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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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13.05.1940 No. 264 Squadron Defiant I L6958 P/O. Thomas

Operation: Patrol - German troop transports

Date: 13th May 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No. 264 Squadron

Type: Defiant I

Serial: L6958

Base: RAF Duxford (via Martlesham)

Location: Gat van de Kampen, Petrusplaat island

Pilot: P/O. Samual Thomas Evaded (1)

Air/Gnr: L.A.C. John Stuart Mee Bromley 521432 RAF Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

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

Attacked by Bf109s of JG26 and shot down.


Left pilot P/O. Samual Thomas, who evaded capture.

With thanks to Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 1, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Very happy to share any information we have to promote the memory of these chaps, we also welcome contributions.


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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