11/12.06.1940 No. 10 Squadron Whitley V P4954 ZA-T Sgt. Leslie A. Keast
Operation: Troop concentrations
Date: 11/12th June 1940 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 10 Squadron
Type: Armstrong Whitley V
Base: RAF Dishforth, Yorkshire
Location: 6 km. North of Abbeville, France
Pilot: Sgt. Leslie Arthur Keast 564740 RAF Age 25. Killed
Pilot 2: P/O. David Frederick Braham 72463 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
Obs: Sgt. John Jacob Myers 580910 RAF Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. James McDonald Black 536996 RAF Age 24. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: LAC Raymond Robin Henry Nuttall 624643 RAF Age 28. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 20.47 hrs from RAF Dishforth in Yorkshire to attack troop concentrations in Northern France, together with aircraft from 51 and 102 Squadrons.
Not a very successful operation with 3 crews returning without making an attack, and another 5 reported to have bombed a secondary target.
Previously on the 3rd March 1940 Sgt. Leslie Keast had a lucky escape when the Whitley IV K9022 ZA-M overshot the runway during landing, crashing in a field at Dishforth at 22.10 hrs. The other pilot Sgt. W.S. Hilary also escaped injury.
Right: Sgt. James Black (courtesy Granny at Find A Grave - with permission to use)
Whitley crew returning from an operation (courtesy IWM)
Whitley P4954 is understood to have been hit by flak crashing some 6 km North of Abbeville.
Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (courtesy CWGC)
Sgt. Leslie Arthur Keast. Abbeville Communal Cemetery Ext. Plot 5. Row H. Grave 16. Son of Arthur and Louie Olive Keast, of North End, Portsmouth, England.
P/O. David Frederick Braham. Abbeville Communal Cemetery Ext. Plot 5. Row H. Grave 20. Son of Dudley Disraeli Braham and of Julia Swift Braham (nee Whiteside), of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England. B.A. (Cantab.), Jesus College. Understood that P/O. Braham was born in Australia.
Sgt. John Jacob Myers. Abbeville Communal Cemetery Ext. Plot 5. Row H. Grave 15. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Sgt. James McDonald Black. Abbeville Communal Cemetery Ext. Plot 5. Row H. Grave 17. Son of Duncan McDonald Black and Florence Anna Black, of Knightswood, Glasgow, Scotland.
LAC Raymond Robin Henry Nuttall. Abbeville Communal Cemetery Ext. Plot 6. Row B. Grave 15. Son of Henry and Martha Belinda Nuttall, of Westport, Nelson, New Zealand.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Granny at Find A Grave for photo, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol. 1 (2nd edition), Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries’ (Updated 2014 version). Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered own Archives.