Operation: Night Patrol
Date: 9th August 1940 (Friday)
Unit: No. 600 Squadron (Fighter Command)
Type: Blenheim If
Base: RAF Manston, Kent.
Location: North Sea off Ramsgate, Kent
Pilot: F/O. Stanley P. Le Rougetel 70392 RAFVR Survived
Obs: Sgt. Eric Smith 197580 RAFVR Survived
REASON FOR LOSS:
Several different accounts exist on the loss of this aircraft. Some reports state that it was shot down by Oblt. Karl-Heinz Metz from 8./JG 2. Some say that it was hit by Allied flak.
The aircraft we know came down off Westgate at 23:00 hrs. after engine failure with both the crew managing to bale out over the North Sea.
The lifeboat 'J B Proudfoot' found the pilot about half a mile offshore, exhausted but alive and being kept afloat by his lifejacket. The lifeboat crew provided him with rum and landed him back on shore at 00.45 hrs. Sgt Smith had managed to swim ashore.
None, both survived this incident and also the war.
Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Ross Mcneill for his extensive knowledge of RNLI and Coastal Command during WW2, Graham Warner - 'The Bristol Blenheim' Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. R.N.L.I. Records of Service 1939-46.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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