Born: 1914, Ipswich.
Died on or since: 7th February 1941; age: 26; killed when aircraft shot down over Adi Ugri.
Residence: 139, Back Hamlet, Ipswich.
Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 564554.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 47 Squadron.
Aircraft: Vickers Wellesley
Coll. Grave 3.A.7-8
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Albert Edward & Edith Exley Blofield, of Ipswich.
Father: Albert Edward Blofield, born 1877, Ipswich.
Mother: Edith Blofield (nee Exley), born 1884, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
Probate to Albert Edward Blofield, a Commercial Clerk.
7th February 1941
Aircraft: Vickers Wellesley I; Serial Number: K7759; Code: KU-. The aircraft took off in the morning, at Barentu, in the heart of Kunama territory, for reconnaissance of Adi Ugri Road (now named Mendefera). The aircraft was shot down in flames by the Italian crew of Capitano Mario Visintini & Sergente Soffritti, who had earlier claimed a R.A.F. Wellesley, K8525.
John Herbert Davis; Sergeant/Observer; age 27; R.A.F.
Leonard Bird; Air Gunner; R.A.F. survived – PoW.
Leonard had made a successful parachute descent from the burning aircraft. He was taken a prisoner by the Italians. Leonard was released after the British occupation of Abyssinia (Ethiopia), and returned to flying duties in June 1942. Serving with the 218 Gold Coast Squadron Leonard was later awarded the D.F.M. for shooting down an enemy night fighter – gazetted 20th April 1943.