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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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09.09.1940 No. 107 Squadron Blenheim IV T1831 P/O. Halkett

Operation: Ostend

Date: 09th September 1940 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 107 Squadron 2 Group (motto: Nous y serons - 'We shall be there')

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: T1831

Code: OM-?

Base: RAF Wattisham, Suffolk

Location: Hesdin, France.

Pilot: P/O. Charles De Vic Halkett 43704 RAF Age 25. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Alec Victor Jacobs 755443 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Harley Easton 755173 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off from RAF Wattisham, Suffolk at 03:25 hrs to attack various ports and barges in various locations.

This Blenheim is understood to have been shot down, but we have not been able to identify by whom or what. Another 107 Squadron Blenheim was also lost this night. T1851 flown by F/O. Alekander Cazalet who with his other two crew members were lost and remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Blenheim IV and right, P/O. Charles De Vic Halkett


Left: Wambercourt Churchyard

Burial details:

P/O. Charles De Vic Halkett. Wambercourt Churchyard Grave 3. Son of Alice Jane Canning, of Whangarei, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 188 flying hours logged.

Sgt. Alec Victor Jacobs. Wambercourt Churchyard Grave 2. Son of Mrs. E.M. Jacobs, of St. Pancras, London, England.

Sgt. James Harley Easton. Wambercourt Churchyard Grave 1. Understood to be from Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland. No further details.

Researched and dedicated to relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following, Graham Warner - "Bristol Blenheim", Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 1, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt "Bomber Command War Diaries", The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

KTY Updated 26.03.2019

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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