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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of Hainaut:
Chaussée-N.D-Louvignies

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Elegy to
the Heroes of Silence


* To the 504 Squadron *
* To the crew of L1639 *
* To the monument erected in remembrance *
* Cemetery where rest the crew *

Crash site of Hurricane L1639
14/05/1940

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Unit: 504 Squadron
Aircraft: Hurricane
Code: L1639
Base:
Mission: Patrol
Crew officer: PARNALL, JAMES BOYD
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Hainaut)

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Facts

Hawker Hurriane Mk.I L1941 (TM-A) of 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, RAF. Written off (destroyed) 15 May 1940 when lost (failed to return) from a combat air patrol. Believed Shot down, pilot killed. According to the official Air Ministry file on the incident: "Hurricane L1941 crashed at Chaussee-Notre-Dame-Louvignies, Belgium, 14 May 1940.Acting Squadron Leader J B Parnall".
Squadron Leader Parnall was the officer commanding 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron RAF. He took off from Lille-Marcq in the afternoon of the 14th May 1940 with 3 other Hurricanes for a patrol in the Louvain area. They encountered He 111s from LG 1 and then were bounced by Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 26. Squadron Leader Parnall was shot down and his aircraft crashed at Chausse-Notre-Dame-Louvignies, Hainaut, at the place called "Hameau du Caillou". During this air combat Flight Officer Michael Royce, Sgt Stan Hamblett and Pilot Officer Blair White crashed too (the 1st South West of Brussels, the 2nd at Vollezelle and the 3rd near Arras).

Sources:

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered
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