19 June 1940

Nine pilots take off from Kenley at 6:45 to join Hawkinge Airfield. They leave at 08:00 for an offensive reconnaissance of Abbeville, Flixecourt, Poix, Rouan and Dieppe. While flying over Rouan, pilots note the presence of about 45 German aircraft on the airfield. Returning to Hawkinge at 9:45 Squadron Leader Joseph R. Kayll was ordered to remain on site to provide an escort for twelve Bristol Blenheims from 12:55. The bombing seems, however, missed since it is indicated that only a section of the bombers touches the Dieppe aerodrome. At the same time, Flying Officer Anthony Eyre is forced to a forced landing in Wilmington following a fuel failure. If the pilot is not injured, the Hawker Hurricane Mk I P2793 is badly damaged.[1] The remaining eight No.615 Squadron aircraft land at 15:55. Flight time : 04:45 hours.

In parallel, three pilots participate in air combat training over the Sutton Bridge range, while six hours of night flying training are conducted.

Pilots and Aircrafts : Flying Officer Anthony Eyre (P2793) ; Pilot Officer Keith T. Lofts (P2578) ; Pilot Officer John R. Lloyd (P2764) ; Flying Officer Herbert S. Giddings (P2801) ; Squadron Leader Joseph R. Kayll (P2871) ; Pilot Officer Cecil R. Montgomery (P3390) ; Flight Lieutnant Lionel M. Gaunce (P2966) ; Flying Officer John R.H. Gayner (L1584) ; Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo (P2963).

Losses : Hawker Hurricane Mk I P2793 (Flying Officer Anthony Eyre) : severely damaged on landing at Wilmington (fuel failure).


[1] The damage seems, however, limited since the aircraft return from 27 June  1940.

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