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82 Squadron Crest
04.07.1941 No. 82 Squadron Blenheim IV V6426 P/O. Gordon T. Bartlett

Operation: Transit flight

Date: 04th July 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 82 Squadron

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V6426

Base: RAF Bodney, Norfolk

Location: Exact location unknown - thought to be Fairford, Gloucestershire

Pilot: P/O. Gordon T. Bartlett 63485 RAFVR Survived - injured

Obs: P/O. Nicholas Aitkin Cooper 64325 RAF Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Owen Hall 751473 RAFVR Age 33. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Dennis Walter Hughes 1165297 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


Two Blenheims took off from RAF Bodney in Norfolk at 10:15hrs en route to St. Eval in Cornwall, prior to a ferry flight to Malta. Just 30 minutes into the flight they collided at 10:45 hrs. The pilot, P/O. Bartlett, although injured, managed to bale out. The remaining crew were killed. 

82 Squadron Blenheims at RAF Bodney

No details on any other loss from the squadron on this date, so it would seem that they managed to land safely. (Some reports state that it was Blenheim V6070 - but that seems to have been lost on a previous date) We invite any further information on this.

Left: Sherborne School, Dorset - Any further information that you are able to assist them with fallen former pupils from all wars, we would be pleased to pass onto them.

Burial details:

P/O. Nicholas Aitkin Cooper. Watton Churchyard (St. Mary). Row C. Grave 54. Further information (courtesy Sherborne School Archives) Born 3rd May 1920, son of Major J.P.C. Cooper, O.B.E., M.C., The Roundabout, West Byfleet, Surrey. Attended St Edmund's School, Hindhead. Attended Sherborne School (The Green) May 1934-March 1939; 6th form.

Sgt. Owen Hall. Watton Churchyard (St. Mary). Row C. Grave 55. Son of William and Mary Hall of Lodge Farm, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire. Husband of Emily and father to Maurice.

Sgt. Dennis Walter Hughes. East Claydon Churchyard (St. Mary). Son of Ernest Fred (died 29th July 1955 - age 71) and Beatrice Alice Hughes (died 1st June 1945 age 60), of Botolph Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew. With thanks to Mark Rogers relative of Sgt. Hall, Sherborne School Archives for additional information.

KTY 17.08.2015 New crew member photo added.

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