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Crash site of Hurricane P3354-AK-E
28/05/1940

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Unit: 213 Squadron
Aircraft: Hurricane
Code: P3354-AK-E
Base: Manston
Mission: Dunkerke
Crew officer: F/Lt Winning Edward George
Incident: Hit by fire of a German aircraft

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)

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Facts

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P2792 (AK-E) 213 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 28 May 1940 when lost (failed to return) from a combat air patrol over the Calais-Dunkirk-Ostend sector. Pilot killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/656): "Hurricane P3354 lost in air operations in the Dunkirk area of France, 28 May 1940. Acting Flight Lieutenant E G Winning: report of death".
Took off from RAF Manston, Kent, for a combat air patrol, covering the evacuation of British forces from Dunkirk (Operation "Dynamo"). In addition, the squadron was tasked to provide "top cover" to Bristol Blenheims of 12 Squadron, which had been assigned to bomb enemy troop columns at St. Omer.
May 28th 1940 was a bad day for 213 Squadron - they lost five aircraft in one day. Hurricane P3354 was the first of the five losses, being shot down over Ostende, West Flanders, Belgium, and coming down at Heist-aan-Zee. Luftwaffe fighters from 8./JG 3 claiming the kill in air to air combat.
The reported crash location of Heist-aan-Zee,(or Heist, for short) is a town in Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium, at approximate co ordinates 51°21′N 3°15′E.

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