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10.10.1941 No. 500 Squadron Blenheim IV V6171 MK-F F/O. Webb

Operation: Nomad Patrol

Date: 10th October 1941

Unit: No. 500 Squadron

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V6171

Code: MK-F

Base: RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk

Location: North Sea off Overstrand, Norfolk

Pilot: F/O. Charles Cecil George Webb 79738 (New Zealand) RAFVR Age 28. Killed

Observer: Fl/Sgt. Robert Carlson Roberts R/56163 RCAF Age 31. Killed

W//Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Harry Coomber 812107 RAF (Auxiliary) Age 20. Killed


Took off at 21.25 hours from RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk for a nomad patrol - no further information why they crashed near Overstrand 2 Miles South East of Cromer.


F/O. Charles Cecil George Webb and grave. Any relative who would like a higher resolution copy of the grave image we would be delighted to send a copy.

Burial Details:

F/O. Charles Cecil George Webb. Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec M. Grave 898. Son of Henry Hay Webb and Margaret Webb, of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand, husband of Nancy Bray Webb. of Timaru. B. Arch.

Fl/Sgt. Robert Carlson Roberts. Runnymede Memorial Panel 60. Son of Fredrick Charles Percy and Jessie Helen Brown Roberts, of St. Lambert, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Sgt. Ronald Harry Coomber. Runnymede Memorial Panel 41. Son of John and Edith Coomber, of Harrietsham, Kent, England.

Researched for relatives of the crew. For relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following, Weekly News, New Zealand, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol 2'. The CWGC

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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