Sunday, 25th August 1940 - Hurricane crash lands at Burton Bradstock

"Hurricanes of 87 Squadron and 213 Squadron from R.A.F. Exeter joined in today's dog-fights over Portland. Sergeant Pilot Sidney Richard Ernest Wakeling of 87 Squadron was killed at 17.25 hours when his fighter, V7250, plunged in flames at New Barn, on the hillside south of Bradford Peverell, north-west of Dorchester. He was aged 21.

Then, 213 Squadron lost two fighters at about 17:30 hours - to Messerschmitt Bf.109's - into Lyme Bay. The missing flyers are Pilot Officer Harold Derrick Atkinson, in P3200, and Pilot Officer Jaques Arthur Laurent Philippart. Atkinson, a Yorkshireman, celebrated his 22nd birthday on Monday. Philippart, aged 31, escaped in May from the invading Germans, by air and sea, and became the first Belgian ace of the war. He was shot down off Portland by Hauptmann Mayer of I Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 53.

A third fighter, N2646, crash-landed at Burton Bradstock but is repairable. The flyer, Sergeant Pilot Ernest Snowdon, is unhurt."

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