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Hurricane - Aircraft Details - Aviation Directory

Hurricane


Name : Hurricane
Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1936
Number Built : 14533

Royal Air Force Fighter, the Hawker Hurricane had a top speed of 320mph, at 18,200 feet and 340mph at 17,500, ceiling of 34,200 and a range of 935 miles. The Hurricane was armed with eight fixed wing mounted .303 browning machine guns in the Mark I and twelve .303 browning's in the MKIIB in the Hurricane MKIIC it had four 20mm cannon. All time classic fighter the Hurricane was designed in 1933-1934, the first prototype flew in June 1936 and a contract for 600 for the Royal Air Force was placed. The first production model flew ion the 12th October 1937 and 111 squadron of the Royal Air Force received the first Hurricanes in January 1938. By the outbreak of World war two the Royal Air Force had 18 operational squadrons of Hurricanes. During the Battle of Britain a total of 1715 Hurricanes took part, (which was more than the rest of the aircraft of the Royal air force put together) and almost 75% of the Victories during the Battle of Britain went to hurricane pilots. The Hawker Hurricane was used in all theatres during World war two, and in many roles. in total 14,533 Hurricanes were built.

Pilots and Aircrew for : Hurricane
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Acworth, A. C.
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Acworth, A. C.


Acworth, Richard Alvin
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   Died : 1 / 3 / 1971
Acworth, Richard Alvin

Squadron Leader Richard " Dickie or Acky"Alvin Acworth DFC, RAF no. 40486, 112, 80 & 118Sqn, Richard Acworth was commissioned in 1937. On 16 May 1939 he was posted to 112 Squadron when this unit was formed aboard HMS Argus in Portsmouth, Hampshire. 112 Squadron was sent to Egypt and arrived on 25 May 1939. When Italy declared war on 10 June 1940 he served as Pilot Officer in ‘A’ Flight.
Adair, Hubert. Hastings
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   Died : 6 / 11 / 1940
Adair, Hubert. Hastings

He joined the RAF in 1936 and was eventually posted to 88 Sqn where he flew Fairey Battles in France. He joined l5l Sqn at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire, on 4th September 1940. He was posted to 213 Sqn at RAF Tangmere, West Sussex on the 16th September 1940. He was involved in a night landing accident at Tangmere on 5th November. The following afternoon Adair was in action but did not return from combat which took part over the Southampton area at about 14:40 hrs. Locals were aware of the crash and Hurricane (AK-D), V 7602, was excavated on 6th October 1979 where it had burned out near Pigeon House Farm on Portsdown Hill, Widley, Hampshire. When the pilot's remains were found they were later sent to Porchester Crematorium for disposal by the Coroner. It is widely regarded that Adair was almost certainly shot down by Major Helmut Wick of JG 2.
Adams, Hugh Charles
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   Died : 6 / 9 / 1940
Adams, Hugh Charles

Killed September 6th 1940. Killed while flying Hurricane (V6612) at 9am over Ashford Kent. The aircraft crashed at Eltham. He is buried in the north-west part of Tandridge churchyard. Son of John Coker Adams, and Grace Adams, of Chaddleworth, Berkshire. He was 22.
Adams, W S C
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   Died : 13 / 5 / 1940
Adams, W S C

Flight Officer W.S.C.Adams of No.3 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2654) on May 13th 1940 when it was involved in a collision with Hurricane (N2653) when returning from a patrol, he was killed. He was 33 years old.
Adye, C. F. G.
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   Died : 26 / 5 / 1940
Adye, C. F. G.

Flight Lieutenant C.F.G.Adye of No.17 Squadron was killed on May 26th 1940 whilst on patrol in Hurricane (P3483), he baled out after combat with Me109s over the Channel.
Aitken, John William Maxwell “Max”
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   Died : 1 / 5 / 1985
Aitken, John William Maxwell “Max”

601 Squadron. Born in Montreal and On 16 May, 1940 he flew to France with the Hurricanes of “A” Flight to reinforce 3 Squadron. He was quite successful being involved in the destruction of six enemy aircraft. He returned to England as an acting S/Ldr and took command of 601 Squadron and destroyed a He 111 25 June,1940. For this and for his victories in France he was awarded the DFC 9/7/40. On 25/6/41, flying a Spitfire he shot down a Me 109 in a sweep over France. Commanding 68 Squadron flying Blenheims as a night-fighter unit with mainly Czech crews. He shot down a Do 17 on the night of 30 April and another on the night of 29/30 May and on the night of 23/24 shot down a Ju 88 and a Do 217. He was awarded the DSO and the Czech Military Cross. His operational tour complete, he was posted in February 1943 to HQ Eastern Mediterranean in the Fighter Tactics Branch. On 05 March, 1944 flying in a Beaufighter of 46 Squadron he shot down two Ju 52s, probably a third and damaged a fourth. His victories now totaled 14. He retired in 1946 as a Group Captain. He died 01 May, 1985. The RAF Museum at Tangmere has in its collection the flying boots Max Aitken wore in 1940 when at RAF Tangmere. It is said that when off duty and frequenting a public house in Bognor Regis, Max Aitken was unable to pay his bill and left his flying boots behind as payment.
Albonico, R. A.
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Albonico, R. A.

