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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 136968
Last updated: 5 October 2019
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Date:18-MAY-1940
Time:12:50
Type:Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Owner/operator:229 Squadron Royal Air Force (229 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P2676
C/n / msn: RE-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Planques, Pas-de-Calais department, Hauts-de-France -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P2676 (RE-H) 229 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from air combat operations over Antwerp, Belgium, 18 May 1940. Pilot killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/491): "Pilot Officer D de C C Gower: report of death; Hurricane crashed at Planques, France, 21 May 1940".

Believed shot down by a Bf 109 of Ltn. Hans-Jürgen Hepe: 2 5./JG 2 or Fw. Karl-Heinz Harbauer: 2 4./JG 2. pilot Pilot Officer Desmond deCourcy Creagh Gower baled out, but was killed.

Crew of Hurricane P2676:
Pilot Officer Desmond deCourcy Creagh Gower (Pilot, Service Number 40905) aged 20, killed in Action 21/05/1940, buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France

The reported crash location of Planques is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France, at approximate coordinates: 50°27′47″N 2°04′57″E. Note that the pilot was killed, contrary to most unofficial published reports that he survived.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 15)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/491: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502193
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2279153/gower,-desmond-de-courcy-creagh/
4. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/229_squadron.html#1805
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planques
6. https://www.wwwmp.co.uk/ceredigion-memorials/llechryd-council-school-war-memorial/
7. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/raf-losses-may-1940-an-update.16940/page-11#post-198681


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Jun-2011 02:36 ThW Added
06-Jan-2012 07:15 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
24-Jul-2019 15:41 Nepa Updated [Location, Narrative, Operator]
03-Aug-2019 23:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]

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