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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Operation: Anti Diver Patrol

Date: 25th June 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 91 Squadron (motto: 'We seek alone')

Type: Spitfire XIV

Serial: RM617

Code: DL-?

Base: RAF West Malling

Location: Nettlestead, Kent

Pilot: W/O. 'Red' Richmond Antony Barrett Blumer Aus/411854 RAAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

On the 6th November 1943 whilst with 91 squadron flying Spitfire XII EN626, he was shot down by flak north of Rouen during a ‘Rhubarb’ sortie, but managed to avoid capture by the Germans and eventually made contact with the French Resistance who guided him to neutral Switzerland. He finally reached UK via Gibraltar.

On the 25th June 1944 he landed to refuel at the Staplehurst Advanced Landing Ground before taking off again for the short flight to RAF West Malling but shortly afterwards spun in and crashed killing the young Australian.

We recommend interested parties visit the Shoreham Aviation Museum where they have a small display of pieces from RM617. It is also understood that a memorial close to the crash site has been placed.

Burial details:

W/O. 'Red' Richmond Antony Barrett Blumer. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 4. N. 17. Born on the 19th April 1921 at Sydney. Enlisted on the 21st June, 1941 in Sydney. Son of Cecil Herbert Blumer and Alice Ruby (née Barrett) of Croydon, New South Wales, Australia. His younger brother Alexander Gordon Barrett Blumer DFC Aus/411735, also served. Grave inscription: Deeply Loved Sadly Mourned Proudly Remembered'.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to NAA, Shoreham Aviation Museum, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 26-02-2021

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Acknowledgements
Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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