03.08.1940 N0. 139 Squadron Blenheim IV L9239 XD-N F/O. Tedder
Operation: Cherbourg Airfield
Date: 3rd August 1940 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 139 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: R.A.F. Horsham St Faiths, Norwich, Norfolk.
Location: Macqueville, France.
Pilot: F/O. Arthur Richard Brian Tedder 70666 R.A.F. Age ? Killed
Obs: Sgt. Douglas Frederick Spencer 580627 R.A.F. Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Owen Prys Evans 967877 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from Horsham St. Faiths to attack the airfields at Cherbourg. Believed to have been shot down over Macqueville, France.
Some publications have this aircraft as lost over the English Channel - thanks to one of our volunteer researchers who visited France in 2010 - the graves have been identified.
16 aircraft were dispatched by bomber command to attack various targets - L9239 the only aircraft lost during these raids, although some crashed for various reasons / locations on return to England.
Crew graves recently photographed in 2010 (Courtesy Jane Chilvers from Norwich)
- Full resolution photograph of the graves are available free of charge to relatives if they wish to contact us.
F/O. Arthur Richard Brian Tedder. Bayeux War Cemetery. Collective grave XVI. C.23. N.o.K details currently unavailable as yet.
Sgt. Douglas Frederick Spencer. Bayeux War Cemetery. Collective grave XVI. C.23. Son of Victor Ernest and Charlotte Lavinia Spencer, of Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
Sgt. Owen Prys Evans. Bayeux War Cemetery. Collective grave XVI. C.23. Son of William Griffith Evans and Annie Evans, of Llandudno, Caernarvonshire, Wales.
Researched for relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following: Jane Chilvers Aircrew Remembered volunteer, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses', Graham Warner - 'The Bristol Blenheim', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt 'Bomber Command War Diaries', the C.W.G.C.