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RAF - No. 604 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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604 SQUADRON - Bristol Blenheim IF
Fighter Command

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Shortly before the outbreak of war, 604 Squadron converted to Blenheims with which it flew defensive patrols and undertook early experiments with airborne radar.

When Germany invaded the Low Countries in May 1940, No 604 flew sweeps over the battle areas, but reverted to night patrols in July and became a full-time night fighter squadron, with Beaufighters beginning to arrive in September and by January 1941 the squadron was completely equipped with the type.


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Operations and losses 10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940
Not all operations listed; those with fatal losses are.

10/05/1940: Escort to Ockenburg, NL. 1 a/c lost

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10/05/1940: Escort to Ockenburg, NL

Bristol Blenheim IF
Serial number: L1517, NG-?
Operation: Escort for No. 110 Squadron to Ockenburg
Lost: 10/05/1940
F/O. I. Joll - safe, returned to UK
LAC. J. Pickford - safe, returned to UK
Took off from Northolt.
Peter Cornwell: 'Forced-landed on beach at Scheveningen damaged by flak, at 17.30 hrs. Aircraft abandoned.'
Losses register, SGLO: 'Crashed in the dunes near Wassenaar, 17.30 hrs.'

Sources: Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008; Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945 (SGLO), Verliesregister 1939-1945, 2008

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Air of Authority - 604 Squadron
Air Force POWs 1939-1945
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Australian War Memorial
Bail-outs for 1940
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
German claims and Allied losses, May 1940 - Laurent Rizzotti
The London Gazette
Prisoners of War captured in Europe 1940
Royal Air Force - 604 Squadron
RAF against odds (Time, USA, 27/05/1940)
RAF - Campaign Diary - The Battle of France (May-June 1940)
RAF Museum: British Military Aviation in 1940
RAF Order of Battle, France, 10th May 1940
Royal Air Force History Section
The Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
The Second World War - a day by day account
The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940, by Major L.F. Ellis, 1954

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J R Bushby 'Gunner's moon' (Middle Wallop night fighter ops 1940) (Ian Allen 1972)
R Chisholm 'Cover of Darkness' (Windus 1953)
Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008
C F Rawnsley & R Wright 'Night fighter'
Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945 (SGLO), Verliesregister 1939-1945, 2008

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This page is dedicated to the men of 604 Squadron.

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