The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. N J Stocks
Norman James Stocks joined the RAF about May 1938 as a Boy Entrant. He later remustered as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. After completing his training he was posted to 248 Squadron in late July 1940.
Stocks was a member of the crew of Blenheim L9453 which failed to return from a reconnaissance sortie over the Norwegian coast on 20th October 1940.
Three Blenheims from 248 had been sent out to look for a shot-down German crew in a dinghy, an intercepted radio message indicated that a Luftwaffe floatplane was on its way to pick them up.
Off Ballen Hemnefjord, L9453 was intercepted by two Me109’s from 4./JG77 and shot down. P/O SR Gane was able to bale out but P/O MD Green and Stocks were still aboard when the Blenheim went into the sea. The two Messerschmitts then machine-gunned Gane while he was descending.
Stocks is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 19.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner