28.08.1941 21 Squadron Blenheim IV Z7435 Sgt. Hayes
Operation: Rotterdam docks
Date: 28th August 1941
Unit: 21 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Watton, Norfolk
Location: Rozenburg, 16 km West South West of Rotterdam
Pilot: Sgt. Kenneth Hayes 1254653 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Allan Arthur Cecil Shaddick 916694 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
WOp/Air Gnr: Sgt. Raymond Frank Brian 1169141 RAFVR Age 20. Killed (1)
REASON FOR LOSS:
This aircraft took off at 14:46 from RAF Watton in Norfolk.
The target was Rotterdam docks where they were to carry out a low level raid on cargo ships. Two ships were hit and further damage was caused to the docks.
Z7435 was one of six Blenheims shot down by the Bf-109s from 6./JG53 (OKL Fighter Claims - Reich & Western Front 1941). This aircraft crashed at Rozenburg (Zuid Holland), 16 km WSW of Rotterdam.
In total 18 Blenheims were involved in this raid with 1 crashing on take off and 7 others being lost during the raid.
(1) Sgt. Raymond Frank Brian was a former pupil of Moseley Grammar school
(Now secondary/grammar school. We are working very closely with the school's historians to remember all the ex pupils who died whilst serving with the RAF and recorded on the school memorial.
Sgt. Kenneth Hayes. Hook of Holland General Cemetery. Row F. Grave 40. Son of Frank Stanley and Mabel Helen Marian Hayes of 35, Wharncliffe Gardens, South Norwood, Surrey, England.
Left: Medals of Sgt. Hayes (Courtesy Michel Beckers)
Sgt. Allan Arthur Cecil Shaddick. Hook of Holland General Cemetery. Row F. Grave 39. Son of Charles Herbert and Dorothy Ethel Shaddick of East Dulwich, London, England.
When Allan volunteered for the RAFVR he was studying woodwork at Shoreditch College. There is a memorial to him here.
Sgt. Shaddick was a roommate, at RAF Watton, of Sgt. Parkinson who was lost two days earlier.
Sgt. Raymond Frank Brian. Hook of Holland General Cemetery. Row F. Grave 41. Son of Roland Benjamin and Catherine Brian (nee Langley) of Birmingham, England.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley Secondary/Grammar school memorial records, Michel Beckers, Graham Warner - 'The Bristol Blenheim', Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt 'Bomber Command War Diaries', the CWGC. Thanks to Stephen Rogers the nephew of Sgt. Shaddick for the additional information concerning his uncle.