13.09.1940 No. 248 Squadron Blenheim IV l9451 WR-V Sgt. Walter J. Garfield
Operation: Reconnaissance, Norwegian Coast
Date: 13th September 1940 (Friday)
Unit: No. 248 Squadron
Type: Bristol Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Somburgh, Shetland Isle, Scotland
Location: Off the Norwegian coast, North Sea
Pilot: Sgt. Walter James Garfield 740997 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Bertram William Mesner 745987 RAFVR Age 29. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Archibald Kay 647610 RAF Age ? Killed
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REASON FOR LOSS:
Blenheim L9451 took off from RAF Sumburgh on the third reconnaissance operation of the day to the Norwegian coast from Feje Island to Stadlandet. The weather was poor with rain and cloud.
Sgt. Walter Garfield seated in the rear during training ( courtesy Catherine Picardo)
Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off. The loss of Blenheim L9451 was claimed by Fw. Olav Dyck of 4./JG 77 at 18:18hrs. It was confirmed by the Red Cross that the crew had lost their lives in the North Sea
Above: Sgt. Bertram William Mesner, the Observer of Blenheim L9451
No. 248 Squadron had been serving with Fighter Command at Dyce with an attachment based at Montrose in the first few months of 1940. On June 20th 1940 the Squadron was again transferred to Coastal Command for reconnaissance flights off the Norwegian coast and to attacks enemy shipping.
Sgt. Walter James Garfield. Bergen (Mollendal) Church Cemetery. Son of Walter Stapleton Garfield and Emma Mary Garfield of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England.
Sgt. Bertram William Mesner. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Son of Charles and Adelaide Meiszner of Forrest Gate, Essex, England. Husband of Jessie Mesner
Sgt. Archibald Kay. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. No further information as yet
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. Thanks to Catherine Picardo for details on Sgt. Garfield, Catherine was his niece. With special thanks to Andrew D. Bird - ‘Coastal Dawn’, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, National Archives Air 27/1495, Air 27/1495, Imperial War Museum, The Battle of Britain London Monument.