03.06.1940 73 Squadron Hurricane I TP-Z P/O. Ian Hawken
Date: 03rd June 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. 73 Squadron
Type: Hurricane I
Serial: Not known - on the Squadron ORB'S it was omitted. 'B' Flight.
Base: RAF Echemines, France
Location: Dormans, France.
Pilot: P/O. Ian Douglas Hawken 82165 RAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a patrol, shot down by Bf109's probably from 1./JG26. The Hurricane came down at location shown.
Very good friends with P/O. Peter Carter who was serving with 302 (Polish) squadron when he was killed later on the 18th October 1940 flying Hurricane I P3931 and he mentioned him in his diaries.
Above and below: Photograph marked Hurricane - somewhere in France. Thought to be that of P/O. Hawken. (courtesy Oleg Marin)
Above: In the cockpit is P/O. John Freeborn, standing at the back, Sgt. Ian Douglas Hawken, second left on aircraft F/O. William Edward Measures, third left on aircraft Acting Fl/Lt Adolph 'Sailor' Malan, fourth along on aircraft P/O. Ronald Temple-Harris, hands clasped just below Sgt. John Layton Flinders, and sitting on the wing Sgt. Edward Anthony Mould. (courtesy Brian Gates)
Initially buried in the local cemetery at Domans, then re-interred in the cemetery at Epernay on the 10th October 1947. Finally moved to the CWGC cemetery as shown.
P/O. Ian Douglas Hawken. Terlingthun British Cemetery, France. Plot 19. Row D. Grave 8. Born on 5th August 1915 in Thurso, Caithness. Son of Sydney Claude and Magdalen Stewart Hawken, of Highgate, Middlesex, England. Promoted from Sgt. (former NCO Service number 580090) with effect from 1st April 1940 to Pilot Officer. Grave inscription: "But The Tender Grace Of A Day That Is Dead Will Never Come Back To Me".
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Brian Gates and sources quoted below.