8 June 1940

8 june 1940 : back over France

After a short period of reorganization, the No. 615 Squadron was quickly returned to operation over France.

Nine Hawker Hurricane Mk I take off from Kenley in the direction of Hawkinge at 09h45.

After the necessary preparations, the formation take off, at 12h50, with No.111 (RAF) Squadron for an offensive patrol over the sector Le Tréport – Aumale.

At the end of the mission (14h15.), order was to land on the French aerodrome of Dreux in order to refuel and rearm planes. Unfortunately, Pilot Officer David Evans damaged the P3380 propeller on landing. [1] He will have to wait until 14 June to return to Kenley via the island of Jersey.

The eight remaining Hawker Hurricanes left in the evening (19h30) for a second sector patrol before returning to Kenley, where they landed at 21h00 [2].

Pilots and Aircrafts : Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo (P2963) ; Flying Officer Peter Collard (P2768) ; Pilot Officer Michael R. Mudie (P2966) ; Flight Lieutnant James G. Sanders (L1992) ; Pilot Officer John R. Lloyd (P2003) ; Pilot Officer Keith T. Lofts (P2578) ; Flying Officer Anthony Eyre (P2793) ; Flying Officer Herbert S. Giddings (P2801) ; Pilot Officer David Evans (P3380).

Losses : Hawker Hurricane Mk I P3380 (Pilot Officer David Evans) : propeller damaged on landing at Dreux aerodrome.

[1] CORNWELL, Peter D. The Battle of France, Then and Now : Six Nations Locked in Aerial Combat, September 1939 to June 1940. Old Harlow : After the Battle, 2007, p.446.

[2] No.11 (Fighter) Group ORB. Kew : The National Archives, AIR 25/193.

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