Sergeant R.A.Albonico of No.1 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L1856) on May 18th 1940 when it was shot down by ground fire near St Quentin and Albonico was captured and made a prisoner of war.
Aldous, E. S.
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   Died : 16 / 10 / 1941
Aldous, E. S.

Pilot Officer E.S.Aldous joined No 610 Squadron on the 27th of July 1940. Pilot Officer Aldous destroyed a He 111 on the 30th of August 1940 . He moved to No 41 Squadron in September and on the 28th of the month force landed his Spitfire I (X4345) after combat over Charing at 10:40hrs. E.S.Aldous was K.I.A. on the 16th of October 1941 in a Hurricane II b (Z3028) of No 615 Squadron, aged 23.
Aldridge, K. R.
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Aldridge, K. R.

Pilot Officer K.R.Aldridge of No 501 Squadron on August 24th 1940. Pilot Officer Aldridge baled out of his Hurricane I (L1865) following combat with a Bf 109 over West Kingsdown. He was injured and sustained a broken arm.
Alexander, J. W. E.
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Alexander, J. W. E.

Pilot Officer J.W.E. Alexander joined No 151 Squadron on the 1st of July 1940. On the 28th of August 1940 at 17:30hrs Pilot Officer Alexander was shot down in flames during combat over the Thames Estuary, and baled out of his Hurricane I (L2005), he was badly burned.
Allard, Geoffrey
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   Died : 13 / 3 / 1941
Allard, Geoffrey

Born 1912, "Sammy" Allard joined the RAF in 1929, training to be a pilot in the late 1930s, before joining No.87 Sqn, but transferred to No.85 Sqn soon after. Flying Hurricanes in the Battle of France, Allard racked up 8 victories, and added another 8 during the Battle of Britain, before 85 squadron became a night-fighting unit. Sammy Allard was piloting a Havoc aircraft on 13th March 1941 when a small panel displodged and jammed the rudder, causing the plane to crash, and killing all on board, including New Zealand Ace William Hodgson. Allard was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal, which does not appear in the London Gazette, to our knowledge, a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Medal, gazetted on 13th September 1940, and the Distinguished Flying Cross, gazetted on 8th October 1940.

Citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross :

Between 30th August and ist September, 1940, this officer destroyed seven enemy aircraft; previously he had destroyed ten and shared in the destruction of others. He has displayed outstanding skill and courage in combat against the enemy.

Allcock, P. O. D.
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   Died : 17 / 12 / 1941
Allcock, P. O. D.

Pilot Officer Allcock was wounded on the 23rd September 1940. Pilot Officer Allcock baled out of his Hurricane I (P2879) near Hoo in Kent after being shot down. Pilot Officer Allcock served with No 229 Squadron.
Allen, D A
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Allen, D A

Sergeant D.A.Allen was shot down and killed in his Hurricane (L1591) on May 14th 1940 flown by in combat with Ju87s near Sedan. He was 20 and was buried at Villers-Cerney.
Allen, Derek Hurlestone
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   Died : 18 / 5 / 1940
Allen, Derek Hurlestone

05.07.1937 commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [short service commission] trained at Sealand 02.1938 joined Fighter Command (A) P/O (prob) 05.07.1937 [39840] P/O 10.05.1938 F/O 10.12.1939 Distinguished Flying Cross DFC 31.05.1940 * ? - 18.05.1940 pilot, 85 Squadron RAF [On 15.05.1940 Hurricane P2818 on a mission in the Lille-Seclin area was shot down in combat with Bf110s east of Ath during offensive patrol over Belgium 7.30 p.m. Flying Officer D.H. Allen baled out unhurt. Aircraft a write-off. On 18.05.1940 Hurricane P2701 on a mission in the Lille-Seclin area was shot down in combat with Bf110s of I./ZG26 during offensive patrol between Le Cateau and Cambrai 7.30 a.m. Flying Officer D.H. Allen missing. Aircraft a write-off. His body was rescued from the wreckage by locals before being buried in an unnamed grave in the village of Pox-de-Nord near the Belgian border, resulting in a mentioning on the Runnymede Memorial as missing, presumed killed.]
Allen, J H L
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   Died : 12 / 7 / 1940
Allen, J H L

Flight Officer J.H.L. Allen was killed in action when flying a convoy patrol with No 151 Squadron on 12th of July 1940 in a Hurricane (P3275). Flight Officer J.H.L Allen ditched into the sea following combat with a Dornier Do 17 of II Gruppe of KG 2 off Orfordness.
Allen, Luke
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Allen, Luke

Volunteering for the RAF just as the Battle of Britain was reaching its climax, Luke joined 71 Eagle Squadron, flying his first combat operation in April 1941 on Hurricanes. Converting to Spitfires the squadron had a busy period of patrols, sweeps and escorts before transferring to the USAAF as the 334th Fighter Squadron. Luke flew over 60 combat missions in Europe.
Allgood, H. H.
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   Died : 10 / 10 / 1940
Allgood, H. H.

