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History Air Crashes of WWII

Allied - Hurricane V6627

REF NR: 1924

On November 6th 1941, Hurricanes from 145 Squadron were battling over the island with a horde of ME Bf109s which were the fighter escort for a bomber force of 75+ Bf110s from EGR210 group. The first casualty of the day was the pilot of Hurricane V6627 - Flt. Sgt. Haire.


He came under intense fire from a Bf109 while flying over Newport toward Arreton. The aircraft lost height and caught fire as Haire desperately struggled to keep it from crashing into the houses below.  To this end he stayed with his craft far too long and bailed out too low. However, his efforts were not in vain, as he had managed to steer his stricken craft to a grassy grave at Perreton Farm very close to Hasley Manor. Flt Sgt.


Haire's parachute on this occasion failed to open fully and he crashed hard into a field close by and was fatally injured. Only eleven days earlier, he had cheated death when the Hurricane he was flying crashed into the sea off Forelands.


Note: All images are merely representative of the aircraft and not specific.