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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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3 Squadron Typhoon Ib EJ950 Fl/Lt. Jean M.P.M.G. de Selys Longchamps DFC

Operation: Scramble

Date: 16th August 1943 (Monday)

Unit: No. 3 Squadron

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: EJ950

Code: QO-X

Base: RAF Manston, Isle of Thanet, Kent

Location: At the base, RAF Manston, Kent

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Baron Jean Michel P.M.G. de Selys Longchamps DFC RAFVR 61313 Age 31. Killed


Fl/Lt. Longchamps is probably best remembered for his single attack on the Gestapo headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. in January 1943. Severely reprimanded for his actions he was demoted, but then awarded the DFC! The building was damaged with reports of several Germans being killed. A memorial stands at the spot today in front of the former Gestapo building.

After returning from a scramble in the morning of the 16th August his Typhoon crashed on landing at RAF Manston, breaking the aircraft in two, Fl/Lt. Longchamps was killed instantly.

In 2013 ‘Wings of Memory’ from Belgium with the help from the ‘Royal British Legion’ organised a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of his loss - hundreds attended from both Belgium and England

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Baron Jean Michel P.M.G. de Selys Longchamps DFC Minster (Thanet) Cemetery. Grave 3002A. Born on the 13th May 1912 in Brussels. Son of Raymond Charles Michel Ghislain, Baron de Selys Longchamps and Baroness de Selys Longchamps, of Brussels, Belgium.

Other awards: Chevalier de L'Ordre de Leopold, Croix de Guerre (Belgium).

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of the pilot, with thanks to Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 2, also to Josette Bens and Mr. Alain Rosseels from Belgium for further information and photographs.

RW 14.06.2021  New photo of headstone, courtesy Simon Gerrard, added

KTY 22.04.2023 Video added

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