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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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24.05.1940 No. 600 Squadron Blenheim I-F L1516 F/O. Hannay

Operation: Test flight

Date: 24th May 1940 (Friday)

Unit: No. 600 Squadron

Type: Bristol Blenheim I-F

Serial: L1516

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Redhill, Surrey

Location: Fordbridge gravel pit, Sunbury-on-Thames

Pilot: F/O. Patrick Claude Hannay 90097 RAF (Aux) Age 27. Killed

Obs: LAC. James Dempster Short 749371 RAFVR Age ? Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Engine cut and control was lost, hit trees and crashed in Fordbridge gravel pit Sunbury-on-Thames. Destroyed by fire.

Burial details:

Above: The CWGC maintain their grave to a high standard. Many families elected to have their relatives buried in family graves. Sadly over time these can be neglected, for whatever reason, as this sample of the pilots grave shows. The CWGC have no jurisdiction to maintain them.

F/O. Patrick Claude Hannay. Cranbourne Churchyard (St. Peter) Sec. F. S.E. part. Row 11. Grave 6. No further details - are you able to assist?

LAC James Dempster Short. Northwood Cemetery. Sec. H. Grave 186. No further details - are you able to assist?

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Andrea Ruddick for grave photographs - May 207, other sources indicated below. With thanks to Hugh Wheeler for his research into Blenheim losses.

KTY 29.05.2017

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 and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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