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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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07.06.1940 No 12 Squadron Battle I P2162 PH-Q Sgt. Field

Operation: Poix

Date: 07.06.1940 (Friday)

Unit: No. 12 Squadron

Type: Fairey Battle I

Serial: P2162

Code: PH-Q

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


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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Burial details:

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.

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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