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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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110 Squadron Crest
14.05.1940 No. 110 Squadron Blenheim IV P6889 VE-J Sgt. Cater

Operation: Sedan, France

Date: 14th May 1940 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 110 Squadron

Type: Bristol Blenheim MkIV

Serial: P6889

Code: VE-J

Base: RAF Wattisham, Suffolk

Location: Sainte-Vaubourg South of Attigny, France

Pilot: Sgt. Cater

Obs: Sgt N. Crossland Injured

Air/Gnr: AC1. H.A.J. Jones Injured


During the late afternoon some 28 Blenheims from 21, 107 and 110 Squadrons attacked the German mechanised divisions at Sedan led by W/Cdr. Basil Embry. Unlike the disastrous attacks earlier in the day this time the Blenheims were provided with a fighter escort.

Attacked by Bf109s from JG53 and with hydraulics damaged carried out a belly landing at 18:15 hrs at Sainte-Vaubourg, south of Attigny, France. The pilot escaped unhurt but the other two crew members were injured.

Burial details:

None - all crew survived.

Researcher: Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - November 2016. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection. With thanks to sources quoted.

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 (both 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', 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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