emblem RAF RAF No 21 Squadron

Firefighters are quick to put out an engine fire on this Bristol Blenheim from RAF 21Sqn YH Z7492

Bristol Blenheim MkIVF RAF 21Sqn V6034 seconds before it crashed into the sea

Bristol Blenheim MkIVF RAF 21Sqn YHD Z7438 Manston

Lost on the on a Anti-shipping mission Flight Lieutenant F.L.Campbell-Rogers Pilot POW; Sergeant J.P.Sullivan KIA; Sergeant D.E.Bingham POW

Bristol Blenheim MkIVF RAF 21Sqn YHS Z7435 shot down over Holland

Serial Range Z7271 - Z8323. One of a batch of 600 Bristol Type 142L, Blenheim Mk.1V built by Rootes Securities. Z7271-7230; Z7340-7374; Z7406-7455; Z7483-7522; Z7577-7596; Z7610- 7654; Z7678-7712; Z7754-7803; Z7841-7860; Z7879-7928; Z7958-7992, = 430 built. Z7993-8002; Z8050-8099;Z8143-8167; Z8202-8236; Z8274-8323, cancelled. Transferred after initial RAF service were: Z7373; Z7779; Z7842; Z7885 to Free French Forces. Z7492 to Portugese Air Force. Z7986 to Turkish Air Force. Z7435 was one of four 21 Sqdn Blenheims lost on this operation. See: V5825; V6436; Z7447. Airborne 1446 from Watton. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Rozenburg (Zuid Holland), 16 km WSW of Rotterdam exactly the same crash-site as 88 Sqdn Blenheim L9379 on the same operation. All are buried in the Hook of Holland General Cemetery. Sgt K.Hayes KIA Sgt A.A.C.Shaddick KIA Sgt R.F.Brian KIA

Blenheim MkIV RAF 21Sqn YHD V6034 crashing off Borkum Island NW Germany IWM C1939A

Low-level oblique aerial photograph taken during an attack on an enemy radio-equipped trawler off Borkum Island by three Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 21 Squadron RAF. Sergeant E A R R Leaver's aircraft, V6034 'YH-D', can be seen (left) spinning out of control after hitting the ship's mast during his attack. The 21 year- old pilot and his crew, Sergeant I Overheu and Sergeant J Phelps, were all killed, although the "squealer" (a vessel equipped with radio to warn enemy shipping of impending aerial attack) was sunk.

Imperial War Museum IWM C 1939A https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023063

Bristol Blenheim RAF 21Sqn YHP flying low on their way to Rotterdam 16th Jul 1941 IWM C1953

Low level oblique aerial photograph taken during a major daylight raid on the docks at Rotterdam, Holland, by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 2 Group. Blenheims of No. 21 Squadron RAF approach the target at low level.

Imperial War Museum IWM C 1953 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211309

Bristol Blenheim RAF 2 Group flying low over Knapsack Rotterdam 16th Jul 1941 IWM C2020

Bristol Blenheim RAF 2 Group flying low over Knapsack Rotterdam 16th Jul 1941 IWM C2024

The Goldenburg power station at Knapsack, near Cologne, Germany under attack by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 2 Group. Photograph taken from the mid-upper turret of one of the attacking aircraft as it cleared the target area.

Imperial War Museum IWM C 2020 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023071

Imperial War Museum IWM C 2024 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023073

Bristol Blenheim RAF 2 Group flying low over Knapsack Rotterdam 16th Jul 1941 IWM C2095

Low-level oblique aerial photograph taken during a major daylight raid on the docks at Rotterdam, Holland, by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 2 Group. Bombs burst on the dock area as a Blenheim heads away over the rooftops south of the Nieuwe Maas. The tail of the aircraft is on the left of the picture.

Imperial War Museum IWM C 2095 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211322

Bristol Blenheim RAF 2 Group flying low over Knapsack Rotterdam 16th Jul 1941 IWM C1950

Low-level oblique aerial photograph taken during a major daylight raid on the docks at Rotterdam, Holland, by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 2 Group. Bombs burst on the dock area as a Blenheim heads away over the rooftops. The tail of the aircraft is on the left of the picture, and the gunsight and part of the barrle of the machine gun mounted in the mid-upper turret, from which the photograph was taken, is on the right.

Imperial War Museum IWM C 1950 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211307

Bristol Blenheim RAF 2 Group flying low over Knapsack Rotterdam 16th Jul 1941 IWM C1948

Low-level oblique aerial photograph taken during a major daylight raid on the docks at Rotterdam, Holland, by Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 2 Group. Bombs burst on the docks by the Nieuwe Maas as a Blenheim banks away after its attack. The tail of the aircraft is seen on the left of the picture.

Imperial War Museum IWM C 1948 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211307

Bristol Blenheim RAF 2 Group flying low over Knapsack Rotterdam 16th Jul 1941 IWM C1947

Low-level oblique photograph taken from a Bristol Blenheim Mark IV of No. 2 Group as it left the target area during a costly low-level raid on the docks at Rotterdam. 18 aircraft, drawn from Nos. 21, 110 and 226 Squadrons RAF, took part in the raid, during which 1 crashed on take off and 7 were shot down over the target, although three large cargo ships were sunk at their moorings and other damage was caused in the docks.

Imperial War Museum IWM C 1947 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023077

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    Magazine References: +

  • Airfix Magazines (English) - http://www.airfix.com/
  • Avions (French) - http://www.aerostories.org/~aerobiblio/rubrique10.html
  • FlyPast (English) - http://www.flypast.com/
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  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://www.pdfmagazines.org/tags/Le+Fana+De+L+Aviation/
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  • Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/

    Web References: +

  • History of RAF Organisation: http://www.rafweb.org
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

This webpage was updated 22nd July 2020