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    Hi ,

    On May 27 1940 Hurricane SO-A from 145 squadron made a crashlanding near a place named Alveringem in Belgium . Who was the pilot of this a/c ?

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    It's possible that the pilot survived, but if not, 145 lost 2 that day,
    Name: RAINIER, PETER HARVEY O'CALLAGHAN
    Initials: P H O
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Unit Text: 145 Sqdn.
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 27/05/1940
    Service No: 41869
    Additional information: Son of Comdr. Daniel Harvey Rainier and Mabel Emma Rainier, of North Fambridge, Essex.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 20.
    Cemetery: LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY
    and Pilot Officer A Elson, who is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, so less likely unless he baled out over the Channel and his aircraft force landed...
    edit: The 145 Sqdn info here: http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/145_squadron.html and mentions that they only lost 2 aircraft and pilots that day, 1 KIA and 1 MIA so looks as if it is P/O Rainier
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    Hello Kevin,

    Actually, No. 145 Squadron lost more than 2 Hurricanes that day !

    According to Peter Cornwell's "Battle of France then and now", the Squadron lost 6 Hurricanes that day, in patrols in the Dunkirk-Calais area :
    - P2723, shot down in the sea, P/O A. ELSON missing
    - N2713, north west of St Omer, P/O P.H.O'C. RAINIER killed
    - N2711 SO-D, south-west of Dunkirk, Sgt A. BAILEY captured
    The above three around 2:30 PM. The following three around 7:45 PM.
    - N2710, over Dunkirk, P/O D.N. FORDE slightly wounded (returned by sea)
    - P3314 over Dunkirk, P/O E.C.J. WAKEHAM slightly wounded (returned by sea)
    - ? over Dunkirk, P/O J.H. ASHTON unhurt (returned by sea)

    I have an interest in RAINIER for he's buried in Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery but I don't know where he came down.

    Alain, what is your source ? Police report (for the date) or picture ?

    Joss

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    Joss ,

    Indeed i found this picture in a book about May 40 in Belgium.

    Alain

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