Sergeant H.H.Allgood of No.85 Squadron was wounded on May 16th 1940 when flying in Hurricane (L1898), he crash-landed following combat with Me109s north-west of Lille. Sergeant Allgood was killed on October 10th 1940.
Ambrose, C. F.
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Ambrose, C. F.

Pilot Officer C.F. Ambrose of No 46 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (P3066) on the 4th September 1940. Pilot Officer Ambrose had been in combat with Bf 109's over Rochford. He piloted P3066 once again (presumably repaired?) on 12th September 1940 on patrol over Rochford. He flew Hurricane Mk.I P3429 on 30th November 1940 and was forced to bale out over Ashford after combat with an Me109.
Anderson, Bill
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Anderson, Bill

Flying Officer (Acting Flt/Lt) Bill Anderson flew with 16 Sqn from 1943 until the war was over. He trained in Georgia, USA, before becoming attached to 16 Sqn at Benson, flying missions over France and Germany. Bill flew many different types of aircraft beginning with a PT17 Stearman in the USA; others include Tiger Moths, Typhoons, Tempest, Harvards, Lysanders, Hurricanes and Oxfords.
Anderson, J A
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   Died : 28 / 5 / 1978
Anderson, J A

Sergeant J.A. Anderson of No 253 Squadron was wounded on 14th of September 1940, following combat with a Bf 109 over Faversham. Sergeant J.A. Anderson baled out of his Hurricane I (P3804). Sergeant J.A. Anderson passed away 28th May 1978.
Andrew, S.
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   Died : 12 / 9 / 1940
Andrew, S.

Sergeant S.Andrew of No 46 Squadron was killed on the 12th of September 1940. Sergeant Andrew crashed his Hurricane I (P3525) into the ground after breaking formation near Stapleford, Essex.
Andruszkow, T.
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Andruszkow, T.

Sgt T. Andruszkow from Poland flew with No 303 Polish Squadron. On 27th September 1940 he was killed in action when he was shot down in a Hurricane I (V6665) near Kent.
Angus, Allan Benjamin
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1940
Angus, Allan Benjamin

Flight Officer Allan Benjamin Angus of No.501 Squadron force-landed his Hurricane (N2472) on May 10th 1940 following combat with a Ju88 near Celles-Edcanaf. Angus was killed on May 16th when flying in Hurricane (L1641), he was shot down by Me109 south-west of Lille. He was aged 22 and buried at Fretin, France. His Distinguished Flying Cross was gazetted on 31st May 1940 with the following entry :

This officer has shown great determination in taking every opportunity of engaging the enemy and pressing home his attacks. He took part in an inconclusive attack on a Junkers 88 which resulted in serious damage to the enemy aircraft. His own aircraft was hit and as a result he had to fore land in Belgium. Acting on his own initiative he rejoined the squadron in a few hours. In May, while on patrol, he intercepted and shot down in flames a Heinkel 111, and on the same patrol took part in shooting down a second enemy aircraft of the same type with Flying Officer [W.G.] David.
Appleford, Alexander N R L
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   Died : 17 / 4 / 2012
Appleford, Alexander N R L

Born in September 1921, Robin Appleford was one of the youngest pilots to take part in the Battle of Britain. He joined 66 Squadron at Duxford on 13th May 1940, flying Spitfires. He was shot down over the Thames Estuary during a dogfight on 4th September 1940, but baled out slightly wounded. After a spell as an instructor, in 1943 he flew another combat tour, this time with 274 Squadron, flying Hurricanes on coastal defence in North Africa. After a spell with the Aircraft Delivery Unit, he went to South Africa as a flying instructor. Sadly, we have learned that Alexander Appleford passed away on 17th April 2012.
Appleton, L. L.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Appleton, L. L.

Pilot Officer L.L. Appleton of No.79 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L2049) when it was damaged by return fire from a He111 and forced to land at Le Touquet. He was flying Hurricane (P2537) on May 14th when he was shot down and killed near Renaix. He had been in combat with a Ju88.
Arbon, P. W.
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Arbon, P. W.


Ashton, J. H.
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Ashton, J. H.

Pilot Officer J.H.Ashton of No.85 Squadron was in Hurricane (L1775) on May 15th 1940 when it was involved in combat with Me110s near Ath, Belgium. Ashton baled out safely.
Aslin, D. J.
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Aslin, D. J.

Sergeant D.J. Aslin joined No 32 Squadron on the 4th of August 1940. Sergeant Aslin was posted to No 257 Squadron on 22nd of September and shot down by a Bf 109 on the 23rd of September 1940. Sergeant Aslin was wounded after he baled out of his Hurricane I (P2960).
Atkinson, G.
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   Died : 1 / 3 / 1945
Atkinson, G.

