Banner



* Ceremony of solemn tribute at Rebecq on September 29th 2021 *
Monument "The Hive" at Zedelgem: A need for every citizen to examine their conscience

RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of West-Vlaanderen:
Ooskerke

* Return to the previous page *


Last update: 31/07/21

site search by freefind advanced

Choice your language

Elegy to
the Heroes of Silence


* To the 601 Squadron *
* To the crew of P3486 *
* To the monument erected in remembrance *
* Cemetery where rest the crew *

Crash site of Hurricane P3486
27/05/1940

aircraft
cest raf squadron
Unit: 601 Squadron
Aircraft: Hurricane
Code: P3486
Base:
Mission: Patrol
Crew officer: F/O LEE STEERE, CHARLES AUGUSTUS
Incident:Lost in combat

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)

crash

Facts

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P3486 (UF-J) 601 (County of London) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from combat operations over Belgium on 27 May 1940. Pilot killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/631): "Hurricane P3486 crashed at Oostkerke, Belgium, 27 May 1940. Flying Officer C A Lee-Steere: report of death".
Airborne from RAF Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent for a combat air patrol over the France-Belgium border, covering the evacuation of the BEF (British Expeditionary Force). According to a biography of the pilot (see link #10):
"Charles joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and trained as a pilot. On the completion of his pilot training, Charles was posted to 601 (County of London) Squadron (Auxiliary Air Force). Flying a Hawker Hurricane fighter, Charles was posted missing while covering the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force towards Dunkirk, and other channel ports."
The reported crash location of Oostkerke is a town in Diksmuide, West Flanders, Belgium at approximate coordinates 51.0466°N 2.797°E.

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

Back to the top
"The Belgians Remember Them" - Rue Saint-Marcoult, 14 - B/7830 Silly, Belgique - Tel: +32/(0)68/286.466
Bank: BE97 0018 3886 3049 - BIC: GEBABEBB - Email: belgian.remember(at)gmail.com

Reproduction or distribution in any form of texts, lists and documents presented on this site is forbidden without the express authorization of the author
© Copyright "THE BELGIANS REMEMBER THEM" - 2017, all rights reserved - for all countries

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict Logo Wilfred Burie Webmastering Compteur.fr analytics