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08.06.1941 No. 500 Squadron Blenheim IVF V5689 MK-F F/O. Hall-Jones

Operation: Training

Date: 8th June 1941 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 500 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Blenheim IVF

Serial: V5689

Code: MK-F

Base: RAF Bircham Newton

Location: Holme-next-the-sea, Norfolk

Pilot: F/O. Frederick William Hall-Jones 2515 RNZAF Age 21. Killed

Obs: P/O. James Mossman Johnston 63035 RAFVR Age 35. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Arthur Ronald Pennell Shield 63037 RAFVR Age 23. Killed


On flying practice to provide air experience to 2 new ground staff officers. 

During mist the aircraft hit the ground and caught fire at Holme-next-the-sea, Norfolk at 16.35 hrs. All the crew were killed and buried at various cemeteries.


Left: Blenheim IV. Right: F/O. Frederick William Hall-Jones


Burial details:

F/O. Frederick William Hall-Jones. Gt. Bircham Church. Plot 1. Row 2. Grave 16. Son of Frederick George Hall-Jones and of Marjorie Hall-Jones (nee Bush), of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.

P/O. James Mossman Johnston. Brookwood Military Cemetery Grave 20.B.2. Son of Alexander Mossman Johnston and Eliza Isabella Johnston, of Edinburgh, Scotland.

P/O. Arthur Ronald Pennell Shield. Birmingham Cemetery Sec 14. C of E. Class B. Grave 14604. Son Of Arthur and Rachel A. E. Shield, of Handsworth, Birmingham, England.

Researched for relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following: Graham Warner -  'Bristol Blenheim', Ross Mcneil - 'Coastal Command Losses',  the CWGC

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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