07.06.1940 No 12 Squadron Battle I P2162 PH-Q Sgt. Field
Date: 07.06.1940 (Friday)
Unit: No. 12 Squadron
Type: Fairey Battle I
Base: RAF Echimines, France.
Location: St. Valéry, France
Pilot: Sgt. Frederick James Field 535052 RAF Age 24. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Herbert Cyril Claude Bevan 563098 RAF Age 26. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Frederick Walter MacKrell 751949 RAFVR Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 17.28 hrs from its base in France to attack German armoured columns near Poix. It is thought possible that it was one shot down by Fw. Heinzeller or Uffz Freitag. The Battle crashed and burnt out at St. Valéry, at 18.10 hrs.
Above and left: St. Valery-En-Caux Franco-British Cemetery (courtesy Kate Tame)
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Sgt. Frederick James Field. St. Valery-En-Caux Franco-British Cemetery. Coll. grave A, 24-26. Son of Frederick Charles and Meta Field, of Newmarket, Suffolk, England.
Sgt. Herbert Cyril Claude Bevan.. St. Valery-En-Caux Franco-British Cemetery. Coll. grave A, 24-26. Son of Albert Eustace and Charlotte Bevan. No details from where he was from.
Sgt. John Frederick Walter MacKrel. St. Valery-En-Caux Franco-British Cemetery. Coll. grave A, 24-26. Son of Frederick John and Minnie MacKrell, of Frimley, Surrey, England.
Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Peter Cornwell - 'Battle of France Then and Now', Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 1, Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Thanks also to Aircrew Volunteer Kate Tame for the grave photographs taken during her visit in 2012.