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10.10.1941 No. 500 Squadron Blenheim IV V6171 MK-F F/O. Webb

Operation: Nomad Patrol

Date: 10th October 1941(Friday)

Unit: No. 500 Squadron 16 Group Coastal Command

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V6171

Code: MK-F

Base: RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk

Location: North Sea off Overstrand, Norfolk

Pilot: F/O. Charles Cecil George Webb 79738 RAFVR Age 28. Killed

Observer: Fl/Sgt. Robert Carlson Roberts R/56163 RCAF Age 31. Missing - believed killed

W//Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Harry Coomber 812107 RAF (Auxiliary) Age 20. Missing - believed killed


Took off at 21.25 hours from RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk for a nomad patrol - no further information why they crashed near Overstrand 2 Miles South East of Cromer.

Pieces of the wreckage later were washed ashore, the body of the pilot also washed up further south along the coast. Sadly, the remaining crew bodies were never recovered.

Sgt. Coomber (then AC2) escaped death when the Anson N5066 MK-B after running out of fuel, ditched in the English Channel at 22:45 hrs. on the 09th September 1939 - all four of the crew were rescued.

F/O. Charles Cecil George Webb and grave. Any relative who would like a higher resolution copy of the grave image we would be delighted to send a copy.

Burial Details:

F/O. Charles Cecil George Webb. Caister Old Cemetery. Sec M. Grave 898. Son of Henry Hay Webb and Margaret Webb, of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand, husband of Nancy Bray Webb. of Timaru. B. Arch. 547 Flying hours logged and completed 59 operational sorties. Grave inscription reads: "He Did His Duty".

Fl/Sgt. Robert Carlson Roberts. Runnymede Memorial Panel 60. Son of Fredrick Charles Percy and Jessie Helen Brown Roberts, of St. Lambert, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Sgt. Ronald Harry Coomber. Runnymede Memorial Panel 41. Son of John and Edith Coomber, of Harrietsham, Kent, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY Updated 21.05.2019

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