02nd June 1941 18 Squadron Blenheim IV L9192 Fl/Lt. Mead
Date: 02nd June 1941 (Monday)
Unit: No. 18 Squadron (motto: Animo et fide - 'With courage and faith'). 2 Group
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Oulton, Norfolk
Location: North Sea
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Ian Alan Mead 33157 RAFVR Age 24. Missing - believed killed
Obs: Sgt. Cyril Clifford Gordon Ashcroft 916414 RAFVR Age 29 . Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Frank Richards 751431 RAFVR Age 33
REASON FOR LOSS:
The aircraft took off from RAF Oulton at 19:02 hrs for a daylight operation in the Kiel Canal area.
The aircraft was believed to have been shot down 160km west of Texel by Ofw. Karl Munz (1) of 2./JG52.
The other aircraft lost during the operation from 139 squadron, flying Blenheim IV V6239 pilot Sgt. Frank Boroski (2) R/67510 RCAF was lost without trace with both his other crew.
(1) Ofw. Karl Munz (Shown left) became one of the highest aces of the Luftwaffe wit 60 victories. Born on the 29th April 1915 at Gottwollshausen, survived the war passing away on the 3 December, 1992 age 77. (Kracker Archive)
(2) Boroski Lake northwest of North Knife Lake in Manitoba, Canada was named after Sgt. Frank Boroski in 1979.
Fl/Lt. Ian Alan Mead. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 29. Attended Portsmouth Grammar School 1927 - 1934. Son of Robert and Muriel Mead and wife of Doreen Winnie Mead, of Bembridge, Isle of Wight.
Sgt. Cyril Clifford Gordon Ashcroft. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 38. Son of Henry Parkinson Ashcroft and Alice Ashcroft; husband of Edith Grace Ellen Ashcroft, of Barnet, Hertfordshire
Sgt. William Frank Richards. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 51. Son of William and Jane Richards and husband of Margaret Frances Richards, of Bexley, Kent.
139 Squadron crew:
Sgt. Frank Boroski. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 60. From Rockwood, Manitoba, Canada - next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Slade. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 52. Son of Arthur and Mary Elisabeth Slade, of Greenford, Middlesex. (A Chartered Accountant)
Sgt. Alec Ball. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 39. Son of Harry Ball, and of Emily Ball, of King's Norton, Birmingham.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Portsmouth Grammar School, other sources as quoted below: