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Blenheim IV T1807 crashed in the North Sea on 23 August 1941
The aircraft belonged to RAF 235 Sqn. Coastal Command and was coded LA-N.
T/o 07:25 Dyce. OP: A/A patrol.
Took off in company with other squadron aircraft for an escort to one
Sunderland, two Catalina's and HMS Rubis.
At 11:17 hrs the Bleinheim stalled,
dipped the starboard wing and dived into North Sea after engine
failure at low altuitude. The Blenheim broke her back and disappeared
within one minute, two people were thrown out and were presumed dead.
P/O P.L. Lander and Sgt. G.E.R. Latimer have no known graves and are commemorated on
the Runnymede Memorial.
On 30/12-41 the dead body of Observer Sgt. Harold Leake
was found in the sea off Hirtshals and laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on
Note: The Commenwealth War Grave Commision records the date of death of 8/11
1941 for the crew.
Sources: CCL, CWGC, WD, KF.
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