COURCELLES-SOUS-THOIX, PICARDY TO ENGLISH CHANNEL
Today marks my first day of my second week in the saddle – none of this ‘having a day off’ like in the Tour de France.Today I pass by Poix in Picardy – A place of great significance for FO Christie. The very man who started my interest in this project.During the Battle of France, Flying Officer Christie was a Flight Sergeant, attached to 53 Squadron RAF as an observer. He was stationed here in Poix
No. 53 Squadron was formed at Catterick, North Yorkshire during the First World War and disbanded shortly after. Reinstated In 1939, the Squadron was equipped with Blenheims and moved to France on reconnaissance duties at the start of the war. As the Germans advanced into Europe the Squadron relocated back to the UK in May 1940 continuing its reconnaissance duties from southeast England.
Christie was part of 53 Squadron based at their base at a small airfield near the village of Poixof a three-man crew of a Mark IV Blenheim Bomber on reconnaissance duties. The Bristol Blenheim was a British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company that was used extensively in the first two years of the Second World War.
AT 04:30HRS ON 11TH MAY 1940 FLYING OFFICER PANTON WAS GIVEN A MISSION TO PHOTOGRAPH ENEMY POSITIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE ADVANCE BY THE BEF. HIS CREW, AS USUAL, OBSERVER FLIGHT SERGEANT CHRISTIE AND GUNNER, AIRCRAFT-MAN 2ND CLASS BENCE. THEIR MISSION WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN A BRISTOL BLENHEIM.
View from the Handlebars
Statistics and Route
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