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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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254 Squadron Crest
04/05.03.1942 No. 254 Squadron, Blenheim IV R3839 Sgt. Norman J. Rolfe

Operation: Convoy Escort

Date: 05th March 1942 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 254 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: R3839

Base: RAF Carew Cheriton

Location: Ridgeway, Pembrokeshire

Pilot: Sgt. Norman Jack Rolfe 1377013 RAFVR Age 29. Killed

Obs: Sgt. James Quar McPherson 1054475 RAFVR Age 24. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harold Banks 980452 RAFVR Age 22. Killed


After a night convoy escort the Blenheim flew into the Ridgeway killing all the crew. (see map)

No further details as to cause. We welcome any further information.

Burial details:

Sgt. Norman Jack Rolfe. Pembroke Dock Cemetery (Llanion). Sec T. Grave 179. Son of William Norman and Amy Rolfe, husband of Marjory Eileen Rolfe, of Ramsgate, Kent, England.

Sgt. James Quar McPherson. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Cemetery (St. Andrew's and Jesmond). Son of James Quar McPherson and Mary Alice McPherson, of Jesmond, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. His grave inscription reads: “Always a Beautiful memory, often a silent tear. Gone but never forgotten.”

Sgt. Harold Banks. Accrington Cemetery. Sec. E. C of E. Plot O. Grave 62A. Son of Elizabeth Banks, and stepson of Richard Pennington, of Accrington, England. His grave inscription reads: “His sun went down at noon.”

Researched for Mary McPherson (niece of the Observer) and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with information obtained from sources quoted below.

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 (both 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', 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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