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Crash site of Battle P2193-PM
12/05/1940

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Unit: 103 Squadron
Aircraft: Battle
Code: P2193-PM
Base:
Mission: Bouillon
Crew officer: P/O Morton E.
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Luxembourg)

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Facts

Fairey Battle Mk.1 P2193 (PM-C) 103 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost on combat operations. Both crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/296): "Battle P2193 failed to return from an operational flight, 12 May 1940. Aircraftman 1st Class A S Ross and Pilot Officer E E Morton: report of deaths".
Both crew fatalities were buried at Sensenruth (Corfuz) Communal Cemetery, Belgium
At 16:30 another three Battles took off to bomb a mechanised column near Bouillon. For this operation and other day operations that followed the Squadron Battles usually flew with only a pilot and air gunner, the pilot undertaking the navigational duties and dropping the bombs. The column was sighted just over a mile South of Bouillon and Pilot Officer V A Cunningham made a shallow dive attack from 3000 feet to 1000 feet during which his Battle was subjected to small arms and machine gun fire. He was unable to observe the effects of his bombing but managed to make a quick escape and return to Betheniville. The Battles of Flying Officer G B Morgan-Dean and Pilot Officer E E Morton were both shot down by ground fire with no survivors. Battle P2193 was airborne 16:30 hrs from Betheniville. Crashed at Noirefontaine near Sensenruth (Luxembourg), 3 km N of Bouillon, Belgium.

Source: Aviation Safety

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Pictures of wrecage of P2193 (103 Squadront Web-site)

Sources:

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