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
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.
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