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
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.
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.
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