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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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18 Squadron Crest
06.07.1940 No. 18 Squadron Blenheim IV R3662 WV-T P/O. Barry A. Davidson

Operation: Aerodromes

Date: 6th July 1940 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 18 Squadron

Type: Blenheim MkIV

Serial: R3662

Code: WV-T

Base: RAF West Raynham

Location: Sangatte beach near Calais, France

Pilot: P/O. (Fl/Lt. on release) Barry Anderson Davidson 42699 RAF PoW No: 123 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

Obs: Sgt. (W/O. on release) J. Gilmour 581093 RAF PoW No: 74 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

Air/Gnr: Sgt. (W/O. on release) R.J. Fisk 625214 RAF PoW No: 139 Camp: Stalag 357 Kopernikus

REASON FOR LOSS:

Probably hit by anti-aircraft fire crash landed at Sangatte beach near Calais, France. Other sources quote that they were shot down by Fw. Alfred Schunk of 2./JG34 flying a Bf 109E.

Above P/O. (Fl/Lt. on release) Barry Anderson Davidson

Burial details:

None - all crew survived as PoW.

Researcher Michel Beckers - December 2015. Photo of P/O. Davidson courtesy of John Lewis, others the collection of Michel Beckers.

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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