12.06.1940 No. 15 Squadron Blenheim IV R3747 P/O. Alexander Takideli
Operation: Le Bourget
Date: 12th June 1940 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 15 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Wyton
Location: Malleville-les- Grès, France
Pilot: P/O. Alexander Takideli 42368 RAF Age 20. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Frank Vivian Gunning 580613 RAF Age 19. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. David Hilary Peuleve 614230 RAF Age 21. Killed (1)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 11:30 hrs to attack motor transport columns reported to be in the Le Bourget area.
The aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed in area shown at 12:45 hrs - killing all there crew members.
(1) Sgt. Peuleve survived an earlier incident when on the 22nd February 1940 whilst with 23 Squadron. Blenheim I-F L8400 during a searchlight cooperation sortie the crew: Sgt. Ian Nicholson Macrae 565633, AC 2 Reginald Walter Cullen 75242 and AC David Hilary Peuleve 614230 - abandoned the aircraft which went on to crash on houses in Tunbridge, Kent - causing civilian casualties. (No additional information)
Mr Tom Payne, cousin of the observer Sgt. Frank Gunning, informed us that St. Mary’s Church in Walditch, Bridport plan to unveil a marble tablet to him and others killed during service in WW2. He has also visited the graves of the crew on a number of occasions. He advises us that during his research he established that the crew were recently transferred from 21 Squadron prior to their loss. Mr Payne was a former Lancaster pilot with the RAF 90 and 15 Squadron 1945-1946.
P/O. Alexander Takideli. Malleville-Les-Gres Churchyard. Son of Gregory John and Grace Maud Takideli. Understood to be a Greek national.
Sgt. Frank Vivian Gunning. Malleville-Les-Gres Churchyard. Son of Frank Victor and Florence Gunning, of Bridport, Dorsetshire, England.
Sgt. David Hilary Peuleve. Malleville-Les-Gres Churchyard. Son of Auguste Albert and Alice Florence Peuleve, of Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire, England.
Researched by and for Mr Tom Payne and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources quoted below. With thanks to Groeten van Titia for church photo.