Incident Hawker Hurricane Mk I L1898,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 136960
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Date:Friday 10 May 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic HURI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Owner/operator:85 Sqn RAF
Registration: L1898
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Lille/Seclin -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Lille/Seclin, France
Destination airport:Merville, France
Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 L1898 (VY-O) of 85 Squadron, RAF: Officially described as "Hurricane L1898 damaged by bullets during air operations over Lille/Seclin, France, 10 May 1940". On 10th May 1940 Sgt H.H. Allgood was flying Hurricane L1898 from Lille to Merville and was shot down soon after taking off; he sustained injuries when the aircraft crashed and overturned and the pilot was possibly hospitalised. Sgt Allgood only returned to 85 Squadron when they had returned to the UK. Probably shot down by Uffz. Hans-Joachim Hartwig of 5./JG 2

Sgt (565462) Harold Henry ALLGOOD (pilot) RAF - wounded

The Hurricane was declared u/s (unserviceable) on 9 May 1940, and is believed to have been abandoned at Lille/Seclin when 85 Squadron RAF retreated from France on 21 June 1940 to Debden, Essex. It is possible that Hurricane L1898 was being ferried from Lille/Seclin to Merville for repairs at the time of this incident - that is, it was a ferry flight, not a combat flight, as L1898 was not "combat ready".


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 13)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/230:

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
17 November 1940 ? 85 Sqn RAF 0 RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England min

Revision history:

29-Jun-2011 02:00 ThW Added
06-Jan-2012 07:07 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
29-Aug-2013 03:00 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
12-Feb-2015 15:01 Jixon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
07-Jun-2015 17:56 Shout Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
17-Jun-2019 21:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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