03.06.1940 73 Squadron Hurricane I TP-Z P/O. Ian D. Hawken
Date: 03rd June 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. 73 Squadron
Type: Hurricane I
Serial: Not known
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 Me109 probably from 1./JG26. No further details.
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.
Initially buried in the local cemetery at Domans, re-interred in October 1947 in the CWWG 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.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Brian Gates and sources quoted below.