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500 Squadron Crest
30.08.1941 No. 500 Squadron Blenheim IV Z6164 MK-V F/O. Terry

Operation: Night Intruder

Date: 30th August 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 500 Squadron. 16 Group. Coastal Command. (motto: Quo fata vocent - 'Whither the fates may call')

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: Z6164

Code: MK-V

Base: RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk

Location: North Sea off Noordwijk, Netherlands

Pilot: F/O. Ian Hrewitt Noel Terry 79737 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed

Pilot: Sgt. Harry Douglas Poole 754015 RAFVR Age 22. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alan Cyril Scrivens 749499 RAFVR Age 20. Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 21:21 hrs on a night intruder operation against Soesterberg Air Base in the Netherlands.

One of two lost this night from the Squadron, thought to have been victims of anti-aircraft fire.


The other:

Blenheim IV V5525 MK-B Flown by 23 year old, Sgt. David Aloysius Crosbie, killed with the other two crew.

Burial details:

F/O. Ian Hrewitt Noel Terry. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 30. Son of Noel and Dorothy Terry of Altringham, Cheshire and husband of Margaret Phoebe Terry, of Hampton, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. Harry Douglas Poole. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 50. Son of Harry Arthur and Lilian Poole, of Aylesford, Kent, England.

Sgt. Alan Cyril Scrivens. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 51. Son of Harry James Scrivens and Caroline Scrivens, of Hove, Sussex, England.

Other crew:

Sgt. David Aloysius Crosbie. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 85. Row D. Grave 4. Son of David and Mary Crosbie, of Glasgow, Scotland. (Pilot, Age 23. 968184 RAFVR) Grave inscription: 'Dearly Loved Youngest Son Of David And Mary Crosbie. May He Rest In Peace'.

Sgt. Douglas Cruickshank Hyslop. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 85. Row D. Grave 2. Son of David and Mary Hyslop, of Darnaway, Morayshire and husband of Jessie Hyslop, of Darnaway, Scotland. (Pilot. Age 28. 968145 RAFVR) Grave inscription: 'Until The Day Break And The Shadows Flee Away" Fondly Remembered By All'.

Sgt. Alan Harry Peek. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 85. Row D. Grave 3. Son of Albert John and Valerie Rhoda Peek, of Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. (W/Op/Air/Gnr. Age 20. 902987 RAFVR) Grave inscription: 'Treasured Memories Of Our Dear Son Alan. Forever In Our Hearts. Mum And Dad'.

Researched for Richard Albrow (who also supplied photo of his relative Sgt. Poole) and dedicated to the relatives of these crews with thanks to Ross McNeill - 'Coastal Command Losses', other sources as quoted below:

KTY 28.12.2019

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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