Accident Hawker Hurricane Mk I N2550,
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Date:Tuesday 16 April 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic HURI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Owner/operator:43 Sqn RAF
Registration: N2550
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Sea, off Wick, Caithness, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Wick, Caithness
Destination airport:
Hawker Hurricane N2550/H: missing on air operations over the sea whilst engaged on escort duty. 16/04/1940
P/O (39076) Patrick Folkes (pilot) RAF - missing presumed dead.

Patrick "Tiger" Folkes was the son of William Henry and Frances Constance Folkes, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. He was probably born in the Salisbury area of Wiltshire in 1917. He received his short service commission to the rank of Acting P/O on probation on 7th September 1936. On 22nd May 1937 he was posted to 64 Squadron at Martlesham Heath but on 3rd July 1937 he was posted to 43 Squadron at Tangmere. He was confirmed in the rank of Pilot Officer on 13th July 1937. He was killed when his aircraft went down into the sea off Wick on 16th April 1940. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The date he was promoted to Flying Officer is not known.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/149:

Revision history:

09-Jun-2019 20:20 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Jun-2019 05:51 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
12-Apr-2024 10:24 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative, Operator]

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