18.07.1940 No. 236 Squadron Blenheim I-F L6779 F/O. Thomas
Date: 18th July 1940 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 236 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Blenheim I-F
Base: RAF Thorney Island, West Sussex.
Location: Cap de la Hague, France.
Pilot: F/O. Charles Raymond Delauney Thomas 40031 RAF Age 22. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Harry Donald Buchanan Elsdon 743044 RAFVR Age 28. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a recce/photo operation at 11.20 hrs on the 18th July 1940 in the Le Havre area of France. Understood to have been shot down by Hptm. Wolfgang Schellmann (1) of II./JG2 at about 12.15 hrs over Cap-de-la-Hague. The body of F/O. Thomas was recovered but that of Sgt Elsdon was missing.
(1) Hptm. Wolfgang Schellmann (pictured left) was later killed on the 22nd June 1941 after being rammed by a Russian pilot. At the time of his loss he was credited with 25 abschüsse. (courtesy Tom Kracker)
Please check out 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives' for further information
Above and left: Quiberville Churchyard, France (courtesy Kate Tame, taken during her visit in 2012) Any relative who would like a higher resolution of either the grave or church please dont hesitate to contact us.
F/O. Charles Raymond Delauney Thomas. Quiberville Churchyard, France. Grave 2. Son of Charles Llewelyn and Constance May Thomas; husband of Vera Patricia Thomas, of St. Gennys, Cornwall, England.
Sgt. Harry Donald Buchanan Elsdon. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 14. Son of Mrs. A. B. Elsdon, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.
Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Kate Tame for grave and church photographs, Graham Warner - 'The Bristol Blenheim', Ross Mcneill - 'Coastal Command Losses', Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.