The Battle of France:
The Nazi invasion of France and Belgium and the Netherlands began 10 May 1940.
150 Squadron received heavy losses in attempting to stop the German invasion of France.
William was KIA in the Battle of Sedan on afternoon of 14 May 1940, age 20 yrs.
The Germans were trying to cross the Meuse at Sedan, on the Belgian border.
Four Fairey Battle light bombers, Nolan in one of them, were tasked to attack pontoon bridges over the Meuse south of Sedan. All four were shot down.
William was in plane L4946, shot down just S of Donchery, SW of Sedan (see map).
He was buried at the crash site.
The British and French forces were driven back. The German advance continued.
William was re-interred 1943 in Donchery Communal Cemetery.
See CWGC record.
The invasion of France, hour by hour.
Jump to 1:47 to get to 10 May 1940.
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