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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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53 Squadron Crest
13.05.1940 No. 53 Squadron Blenheim IV L9332 PZ-Z Fl/Lt. A.C. Brown

Operation: Reconnaissance

Date: 13th May 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No. 53 Squadron

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: L9332

Code: PZ-Z

Base: Advanced Landing Ground B-44 Poix 

Location: Vitry-en-Artois airfield, France

Pilot: Fl/Lt. A.C. Brown RAF - Survived

Obs: Sgt. Brooks RAF - Survived

W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC2. W. Calvett RAF - Injured


Taking part in a Reconnaissance when it us understood to have been hit by flak. The pilot, Fl/Lt. Brown managed a single engine landing. The Wireless operator, AC2 Calvett was hit in the leg during the attack, seriously injured but recovered.

Following the fall of France a few days later, the aircraft was abandoned after making it unserviceable to the invading German army.

Burial details:

None - crew survived and we think, also survived the war.

For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.

KTY 11.10.2015

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 and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), 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', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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