10.05.1940 No. 103 Squadron Fairey Battle I K9372 PM-K Fl/Lt. Maurice C. Wells
Date: 10th May 1940 (Friday)
Unit: No. 103 Squadron
Type: Fairey Battle Mk I
Base: RAF Betheniville
Location: crashed near Dippach, 11 km WSW of Luxembourg
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Maurice Clunes Wells 37535 RAF PoW No. 331 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria
Nav: Sgt. H.F. Bullock 565115 RAF PoW No. 13050 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf
W/Op/Air/Gnr: LAC. T.H. Bowen 521480 RAF PoW No: 62 Stalag Kopernikus
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 13:05 hrs to attack enemy columns.
After the engine was hit by small arms ground fire, also hitting the coolant tank the crew abandoned the aircraft which crashed in flames at about 15:00 hrs, near Dippach, 11 km WSW of Luxembourg.
Fl/Lt. Wells was captured almost immediately, his crew were picked up four days later and taken into captivity.
Two other aircraft were also lost from the squadron on this operation (see map):
K9264 PM-L Flown by 20 year old, P/O. Kenneth John Drabble from Truro in Cornwall killed with all his crew.
K9270 PM-O Flown by Sgt. C.H. Lowne, made PoW, both his other crew member killed.
None - crew survived.
Research and photographs by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered March 2015.