31.08.1940 No. 59 Squadron Blenheim IV R3880 TR-S P/O. Finlay
Date: 31st August 1940 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 59 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Thorney Island, West Sussex
Location: English Channel off France
Pilot: P/O. James Jackson Finlay 42826 RAF Age 18. Missing
Obs: Sgt. Frederick John Leonhardt 751200 RAFVR Age ? Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Andrew Liggat Peddie 747834 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Six Blenheims from 59 Squadron took off at 04.15 hrs and ordered to attack several oil tanks at Cherbourg. The results of the operations were successful, but sadly R3880 never returned. The body of Sgt. Peddie was recovered, the other two crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
59 Squadron Blenheinm IV at RAF Thorney Island, West Sussex
Above left: Sgt. Frederick Leonhardt, right: Sgt. Andrew Peddie
Above and left Quiberville Churchyard as photographed by our Kate Tame during her visit in 2011. Any relative who would like a higher resolution of the grave or indeed the Church, please don't hesitate to contact us.
P/O. James Jackson Finlay. None, missing. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial. Panel 8. Son of James Jackson Finlay and Janet Murdoch Finlay.
Sgt. Frederick John Leonhardt. None, missing. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial. Panel 8. Next of Kin Details not currently available.
Sgt. Andrew Liggat Peddie. Quiberville Churchyard. Grave 7. Son of Alexander and Elizabeth Donald Peddie, of Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Ross Mcneill - 'Coastal Command Losses', Graham Warner - 'The Bristol Blenheim', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.