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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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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

Serial: L9239

Code: XD-N

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


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.

Burial details:

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.

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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