07.08.1941 No 500 Squadron Blenheim IV L4899 MK-E P/O. Ward
Date: 07th August 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 500 Squadron (Coastal Command) - Quo fata vocent "Whither the fates may call".
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk
Location: North Sea off Frisian Islands
Pilot: P/O. Leslie Ward 45642 RAF Age 29. Missing - believed killed
Obs: Sgt. William Swann Robinson 971021 RAFVR Age 30. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Flt/Sgt. Ronald Louvain Burton 812221 RAFVR Age 26. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 22:00 hrs on a shipping sweep off the Frisian Islands but crashed into the North Sea. The reason for the loss is unknown due to radio silence.
P/O. Leslie Ward. Runnymede Memorial Panel 35. Son of Frank and Lilian Ward and husband of Ruby May Ward, of Eastbourne, Sussex, England.
Sgt. William Swann Robinson. Runnymede Memorial Panel 51. Son of William Swann Robinson and Edith Emily Robinson, of Leigh, Lancashire, England.
Flt/Sgt. Ronald Louvain Burton. Runnymede Memorial Panel 35. Son of William and Bessie Heaver Burton, of Snodland, Kent, England.
Left and below: As described - courtesy Andrea Ruddick. (available at high resolution to relatives)
Researched for Rachel Hannan - relative of Sgt. William Robinson and dedicated to the relatives of this crew - information courtesy of Ralph Snape, with thanks to sources indicated below.