The crew consisted of 20-year-old Pilot Officer Robert Thynne, Observer Sergeant Richard Pike aged 19 and Airgunner Aircraftsman Vivian Richardson also aged 19.
The crash happened at approximately 14.20hr on the Monday 13th while carrying out dive bombing practice. The crew had only been aloft just over 10 minutes when tragedy struck. The funeral the following day was attended by Group Captain Mann, Wing Commander Duggan and the commanding officer of No.88 Squadron. Also present were officers from No.75 HQ, French Air force and French Cavalry. These were the first casualties suffered by the squadron in WW.II