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12 Squadron Crest
10.05.1940 No. 12 Squadron Fairey Battle I L5190 PH-P P/O. Albert W. Matthews

Operation: Luxembourg

Date: May 10th 1940 (Friday)

Unit: No. 12 Squadron

Type: Fairey Battle MkI

Serial: L5190

Code: PH-P

Base: RAF Amifontaine, Northern France

Location: Belly-landed near Kiem Kirchberg Luxemburg

Pilot: P/O. Albert William Matthews 40003 RAF - injured PoW No: 1261 Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria.

Nav: Sgt. A.A. Maderson RAF - injured POW - confined in Hospital due injuries. Repatriated October 1943

Air/Gnr: LAC. J.C. Senior RAF - injured PoW No: 5786 Stalag Luft Heydekrug


Airborne 17:15 hrs from RAF Amifontaine. 

L5190 had orders to attack enemy troop columns reported between Luxembourg and Junglinster, 14 km NNE of Luxembourg. Shot down by small arms ground fire in the target area. Belly-landed near Kirchberg at 17:45 hrs. 

Above and below L5190 being inspected by German troops.

Area of operations and loss

Below - 12 Squadron at the Amifontaine airbase, Northern France

The squadron lost 2 other aircraft during this operation, another was damaged but repaired:

L5249 Flown by 22 year old P/O. Cecil Laing Hulse 70860 RAF - hit by ground fire - repaired but later abandoned. (P/O. Hulse died in hospital on the 4th June 1940 of an illness not connected with operations)
P2243 Flown by Fl/Lt. Hunt - hit by ground fire, aircraft abandoned. All crew safe.
L4949 Flown by Fl/Lt. W. Simpson - hit by ground fire, crash landed. All crew safe.

Burial details:

None - all the crew survived the crash landing. 

Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered, March 2015. Photographs courtesy of Michel Beckers.

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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