21.07.1942 No. 239 Squadron Mustang I AG565 HB-A Fl/Lt. Rowland Veal
Operation: Popular mission - Brionne-Serquigny-Beaumont area
Date: 21st July 1942 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 239 Squadron
Type: Mustang Mk.I
Base: RAF Gatwick
Location: Norville, Caudebec-en-Caux between Rouen and Le Havre, France
Pilot: Fl/Lt Rowland Veal 33553 RAF PoW No: 64 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Gatwick at 13:05 hrs on a Popular Operation with F/O. Lloyd as his wingman in AG524 HB-B. During the homeward part of the operation they were bounced by 6 Fw190’s, hit by German Fighter Hptm. Helmut-Felix Bolz, Kommandeur of II./JG/2 (see Luftwaffe Victories database and Kracker Archive, both on this site.)
Fl/Lt. Veal was forced to crash land his Mustang. F/O. Lloyd managed to return stating the last he saw of Fl/Lt. Veal was over Caudebec area.
None - survived as a PoW. Rowland Veal promoted from P/O. to F/O. on 23rd December 1940.
UPDATE - MARCH 2016, received contact from a relative, further information follows.
Researcher: Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - January 2016. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection.