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The Airmen's Stories - P/O N B Shorrocks


Norman Basil Shorrocks was born on 9th February 1911 in Chorlton, Lancashire and joined the RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 14 BGS West Freugh, was commissioned and joined 235 Squadron on 1st April 1940.



235 Squadron Bircham Newton 5th October 1940. Photograph taken from the port wing of Blenheim N3530.

Rear row (L to R): Adjutant F/O A Pinnock (not BoB), P/O AW Martin, P/O NB Shorrocks, Sgt. PF Hall, Sgt. WHJ Westcott, Sgt. LPVJ Ricks (Canadian), Sgt. KE Naish.

Front row (L to R): S/Ldr. RN (Neville-) Clarke, P/O LLG Javaux (Belgian), P/O JL Kirkpatrick (Belgian).

(Image courtesy of Andrew Pinnock)




On 11th September 1940 Shorrocks was in the lead Blenheim, Z5725, of six Blenheims of 235 on an escort operation for FAA Albacores attacking Calais. They were attacked by Me109's and his aircraft was shot down.

Shorrocks, F/Lt. Flood and Sgt. BR Sharp were all reported 'Missing'.

Shorrocks was 29. His name is on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 10.




Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner


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