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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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05.05.1942 No. 122 Squadron Spitfire Vb BM321 MT-T Fl/Lt. Baudovin M.G. de Hemptinne

Operation: Circus 157

Date: 05th May 1942 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 122 Squadron (Bombay)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: BM321

Code: MT-T

Base: RAF Hornchurch

Location: Dranouter, Heuvelland near Ieper, Belgium

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Baudovin Marie Ghislain de Hemptinne 82516 RAFVR Age 23. Killed


Covering Bostons of 226 Squadron to Lille when engaged by Fw190’s of 3./JG26. understood to have been shot down by Hptm. Johannes Seifert (see Kracker Archive on this site). It is reported that although he was wounded in the back he still managed to land the Spitfire, but he died shortly after locals arrived.

Burial details:

Buried firstly as ‘unknown’ at Ypres by the Germans (unknown as he did not carry papers for fear of reprisals against his family) Reinterred on the 27th August 1948 to Belgium, after he had been identified.

Fl/Lt. Baudovin Marie Ghislain de Hemptinne. Brussels Town Cemetery. Belgian Field of Honour. Grave 28. Belgian Croix de Guerre Next of Kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Josette Bens and Mr. Alain Rosseels from Belgium for further information and photographs. Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 2, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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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