19/20.08.1940 No. 101 Squadron Blenheim IV L9419 SR-X Sgt. Chelmick
Date: 19/20th August 1940 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No. 101 Squadron
Type: Blenheim MkIV
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.
None - crew survived as PoW.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered, October 2015. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection.