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203 Squadron Crest
10.10.1941 No. 203 Squadron Blenheim IV V6493 F/O. J.P. Rowntree

Operation: Reconnaissance Patrol

Date: 10th October 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 203 Squadron (201 Group)

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V6493

Code: L

Base: Landing Ground 101, Egypt

Location: Mediterranean Sea

Pilot: F/O. John Peter Rowntree 82704 RAFVR Age 20. Missing - believed killed

Obs: Sgt. John Alfred Edwards NZ/401435 RNZAF Age 22. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Frank Norton 901766 RAFVR Age ? Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

On a Reconnaissance Patrol between Libya and Crete. They transmitted a signal advising of their estimated return time to be 17:30 hrs. - nothing further was heard from them.

Possible loss due to low flying when an engine cut out.

Above area of operations with insert of the observer, Sgt. John Alfred Edwards NZ/401435

Burial details:

F/O. John Peter Rowntree. Alamein Memorial. Column 241. Son of John Ernest and Dorothy Rowntree. No further details are you able to assist?

Obs: Sgt. John Alfred Edwards. Alamein Memorial. Column 246. Son of Charles and Inez Elsie Edwards, of Mangere Bridge, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 282 flying hours logged and on his 34th operational sortie.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Frank Norton. Alamein Memorial. Column 242. No further details are you able to assist?

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY - 16.11.2017

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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