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Last updated: 17 October 2021
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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: L5539
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:between Junglinster and Echternarch, Luxembourg -   Luxembourg
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Ecury-sur-Coole, France
Destination airport:
Fairey Battle Mk.1 L5539 (JN-B) 150 Squadron RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Battle L5539 in air operations between Junglinster and Echternarch, Luxembourg, 10 May 1940". Took off from Ecury-sur-Colle, France, with the main objective being the numerous German convoys travelling on the road between Etternach and Junelinster, Luxembourg, connecting Belgium to Luxembourg.

Bombing and strafing at low altitude (about 30 meters), the unfortunate British airmen were picked off by a dense and precise Flak. One crew member killed, two survived to be captured and taken as PoWs (one being injured)

Crew of Battle L5539:
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Eric R. Parker, RAF 39111, killed in action, buried Luxembourg (Hollerich) Communal Cemetery, Luxembourg
Sgt J. Whalley; captured injured, taken as PoW, interned in Camps 8B/L1. No PoW No. (Right thumb shot off).
Corporal R.K.Rye; captured, taken as PoW, interned in Camps 8B/L6/357, PoW No.13046


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain. 1978 p 34)
2. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p 153)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/217:

Revision history:

17-Jun-2019 01:16 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Jun-2019 01:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Jun-2019 09:47 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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