01.06.1940 No. 222 Squadron Spitfire I P9339 ZD-J P/O. Massey-Sharpe
Operation: Wing Patrol
Date: 01st June 1940 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 222 Squadron
Type: Spitfire I
Base: RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Location: Bouquehault, France
Pilot: P/O. Gerald Massey-Sharpe 41857 RAF Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
It is thought possible that he collided head on at 05:30 hrs with Oblt. J. Möller of 2./ZG1 in his Bf110c, killing the English pilot. The German crew baled out and were captured. (some reports state that he crashed at Pihen-lès-Guines - so both locations marked on map)
During the same operation the squadron lost 4 aircraft, the others:
Spitfire I P9377 Flown by P/O. R.A.L. Morant - belly landed on the beach, set fire to his aircraft - escaped by sea.
Spitfire I N3232 Flown by 23 year old, Sgt. Leslie James White 522656 from Staffordshire, England, killed after being shot down.
Spitfire I P9317 Flown by P/O. H.E.L. Falkus 41004 RAF shot down and taken PoW No. 2256 at Stalag Luft Sagan.
Above: On wing P/O. Massey-Sharpe with P/O. John William Broadhurst in the cockpit.
(1) On the 07th October 1940, 23 year old, P/O. Broadhurst 41898 RAF was shot down flying Spitfire P9469. He baled out over Longhurst, but was sadly found dead.
P/O. Gerald Massey Sharpe. Pihen-Les-Guines War Cemetery. Grave 2.G.12. Son of Major Massey-Sharpe, formerly of RASC, and of Dorothy Sharpe, of West Kensington, London, England. Grave inscription reads: "Gerald".
Others mentioned within this page:
P/O. John William Broadhurst. Hornchurch Cemetery. Section A. Grave 1339. Son of Sam and Charlotte Annie Broadhurst and husband of Edith Lilian Broadhurst, of Bexley, Kent. Grave inscription reads: "Love's Last Gift, Remembrance".
Sgt. Leslie James White. Coxyde Military Cemetery, Grave V1.F.1. Son of Edwin and Marjorie T. White, of May Bank, Staffordshire, England. Grave inscription reads: "At The Going Down Of The Sun And In The Morning We Will Remember Him Always".
Researched and submitted by Michel Beckers - photographs from Michel's collection. Page dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below: