16.05.1940 No. 18 Squadron Blenheim IV L9254 F/O. Arnold J. Stuart
Date: 16th May 1940 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 18 Squadron
Type: Blenheim MkIV
Base: Poix, France
Location: near Crevecoeur- sur-l'Escaut (Nord), 8 km SSE of Cambrai, France
Pilot: F/O. Arnold James Stuart 70654 RAF Age 29. Killed
Obs: Sgt. David Borthwick 563613 RAF Age 26. Killed
Air/Gnr: LAC. Horace Gwyn James 614259 RAF Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Shot down at 12.00 hrs. by Bf110's near Cambrai while attacking enemy armour between Le Cateau and Cambrai. Some sources describe it as crashing at Beaurevoir. Both locations are shown on the map.
F/O. Arnold James Stuart. Crevecoeur-sur-l'Escaut Communal Cemetery. Grave 1. Son of Dr. Arnold Jacob C. Stuart and of Sophie Christine Alide Stewart (nee Engelbrecht), of Hampstead, London, England. (M.A. Cantab) Grave inscription reads: "Forward".
Sgt. David Borthwick. Crevecoeur-sur-l'Escaut Communal Cemetery. Grave 2. Son of John M. Borthwick and Elizabeth Borthwick, of Berwick-on-Tweed, England.
LAC. Horace Gwyn James. Crevecoeur-sur-l'Escaut Communal Cemetery. Grave 2. No further details - are you able to assist?
Researched Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered March 2018. With thanks to Johan Pauwels for grave photographs - others from the collection of Michel Beckers.