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Location of RAF aircraft's crashes in the Province of Vlaams-Brabant

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* To the 110 Squadron *
* To the crew of L9175-VE*
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* Cemetery where rest the crew *

Crash site of Blenheim L9175-VE

cest raf squadron

Unit: 110 Squadron
Aircraft: Blenheim
Code: L9175-VE
Base: Wattisham
Mission: Maastricht
Crew officer: Fl/O Grattan G R
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Vlaams Brabant)



Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L9175 (VE-B) of 110 (Hyderabad) Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Blenheim L9175 shot down over Montaigu, Belgium, 11 May 1940".
Following a desperate plea from the Belgians (who had lost 6 out of 9 Battles attacking bridges over Albert Canal near Maastricht), 23 Blenheims (from 110 Squadron and 21 Squadron) were ordered to attack the same targets. Four aircraft are lost (two from each squadron) and none of the bombs hit the intended target. A follow up attack by LeO 451 bombers of the French Air Force also failed to destroy the bridges, but did start several fires in a motorised column.
Planned reconnaissance by 6 Blenheims cancelled due to poor weather. two aircraft from 110 (hyderabad) Squadron were lost - L9175 and N6208. L9175 was airborne at 14:50 hrs from RAF Wattisham, Suffolk. Shot down near Kaggevinne (Brabant), 2 km South West of Diest, Belgium. Shot down by fighter during raid on Maastricht by Oblt. Gerhard Homuth of 3./JG 27. Two of the three crew were killed in action, one survived to be captured and taken as a PoW.
Details of LAC Allam's DFM were Gazetted 8 March 1940. Sgt T.Patterson was confined in Hospital due to injuries sustained. (No PoW Number known). The two crew fatalities were buried at Kaggevinne Communal Cemetery, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium


The graves of the crews fallen to Kaggevine (Bleinheim 9175-VE, 1940 and Stirling BF501-HA-N, 1943)

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