28.08.1941 No.21 Squadron RAF Blenheim IV V6436 P/O Orme Location: Maassluis Zuid, Netherlands
Operation: Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Date: 28th August 1941

Unit: No. 21 Squadron R.A.F.

Type: Bristol Blenheim IV

Serial: V6436

Code: YH - L

Location: Maassluis (Zuid Netherlands).

Pilot: P/O Frank Kerr Orme J/3739 R.C.A.F. Age. 25 - Killed.

Observer: P/O Stanley Frederick Maude Gunnis 63809 R.A.F.V.R. Age. 23 - Killed.

Wop/AG: F/O. Albert Henry Collins 82972 R.A.F.V.R. Age. 34 - Killed.


This aircraft took off from Watton at 1447 hrs. Hit by flak and crashed at Maassluis, Zuid, Netherlands, 14 km west south west of Rotterdam.

1 Collins, Gunnis, Orme 1941
The crew, left to right: F/O Collins, P/O Gunnis and P/O Orme (Courtesy of Mrs. J.M. Kelly daughter of F/O. Collins)

This rare colour photo shows P/O Orme and his crew back at Watton after a successful attack on shipping off the Dutch coast, 18th August 1941, just 10 days before they were lost in this same aircraft V6436 YH-L. P/O Orme
can be seen climbing from the cockpit, behind him are two members of his ground crew, next to them wearing his Officers cap is P/O Gunnis, and far right on top of the fuselage is F/O Collins. (L. Gover)

AH Collins 21 Sqn KIA 28 Aug 1941
F/O Albert Henry Collins (Courtesy of Mrs. J.M. Kelly - daughter of F/O Collins)

In this second photo also taken on 18th August 1941, P/O Orme
is far right, P/O Gunnis 3rd from right,
as F/O Collins climbs from his hatch, having given his parachute harness to a member of the ground staff. (Hulton)

Hook of Holland General Cemetery (Net)

Burial Details:

P/O Frank Kerr Orme
. Hook of Holland General Cemetery Row F. Coll. grave 35. Son of Frank Laurence Orme and Mildred Kerr Orme, of Rockcliffe, Ontario, Canada.

P/O Stanley Frederick Maude Gunnis. Hook of Holland General Cemetery Row F. Coll. grave 35.Son of Matthew Gunnis, and of Elizabeth Dorman Gunnis, of Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

F/O Albert Henry Collins. Hook of Holland General Cemetery Row F. Coll. grave 35. Son of Albert and Rose Collins; husband of Winifred Emma Collins, of Shepherds' Bush, London.

Researched by David King for Mrs. J.M. Kelly - daughter of F/O Collins and all the relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses Vol 2", Martin Middlebrook "Bomber Command War Diaries". The C.W.G.C. and RAF in WWII in Colour (Freeman)

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