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21 Crest
16th June 1941 21 Squadron Blenheim IV V6034 Fl/Sgt. Leavers

Operation: Beat 7

Date: 16th June 1941 (Monday)

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

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V6034

Code: YH-D

Base: RAF Watton, Norfolk

Location: North Sea

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Evered Arthur Reginald Rex Leavers DFM. 745760 RAFVR Age 24. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Ian Overheu DFM. NZ/40721 RNZAF Age 23. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Joseph William Howell Phelps 751054 RAFVR Age ? Killed


Taking off at 13:19 hrs on an anti-shipping strike off the Frisian Islands with two other aircraft.

V6034 collided with the mast of a 'Squeler' (radio-equipped early warning trawler) shearing off the outer starboard wing. The aircraft then cartwheeled into the sea. Two bodies of the crew were later recovered.

Sgt. Overheu has no known grave.

Burial and personal details

Fl/Sgt. Evered Arthur Reginald Rex Leavers DFM. Baflo (Den Andel) Protestant Cemetery. Row 22. Grave 12. Born on the 27th of May 1917, in Bridgford, Nottingham. Son of Jessie Leavers, of Dunkirk, Nottingham, England. Grave inscription: 'In Proud And Everloving Memory Of Evered Arthur Rex Of Nottingham, England'.

Sgt. Ian Overheu DFM. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 64. Born on the 28th July 1917 at Geraldton, Western Australia. Worked as a traveller/machine fitter prior to service. Enlisted on the 12th March 1940 at Levin. Trained with 17 Operational Unit before joining 21 squadron on the 17th February 19421. Son of Frederick Charles and Florence Margaret Overhue (née Bond). Husband of Peggy Yvonne Overheu (née Skelton) of Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia. A total of 290 flying hours logged and on his 28th operational sortie.

Sgt. Joseph William Howell Phelps. Sage War Cemetery. Grave 7.C.15. Son of Herbert and Olive Phelps of Bedwellty, Monmouthshire, South Wales.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, RAF Watton website, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 07-04-2021

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