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Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:103 Squadron Royal Air Force (103 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9264
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:An den Jenken, Linger, just north of Dippach. -   Luxembourg
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Betheniville, France
Destination airport:
Fairey Battle Mk.1 K9264 (PM-L) of 103 Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Battle K9264 crashed near Luxembourg, 10 May 1940. Four Fairey Battles of 103 Squadron dispatched to bomb German troops advancing through Luxembourg. 1 a/c returned (after having attacked target) & other 3 failed to return, including K9264.

Airborne 13:45 from Betheniville, France. Tasked with Low level attack on German columns near Dippach, Luxembourg. Shot down by small arms ground fire on the Luxembourg/Belgium border, and crashed in the vicinity of An den Jenken, Linger, just north of Dippach. Luxembourg. All three crew killed.

Crew of Battle K9264:
Pilot Officer (Pilot) Kenneth John Drabble, RAF 40610, age 20, killed in action
Sergeant (Observer) Thomas D. Smith, RAF 580500, killed in action
Leading Aircraftman (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Phillip James Lamble, RAF 550831, age 20

All three crew were buried at Hotton War Cemetery in Belgium


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 p 75)
2. The Battle File by Sidney Shail (Air Britain 1997 p 130)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/236:
7. Photo of Battle K9264 as PM-L:

Revision history:

17-Jun-2019 22:18 Dr. John Smith Added
18-Jun-2019 02:45 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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