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Prince, Albert Stanley (Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1939-09-04

Birth Date: 1911-11-22 (age 27)

Born: Montreal, Quebec

Son of Harold Braithwaite and Eliza Prince of Neston, England.

Husband of Winifred Mary Prince, father of William of Chester, England. For additional information about Sergeant Pilot Prince, visit the

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia

Service
RAF
Unit
107 Sqn- Squadron
Rank
Sergeant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
580195

Blenheim Mk. lV N6240

Bombing Wilhelmshaven Germany 1939-September-03 to 1939-September-04

After an early Blenheim reconnaissance, 15 Blenheims and 14 Wellingtons were dispatched to bomb German warships. 5 planes from each force failed to find targets in low-cloud conditions. Most of the remaining Blenheims carried out low-level attacks on the pocket battleship Admiral Scheer and on the cruiser Emden in Wil- helmshaven harbour. At least 3 bombs hit the Admiral Scheer but they failed to explode; the Emden was damaged and suffered some casualties when a Blenheim crashed on to it. 5 Blenheims were shot down, all or most by anti-aircraft (Flak) fire; 107 Squadron lost 4 of its 5 planes on the raid. The first Bomber Command casualties of the war are believed to have been Flight Lieutenant W. F. Barton and his crew - Flying Officer J F Ross, navigator, and Corporal J L Ricketts, wireless operator/gunner - of 107 Squadron, all killed when Blenheim N6184 was shot down by anti-aircraft gunfire of the Admiral Hipper. Little is known of the Wellington attacks on ships at Brunsbuttel in the mouth of the Kiel Canal. 4 crews reported that they had found targets to bomb. Owing to navigation error, 2 bombs were dropped on the Danish town of Esbjerg, 110 miles north of Brunsbuttel, and 2 people were killed there. Some of the Wellingtons were attacked by German fighters and 2 Wellingtons were lost. Total effort for the day: 30 sorties, 7 aircraft (23.3 per cent) lost. The Bomber Command War Diaries, Middlebrook and Everitt

Sergeant Albert Stanley Prince (RAF) was the first Canadian airman killed in action in WW II. He was "The First of Ten Thousand" in Bomber Command

Prisoners of War for Blenheim IV N6240 - Sgt George Franklin BOOTH (561012) ;AC2 Laurence Joseph SLATTERY (548555)

Sgt Prince was initially buried at the Garrison Cemetery in Wesermude-Geestemunde, Germany but was exhumed and reburied at the Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Germany 1949-01-26 Martin Bowman's book "Reich Intruders, Dramatic RAF Medium Bomber Raids Over Europe in WW2."

Museum Sergeant Albert Stanley Prince, Bomber Command Museum

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Sergeant Albert Stanley Prince was exhumed and reburied.

Bristol Blenheim

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3602838)
Bristol 142M Blenheim Mk.V, RAF (Serial No. DJ702).

The Bristol Blenheim is a British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company (Bristol) which was used extensively in the first two years and in some cases throughout the Second World War. The aircraft was developed as Type 142, a civil airliner, in response to a challenge from Lord Rothermere to produce the fastest commercial aircraft in Europe. The Type 142 first flew in April 1935, and the Air Ministry, impressed by its performance, ordered a modified design as the Type 142M for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a bomber. Deliveries of the newly named Blenheim to RAF squadrons commenced on 10 March 1937. Wikipedia

YouTube Bristol Blenheim Bomber

Wkikpedia Bristol Blenheim

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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RCAF On Strength (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (197)
last update: 2021-10-05 20:09:43

Blenheim Mk. lV N6240


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