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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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No 103 Squadron
10.06.1940 No. 103 Squadron Fairey Battle I P2328 PM-? P/O. Cecil Vernon Thomas

Operation: Vernon, France

Date: 10 June 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No 103 Squadron

Type: Fairey Battle I

Serial: P2328

Code: PM-?

Base: Ozouer-le-Doyen, Loir-et-Cher, Loire, France

Location: Between Gasny and Roconval, Eure, France

Pilot: P/O. Cecil Vernon Thomas 41963 RAF Age 19 Killed (1)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Peter Ivo Bligh 541182 RAF Age 20 Killed (2)

REASON FOR LOSS:

Fairey Battle I aircraft (courtesy Imperial War Museum)

Fairey Battle P2328 took off from Ozouer-le-Doyen, Loir-et-Cher, Loire for a operation on Vernon. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft after take off. The aircraft may have been hit by flak or shot down by an enemy aircraft and crashed between Gasny and Roconval, Eure, on the River Epte 8 km ESE of Vernon, France


Map showing the area of the crash between Gasny and Roconval, Eure, France

Burial details:

P/O. Cecil Vernon Thomas. Gasny Communal Cemetery, Eure, France. Plot B. Joint grave 175. Son of John Dunn Thomas and Esther Elizabeth Thomas. Grandson of Mrs C H Griffiths of Little Sutton, Cheshire (1) Cecil Vernon Thomas was graded as Pilot Officer on probation 6 November 1939 and confirmed as Pilot Officer 6 February 1940

Sgt. Peter Ivo Bligh. Gasny Communal Cemetery, Eure, France. Plot B. Joint grave 175. Son of Thomas John and Ivy Elizabeth Bligh of Muswell Hill, Middlesex (2) Peter is remembered on the Muswell Hill Methodist Church War Memorial. Sgt.Peter Ivo Bligh was involved in a flying accident 6 August 1939. For further information (click here)

Researched by: Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew. National Archives Air 81/852

KT. Page added 19.12.2015 with one link

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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