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Narrative: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".
Hawker Hurricane Mk I
|Owner/operator:||615 (County of Surrey) Squadron Royal Air Force (615 (County of Surrey) Sqn RAF)|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Tombeek, Overijse, Flemish Brabant -
|Departure airport:||Moorsele, Belgium EBMO|
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.
Flight Lieutenant Leslie Thomas Wing Thornley, RAF (AAF) 90398, age 26, posted 16/05/1940, as missing presumed killed in action.
As no trace of Hurricane N2335 or its pilot was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial
The reported crash location of Tienen or Thienen (French: Tirlemont) is a city and municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant, in Flanders, Belgium, at approximate Coordinates: 50°48′N 04°56′E.
1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) AIR 81/743: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502625
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