13.05.1940 No 264 Squadron Defiant I L6974 P/O. Kay
Operation: Patrol - German troop transports
Date: 13th May 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. 264 Squadron
Type: Defiant I
Base: RAF Duxford (via Martlesham)
Location: Aalter, Belgium
Pilot: P/O. Desmond Hayward Sidley Kay 42006 RAF Age 21. Survived (1)
Air/Gnr: L.A.C. Evan John Jones 744999 RAFVR Age 31. Survived (2)
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. The object being to patrol the Dutch coast between Ijmuiden and the Hague to attack German troop transport.
Forced to land at Aalter with slight damage and low on fuel. Had been attacked by Bf109's of 5./JG26 over the Biesbosch, Netherlands in the early hours at 05:55. Aircraft repaired.
264 Squadron pilots - early May 1940. L to R (rear): P/O. G.L. Hickman (Killed 31st May 1940 - age 19), Fl/Lt. N.G. Cooke D.F.C. (Killed 31st May 1940 - age 26), Sq/Ldr. P.A. Hunter D.S.O. (Killed 24th August 1940 - age 27), P/O. M.H. Young, P/O. G.H. Hackwood (Killed 20th November 1940 - age 20), P/O. E.G. Barwell, P/O. S.R. Thomas, P/O. D. Whitley (Killed 28th August 1940 - age 21). (front): Fl/Sgt. E.R. Thorn, P/O. D.H.S. Kay (Killed 19th October 1944 - age 25), Sgt. A.J. Lauder, P/O. R.W. Stokes (courtesy Johny Ricour)
(1) P/O. Desmond Hayward Sidley Kay was later shot down and killed flying Mosquito MM178 HS-V with 109 Squadron.
(2) Sgt. Evan John Jones was to lose his life shortly afterwards on the 29th May 1940 when, after an attack which severely damaged his turret, he baled out over the English Channel and drowned. His pilot, with same surname, P/O. Desmond Hayward Sidley Kay, managed to nurse the aircraft back to base with damaged ailerons and tailplane. Sadly he was also killed later, 25 year old, Sq/Ldr. Kay DFC and bar 42006 RAF was killed flying Mosquito XVI MM178 HS-V with his Navigator 24 year old, F/O. Keith Frederick Hynes AUS/403514 RAAF on the 19th October 1944 whilst with 109 Squadron.
Defiants from 264 squadron in formation
Burial Details (from later operations):
Sq/Ldr. Desmond Hayward Sidley Kay DFC Bar. Adinkerke Military Cemetery, Belgium. Grave E. 22. Son of Albert Sidley Kay and Rosamond Emily Hayward Kay, of Thurlestone, Devon, England. Born 14th February 1919 and educated at Sedburgh School. Joining the RAF in February 1939 and is listed as taking part in the Battle of Britain. Grave inscribed “One Of The Few”.
Sgt. Evan John Jones. Dunkirk Town Cemetery. Plot 2, Row 17. Grave 15. Son of John and Ann Jones, husband of Janet Barr Jones, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
With thanks to Johny Recour from Belgium for further information, also to Peter Cornwell - 'Battle of France Then and Now', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1.