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18.07.1941 No. 21 Squadron Blenheim IV V5595 YH-P Sgt. Kemp

Operation: Anti-Shipping

Date: 18th July 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 21 Squadron (motto: Viribus vincimus 'By strength we conquer'). 2 Group

Type: Bristol Blenheim IV

Serial: V5595

Code: YH-P

Location: Off Gravelines, France

Base: RAF Manston, Kent

Pilot: Sgt. J.R.M. Kemp 915235 RAFVR PoW No: 24485 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. E.A. Goold 759244 RAFVR PoW No: 9602 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug

Air/Gnr: Sgt. F.J. Soal 650186 RAFVR PoW No: 38313 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus


Shot down off Gravelines by navy flak, wreckage brought ashore by the Germans.

21 Squadron lost two other aircraft on this operation:

Blenheim IV V6369 YH-N Flown by Sgt Maguire - landed at 11:50 hrs with irepairable damage to the aircraft - all 3 crew safe. (others: Sgt. Bangor-Jones, Sgt. Haskins)
Blenheim IV Z7502 YH-R Flown by Sq/Ldr. Graham-Hogg 61044 RAF, shot down off Cape Gris-Nez. Pilot and W/Op Sgt. J. Marsden 975746 RAF taken PoW, Observer 29 year old, Fl/Sgt. David William Wyatt 512841 RAF from Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, Wales missing-believed killed.

Gravelines is a small historic town and commune on the northern coast of France on the river Aa 15 miles (25 km) south west of Dunkirk.

Three Blenheims of 21 Squadron over Holland on July 16th 1941 en-route to Rotterdam docks. The nearest, is V5595 - lost just two days later. (courtesy IWM)

Blenheim V5595 after recovery by the Germans

Burial Details:

None, all crew survived.

Fl/Sgt. David William Wyatt from Blenheim IV Z2705 Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial. Panel 38. Son of George Walter and Ada Wyatt, husband of Marie Louise Wyatt, of Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, Wales.

With thanks to the sources as quoted below. Also to Jack Brook for serial number correction on Z7502.

KTY 29.07.2015 S/N Changed

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