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13.05.1940 No 264 Squadron Defiant I L6965 P/O. McLeod

Operation: Patrol – German troop transports

Date: 13th May 1940

Unit: No. 264 Squadron

Type: Defiant I

Serial: L6965

Base: Duxford (via Martlesham)

Location: Zevenbergen

Pilot: P/O. Alexander McLeod R.A.F. Evaded. (1)

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick Greenhalgh R.A.F. Evaded. (2)

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off at 04.15 hrs from Martlesham along with 5 other Boulton Paul Defiant’s together with 6 Spitfires from 66 Squadron acting as escort.The object being to patrol the Dutch coast between Ijmuiden and the Hague to attack German troop transport. 

Attacked by members of JG26, shot down with the others from 264 Squadron.

                     


Above and left 264 Squadron


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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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