08.08.1940 No. 600 Squadron Blenheim IF L8665 BQ-A F/O. Grice
Date:8th August 1940 (Thursday)
Unit: 600 Squadron
Type: Blenheim MK IF
Location: English Channel, Ramsgate, Kent
Pilot: F/O. Dennis Neve Grice 70266 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Francis John Keast 801399 RAFVR Age 31. Killed
Obs: AC 1. John Benjamin William Warren 628804 RAF Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Based in Manston. The Blenheim L8665 was shot down by Obl. Sprick of III Group of JG26 at 11.55hrs over Ramsgate.
The pilot managed to continue to fly clear of Ramsgate town but later crashed in flames 50 yards from Ramsgate Harbour. All the crew were killed. The body of AC1 Warren was later washed ashore in Calais.
Sgt. Ian Walker (RCAF) was the normal Air Gnr. on this crew but was detailed to relieve the Duty Air Gunner. Sgt. Keast was a last minute replacement Air Gnr.
Above L-R: Pilot F/O. Dennis Grice, Air Gunner AC 1. John Warren (archives)
F/O. Dennis Neve Grice. Charing Crematorium. Son of Neve J. and Ethel Agnes, husband of Margaret of Ealing, Middlesex.
Sgt. Francis John Keast. Whitstable Cemetery Sec. 4A. Grave 16. Son of Arthur and Ann of Swalecliffe.
AC 1. John Benjamin William Warren. Calais Southern Cemetery. Plot O. Grave 32. Son of Jeffery and Maud Ethel of Chelmsford, Essex
With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses', Martin Middlebrook - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', the CWGC. Additional detail taken from the book "From Battle of Britain Airman to PoW Escapee" by Angela Walker the daughter of Sgt. Ian Walker (RCAF).