09.06.1940 No. 107 Squadron Blenheim IV L9323 F/O. Bomford
Operation: Forêt de Boray
Date: 9th June 1940 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 107 Squadron (2 Group)
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Location: Torcy-le-Petit, Seine-Maritime, France
Pilot: F/O. Charles Powell Bomford 37712 RAF Age 25. Killed (1)
Obs: Sgt. Robert Anthony Bowman 580756 RAF Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: P/O. P/O. Francis Edward Frayn 77203 Survived - injured.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 10.45 hrs from RAF Wattisham, Suffolk to bomb German armour reported to be at Poix in France.
It is understood that the Blenheim had bombed the target and was returning home when it was hit by flak. Pilot and observer both killed but the air gunner, Sgt. Frayn was thrown clear of the aircraft with severe burns. It is not known if he was taken Prisoner of War or not. It is known that he survived the war.
(1) His brother, Lt. Richard Lyndon Bomford was also killed later in the war. Serving with the Rifle Brigade 10th (Tower Hamlets) Battalion, buried at Cassino War Cemetery in italy.
(2) P/O. Francis Edward Frayn remained in the RAF, promoted to Group Captain on the 01st July 1959, he also received the MBE.
Torcy-le-Petit Communal Cemetery France photographed by our researcher Kate Tame - full size images available free of charge to relatives
F/O. Charles Powell Bomford. Torcy-le-Petit Communal Cemetery France. Son of Capt. Charles Francis Bomford and Dorothy Maud Bomford, of Ballycornmon, Co. Tipperary, Irish Republic. Grave inscription reads: "I Thank My God Upon Every Remembrance Of You".
Left: Torcy-le-Petit Church - photographed by our researcher Kate Tame - full size images available free of charge to relatives
Sgt. Robert Anthony Bowman. Torcy-le-Petit Communal Cemetery France. Next of kin details not currently available.
Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks for further information to Kate Tame for grave photographs, Graham Warner - 'The Bristol Blenheim', Peter Cornwell - 'Battle of France Then and Now', Oliver Clutton-Brock - 'Footprints On The Sands Of Time', Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 1, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.