Born: 20th February 1909, Hoxne, Suffolk.
Died: 10th March 1942; age: 33; as a result of an aircraft battle.
Residence: 81, Morland Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 751847.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 39 Squadron.
1911 Elm Cottage, Church Hill, Hoxne, Suffolk.
Albert was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Albert James Bloomfield, 33, a Miller’s Carter, born Sotterley, Suffolk.
Lilian Elizabeth Bloomfield (nee Muttick), 28, born Hoxne.
Lilian May Bloomfield, 10, born Hoxne.
William Albert Bloomfield, 9, born Hoxne.
Frederick Allan Bloomfield, 7, born Hoxne.
Herbert James Bloomfield, 3, born Hoxne.
Mary I. Bloomfield, 5 months, born Hoxne.
In 1934, Ipswich, Albert married Dora Alice Ramsey, born October 1910, Ipswich. They had 1 daughter.
10th March 1942
Aircraft: Bristol Beaufort; Serial Number: N1182;. On the 7th March 1942, nine of 39 Squadron’s Beauforts were sent to Sidi Barrani, Egypt, as part of a major force that was to attack a large enemy convoy off the North African coast. The next morning they took-off and positioned to Bu Amund, Cyrenaica, Libya. On the 9th March, long awaited reconnaissance reports were received and 8 of the 9 aircraft took off at 13:00hrs for the attack. N1182 were scrubbed from the mission as the gun turret of the Beaufort was found to have become unserviceable. On the 10th March, L1182 took-off to return to Sidi Barrani. It is not clear if the gun turret of the aircraft was still unserviceable but in all probability it was. When the aircraft was just off the coast between Bu Amud and Sidi Barrani, at 09:36hrs it was attacked by a pair of German Me109 fighters of unit I/JG27, and was shot down into the sea.
Stanley Ashworth Hopkins; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
Sergeant Elliott- survived.
Sergeant Flett – survived.
Extra information courtesy of John Allan