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Crash site of Hurricane L1802
17/05/1940

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cest raf squadron
Unit: 229 Squadron
Aircraft: Hurricane
Code: L1802
Base:
Mission: Patrol
Crew officer: P/O DILLON, ANTHONY MICHAEL
Incident: Shot down by Me109 of II/JG26 near Mons.

Location: (Prov. Hainaut)

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Facts

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, L1802 (RE-G) 229 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from a combat operation over Mons, Belgium. Pilot killed. According to the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/490): "Pilot Officer A M Dillon, report of death; aircraft crashed at Mons, France [sic], 17 May 1940". Reportedly shot down by Bf109s of II.JG 26 north of Cambrai shortly after take off on escort sortie and crashed near Castilon Hill at Mons 3:30 pm
The aircraft of Flight Lieutenant Frederick Rosier was also shot down in this attack, exploding and burning. In his memoirs, "Be Bold", Rosier describes the attack on page 44, quote: "We scrambled and they clearly had us at a great disadvantage and tried to pick us off as we were taking off. It was at this moment that Pilot Officer Dillon was killed. Somehow I managed to take off, get my wheels up and gain some height".

Sources:
Aviation Safety
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
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