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242 Squadron Crest
03.03.1940 No. 242 Squadron Hurricane I L2002 P/O. Niccolls

Operation: Training

Date: 03rd March 1940 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 242 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: L2002

Code: LE-?

Base: RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire

Location: Bolton Percy (see map)

Pilot: P/O. Henry Leslie Niccolls 42145 RAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a training / familiarisation flight (the squadron had recently switched from Blenheims to Hurricanes) when for reasons unexplained the aircraft flew into the ground at 05:10 hrs.

We welcome any further information on this.

Burial details:

Buried on the 07th March 1940.

P/O. Henry Leslie Niccolls. Kirkby Wharfe Churchyard Extension (St. John The Baptist). Row A. Grave 5. Son of William Henry and Amy Maud Niccolls, of Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada. Grave inscription reads: "The Years Will Surge With Memory, Dear Son, Of You Dearly Remembered By Mother, Father And Family, Rosetown, Sask., Canada".

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below, also to John Jones for additional details:

KTY - 05.06.2018

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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), 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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