Sergeant G.Atkinson who flew with No 151 Squadron was shot down in combat with on 14th of August 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3310) off Christchurch and was later rescued at sea. Sergeant Atkinson on 7th of March 1941 was awarded the D.F.M. Whilst serving as a flying instructor, he was killed on the 1st of March 1945, aged 29.
Atkinson, Harold
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   Died : 25 / 8 / 1940
Atkinson, Harold

Pilot Officer Harold David Atkinson of No 213 Squadron shot down 2 Bf 109's and a He 111, 2 unconfirmed and 3 shared kills in France prior to the Battle of Britain. In August 1940 he destroyed 2 Bf 109's, 3 Bf 110's and a He 111. Pilot Officer Atkinson's total score was 9 confirmed, 3 shared, 2 unconfirmed and 2 damaged. He was shot down and killed on the 25th of August 1940 in a Hurricane (P3200) near Portland.
Atkinson, R.
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   Died : 17 / 10 / 1940
Atkinson, R.

Pilot Officer R.Atkinson of No.213 Squadron was killed on October 17th 1940. His Hurricane (P3174) was shot down by a Me109 near Ashford in Kent. He was 19.
Austin, G. W. B.
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Austin, G. W. B.

Flight Officer G.W.B.Austin of No.605 Squadron was in Hurricane (N2349) when it was involved in combat with Me109s on May 22nd 1940. The aircraft caught fire during combat and Austin was wounded in the leg before baling out near Vermelles.
Ayerst, Peter V
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Ayerst, Peter V

Peter Ayerst joined the RAF in 1938, and was posted to 73 Squadron in August 1939, flying Hurricanes. He went to France with the squadron, scoring his first victory in April 1940. After a spell instructing, when he shared in the destruction of a He111 with two other instructors, he had postings with both 145 and 243 Squadrons. In July 1942 he went to 33 Squadron, before promotion to flight commander with 238 Squadron, both postings with further combat success. After a period in South Africa, he returned to the UK, joining 124 Squadron flying Spitfire MkVIIs in defence of the invasion ports, where he scored his final victory; then flew Spitfire MkIXs on bomber escorts to Germany. He later became a Spitfire test pilot at Castle Bromwich. Peter finished the war not only a brilliant fighter Ace, but also one of the most highly regarded wartime instructors in the RAF. His final victory tally stood at 5 destroyed, 1 probable, 3 damaged and 2 further destroyed on the ground.
Ayling, C. A. H.
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   Died : 11 / 10 / 1940
Ayling, C. A. H.

Sergeant C.A.H. Ayling of No 43 Squadron, C.A.H.Ayling was killed in action while flying with No 421 flight, he was shot down in his Spitfire Mk II (P7303) on the 11th of October 1940, over Newchurch, Kent, aged 28.
Bader, Douglas
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   Died : 5 / 9 / 1982
Bader, Douglas

Group Captain Douglas R.S.Bader CBE, DSO and bar, DFC and bar, Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre, whose dazzling success as a fighter pilot with artificial legs made him a national hero, Bader was a legend in his own lifetime for the courage and style with which he defied disablement. Bader had an academic ability which won him a scholarship to St Edward's School and a cadet ship at the elite RAF College, Cranwell. Douglas Bader joined No 23 Squadron at Kenley in July 1930 to fly Gamecocks. Asked to give an aerobatic demonstration in a Bulldog by pilots at a flying club, he declined; whereupon someone made a comment he could not ignore and took-off. Unfortunately the Bulldog's wingtip touched the ground during a low pass and it crashed. Bader lost both legs and was invalided out of the RAF. When war came his perseverance got him accepted back into the RAF for flying duties in Spitfire I's in No 19 Squadron at Duxford. In June 1940, Bader was given command of No 242 Squadron. A Canadian unit, the only one in the RAF at the time, No 242 had been badly mauled in France, and its morale was low. Bader quickly transformed No 242 into a tight, tough squadron by his courage, leadership and uncompromising attitude toward his pilots, ground crews and the RAF high command, with whom he soon had a major brush. After taking charge of No 242, Bader soon discovered that the unit did not have the spare parts or tools to keep its 18 Hurricane fighters operational. After trying to sort out the problem through official channels, Bader signaled 12th Group Headquarters: "242 Squadron operational as regards pilots but non-operational as regards equipment." And he refused to announce his squadron as operational until its lack of tools and spares was rectified. It took a direct meeting between Squadron Leader Bader and Fighter Command's commander Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, to correct the mess. Within 24 hours, No 242 Squadron had all the tools and spares it needed, and Bader signaled 12th Group: "242 Squadron now fully operational." Early in 1941 he commanded the first Tangmere Wing and his tactics then were carried on by Fighter Command for some years. On 11th of August he baled out of his Spitfire, leaving his 'tin' right leg in the Spitfire, and became a prisoner of war for 3½ years, ending it in Colditz Castle after two attempted escapes. He retired from the RAF in July 1946 and rejoined Shell Oil, later being knighted. During only 15 months operations his official score was 22½ enemy aircraft destroyed, although his personal tally was 30! His courage and determination in war and his work for the handicapped in peace inspired others until he passed away in 1983.
Badger, J. V. C.
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   Died : 30 / 6 / 1941
Badger, J. V. C.

