19.05.1940 No. 26 Squadron Lysander II N1290 P/O. Christopher I.D. Halliday
Operation: Tactical Reconnaissance, France
Date: 19th May 1940 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 26 Squadron
Type: Westland Lysander MkII
Base: ALG, Authie, France
Location: West of Authie France
Pilot: P/O. Christopher Ian Dunbar Halliday 33424 RAF Age 28. Killed
Air/Gnr: LAC. Arthur Frederick Church 936538 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Probably shot down by Fw. Willi Kothmann 2./JG 27 at 05:30 hrs.
This wreckage excavated in December 2003 by Pierre Ben. Many pieces recovered and placed on display included the complete Perseus XII engine, propeller hub and two blades, Vickers K machine gun, service revolver, intact control column, RPM counter, and various other relics.
Excavation of the crash site by Pierre Ben with his team
P/O. Christopher Ian Dunbar Halliday. Authie Churchyard, Authie, France. Of Andover, Hants, England. No further details - are you able to assist?
LAC. Arthur Frederick Church. Authie Churchyard, Authie, France. Son of Frederick Arthur and Florence Caroline Church, of New Eltham, London, England.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered in March 2016. With thanks to Pierre Ben for crash site photographs, Barry Cuttell for use of grave photographs and Pierre Vandervelden via Mrs. Angela Berry for photo of P/O. Halliday. Other sources as quoted below.