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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173821
Last updated: 11 July 2021
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Date:25-JUN-1940
Time:14:25
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:254 Squadron Royal Air Force (254 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3604
MSN: QY-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ěsthusvik, Rennes°y, Rogaland, off Stavanger -   Norway
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Sumburgh, Shetland Islands
Destination airport:RAF Sumburgh, Shetland Islands
Narrative:
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV R3604 (QY-R) 254 Sqaudron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over Norway. All three crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/992): "Blenheim N3604 crashed at ěsthusvik, Rennes°y, Norway, 25 June 1940. Sergeant F G Kingham, Acting Sergeant D F S Campbell and Sergeant P G Cory: report of deaths".

Took off at 12.48 hrs from RAF Sumburgh, Shetland Islands. Tasked with a "Stab" operation - a patrol between Stavanger and Bergen attacking shipping "targets of opportunity". Shot down by Ofw Arnoldy of 4./JG77 at approximately 14.25 hrs, while attacking a ship off Stavanger, and crashed into the sea at ěsthusvik, Rennes°y, Rogaland, off Stavanger, Norway. No survivors.

Crew of Blenheim N3604:
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) Percival Gordon Cory, RAF 564105, age 26, killed in action 25/06/1940
Sergeant (Observer) David Ferguson Sharpe Campbell, RAFVR 743031, age 19, killed in action 25/06/1940
Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Francis George Kinghan, RAF 535306, age 23, killed in action 25/06/1940

The crew of three all perished in the crash and all three are buried at the Haugesund (Rossebo) Var Frelsers Cemetery, Norway. The reported crash location of ěsthusvik, Rennes°y, Rogaland, off Stavanger, at approximate Coordinates: 59░06′04″N 05░43′55″E

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 21)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 992: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502443
3. Ross McNeill, Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 1 (1939-1941), Midland publishing, 2003 p 43
4. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/254_squadron.html
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2186536/cory,-percival-gordon/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2186534/campbell,-david-ferguson-sharpe/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2186549/kinghan,-francis-george/
8. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/21.htm
9. http://ww2f.com/threads/33-squadron-raf-africa-greece-1940-41.17205/page-2#post-265360
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rennes%C3%B8y


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Feb-2015 10:47 gerard57 Added
16-Feb-2015 11:42 Oezil Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
26-Sep-2018 10:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
03-Oct-2019 20:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Oct-2019 06:28 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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