Squadron Leader J.V.C. Badger (Commanding Officer) joined No 43 Squadron on the 10th of June 1940, He took over command on the 9th of July when the CO was wounded. Squadron Leader J.V.C. Badger scored a total of 6 kills between the 14th and 30th of August 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6548), and seriously wounded on the 30th of August 1940 by a Bf 109 South of Woodchurch, Kent. Badger was awarded the D.F.C. on the 6th of September 1940. Squadron Leader J.V.C.Badger died of his wounds on the 30th of June 1941, aged 29.
Bailey, A.
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   Died : 27 / 5 / 1940
Bailey, A.

Sergeant A.Bailey of No.145 Squadron was killed on May 27th 1940 when he was shot down in combat in his Hurricane (N2711) whilst on patrol.
Bailey, J. C. L. D.
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   Died : 2 / 9 / 1940
Bailey, J. C. L. D.

Pilot Officer J.C.L.D.Bailey of No 46 Squadron was killed after being shot down on 2nd of September 1940. Pilot Officer Bailey was was shot down over Thames Estuary by a Bf 109. His Hurricane I (P3067) crashed near Biggin Hill.
Baker, E. D.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Baker, E. D.

Sergeant E.D.Baker of No 145 Squadron was on patrol in his Hurricane I (P2957) on the 8th August 1940. Baker was believed to have been shot down by F.W. Müller of I Gruppe of JG27 near the Isle of White. Sergeant Baker was posted as missing in action. Sergeant Baker was killed on August 8th 1940, his Hurricane (P3381) was shot down off the Isle of Wight by a Me109.
Baker, R. D.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Baker, R. D.

Sergeant R.D.Baker of No 56 Squadron, on 13th of July 1940 he shot down a Ju 87 but then made a forced landing due to damage done to his own aircraft. On 11th of August 1940, he was shot down while on a convoy patrol in his Hurricane I (N2667). He baled out of his aircraft but was dead when picked up. He was 23
Ball, A.R.
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   Died : 6 / 7 / 1940
Ball, A.R.

Flight Officer A.R. Ball of No.3 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane (N2333) off Dover after being lost in darkness. Ball crash-landed his Hurricane (L1901) on May 13th 1940 after combat with a Do17 near Wavre, he was captured and later died of his wounds on July 6th 1940.
Bamberger, Cyril Bam
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   Died : 3 / 2 / 2008
Bamberger, Cyril Bam

Born in Port Sunlight on May 4th 1919, Cyril Bamberger won an electrical engineering apprenticeship at Lever Brothers in 1934. He joined 610 Squadron AuxAF, in 1936 on the ground staff. Accepted for pilot training with the RAF VR in late 1938, he soloed in mid 1939. Bamberger was called up at the outbreak of war and on the 23rd October 1939 was posted to No 8 EFTS, Woodley and later went to 9 FTS, Hullavington to complete his training. He rejoined 610 (F) Squadron at Biggin Hill on July 27th but with no experience on Spitfires, he was sent to Hawarden for three weeks. Back with 610 (F) Squadron, Bamberger claimed a probable Bf109 on August 28th 1940. He was posted to 41 (F) Squadron at Hornchurch, Essex, September 17th and on October 5th he claimed a Bf109 destroyed. After volunteering for Malta, Bamberger left 41 (F) Squadron in mid-October 1940. He sailed from Glasgow on the Aircraft Carrier HMS Argus. Luckily for him, he did not fly off for Malta with the twelve Hurricanes ad two navigating Skuas which did. Only five of the fourteen aircraft reached their destination. Bamberger eventually reached Malta on November 28th on the destroyer HMS Hotspur, and on arrival he joined 261 Squadron. On January 18th 1941 he destroyed a Junkers JU87 Stuka and another the following day. 261 Squadron was dispended on May 21st 1941. Bamberger moved on the 12th to the newly formed 185 (F) Squadron at Hal Far. He was posted back to England on June 12th and was sent to Central Gunnery School at Sutton Bridge. Commissioned in February 1942, he was posted to Northern Ireland as a Gunnery Officer with the Americans who were converting to Spitfires. In March 1943 Bamberger volunteered for North Africa where he joined 93 Squadron at Hal Far, Malta in May. On July 13th operating over Sicily, he shot down a Junkers JU87 Stuka. In August Bamberger joined 243 Squadron in Sicily as a Flight Commander. He was awarded the DFC (28.09.43). On October 16th Bamberger damaged a Bf109, his first success after 243 crossed into Italy. On May 25th 1944 he claimed a Bf109 destroyed and on June 15th a Macci 202 damaged. Bamberger came off operations in July for medical reasons returning to the UK. He was sent on an instructors course and in early 1945 was posted to the Gunnery School at Catfoss. Awarded a bar to his DFC (14.11.44). Bamberger received it from the King at Buckingham Palace on July 3rd 1945. Released in 1946, Bamberger returned to Lever Brothers and rejoined 610 Squadron at Hooten Park, becoming its CO in 1950. When the Korean crisis came, he was recalled to the RAF. In February 1951 he was granted a permanent commission and in May 1952 moved to an Intelligence Unit, assessing strike capabilities of the Chinese and Koreans. Bamberger retired on January 29th 1959 as a Squadron Leader, and became managing director of a small packaging materials company – he started in 1954. On retirement he had an antique shop in Hampshire. Sadly, Cyril Bamberger passed away on 3rd February 2008.
Banham, A. J.
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 1987
Banham, A. J.

