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110 Squadron Crest
18.07.1941 110 Squadron Blenheim IV Z9582 W/Cdr. Theodore M. Hunt DFC

Operation: Tripoli

Date: 18th July 1941 (Friday)

Unit: 110 Squadron

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: Z9582

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Luqa, Malta

Location: Mediterranean Sea.

Pilot: W/Cdr. Theodore Moseley Hunt DFC 37356 RAF Age 26. Missing - believed killed (1)

Obs: Sgt. Kenneth Charles Tucker 755162 RAFVR Age 20. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Frederick Samuel Thripp 611006 RAF Age 20. Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Luqa in Malta with 5 other Blenheims to bomb a power station in Tripoli. Following a successful attack which received direct hits, they started to return to Malta. During the return they were attacked by Italian fighters flying the Fiat CR.42.

It is understood that the aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean Sea at 14:30 hrs. None of the crews bodies were ever recovered as such they are commemorated on the Alamein War Memorial.

(1) W/Cdr. ‘Joe’ Hunt was awarded the DFC after bringing home Blenheim P6925 on the 11th June 1940 whilst with 82 Squadron - the nose and cockpit badly damaged by enemy fire. His observer, Sgt. J. Barham was awarded the DFM.

Burial details:

W/Cdr. Theodore Moseley Hunt DFC. Alamein Memorial. Column 239. Son of William Moseley Hunt and Lily Gertrude Hunt, of Lockeridge, Wiltshire, England.

Sgt. Kenneth Charles Tucker. Alamein Memorial. Column 244. Born in June 1941 the son of Charles Frederick and Florence May Tucker (née Stancombe), of Luckett, Cornwall, England. Born in Newton Abbot, Devonshire, England.

Fl/Sgt. Frederick Samuel Thripp. Alamein Memorial. Column 242. Son of Frederick William and Lavina Emily Thripp, of Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, England.

Researched by Jacqueline Freegard (her father attended No. 4 Radio School with Sgt. Kenneth Tucker) and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks also to Peter Hammett for photograph of W.Cdr. Hunt DFC. Thanks to Phillip Tucker for the correction to crew positions. Other sources as indicated below:

RS 26.12.2019 - Correction to crew positions

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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