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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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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

Serial: L9323

Code: QM-?

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.


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

Burial details:

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.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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