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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226450
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Date:11-MAY-1940
Time:afternoon
Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:218 Sqn RAF
Registration: P2203
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Troisvierges, near Basbellain, Canton of Clervaux -   Luxembourg
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Auberive-sur-Suippes, France
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Battle Mk.1 P2203 (HA-R) of 218 Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Battle P2203 failed to return from air operations over Luxembourg, 11 May 1940. Sergeant P F Dormer, Sergeant C J E Dockrill and Aircraftman 1st Class K G Gregory: report of deaths"

On the afternoon of 11 May 1940, 8 Battles (4 each from Nos 88 and 218 Squadrons) were dispatched to attack German troops in Luxembourg. None make it to the intended target area as German fighters and heavy AA fire accounted for 7 aircraft en-route and the eighth only survived after it returned early due to engine problems.

P2203 took off from Auberive-sur-Suippes, France; target St. Vith. Battle P2203 (HA-R) and Battle P2249 (HA-U) both of 218 Squadron crashed at Troisvierges, near Basbellain 11th May 1940, when brought down by enemy fighters and heavy ground AA fire; their losses were very close together in terms of time and location, although there is no suggestion that they collided.

Crew of Battle P2203:
Sergeant (Pilot) Charles J.E. Dockrill, RAF 563473, age 26, killed in action 11/05/1940
Sergeant (Observer) Percival F. Dormer, RAF 563966, age 27, killed in action 11/05/1940
Aircraftman 1st Class (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Kenneth G. Gregory, RAF 551303, age 20, killed in action 11/05/1940

All three crew were buried at Basbellain Churchyard, Luxembourg. The crash location of Troisvierges (Luxembourgish: ╦lwen, German: Ulflingen) is a commune and town in northern Luxembourg, in the canton of Clervaux, 14 km East of the Belgian town of Houffalize, at approximate Coordinates: 50.1167░N 6░E

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 13)
2. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p 165)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/270: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142095
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/10294.php
5. https://218squadron.wordpress.com/fairey-battles/
6. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/20.htm
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2259040/dockrill,-charles-james-ernest/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2259041/dormer,-percival-frank/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2259042/gregory,-kenneth-george/
10. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/218_squadron.html
11. http://www.isle-of-wight-memorials.org.uk/people-fre/fre_dormer_pf.htm
12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troisvierges


Revision history:

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22-Jun-2019 22:01 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Jun-2019 05:46 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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