Flight Lieutenant A.J.Banham was part of No 264 Squadron flying Defiant's during the early part of the Battle of Britain. Flight Lieutenant A.J. Banham was promoted to Squadron Leader and from then on commanded over No 229 Squadron from 7th of September 1940. On 15th of October 1940 he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3124) wounded with burns after being shot down near Kent. Passed away 1987.
Banks, N.L.
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   Died : 29 / 5 / 1940
Banks, N.L.

Pilot Officer N.L. Banks of No. 46 Squadron was killed when he was shot down in his Hurricane (L1794) in combat near Beisjford.
Bann, S. E.
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   Died : 28 / 9 / 1940
Bann, S. E.

Sergeant S.E.Bann of No 238 Squadron was killed on the 28th September 1940. Sergeant Bann baled out of his Hurricane I (V6776) over Fareham following dogfight with the enemy but his parachute failed to open.
Barclay, Richard George Arthur
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   Died : 17 / 7 / 1942
Barclay, Richard George Arthur

Serving with No.249 Squadron, Richard Barclay was shot down south of London on the 27th of September 1940, making a forced landing at West Malling. That day he had already claimed an Me109 and a Ju88, to add to his tally of one Me109, a damaged Do17, a damaged He111, a shared He111 and a shared Ju88. In the next two months he went on to claim a further three Me109 probables and a shared in another Me109, but on the 29th of November he was badly wounded in the legs, ankles and elbow after being shot down by an Me109. By September 1941 he had resumed flying with No.611 Sqn , but had scored no further victories when he was shot down during a sweep over St Omer, making a forced landing at Buyschoeure after being attacked by Me109s and breaking through high tension wires. Returning to flight as the commanding officer of No.238 Sqn fighting in North Africa, he claimed a further two victories on the 16th and 17th of July 1942 to become an Ace, with a total of 5 victories plus two shared, two damaged and four probable. Unfortunately, after his final victory he was killed when his Hurricane Mk.II was shot down on 17th July 1942. Some sources claim he was shot down by Luftwaffe Ace Werner Schroer, an Ace with 114 victories who survived the war and lived until 1985.
Barrow, H. J. R.
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   Died : 28 / 11 / 1940
Barrow, H. J. R.

Sergeant H.J.R.Barrow of No.213 Squadron was killed on November 28th 1940. His Hurricane (V6691) was shot down by a Me109 over Tangmere and ditched into the sea. Barrow's body was washed up on the French coast. He was 21.
Barry, N. J. M.
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   Died : 7 / 10 / 1940
Barry, N. J. M.

Flight Officer N.J.M.Barry of No 501 Squadron Hurricane I (V6800) was shot down and killed on the 7th of October 1940 near Wrotham, Kent.
Bartlett, L. H.
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Bartlett, L. H.


Barton, A. R. H.
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   Died : 4 / 4 / 1943
Barton, A. R. H.

Pilot Officer A.R.H. Barton was an experienced pilot with both the RAF and F.A.A. before the war. On the 20th September 1940 he was shot down again in a Hurricane I (R2686) by a Bf 109 over Kent. Barton was severely wounded and did not return to operations until February 1941. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 10th of April 1942, credited with five kills during the Battle of Britain. He was awarded the Bar to the D.F.C. on the 7th of July 1942 for destroying a five enemy aircraft while in Malta. A.R.H.Barton was killed in a flying accident while an instructor on the 4th of April 1943, aged 29.
Barton, Robert Alexande "Butch"
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   Died : 2 / 9 / 2010
Barton, Robert Alexande "Butch"

