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Article about: More info regarding the op: After attacks of Squadrons No. 12, 105, 139, 150 and 218 came an attack by Blenheim squadrons of Uk based 2 Group. 21 Squadron, 107 Squadron and 110 Squadron task

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    More info regarding the op:

    After attacks of Squadrons No. 12, 105, 139, 150 and 218 came an attack by Blenheim squadrons of Uk based 2 Group. 21 Squadron, 107 Squadron and 110 Squadron tasked 30 Blenheims to bomb targets at Sedan and were provided with a fighter escort by the RAF and French Air Force. The aircraft of 107 Squadron all bombed enemy columns despite being subjected to moderate flak, which damaged five aircraft. All returned to base. 110 Squadron encountered Bf 109s and intense flak whilst making low level bombing attacks on enemy columns losing five of their number. 21 Squadron met similar opposition attacking pontoon bridges and troop columns. Two Blenheims were lost to fighter attack and another was written off in a crash landing on return to base at Bodney. The returning air gunners claimed several Bf 109s shot down.

    Looking at the serial number under magnification, I personally believe it does read L8742.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Many thanks for the amaizing information on this find
    Will get on google earth to pinpoint location as I can remember where it was and who do I need to contact to report it ??

    cheers

    matt

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    Attachment 406900

    A few bits we collected at the base of a tree.


    It was right on the border just off the maginot line on a bank there where some depressions which looked they where made by an impact the parts where scattared over a large area and where all small to medium in size I spent about an hour looking around and couldnt find any big parts probebly needed a metal detector as the larger parts may have been buried ?? and no remains or personal item where found.
    Last edited by ringbuffer; 10-06-2012 at 05:03 PM.

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    Have had a real close look and found some more numbers on the back of the square camo piece it says FB53411 and in a circle C&B with 14 under it ??

    And am now sure the painted bit says L87 42

    Hope this shed a bit more light on it !!

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    Can I suggest removing te grid ref from any posts, its not unheard of for souvenire hunters to go looking for stuff to collect/sell on and every part is a potential clue to the A/C ID. Once the area has been reported/searched etc then all is is fine. I really hope that you have found some missing airman, as a serving RAF armourer I do like to think that some one would find my remains should the worst happen.

    This is probably a reasonable place to start.

    This link is to the JPAC (Joint personel admin centre

    Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Personnel | SPVA | JPAC Enquiry Centre

    and this is the address and tel. no. of the Joint compassionate and casualty centre

    The JCCC is manned 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and is located at:

    Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre Service
    Personnel and Veterans Agency
    RAF Innsworth
    GLOUCESTER
    GL3 1HW

    JCCC Tel: (0044) 01452 519951
    Deceased Estates: Extension 5680
    Graves and Memorials: Extension 6304

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    Thanks for the info

    Good point regarding coordinates have removed.

    Will contact the raf at innsworth as only live a few miles away from it !!

    cheers

    matt

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    Good on yer bobby!
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    I've been paying close attention to this thread. You all are doing a great job. I do believe if this is wreck has even the slightest hope for locating MIA's then this will help family members. All them decades of not knowing... And also a big thanks goes to BIG NED for his adept knowledge in many matters of history and reference. I agree with NED that the authorities must be informed ASAP just in case for the sake of the and families. Its a god damn pity to think that if you post coordinates of the wreck, that some thief would pillage the site for a few bucks.... People like that are a waste of life.

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    Good work, the JCCC at Innsworth need to be informed . I've amended my post as names, stricly speaking, should not be made public until the MoD knows. They then handle contacting next of kin. The piece with the serial is very important evidence!

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    Quote by ian_ View Post
    Good work, the JCCC at Innsworth need to be informed . I've amended my post as names, stricly speaking, should not be made public until the MoD knows. They then handle contacting next of kin. The piece with the serial is very important evidence!
    Agreed! Wouldn't it be wonderful if this can be bought to a successful resolution and closure can be found for any next of kin or related family of those missing. There's a long way to go yet, and it may not all be as simple as it appears here regarding a 100% positive I.D. for the aircraft, but that's up to the JCCC when they are informed. Good drills everyone and fingers crossed eh?

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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