Date: 16/06/1940
Squadron Code: TR-?
Serial Number: Blenheim IV R3817
Flight/Mission Details:

Base: Odiham
Take off time. Unknown
Op: Recon

Mission was to observe the advance of the German forces. Crashed west of Dreux. All are buried at the Dreux Communal Cemetery.


Crew Details:

All lost:

There is also record of this airmen KIA on this date: Sgt George W Taplin (Obs) although no further details are known at this stage.

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