Date: 02/02/1941
Squadron Code: TR-N
Serial Number: Blenheim IV Z7450
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Thorney Island
Take Up: 1230 - Time Down: 1345
Op: Strike. - St.Omer aerodrome

ORB Summary: TR-N (P/O Trim) was attacked by 3 Me109's. Sgt. Jones shot one down (this gunner has it as two certanties and one probable shot down). This was the first victim claimed by the Squadron since, twin brownings were fitted to the rear turret. Aircraft was badly damaged and crew had a narrow escape when aircraft caught on fire on landing and blew up.

Form 541: Made landfall GRAVELINES - no cloud cover - s/c for base. Attacked by 3 Me109's from astern. rear gunner fired 400 rounds into enemy aircraft which burst into flames and disapeared. 2 Me109's again attacked, turret damaged, also instruments and electrical gear. On landing a/c caught fire and blew up. Crew escaped unhurt.


Crew Details:

No casualties :

Sgt Jones -WAG
P/O Trim - Pilot
P/O Blake - Obs.

No crew images available at this time.


Source: AIR27/555

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