Blenheim IV R3732 - The North Sea                                                      Updated:  11 JAN 2012

Airman Surname Init Rank Service Sqdn P_link Plane Operation Crash_site Crash_d Buried_d C_link At_Next
a053001.htm Bennett L C WCdr RAF 21 p011.htm BLE R3732 Not DK/G The North Sea d090740 b290940 c053.htm Lønstrup
e777413.htm Burt C J Sgt RAF 21 p011.htm BLE R3732 Not DK/G The North Sea d090740 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777412.htm Summers A T Sgt RAF 21 p011.htm BLE R3732 Not DK/G The North Sea d090740 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN

Den 9. juli 1940 kl. 12.31 mistede BLE R3732 radiokontakt til et andet fly, der også havde angrebet Sola flyveplads (her) ved Stavanger i Norge.
Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift skriver:

"Seks Blenheims fra 21 BS og seks fra 57 BS lettede kl 08.00. Lidt over kl. 11.00 angreb flyene Sola flyveplads ved Stavanger og blev mødt af kraftig flak. Umiddelbart efter angrebet blev formationen angrebet af Me110 og Bf109. Fire Blenheims fra 21 BS og to fra 57 BS blev skudt ned over Skagerrak. Det lykkedes den 34-årige W/C Leslie Clive Bennett at undslippe med sit fly trods betydelige skader. Kl. 11.45 var W/ C Bennett i radiokontakt med et andet fly, og han kunne berette, at hans skader
var så omfattende, at han ikke kunne nå tilbage til England, og at han ville forsøge en nødlanding på havet. Kinloss vedligeholdt radioforbindelsen med W/C Bennett
indtil kl. 12.31. Trods intensiv eftersøgning lykkedes det aldrig at finde spor efter flyet og dets besætning. Liget af W/C Bennett blev fundet på Lønstrup strand den
28. september 1940, og umiddelbart efter blev han begravet på Lønstrup kirkegård." (FT 89-32-4)

1 flyver fra BLE R3732 blev begravet i Lønstrup. 2 flyvere har ingen kendt grav. 3 flyvere.

On 9 July 1940 at 12.31 hours BLE R3732 lost radio contact to another plane that had also attacked Sola Airfield (here) at Stavanger in Norway.
(Danish) Aviation Historical Review writes:

"6 Blenheims from 21 Squadron and 6 from 57 Squadron took off at 08.00 hours. Shortly after 11.00 the planes attacked Sola Airfield (here) at Stavanger and were met with heavy flak. During the attack the formation was attacked by Me110s and Bf109s. 4 Blenheims from 21 Squadron and 2 from 57 Squadron were shot down over the Skagerrak. W/C Leslie Clive Bennett, 34, managed to escape with his plane in spite of considerable damage. At 11.45 hours Bennett had radio contact to another
plane. He reported that the damage was so extensive that he would not be able to make it back to England and that he would try to ditch at sea. Kinloss kept radio contact with W/C Bennett till 12.31 hours. No trace of the plane and its crew has ever been found in spite of intensive search. On 28 September 1940 the body of
W/C Bennett was found washed ashore at Lønstrup and he was buried shortly after in Lønstrup Churchyard." (FT 89-32-4)

1 airman from BLE R3732 was buried in Lønstrup. 2 airmen have no known grave.
See Bomber Command No. 21 Squadron and No. 21 Squadron RAF in Wikipedia. Also The Blenheim Society.
This Blenheim took off from RAF Lossiemouth - see the present RAF Lossiemouth - RAF Station homepage. Lost Bombers has this. 3 airmen.