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Crash site of Battle P2251-RH
11/05/1940

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Unit: 88 Squadron
Aircraft: Battle
Code: P2251-RH
Base: Mourmelon
Mission: Bouillon
Crew officer: F/Lt A.J. Madge
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Luxembourg)

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Facts

Fairey Battle Mk.1 P2251 (RH-D) of 88 Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Battle P2251 crashed near Saint-Hubert, Belgium, 11 May 1940". Airborne 09:45 hrs from Mourmelon-le-Grand, France. At 9:45 am six Battles of 88 Squadron and two Battles of 218 Squadron from Baccones-sur-Marne took off to attack enemy columns at St-Vith.
It is doubtful whether one of them succeeded in causing damage to the enemy column. The only crew that returned, their Battle was badly damaged by Flak on the way there, saw three Battles being knocked down by heavy Flak on the way to the target above the Ardennes. Seven aircraft were lost in total.
P2251 was one of those that crashed. It was shot down between Vaux-sur-Sûre (Belgium) and Bercheux (Luxembourg), two small towns on the Bastogne to Neufchâteau road, near St-Vith, Liège, Wallonia, Belgium (at approximate coordinates: 50°16′N 06°07′E). One of the three crew killed, the other two were captured and taken as PoWs

Source: Aviation Safety

Sources:

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