13.05.1940 No 264 Squadron Defiant I L6965 P/O. McLeod
Operation: Patrol - German troop transports
Date: 13th May 1940
Unit: No. 264 Squadron
Type: Defiant I
Base: Duxford (via Martlesham)
Location: South of Zevenbergen
Pilot: P/O. Alexander McLeod 42013 RAF Evaded
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt Walter Edward Cox 747745 RAF Evaded
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 04:15 hrs from Martlesham along with 5 other Boulton Paul Defiant's together with 6 Spitfires from 66 Squadron acting as escort. The object being to patrol the Dutch coast between Ijmuiden and the Hague to attack German troop transport.
Attacked by members of JG26, shot down with the others from 264 Squadron.
Came down near the Hazeldonkse Zandweg - aircraft burnt out but both crew survived and evaded with the assistance of local inhabitants.
Above and below 264 Squadron crews.
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