28.09.1939. No. 110 Squadron Blenheim IV N6212 Wg.Cdr. Cameron
Date: 28th September 1939 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 110 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Location: Kiel, Germany
Pilot: Wg.Cdr. Ivan McLeod Cameron 24225 RAF Age 31. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Thomas Cecil Hammond 562535 RAF Age 27. Killed
W/OP: AC1. Thomas Fullerton 522192 RAF Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 07:40 hrs. to carry out a reconnaissance flight in the Münster area. Originally believed to have been intercepted and shot down by Feldwebel Klaus Faber of 1./JG1, with the aircraft crashing near Kiel. However, it has been subsequently established that Feldwebel Klaus Faber of 1./JG1 claimed a different Blenheim at Raum Osnabrück at 10:29. This aircraft is believed to be No. 110 Sqn Blenheim IV N6206 on a reconnaissance mission in the Osnabrück region. (OKL Fighter Claims Reich & Western Front 1939-40)
Wg.Cdr. Ivan Cameron is thought to be the first Australian to be killed on active service in WW2, although at the time was serving in the RAF.
Above newspaper cuttings showing crash site and the German funerals for the crew (courtesy Martin Frauenham)
Above: graves at 2017 - below: original grave markers 1939 (courtesy Michel Beckers)
Wg.Cdr. Ivan McLeod Cameron. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 26.E.6. Son of Alexander and Isabel Louise Cameron, of Bealiba, Victoria, Australia.
Sgt. Thomas Cecil Hammond. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 26.E.8. Son of Charles Robert and Louisa May Hammond, of Dublin, Irish Republic.
AC1. Thomas Fullerton. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Grave 26.E.7 Next of kin Details not available - are you able to assist?
Researched by Bob Wilton. Additional information supplied by German researcher Martin Frauenham. Grave photographs courtesy of Michel Beckers. Further details available from the publication 'First Impact' by Dennis Newton. Other sources as quoted. Thanks to John Jones for the correction with respect to the German fighter claim.