Flight Sergeant Peter Henry Blaskey (later Blake)

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Blaskey (later Blake)
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Peter Henry
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 From: Bishop Jonathan Blake

Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:31 PM

My father, Peter Henry Blake, known then as Sergeant Peter Henry Blaskey, rarely spoke about his wartime experiences, an approach common among his peers.

 On the night 10/11th September 1942, 89 Lancasters formed part of the 479 bomber force which attacked Dusseldorf, the target being well marked by Pathfinder Force aircraft. This led to heavy damage on the city.

 Five Lancasters were among 33 aircraft lost on this operation. Sergeant P.H. Blaskey the pilot, Sergeant Hemmings the flight engineer and Sergeant Kean the bomb aimer became prisoners of war.

 Sergeant Havenhand the navigator and Sergeant Young and Sergeant Cartwright, both air gunners, were killed. They are buried in the Reichswald War Cemetry.


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