Incident Hawker Hurricane Mk I N2388,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 176740
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Date:Saturday 11 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: N2388
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:between Tongres and St Trond, near Maastricht, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Lille/Seclin, France
Destination airport:
Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 N2338 (VY-R) of 85 Squadron, RAF: Written off in combat operations - officially described as "Hurricane N2388 shot down between Tongres and St Trond, Liege, Belgium, 11 May 1940. Acting Flight Lieutenant R H A Lee missing, later reported safe and rejoined unit". Flight Lt R H A Lee bailed out after an encounter with a Do.17, near Maastricht. 11.5.1940. According to one source "On the 11th" [ May 1940] "after shooting down two enemy aircraft, he was himself shot down by flak and captured. Lee escaped and made his way back to his squadron."

Crew: Flight Lt (33208) Richard Hugh Anthony 'Dickie' Lee (pilot) RAF - bailed out OK

Note that the pilot and the aircraft appear to have come down a considerable distance apart - in fact, in two different countries!


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/261:

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
19 May 1940 P2923 85 Sqn RAF 0 near Lille w/o
20 May 1940 P3426 85 Sqn RAF 1 near Amiens, Somme department of the Picardy region w/o
18 August 1940 P2923 85 Sqn RAF 1 sea 30 miles East of Clacton, Essex. w/o


Flight Lieutenant R H A Lee and Flying Officer K H Blair, after being decorated by King George VI at RAF Hornchurch, Essex, 27 June 1940 Flight Lieutenant R H A Lee and Flying Officer K H Blair, after being decorated by King George VI at RAF Hornchurch, Essex, 27 June 1940. CH433

Revision history:

08-Jun-2015 12:05 Thomas Fuk Added
08-Jun-2015 17:11 INV Updated [Total fatalities]
20-Jun-2019 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Jun-2022 12:39 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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