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* To the crew of N2335 *
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* Memorial where the crew is remembered *

Crash site of Hurricane N2335
15/05/1940

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Unit: 615 Squadron
Aircraft: Hurricane
Code: N2335
Base: Moosele (B)
Mission: Patrol
Crew officer: F/LT THORNLEY, LESLIE THOMAS WING
Incident: Hit by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Vlaams Brabant)

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Facts

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I N2330 (KW-J) 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from combat air patrol 16 May 1940. Pilot killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/743): "Flight Lieutenant L T W Thornley: report of death; aircraft Hurricane N2335 lost in France, 16 May 1940".
Shot down by Bf-109s piloted by Hptm. Herwig Knüppel of 2 Stab II./JG 26 or Ltn. Otto-Heinrich Hilleke of 2 Stab II./JG 26. The Hurricane came down near Tirlemont (Tinen), Leuven, Flemish Brabandt, Belgium.
As no trace of Hurricane N2335 or its pilot was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

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