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Old 19th November 2010, 02:25
Martin Gleeson Martin Gleeson is offline
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Re: ZG or JG53 victory, 31 May 1940.


Thanks Hucks. Yes I have Peter's terrific book.

Stig. I found a copy of a cipher message in AIR 35/149 ('Replacement of Aircraft and Crews') which briefly mentioned this loss. All it states is;
"D.H. 89 No. W6457 destroyed by 3 ME110s 978 1600 hours today at M8302. Crew and passengers uninjured".
It continues to request a replacement aircraft. I don't know the meaning of '978' but the 'M8302' appears to be an RAF grid location.

I cannot find 'Aneuil' anywhere in France, but there is an 'Auneuil' in Oise department just SW of Beauvais. This area was still under Allied control on 31 May 1940 and I think for another week at least. Because of this I do not believe German ground troops were anywhere near Auneuil or Beauvais on that date.

Hope this helps,

Regards for now,

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