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06/07.05.1941 No. 59 Squadron Blenheim IV V6311 TR-A Fl/Lt. Palmer D.F.C.

Operation: EMRO Patrol

Date: 06/07th May 1941 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 59 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V6311

Code: TR-A

Base: RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk.

Location: North Sea.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Gerald Tudor Palmer DFC. 39333 RAF Age 23. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Alfred Daniel Whitson 746745 RAFVR Age ? Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Charles Esbeth Armour Dunlop DFM. 625116 RAF Age 33. Missing - believed killed (1)

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off from RAF Bircham Newton in Norfolk for a EMRO (2) patrol at 22:18 hrs.


No Luftwaffe claims can be found for the loss but lost over the North Sea. The body of the pilot Fl/Lt Palmer DFC. was later washed ashore but the other two crew members are still missing.

Above Fl/Sgt. Dunlop with his girlfriend, thought to have been take outside Buckingham Palace receiving his D.F.M. His previous girlfriend was a young lady named Sophia Furgeson but they drifted apart after he joined up. (courtesy Sheila Roberts)

(1) DFM. published in the London Gazette 13th September 1940.

(2) EMRO a patrol between Emden and Rotterdam, usually between the hours of darkness.

Left: Grave of the pilot, Sq/Ldr. Palmer DFC. As photographed by Bart Baeyens for Aircrew Remembered in July 2013. Any relative who would like a higher resolution photograph of the grave Bart would be happy for us to provide you with free of charge.


Burial details:

Fl/Lt Gerald Tudor Palmer DFC. Sage War Cemetery. Grave 5.B.5. Son of Gerald and Lena Palmer, of Denham, Buckinghamshire, England.

Sgt. Alfred Daniel Whitson. Runnymede Memorial Panel 54. No further details or next of kin yet available.

Fl/Sgt. Charles Esbeth Armour Dunlop DFM. Runnymede Memorial Panel 36. Also family grave at Craigton Cemetary, Glasgow Scotland. Grave No. H140. Son of Thomas and Mary Campbell Dunlop, of Glasgow, Scotland.

Researched for relatives of the crew ad in particular to Sheila Roberts and family - relatives of Fl/Sgt. Dunlop who supplied a great deal of information. With thanks also to Bart Baeyens of Lembeek, Flanders for the grave photograph taken for Aircrew Remembered in July 2013. I.T. Tavender - Distinguished Flying Medal 1918-1996, Ross Mcneill - "Coastal Command Losses Vol 1", Graham Warner - "The Bristol Blenheim", Commonwealth Graves Commission.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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