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David Pinkney


Warloy-Baillon is a village about 21 kilometres north-east of Amiens along the D919 to Arras. The Communal Cemetery is on the east side of the village, the memorial is opposite the entrance.

The CWGC Extension is a hundred metres further along the road.

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Plaque to British 2nd World War pilots at Warloy Baillon



662 Squadron was an Air Observation Post squadron that served from June 1944. The AOP squadrons had been created in order to provide airborne observers for the artillery. As such, most of the crews were Gunners flying light aircraft (Austers) allowing them to spot long distance targets.

The squadron was formed at Old Sarum on 30th September 1943. It moved to Normandy on 24th June 1944 and then took part in the advance across France. By the 1st September 1944 the British and Canadians had reached the Somme.

Captain David Pinkney it would appear had gone ahead in a vehicle looking for a suitable area to act as an airfield. He arrived in the village of Warloy Baillon on 1st September not realising that there were still Germans within the village.

Running into a party Pinkney managed to stop his vehicle allowing his passenger to escape but he himself was killed by machine-gun fire.

He is buried in the Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave: II G 1

The plaque also commemorates Pilot Officer Kenneth Lucas.

Nineteen-year-old Pilot Officer Kenneth Lucas was a Canadian serving with 145 Squadron RAF. Having taken off from RAF Marston in Kent on 19th May 1940, flying Hurricane (Mk I) N2598 he was engaged in a dog fight with Oberleutnant Gerhard Homuth from Jagdgeschwader 27 above Warloy Baillon.

The far more experienced Luftwaffe pilot, flying a Messerschmitt Bf109, won the day shooting Lucas down at about 1530 hours.

He is buried in the Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave: II G 2

In 2003 a local researcher, Pierre Ben recovered various pieces from the Hurricane including the engine plate, Browning machine gun.

Oberleutnant Gerhard Homuth was one of the leading Luftwaffe aces with 63 victories before he went missing on the Eastern Front on 2nd August 1943.


The Monument

The plaque was put up by the villagers of Warloy-Baillon

Plaque to British 2nd World War pilots at Warloy Baillon