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08.06.1941 No. 500 Squadron Blenheim IVF V5689 MK-F F/O. Hall-Jones

Operation: Training

Date: 08th June 1941 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 500 Squadron. 16 Group. Coastal Command

Type: Blenheim IVF

Serial: V5689

Code: MK-F

Base: RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk

Location: Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Pilot: F/O. Frederick William Hall-Jones 2515 RNZAF Age 21. Killed

Obs: P/O. James Mossman Johnston 63035 RAFVR Age 35. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Arthur Ronald Pennell Shield 63037 RAFVR Age 23. Killed


On flying practice to provide air experience to two new ground staff officers.

During mist the aircraft hit the ground and caught fire at Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk at 16:35 hrs. All the crew were killed and buried at various cemeteries.

Burial details:

F/O. Frederick William Hall-Jones. Great Bircham Churchyard (St. Mary). Plot 1. Row 2. Grave 16. Born on the 24th January 1920 at Invercargill, the son of Frederick George Hall-Jones and of Marjorie Hall-Jones (née Bush), of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. A total of 340 flying hours logged and completed 7 operational sorties. Prior to service a clark for Hall-Jones Barristers and Solicitors. He graduated from No. 6 course at Wigram, New Zealand together with F/O. William Alan Foster who was also to lose his life on the same day! Further information here.

P/O. James Mossman Johnston. Brookwood Military Cemetery Grave 20.B.2. Son of Alexander Mossman Johnston and Eliza Isabella Johnston, of Edinburgh, Scotland. (L.R.A.M. - Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music)

P/O. Arthur Ronald Pennell Shield. Birmingham Cemetery Sec 14. C of E. Class B. Grave 14604. Son Of Arthur and Rachel A. E. Shield, of Handsworth, Birmingham, England. (Bachelor Arts degree)

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY Updated 04.11.2019

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