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
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
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: