26 June 1940

Twelve pilots take off from Kenley at 06h44 towards Hawkinge to conduct a reconnaissance of the Dieppe – Rouen – Boos sector. There were no notable events to report during the patrol and they return to Hawkinge at 08:40. However, on landing, Pilot Officer Cecil R. Young’s Hawker Hurricane Mk I [1] is badly damaged when one of the legs of the train retracts. The pilot is, however, not injured. 02h06 of flight during the day.

Pilots and Aircrafts : Flight Lieutnant James G. Sanders (P3487) ; Flying Officer Herbert S. Giddings (P2801) ; Pilot Officer David Evans (L1983) ; Pilot Officer Keith T. Lofts (P2578) ; Pilot Officer Ralph Roberts (P2793) ; Flight Lieutnant Lionel M. Gaunce (P2966) ; Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo (P2963) ; Pilot Officer Cecil R. Montgomery (P2328) ; Pilot Officer Michael R. Mudie (P3380) ; Pilot Officer Cecil R. Young (P2966) ; Flying Officer Peter Collard (P2768) ; Squadron Leader Joseph R. Kayll (P2871).

Losses : Pilot Officer Cecil R. Young (Hawker Hurricane Mk I ?) : severely damaged landing on Hawkinge as a result of a landing gear problem, around 08h40.

[1] The identification poses a problem, indeed, the ORB mentions at this date the Hawker Hurricane Mk I P2966, which is also indicated as assigned to the Lieutnant Flight Lionel M. Gaunce. However, the P2966 is his usual aircraft and it is reported as operational the next day (June 27), we can reasonably think of an error.

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