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14.05.1940 No. 607 Squadron Hurricane I P2713 P/O. le Breuilly

Operation: Patrol

Date: 14th May 1940 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 607 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P2713

Base: Vitry-En-Artois, France.

Location: Corroy-le-Château, Belgium

Pilot: P/O. Arthur Eugene Le Breuilly 42615 RAF Age ? Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Thought to have been shot down by Fw. Schnell of 4./JG2 flying a Bf109 during an attack on Henschel Hs123's at 10.55 hrs. No further information available at this time.

He is though to have joined 607 Squadron in April 1940. Previously he had trained at: No. 1 Air Armaments School at R.A.F. Manby, No 5 course OTU at Sutton Bridge from 11th March 1940 until 27th April 1940. (The first course with Hurricanes at Sutton Bridge) From this course, all pilots were moved straight to France. Many of the records were lost in France during this period.

2 other Hurricanes from 607 Squadron were also lost this day:

P2618 Flown by F/O. Gerald I. Cuthbert killed
P2621 Flown by Fl/Lt. John L. Sullivan killed (attached from 242 squadron)

The CWGC have P/O. Le Breuilly as 87 squadron, it is thought therefore that he was attached to 607 squadron for this operation.

Burial Details:

Some of the aircrew lost during this period were buried by locals at the time and some graves may not have been recorded.

None: P/O. Arthur Eugene Le Breuilly commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 9. No further details available as yet.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of P/O. Le Breuilly. Requested by Hervé Legros from Belgium. With thanks to, Robert Dixon - for 607 Squadron information, Simon Le Breuilly for photo of P/O. Le Breuilly, Norman Franks - 'Fighter Command Losses Vol. 1', Peter D. Cornwell 'The Battle for France, Then and Now'. Alistair Goodrum for additional training information. P/O. Le Breuilly is mentioned in his first book: 'Combat Ready'.

Robert Dixon has written some great books on 697 squadron and aviation in the North East of England. He also runs a fine website in this speciality. Click onto books below to take you to Robert's book section.

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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