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Crash site of Hurricane P3419-AK-A

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Unit: 213 Squadron
Aircraft: Hurricane
Code: P3419-AK-A
Mission: Dunkerque
Crew officer: Sgt Boyd Thomas
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)



Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P3419 (AK-A) 213 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when shot down during a combat air patrol over Dunkirk-Calais sector. The pilot was killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/709): " Hurricane P3419 failed to return from air operations over Nieuwpoort, Belgium, 31 May 1940. Sergeant T Boyd: report of death"
Airborne from Merville, Lille, France, for a combat air patrol over Dunkirk. Shot down in combat with Bf 109s of III./JG26 over Dunkirk at 14.40 hrs., and came down at Nieuwpoort, Veurne, West Flanders, Belgium. One source gives the crash site as "alongside the road between Mannekensvere and St.Joriz-les-Nieuport, Belgium". May 31 1940 was not a good day for 213 Squadron, they lost five aircraft and two pilots:
- Hurricane 1 P9342 AK-L Squadron Leader H D McGregor safe; Came down in sea and rescued by ship.
- Hurricane 1 P2763 AK-G Flying Officer K N G Robinson safe; Baled out, landing on a beach and returned by sea.
- Hurricane 1 P3424 AK-P Pilot Officer W M Sizer safe; Crash landed on fire near Dunkirk and returned by sea.
- Hurricane 1 P3361 AK-D Flying Officer W N Gray; Shot down in combat buried at Den Haag, Westduein Cemetery, when body washed ashore on 17 August 1940.
- Hurricane 1 P3419 AK-A Sgt T Boyd. Shot down between Mannekensvere and St.Joriz-les-Nieuport, West Flanders, buried St Joris, Belgium aged 25.
The reported crash location of Sint-Joris (Saint-Georges in French) is a section of the Belgian city of Nieuwpoort located in the Flemish Region in the province of West-Flanders at approximate co ordinates 51°07' north, 2°46' east.

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