12.05.1940. No. 107 Squadron Blenheim IV P4914 P/O. Keedwell
Date: 12th May 1940 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 107 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Location: Near Voroux-Goreux, Belgium
Pilot: P/O. Osborne Harvey Keedwell 41427 RAF Age 26. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Leonard John Merritt 563345 RAF Age 27. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC.2. Leslie Askham Berridge 627034 RAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On 12 May 1940 at 08:10 hrs, 12 Blenheims from the Squadron took off from RAF Wattisham for a raid on the Maastricht bridges, as the Wehrmacht advanced to cross the Meuse into Belgium.
On the 02nd November 1939 whilst with 101 Squadron, P/O. Osborne Keedwell escaped uninjured during a crash landing of Blenheim IV L4899 at West Raynham in Norfolk.
Understood to have crashed at 09:25 hrs near Voroux-Goreux either a victim of anti-aircraft fire or Bf109’s from 1./JGI and 2./JG27.
107 Squadron suffered heavily during this operation, the others lost:
Blenheim IV L8733 Flown by 24 year old P/O. Stanley George Thornton 41497 RAF from New South Wales, Australia - killed with all other crew.
Blenheim IV L8746 Flown by F/O. R.C. Rotherham evaded capture along with his observer, his air gunner taken PoW.
Blenheim IV P4905 Flown by 24 year old, F/O. William Henry Edwards DFC 40045 RAF taken PoW along with his observer, his air gunner was killed.
P/O. Osborne Harvey Keedwell. Voroux-Goreux Communal Cemetery. Collective grave. Son of Clarence Stanley and Elizabeth May Keedwell, of Levin, Wellington, New Zealand.
Sgt. Leonard John Merritt. Voroux-Goreux Communal Cemetery. Collective grave. Son of Leonard Cecil and Gladys Kate Merritt and husband of Gwendoline Mary Merritt of Warwicksire, England.
AC.2. Leslie Askham Berridge. Voroux-Goreux Communal Cemetery. Collective grave. Son of Charles Edward and Margery Elisabeth Berridge, of Cranford, Northamptonshire, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Cenotaph and the Weekly News of New Zealand. Also to sources indicated below.