27.10.1940 53 Squadron Blenheim IV L8789 PZ-E P/O. Ronald L. Buckley
Operation: Emvee, Shipping Strike
Date: 27th October 1940 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 53 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Detling, Kent
Location: English Channel, off Folkestone
Pilot: P/O. Ronald Leach Buckley 84916 RAFVR Age 20. Missing - believed killed
Obs: Sgt. Cecil Henderson 755515 RAFVR Age 26. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Percival Eric James Neale 749451 RAFVR Age 19. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Weather for the country was described as cloudy all day, with a few bright intervals late in the morning.
During the day, enemy aircraft activity was centred over London, Kent, and Sussex and Portsmouth was attacked in the late afternoon. Our fighters destroyed 8 enemy aircraft, plus 7 probable and 9 damaged, our losses were 9 aircraft and 5 pilots.
Taking off at 11:40 hrs on an anti shipping strike in the English channel when they were intercepted by Me109’s and shot down.
A Royal Air Force High Speed Launch was sent to recover any survivors, but sadly all they found was a parachute and a flying jacket.
P/O. Ronald Leach Buckley. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England. Panel 7. Son of Vincent Milnes Buckley and Elsie Buckley, of Levenshulme, Lancashire, England.
Sgt. Cecil Henderson. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England. Panel 15. Son of Joseph Edward and Mary Ellen Henderson (née Proudfoot), of Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. Born on Thursday, the 06th November 1913.
Sgt. Percival Eric James Neale. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England. Panel 17. Son of William James Neale and Alice Neale, of Horfield, Gloucestershire, England.
Researched for Joan Jones niece of Cecil Henderson also to Alan Burchett for his assistance and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources quoted below.