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101 Squadron Crest
19/20.08.1940 No. 101 Squadron Blenheim IV L9419 SR-X Sgt. Chelmick

Operation: Eindhoven

Date: 19/20th August 1940 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 101 Squadron

Type: Blenheim MkIV

Serial: L9419

Code: SR-X

Base: RAF West Raynham

Location: Dollbergen Germany

Pilot: Sgt. Alfred Gordon Chelmick 742844 RAF PoW No: 209 Camp: Stalag Heydekrug

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. J. Carbine RAF PoW No further details - are you able to assist?

Air/Gnr: Sgt. H. Martyn 755769 RAF PoW No: 224 Camp: Stalag Heydekrug

REASON FOR LOSS: 

Understood to have been hit by flak. ‘The Bristol Blenheim’ written by Graham Warner describe it as believed to have crashed in the sea off the Dutch coast. This crew are understood to have been the first from the squadron to survive an operational loss.

Another 101 Squadron Blenheim was also lost this night:

Blenheim IV N3574 Flown by P/O. Bicknell, the pilot and one other crew member, Sgt. W.B. Ginger survived after ditching off Lowestoft, Suffolk. The gunner, 21 year old, Sgt. John Henry George 626245 RAF  from Claines, Worcestershire, was unable to be saved, despite efforts by the crew to save him and went down with the aircraft. The two surviving crew members were awarded the DFC and DFM for their efforts. The navigator, 27 year old F/O. William Broughton Ginger DFC, DFM 56168 RAF from Wadhurst, Sussex later lost his life on the 1st August 1946 with all other 3 crew members - flying on an Empire Air Navigation School Anson NK503 when the aircraft stalled and crashed at Hawkstone Park in Shrewsbury, England.

Burial details:

None - crew survived as PoW. 

Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered, October 2015. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection.

MB 22.10.2015

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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