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Rededication Service - 25 October

12 October 2016

A rededication service will be held at 10:00 hours on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Choloy War Cemetery, France, for the crew of Royal Air Force Bristol Blenheims P6926 and N6210.

Blenheim P6926, with its crew of Flight Lieutenant P A Hawks, Sergeant F J J Evans and Aircraftsman C G Shaw was lost without trace on 14 May 1940 whilst on a sortie in the Sedan area of France. Recent research has confirmed that the aircraft referred to in a French Red Cross report about a crash at Vrigne-aux-Bois was a Blenheim. All other Blenheims lost on 14 May 1940 have been accounted for; by elimination the aircraft lost at Vrigne-aux-Bois was Blenheim P6926.

Blenheim N6210, with its crew of Pilot Officer S G Rose (Royal Canadian Air Force), Sergeant D A Ashton and Leading Aircraftsman E N Edwards was also lost on a sortie in the Sedan area of France on 14 May 1940. Examination of CWGC data about 3 “unknown” aircrew buried in Choloy War Cemetery revealed that one held the rank of Pilot Officer and another was found with a cigarette lighter engraved with the initials “D.A”. The only aircraft lost in May 1940 with a) a Pilot Officer and b) an airman with the initials “D.A” was Blenheim N6210.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence staff, regimental representatives and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing the headstones.