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17.07.1941 No. 13 OTU Blenheim IV R3805 Sgt. Calderone

Operation: Training

Date: 17th July 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 13 OTU. (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: R3805

Base: RAF. Finmere, Buckingham, Oxfordshire

Location: Shelswell Park, Buckingham, England.

Pilot: Sgt. Dominico Guiseppe Calderone R/54294 RCAF Age 22. Killed (1)

Obs: Sgt. George Devereux Davies 924555 RAFVR Age 27. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Griffiths RAFVR Survived, injured


Took off from RAF Finmere on a navigation exercise. Whilst still in the circuit both engines cut out, the Blenheim stalled and spun in at Shelswell Park at 17.45 hrs. This is located south west of the airfield and near the villages of Cottisford and Hethe.

This OTU passed out 217 pilots, 240 observers and 273 air gunners during its first year of training. By the second year, the unit turned out nearly 300 Blenheim aircrews.

Blenheim IV's

RAF Finmere, Buckingham, Oxfordshire 2008

In June 1943, No 13 OTU left Bomber Command and was placed in the Fighter Command training scheme, still at Bicester, for the future mobilisation of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. During this period, Blenheims were still being used for pilot training and operational conversion and the last Blenheim flying training finished in February 1944.

(1) Some sources list his name as Dominic 'Joseph' Calderone.

Sgt. George Devereux Davies and family grave. (courtesy Owen Vaughan)

Burial details:

Sgt. Dominico Guiseppe Calderone. Kensal Green (St. Mary's) R/C/ Cemetery. Lower Catacomb. Grave 63. Son of George I. Calderone and Antonina Calderone of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. George Devereux Davies. Haverfordwest (Prendergast) Cemetery. Grave 376. Son of Austin George and Mary Ann Davies, of Haverfordwest, Wales.

Researched for relatives of the crew. With information from Owen Vaughan and Graham Warner - 'The Bristol Blenheim'.

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