13.05.1940 No. 264 Squadron Defiant I L6977 P/O. Greenhouse
Operation: Patrol - German troop transports
Date: 13th May 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. 264 Squadron
Type: Defiant I
Base: RAF Duxford (via Martlesham)
Location: Rijsdijk dyke, Willemspolder
Pilot: P/O. Patrick E.J. Greenhouse 42000 RAF PoW No: 2262 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick D. Greenhalgh 522982 RAF PoW No: 10964 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf
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 acting as escort. The object being to patrol the Dutch coast between Ijmuiden and the Hague to attack German troop transport.
Attacked and shot down by members of JG26. The air gunner baled out but the pilot remained in the aircraft - both survived as PoW.
Above left: P/O. Patrick Greenhouse and right under guard Sgt. Frederick Greenhalgh
With thanks to Michel Beckers for photographs.