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12.05.1940 No. 105 Squadron Fairey Battle K9485 P/O. Hurst

Operation: St. Hubert.

Date: 12th May 1940 (Sunday)

Unit: No.105 Squadron

Type: Fairey Battle I

Serial. K9485

Code: GB - ?

Location: Hauters-le-Christ, Bouillon, Luxembourg

Pilot: P/O. Tom Hurst 33388 RAF Age 22. Killed

Nav: Sgt. William John Anning 525720 RAF Age. 26.Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: L.A.C. Clifford Ronald Wells 551357 RAF Age 19 Killed


Taking off at 14.30 from Villeneuve-les-Vertus to attack St.Hubert. This aircraft is believed to have been hit by ground fire sand crashing at Hauters-le-Christ during the attack on a bridge near where they were buried at Bouillon at 15.05 hrs.



The wreckage of Battle I K9485 on a hill side near Bouillon, Luxembourg


Burial details:

P/O. Tom Hurst. Bouillon Communal Cemetery, Luxembourg. Son of Edgar James Hurst, M.A., and Elizabeth Hurst, of Purley, Surrey, England. Awarded King's Gold Medal, R.A.F. College, Cranwell. 1938.

Sgt. William John Anning. Bouillon Communal Cemetery, Luxembourg. Husband of Vera Jessie Anning, of Heavitree, Exeter, England.

L.A.C. Clifford Ronald Wells. Bouillon Communal Cemetery, Luxembourg. Son of William Albert and Harriet Holloway Wells, of Reading, Berkshire, England.

Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks for additional information to Peter Cornwell - 'Battle of France Then and Now', The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1.

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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