After training as a pilot he joined No 41 Squadron, flying biplane fighters. Following the outbreak of war he joined the newly-formed No 249 Squadron, whose CO was Squadron Leader John Grandy, later Chief of the Air Staff and a Marshal of the RAF. In December 1940 Barton was promoted to take command of 249 Squadron, and he destroyed two more enemy fighters. In 1941 his squadron was ordered to prepare for service in Malta, and on May 19 its Hurricanes were transferred to Ark Royal in Gibraltar. Barton opened his account in Malta on June 3, when he shot down an Italian bomber, the squadron's first victory over the island. Five days later he destroyed another bomber, this time at night. At first light, he returned to the scene to search for the Italian crew. Two men were found and rescued. Under Barton's leadership, 249 Squadron was one of the most successful fighter squadrons on the island. But on July 31 he was lucky to survive when the engine of his Hurricane failed as he took off and he crashed through some sturdy Maltese walls. His injuries included second-degree burns, and he was kept in hospital for several weeks. Yet by September he was back leading the squadron, and was soon involved in a fierce battle with Italian fighters, during which he was credited with shooting down one and damaging another. On November 22 he achieved his final victory when he shot down a Macchi MC202 fighter near Gozo. After two years' continuous and intense fighting, in December he was rested and returned to England. His deputy, Tom Neil (himself a Battle of Britain ace), wrote: "I was very conscious of the squadron's debt to him. Small and slight in stature, in no way a heroic figure and unassuming almost to a fault, he was a wonderful leader and one of the best fighter pilots it would be my good fortune to meet." The citation for the Bar to Barton's DFC concluded that "his excellent leadership inspires the pilots under his command". Following a spell as chief instructor at a fighter training unit, Barton took command of the fighter airfield at Skaebrae in Orkney. He later commanded North Weald and served at HQ Fighter Command, where he was responsible for tactics. He was mentioned in despatches and in June 1945 was appointed OBE. In August 1945 he was posted to India, and then for two years helped in the creation of the Pakistan Air Force following Partition. Barton served on a number of fighter stations and commanded RAF Acklington in Northumberland. His final appointment was on the operations staff at the Air Ministry, and he retired in February 1959.
Barton, Robert Alexander 'Butch'
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   Died : 2 / 9 / 2010
Barton, Robert Alexander 'Butch'

Arrived with 41 sqd 11 October 1936 Departed 15 May 1940 Flight Lieutenant R.A.Barton a Canadian of No 249 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6625) over Shell Haven, Essex by a Bf 109 on 5th of September 1940, Barton was wounded. DFC (1940), Bar to DFC (1941), OBE (1945) Retired as Wg Cdr, Feb 1959; died 2 Sep 2010
Bayles, Ian Norman
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   Died : 12 / 10 / 1988
Bayles, Ian Norman

on 19th October 1938 Bayles joined the University Air Squadron and then transferred to the RAFVR in June 1939. He was commissioned in the RAFVR on 26th September 1939, On 20th April 1940 joined 152 Squadron at Acklington The squadron had recently received its first Spitfires. Bayles was sent to 5 OTU Aston Down on 5th May to convert to Spitfires. On 29th May he was posted to 249 Squadron at Leconfield but, following pressure from 152's CO, he rejoined 152 Squadron on 9th June 1940. Bayles damaged a Me110 on 13th August, claimed a Ju88 destroyed and a He111 damaged on 25th September, damaged a Me110 on the 27th and a He111 on the 30th. He was posted away from 152 on 18th August 1941 to instruct. In mid-1942 Bayles took a short gunnery course and was posted to 224 Group in India. He returned to operations on 5th February 1943, when he was given command of 135 Squadron at George, operating along the Arakan coast in Hurricanes. Bayles led 135 until November 1943. He commanded 273 Squadron at Maunghnama and later Kyaukpyu from 16th December 1944 until 14th April 1945, when he was appointed Wing Commander Flying of 902 Wing
Bayley, E. A.
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   Died : 10 / 10 / 1940
Bayley, E. A.

Sergeant E.A.Bayley was with No 32 Squadron and recorded two victories with them. E.A.Bayley was posted to No 249 Squadron in September, Bayley was killed on the 10th of October 1940, when his Hurricane I (V7537) crashed due to oxygen failure while on a routine patrol.
Bayne, Alfred William Alexander
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Bayne, Alfred William Alexander

. Alfie Bayne joined the RAF in January 1936 and joined the Squadron 54 in April 1937. On 7 June 1940, he was assigned to Squadron 17 as Flight Commander. At the head of his squadron, he takes an active part in the Battle of Britain He was shot down in combat on 25th of August 1940. He safely baled out of his Hurricane I (V7407) safely near Portland He was awarded the DFC in November 1940 . In July 1941, he became commander of Squadron 132 when it forms but in February 1942 he was transferred to the Far East. Arrived in Ceylon after the Japanese had attacked, he took command of the Squadron 30 in May 1942, remaining with the unit until February 1943. He was then posted to Burma as commander of Squadron 136 , managing to shoot down two Japanese aircraft which 1 will be confirmed. His tour of duty ends in May 1943. He left the RAF in 1946 with the rank of Wing Commander and died May 28, 1963. Flight Lieutenant A.W.A. Bayne of No. 17 Squadron was . Bayne later flew Spitfires with No 54 Squadron in the Battle of Britain.
Bazin, James
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Bazin, James

Flight Lieutenant James Michael Bazin flew with No 607 Squadrons in Hurricane I's in France and during the Battle of Britain. He destroyed 2 He 111's in France an 9 in the Battle of Britain and was awarded the D.F.C. After the Battle of Britain he transferred to bombers, became a Wing Commander and received the D.S.O.
Beamont, Roland Bee
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   Died : 19 / 11 / 2001
Beamont, Roland Bee

