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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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73 Squadron Crest
03.06.1940 73 Squadron Hurricane I TP-Z P/O. Ian D. Hawken

Operation: Patrol

Date: 03rd June 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No. 73 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: Not known

Code: TP-Z

Base: RAF Echemines, France

Location: Dormans, France.

Pilot: P/O. Ian Douglas Hawken 82165 RAF Age 24. Killed


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.

Burial details:

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.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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