Accident Hawker Hurricane Mk I L1970,
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Date:Sunday 12 May 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic HURI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Owner/operator:87 Sqn RAF
Registration: L1970
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Oost-Maarland, Eijsden, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Lille-Vendeville airfield, France
Destination airport:
Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 L1970, 87 Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations over Maastricht, Netherlands. Officially described as "Hurricane L1970 failed to return from an operational flight, 12 May 1940; Flying Officer J A Campbell: report of death". Mission: Fighter escort for Bristol Blenheim bombers attacking bridges in the Maastricht area.

Flying Officer John "Jack" Alexander Campbell (Pilot, Service Number 39492, aged 27) - killed in action, buried at Maastricht General General Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands

Probably shot down at 10:10 hrs by Hptm. Adolf Galland of 1 Stab/JG 27; this was claimed as Gallands first victory in air to air combat. According to German sources the intercept happened 10 kilometers west of Liège.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 14)
2. Fighter Command Losses of the Second World War Vol. 1 Norman L R Franks p 19
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/278:

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
29-Jun-2011 00:16 ThW Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Jan-2012 12:25 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
30-Sep-2015 05:43 sandman56 Updated [Narrative]
23-Jun-2019 17:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
18-Mar-2020 12:15 TigerTimon Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source]

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