-landed at Vitry with port engine and hydraulics destroyed 6.25 a.m. Flight Lieutenant G. V. Smithers and Sergeant R. Tull unhurt. AC2 D. J. Pitcher slightly injured. Aircraft TR*A a write-off. source

Crew Details:

No casualties



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