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13.05.1940 No. 264 Squadron Defiant I L6950 P/O. Chandler

Operation: Patrol - German troop transports

Date: 13th May 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No. 264 Squadron

Type: Defiant I

Serial: L6960

Base: RAF Duxford (via Martlesham)

Location: Gat van het Zuiderklip, Moordplaat

Pilot: P/O. Gordon Emery Chandler 33559 RAF Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: L.A.C. Douglas Leslie Mcleish 581467 RAF Age 20. Killed


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REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off at 04.15 hrs from Martlesham along with 5 other Boulton Paul Defiants together with 6 Spitfires from 66 Squadron to escort them, the object being to patrol the Dutch coast between Ijmuiden and the Hague to attack German troop transport. 

During the operation they were attacked by Bf109s from 5 Staffel JG26. Several aircraft from the squadron were lost.

                      

                     

Burial Details:

P/O. Gordon Emery Chandler. Made-en-Drimmelen. Grave 6. Son of Alfred Leonard and Mary Gertrude Chandler, of Toddington, Bedfordshire, England.

L.A.C. Douglas Leslie Mcleish. Werkendam Protestant Cemetery. Row 7. Grave 7. Son of Robert and Elsie McLeish, of North Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

With thanks to Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 1, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Very happy to share any information that we have in order that these crews are remembered.


Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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