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Last updated: 22 January 2022
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Time:10:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:150 Squadron Royal Air Force (150 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2028
MSN: F.3083
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Morhange, Moselle department, Grand Est, north-eastern France -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Écury-sur-Coole, France
Destination airport:RAF Écury-sur-Coole, France
Fairey Battle Mk.1 N2028 (JN-T) of 150 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 30 September 1939 when lost (failed to return) on combat operations

In the late afternoon of 30 September 1939, six Battle bombers from no.150 Squadron/Allied Air Strike Force had taken off from Écury-sur-Coole under the lead of Squadron Leader MacDonald to fly high-altitude photo reconnaissance mission over the area of Saarbrücken-Merzig. During the approach flight one crew experienced engine failure and turned back to base. Five remaining crews continued the mission and they were picked up by 7./Lg.Nachr.Rgt.12.

The raid was reported to I./JG53. Two four-element sections from 2./JG53 were scrambled and about 12.00 hrs the English formation was sighted 7 km West of Saarbrücken. Of the five remaining Battles, four were shot down and one crash-landed back at base and burned out. Battle N2028 was abandoned in flight over Morhange (German: Mörchingen, Lorraine Franconian Märchinge) a commune in the Moselle department in Grand Est in north-eastern France (at approximate coordinates: 48°55′28″N 6°38′11″E). All three crew bailed out and survived, albeit injured

Crew of Battle N2028
Pilot Officer M A Poulton (pilot, Service Number 36148) - injured
Sergeant Thomas Arthur Bates (Observer, Service Number 580419) - injured
Aircraftman 2nd Class H E A Rose (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 543870) - injured


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/22:
3. The Battle File, Sidney Shail, Air Britain 1997 p 160

Revision history:

02-Jun-2019 18:58 Dr. John Smith Added
02-Jun-2019 19:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source]
03-Jun-2019 09:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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