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211 Squadron
07.12.1940 No. 211 Squadron Bristol Blenheim I L1535 P/O. Jerdein

Operation: Valona, Albania

Date: 7th December 1940 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 211 Squadron

Type: Bristol Blenheim I

Serial: L1535

Base: Menidi/Tatoi, Greece

Location: Lamia, Greece

Pilot: P/O. Guy Inglis Jerdein 42312 RAF Age 22. Killed (1)

Obs: Sgt. James Ernest Barber 746793 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Munro 638862 RAF Age 21. Killed (2)


Took off at 13.00hrs. from Menidi/Tatoi, Greece on a bombing raid on Valona harbour. The weather and visibility was extremely poor with low cloud and L1535 crashed into the hills near Lamia. One of nine aircraft detailed to bomb the harbour. 211 Squadron lost two aircraft with the loss of six lives 

Sgt. John (Jackie) Munro. John Munro is also remembered on the Lossiemouth War Memorial 

Bristol Blenheim of No. 211 Squadron landing at Menidi. Velona 1940 after a bombing raid by No. 211 Squadron

Crew graves at Phaleron War Cemetery (courtesy of our Greek researcher friend Antonelos Athanasios) We are happy to supply full resolution of these graves to any relative - courtesy of Antonelos.

Burial details:

P/O. Guy Inglis Jerdein. Phaleron War Cemetery. Greece. Grave Ref. 4. B. 11. Son of Henry Wilton Jerdein and of Flossie Selwyn Jerdein of St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex. (1) 1939 July 8th Guy Inglis Jerdein was granted a Short Service Commission as Acting Pilot Officer. 1940 May 15th A/P/O. Jerdein was confirmed in his appointment as a Pilot Officer. At the time of his death Guy's address was 109 Clifton Hill, London, England.

Sgt. James Ernest Barber. Phaleron War Cemetery. Greece. Grave Ref. 4. A. 13. Son of Benjamin Ernest and Mabel Barber of North Weald, Essex, England.

Sgt. John (Jackie) Munro. Phaleron War Cemetery. Greece. Grave Ref. 4. B. 12. Son of John and Jane Munro of Lossiemouth, Morayshire. (2) Before enlisting John had worked for Carries in Lossiemouth and had lived at 64 Dunbar Street, Lossiemouth, Scotland.

Researched by: Kate Tame for aircrewremembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew. Acknowledgements: With special thanks to Antonelos CH. Athanasios, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, David Gunby and Pelham Temple - Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean 1939-1942, Donald Stewart - Lossiemouth Book of Remembrance, Imperial War Museum, Flight Global.

KT 12 January 2015

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