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145 Squadron Crest
19.05.1940 145 Squadron Hurricane I N2598 P/O. Kenneth R. Lucas

Operation: Patrol

Date: 19th May 1940 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 145 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: N2598

Base: RAF Manston, Kent

Location: Between Warlot-Baillon and Verennes-en-croix, France

Pilot: P/O. Kenneth Richard Lucas 41854 RAF Age 19. Killed


Taking of on a patrol during the afternoon of the 19th May. As with most of the pilots at this time inexperienced in operational combat. During an attack on He IIIs between Warlot-Baillon and Verennes-en-croix, France, was shot down by Oblt. Homuth (1) of 3./JG27. The aircraft crashed at 15:30 hrs, killing the young Canadian pilot. (some sources note the time as 16:30hrs)

During 2003 a locale researcher/enthusiast, Pierre Ben recovered various pieces from the Hurricane including the engine plate, Browning machine gun.

(1) Major Gerhard Homuth (shown left) - top fighter ace flying the Bf109 (63 abschüsse - most of these during the North Africa campaign) - went missing on the 2nd August 1943 flying a Fw190A on the Eastern front. His brother was also killed in action in 1942. His father shot by looting soldiers in April 1945.

The beautiful memorial erected by locals from Warlot-Baillon in 2004.

Burial details:

P/O. Kenneth Richard Lucas. Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery (Ext). Plot 2. Row G. Grave 2. From St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?

Also commemorated on this memorial:

Cpt. David Edridge Pinkney. (shown right) Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery (Ext). Plot 2. Row G. Grave 1. Further information: 78421 Royal Artillery - attached to 662 AOP Squadron - RAF. Son of David Renny Pinkney and Daisy Pinkney, of Sunderland, Co. Durham, England. A pilot attached to 662 Squadron, RAF Air Observation Post. On 1st September 1944, Captain Pinkney, with a comrade, was driving a car into the village of Warloy Baillon (Somme) to establish a forward landing ground, when they unknowingly approached a party of about fifty German SS men who were escaping into a wood. A French civilian at the roadside waved to them to warn them of their danger, but, mistaking this for merely one of the gestures of welcome to which they were accustomed, they drove on. As soon as Pinkney perceived the enemy, "with," in the words of the eye-witness, "an indescribable manoeuvre," he skilfully pulled up the car and enabled his companion to jump out and escape. Before, however, he himself could do so he was killed by a machine-gun bullet. He was buried in the British cemetery at Warloy Baillon by the Director of the Hospice-Hospital there - the Frenchman who had tried to warn them in the road. (information courtesy of ‘Lorettonian Society’ - website of the Loretto School in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources quoted below and to the Lorettonian Society.

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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