20.05.1940 No. 248 Squadron Blenheim IVF P8437 P/O. Bourgeois
Date: 20th May 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. 248 Squadron. 17 Group. Coastal Command. (motto: Il faut en finir - 'It is necessary to make an end of it')
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Gosport, Hampshire
Location: English Channel off Selsey
Pilot: P/O. Arthur Edmond Quentin Bourgeois 42100 RAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed
Pilot: P/O. Semon George Tatar 42684 RAF Age ? Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On a training exercise practicing fighter attack on a 42 Squadron Beaufort I L4501 flown by P/O. Kenneth William Trigance 400730 RNZAF (1). P/O. Bourgeois's Blenheim IVF collided with Blenheim L9455, but managed to continue with the exercise. During the collision P8437 suffered damage to the port aileron and mainplane.
It would appear that the Blenheim was then caught in the slipstream of the Beaufort at around 1,500 ft and dived into the sea. Neither of the crew were recovered.
The pilot of L9455 managed to land safely at base, but the aircraft was later struck off charge.
(1) P/O. Kenneth William Trigance (shown left). Born on the 04th August 1914 at Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand. Son of William Trigance and Mary McCallum, husband of Anna Rita Mary Trigance (née Byron - died 07th November 1990, age 73) ).
Enlisted on the 06th December 1937. Transferred to the RNZAF in January 1944. Awarded the DFC on the 30th July 1940 and the OBE in 1964. Retired as Air Commodore in 1969.
Died on the 27th March 2000, age 85. Buried at Buried at Purewa Cemetery, Meadowbank, Auckland. Plot 28, Row 14, Block M A
P/O. Arthur Edmond Quentin Bourgeois. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 7. Born on the 22nd September 1918 at Gisborne, the son of Albert Edmond and Alice Maud Bourgeois (née Sweetapple), of Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Selected for a short service commission in the RAF 16th March 1939. A total of 199 flying hours logged.
P/O. Semon George Tatar. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 10. From Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada. No further details - are you able to assist?
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: