Date: 23/02/1941
Squadron Code: TR-B
Serial Number: Blenheim IV V5394
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Manston
Take off time: 17:07 hrs.
Op: Strike.

Part of a formation of 9 aircraft sent out on an attack on HIPPER in Brest. Unable to locate target owing to cloud cover so bombed flak positions instead. Overshot on landing at St.Eval, aircraft badly damaged. No casualties.

Crew Details:

No casualties:

Sgt Crosher
P/O Wightman
Sgt Paterson



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