10.05.1940 No. 600 Squadron Blenheim IF L1514 BQ-N P/O. Haine
Operation: Airfield attack - Waalhaven, Holland
Date: 10th May 1940 (Friday)
Unit: No. 600 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IF
Location: Goeree-Overflakee, Holland
Pilot: P/O. Richard Cummings Haine RAF Evaded capture
Navigator: P/O. M. Kramer RAF Evaded capture
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 12:30 hrs. to attack German aircraft on the ground - a costly decision was made to not use bomber in order to avoid Dutch casualties and to use the Blenheim's. Resulting in 5 aircraft being shot down during the raid and and another just making it back to the base after serious damage.
Left: P/O. Richard Haine (courtesy Daily Telegraph)
They were strafing Ju52s when they were set upon by Me 110s and they were simply outclassed. Having set one of the enemy transports on fire, Haine pulled away from the target. As he did so he was attacked by a wave of German fighters. His gunner managed to shoot down a Messerschmitt Bf 109, but with one of his two engines on fire Haine was forced to crash-land on a mudflat and make his escape.
Haine and his gunner made contact with the Dutch Army and two days later arrived at The Hague, where the British air attache assisted them. Shortly after they had boarded the destroyer 'Hereward', Queen Wilhelmina and her party arrived and the ship sailed for Harwich.
For their actions both crew members received the DFC
Of the 5 aircraft lost 7 Crew members were killed and another made Prisoner of War
P/O. Dickie Haine survived the war becoming a Group Captain and died in 2008. A summary of his career and life can be found in our Obituaries pages.
None - both survived - evading capture.
Aircraft serial number corrected with thanks to Michel Beckers - October 2016. Also thanks to the following sources: