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
Base: RAF Hornchurch
Location: Dranouter, Heuvelland near Ieper, Belgium
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Baudovin Marie Ghislain de Hemptinne 82516 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
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.
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.