Date: 07/10/1940
Squadron Code: TR-Y
Serial Number: Blenheim IV T1874
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Thorney Island
Time Up: 1735 - Time Down: 1840
Op: Moon Patrol

Patrolled on track off Cherbourg. Attacked by 3 Me 109's for 8 minutes. One shot down into sea by rear gunner. Observer and Air gunner wounded. Turret & hydraulic system & radio shot away. Plane crash landing at base. Aircraft was badly damaged. Sgt Neal was awarded the DFM for actions taken on this day.


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Source: AIR27/554

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