28.08.1941 No. 21 Squadron Blenheim IV Z7447 YH-A Sq/Ldr. Shuttleworth
Date: 28th August 1941
Unit: No. 21 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Watton, Norfolk
Location: Off the coast of Holland
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Richard Ashton Shuttleworth 33548 RAF Age 21. Killed (1)
Obs: Fl/Sgt. Dennis John Mackan 550208 RAF Age 22. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. George Brittain 552121 RAF Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
This aircraft took off at 14:46 from Watton airfield Norfolk to carry out a low level attack on Rotterdam docks.
Blenheim Z7447 crashed into the sea off the Dutch coast. The cause of the crash has never been established but thought probable by flak.
Two large cargo ships were hit and other damage was caused to the docks. Three other aircraft from No. 21 Squadron were also lost on this raid. V5825 YH-R, Z7435 YH-S and V6436 YH-L.
(1) Sq/Ldr. Shuttleworth was still alive when a rescue boat arrived at the location. He was taken to Wilhelmina Hospital in Amsterdam, but died shortly after being admitted.
Sq/Ldr. Richard Ashton Shuttleworth. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 85. Row D. Grave 1. Son of Ashton Ashton and Dorothy Ann Shuttleworth, husband of Honor Muriel Shuttleworth (née Ramsay)
Fl/Sgt. Dennis John Mackan. Hook of Holland General Cemetery. Row F. Grave 34. Son of John and Daisy May Mackan of Fishponds, Bristol, England.
Fl/Sgt. George Brittain. Hook of Holland General Cemetery. Row F. Grave 31. Son of Graham and M.H. Brittain of Carmichael, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. With thanks to the sources shown below: