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110 Squadron Crest
06.12.1941 No. 110 Squadron Blenheim IV Z7962 Sgt. Victor H. Langrish

Operation: Training

Date: 06th December 1941 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 110 Squadron

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: Z7962

Code: VE-?

Base: RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire

Location: As above, outside the perimeter of airfield

Pilot: Sgt. Victor Horace Langrish 741461 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Obs: F/O. Douglas Hickling Ivens 60344 RAFVR Age 26. Killed (1)

Obs 2: P/O. Eric Lionel Victor Stanley 102980 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Allan Edward Bailey 1375120 RAFVR Age 19. Killed


Not sure why there were four persons on the aircraft when it crashed - possibly one of the observers was under training or one  (F/O. Douglas Ivens) had simply wanted a lift.

Taking off from RAF Bicester (see map) when shortly afterwards crashed just outside the area of the airfield - cause is thought to have been incorrect trim tab settings.

(1) (1) F/O. Douglas Hickling Ivens was also a fully trained pilot.

Area of crash with insert showing F/O. Ivens (courtesy Sherborne School Archives)

Blenheim IV from 110 squadron being refuelled and armed (courtesy IWM)

Right: Sherborne School, Dorset - Any further information that you are able to assist them with fallen former pupils from all wars, we would be pleased to pass onto them. 

Burial details:

Sgt. Victor Horace Langrish. Enfield Crematorium. Panel 2. Son of Horace Walter and Alma Ada Langrish, of Tottenham, London, England.

F/O. Douglas Hickling Ivens. Caversfield Churchyard (St. Laurence) Grave 22. Further information (courtesy Sherborne School Archives) Born 29 October 1915. Son of John Quilez Ivens (died 25th August 1960 - age 84) and Elizabeth Julia Ivens (died 11th July 1959 - age 86 - formerly of Lascelles House, Eastbourne), of High Bickington, Devon. Attended Fernden preparatory school, Haslemere, Surrey. Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1929 - July 1932. Lived at 24 Park Lane, London, England. Working in commerce.

P/O. Eric Lionel Victor Stanley. Weston Churchyard (Holy Trinity) Row 19. Grave 1. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Stanley, of Walken Road, Stevenage, Herts, England. Educated at Alleynes school in Stevenage. Prior to joining the RAFVR where he trained in Canada, served within the Civil Service.

Sgt. Allan Edward Bailey. Caversfield Churchyard (St. Laurence) Grave 18. Son of Stanley Edgar and Gladys May Bailey, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew With thanks to Sherborne School Archives for additional information. Aircrew Remembered own Archives. Commonwealth Graves Commission. As well as numerous sources mentioned below.

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