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1/I/1, 1er Escadrille 'Mouette'
Aéronautique Militaire Belge
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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1/I/1, 1er Escadrille 'Mouette' / 1ste smaldeel 'Meeuw' / 1st Squadron 'Seagull'

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1/I/1 was a reconnaissance squadron, equiped with Fairey Fox II's and III's biplanes. It was attached to Army Corps IV and Army Corps V. On 10/05/1940 the unit had 10 aircraft.

Peacetime base: Deurne
Wartime base: Hingene

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Losses, ex. ground losses of planes (incomplete)

15/05/1940 - at least 1 plane lost, 1 KIA
24/05/1940 - 1 plane lost, at least 2 MIA

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Type: Fox
Serial number: ?, O-83
Unit: 1/I/1
Mission: Recce Geel
Lost: 15/05/1940
Adj Marcel Brosteaux, pilot - safe
Olt Eugène Boissiroy, observer - KIA
Hit by ground fire. Crashed south of Herentals (perhaps in Lier)

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Type: Fox
Serial number: ?, O-41
Unit: 1/I/1
Mission: Patrol Kortrijk-Harelbeke

Sgt (Pilot) Jacobus Degreef, pilot, MIA
Cpt M. Keuleers, observer, MIA
Based at Stene. Crash location not established. Crash locations mentioned are: North Sea off Belgium and Harelbeke as crash location.
Sgt de Greef is remembered at Ereperk Evere, Brussels; grave 24. Date of death given: 23/05/1940.
Cpt M. Keuleers is remembered at Ereperk Evere, Brussels; grave 25. Date of death given: 23/05/1940.

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Aeropedia / Belgae Gallorum Fortissimi
Alternate Views on Adolf Galland's WW2 Kills
Ancien Bulletins du CLHAM
Aircraft ued by the Belgian Armed Forces
Aéronautique Militaire Belge - Order of Battle, 10th May 1940
Belgian aces and notable pilots of WW2
Belgian Armed Forces, 1940
The Belgian Army at the outbreak of WW2 (doesn't state sources)
Belgian Aviation History Association
Belgian Hawker Hurricanes controversy -
Belgian War Cemetery Willemstad (English)
Belgian War Graves (1914-1918; 1940-1945)
Belgian Women in Uniform 1940-1946
Biplane Fighter Aces - Belgium
The Campaign of the Belgian Army in May 1940
Chievres Air Base History Erehof Willemstad (in Dutch)
The Fiat CR.42 in the Belgian Air Force
France, 1940
The Gloster Gladiator in the Belgian Air Force
Rodolphe Count de Hemricourt de Grunne
De Slag om de Grebbeberg (Dutch) Fall Gelb (Dutch)
Slagveld Sloedam (Dutch)
The Stampe

War over Holland (English)
Wings to Victory (Dutch)

Prisoners of War captured in Europe 1940
RAF - Campaign Diary - The Battle of France (May-June 1940)
RAF Museum: British Military Aviation in 1940
The Second World War - a day by day account

The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940, by Major L.F. Ellis, 1954

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The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgium The Official Account of What Happened 1939-1940
Brian Bond, France and Belgium, 1939-1940
Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008
Cynrik De Decker en Jean-Louis Roba, Mei 1940 boven België: de luchtstrijd tijdens de achttiendaagse veldtocht, De Krijger, Erpe-Mere, 1993
Major L.F. Ellis, The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940, 1954
J.Fabribeckers, La Campage de L'armee Belge en 1940
Telford Taylor, The March of conquest
Jean-Luc Wauthy and Florimond de Neve, Les Aéronefs de la Force Aérienne Belge (3e partie : 1920-1940), Le Fana de l'Aviation magazine n.306, Mai 1995
General Wetzel, Der Angrif der 255. Division über die Lys
Michael Wiesner, "Wer die macht hat, hat recht". De Belgische krijgsgevangenen in Duitsland en de Conventie van Genève, 1940-1945, 2005

Zoho Creator: Books Belgian Aviation

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Links (in Dutch)
De Belgen in Engeland 1940-1945 (in Dutch)
Belgian Aviation History Association Archaeological Team
Belgian Aviation History Association
Belgisch Nationaal Herdenkingscomité / Comité National Belge du Souvenir Bruggenhoofd Gent (in Dutch) - contains lists of Belgian and German casualties, Gent area, May 1940
Deaths in deportation
Gefusilleerden & gedeporteerden uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog / Les Fusillés et les déportés de la deuxième Guerre Mondiale, Belgium (in Dutch and French)

Discussion Groups
Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
War over Holland Discussion Forum

Abbreviations used in the Royal Air Force
Code Names & RAF Vocabulary

Air Aces
Airwar over Denmark
Allied World War II Casualties in the Netherlands
Australian Wargraves
Axis History Factbook
British Aircraft Directory
British Aviation Archaeological Council - Books and research links
Canada's Air Force History
HMS Cavalier
Ciel de Gloire (in French) RAF Squadrons
CWGC Cemeteries Germany
CWGC Cemeteries Netherlands
Czechoslovak airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
Danish WW2 Pilots
Dutch Pilots in RAF Squadrons
Eagles Squadrons (American pilots in the RAF)
Foreign Aircraft Landings in Ireland 1939-1946
Håkans aviation page (from Sweden, in English)
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, poem by W.B. Yeats
Jagdgeschwader 27 (in German)
Luchtoorlog ('Arial War', in Dutch, with many photos)
Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth
The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945
Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
The National Ex-Prisoners of War Association
Nordic Aviation during WW2 aircraft of WW2
Polish Air Force 1940-1947 Operations Record Books
RAF Battle of Britain
RAF Upwood
RAF WWII 38 Group Squadrons Reunited
Warbird Alley
War over Holland
World War II Aircraft wrecksites in Norway

The Aerodrome - Aces and Aircraft of World War 1
WW1 Cemeteries

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This page is dedicated to the Belgian airmen who lost their lives in May 1940.

With special thanks to Alain Rosseels

© Bart FM Droog / Rottend Staal Online 2008. Permission granted for use of the data gathered here for non commercial purposes, if this source is mentioned with a link to