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82 Squadron Blenheims, RAF Watton, 1940
82 Squadron Blenheims, RAF Watton, 1940
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Ford, Alan Arthur

Alan Arthur Ford
Air Crew Europe Star
Air Crew
Europe Star
1939 - 1945 Star
1939 - 1945
1939 - 1945 War Medal
1939 - 1945
War Medal
Pilot Officer Alan Arthur Ford (88662)
Died on Wednesday 2nd April 1941, aged 23
82 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
Son of Arthur Lewis Ford and Martha Elizabeth Ford (née Kell), of Caversham, Oxfordshire.
Commemorated:Runnymede Memorial
Panel 32.

Alan Ford was born on 10th December 1917 and was baptised at St.Catherine's church, Bearwood on 3rd February 1918.

In 1939 Alan was living with his parents at Forest Lodge in Forest Road. He was already serving in the Royal Air Force at this time.

Alan was a Pilot Officer in 82 Squadron, part of 2 Group RAF, and was based at RAF Bodney in Norfolk. He took off at 14:20 on 2nd April 1941 in Blenheim IV No.Z5818 code named UX-P, probably acting as Observer in the crew of three. They were on an anti-shipping strike by 19 Blenheims of various squadrons off Dutch coast, patrolling Beats E and A.

Six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping on Beats E and A. Aircraft X and Y attacked a 80 T fishong board, a near miss being observed. Aircraft C & L attached 2 - 600 ton Tramp steamers accompanied by Flakship to starboard between them moving W. The rear was attacked and near misses observed on prt bow. Considerable flak was experienced from flakship. Aircraft J attacked 2 flakships of approx. 5000 T, the first being bombed and the second machine-gunned. Bombs were seen to fall on stern and ship went down at stern. Considerable flak was encountered, the Observer being killed and Pilot wounded. Aircraft P is missing.

The aircraft was lost without trace and fellow crew members Sgt. W.C.Haynes, believed to be the pilot, and Sgt A.Lee were also killed. They are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.



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