One of World War IIs great characters, Bee flew Hurricanes with 87 Squadron, later leading a Tempest Wing. He had 8 victories plus a further 32 VIs destroyed. After the war he became a highly respected Chief Test Pilot.Wing Commander Roland Beamont, one of the RAFs top buzz bomb interceptors, was born in Enfield England on August 10, 1920. Educated at Eastborne College, Beamont accepted a short service commission with the Royal Air Force in 1938. He commenced flying in 1939 at the the No. 13 Reserve Flying School at White Waltham. His initial duty was with the Group Fighter Pool at St. Athan where he learned to fly the Hurricane. Beamont was soon posted with the No. 87 Squadron which was part of the Advanced Air Striking Force in France. Seeing action in both France and Belgium prior to the Allied withdrawl, Beamont rejoined 87 Squadron in England during the Battle of Britain. In the spring of 1941 Beamont was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after destroying five enemy aircraft. As Commanding Officer of 609 Squadron, Beamont pioneered both day and night ground attack missions utilizing the Typhoon. Beamont was credited with destroying 25 trains in a three month period. He was then made responsible for organizing and commanding the first Tempest Wing at Newchurch. Three days after D-Day Bearnont shot down an Me-109, marking the first aerial combat victory for the Hawker Tempest. In the summer of 1944 Beamont destroyed 32 buzz bombs prior to leading his wing to a Dutch Airfield at Volkel on the Continent. In October of 1944 Beamont was shot down during a ground attack mission over Germany, and he remained a prisoner of war until wars end. Following repatriation Beamont became an experimental test pilot with the Gloster Aircraft Company, which had developed the RAFs first jet aircraft. Turning down a permanent commission with the RAF, Beamont then joined English Electric Company in Wharton as the Chief Test Pilot for the B3/45 (Canberra) jet bomber program. He managed all prototype testing on the Canberra, and in the process set two Atlantic speed records. Later Beamont was involved with the supersonic P1/Lightning program, and became the first British pilot to fly at twice the speed of sound. From 1965 until 1970 he was a founding member of Britains highly succesful Saudi Arabian export program. For several years prior to his retirement in 1979, Beamont was Director of Operations for British Aerospace and Panavia where he was in charge of flight testing for the Tornado. Since his retirement Beamont has authored nine books, and published numerous magazine articles. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Scociety and an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in America. He died 19th November 2001.



Bee Beamont in the cockpit.


Beard, John Maurice Bentley
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   Died : 21 / 11 / 2000
Beard, John Maurice Bentley

Sergeant J.M.Beard of No 249 Squadron. On the 25th of October 1940 Sergeant Beard was wounded after combat with a Bf 109 over Linton, he baled out of his stricken Hurricane I (P3615). He began his flying at 9 E&RFTS Ansty on 10th July and trained on Avro Cadets and Hawker Harts. Called up on 2nd September 1939, he went to 2 FTS Brize Norton on 7th October. With the course completed he joined 609 Squadron at Drem on 15th December. From 9th April to 14th April 1940 he was detached to Farnborough for an oxygen course. Beard was posted to 249 Squadron on 14th May 1940 when it was reforming at Church Fenton. On 2nd September Beard damaged a Do17, on the 6th destroyed a Me109, on the 18th a Me110, on the 27th two Me109's, a Me110 and another probable and a Do17 damaged, on the 28th a Me109 destroyed and on 12th October a Me109 damaged. Beard was shot down by Me109's over North Kent on 25th October. He baled out, wounded, and was admitted to Pembury Hospital. His Hurricane, P3615, is believed to have crashed on Rankins Farm, Linton. He was posted from 249 to SHQ North Weald on 6th November as non-effective sick but later rejoined 249. Commissioned in December 1940, Beard was sent to RAF White Waltham for ferrying duties on 6th February 1941 as 249 prepared to re-equip with the Hurricane II. The next day he crashed whilst flying a Spitfire and went to hospital. On recovering he went directly to 52 OTU at Debden on 30th April 1941 as an instructor. He moved to CGS Sutton Bridge on 18th March 1942 as a founder-member of the Pilot Gunnery Wing there and took charge of the Live Firing Flight. The PGW later moved to Catfoss to become part of the Central Gunnery School. Beard was a member of the Fighter Command Test Board and made visits to the Gunnery Research Unit at Exeter in order to carry out tests on new pieces of armament equipment. He was awarded the AFC In May 1945 Beard went to Millfield to take charge of a Tempest rocket-training unit. In July he moved to RAF Charter Hall to be Station Admin Officer. He was sent to HQ 229 Group, New Delhi in October 1945 as Air Training Deputy. His last job was to arrange the return of 120 Lease-Lend Expeditors to the Americans at Munich in early 1946. He flew the last one back himself. Beard was released from the RAF back in the UK as a Squadron Leader.
Beardmore, E. W. B.
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Beardmore, E. W. B.

Flight Officer E.W.Beardmore a Canadian of No 1 (RCAF) Squadron who was born in Berlin. Beardmore was shot down over the Thames Estuary on the 18th of September, he slightly wounded when he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3859). The Hurricane crashed at Dungeness. He was later repatriated to Canada in 1941.
Beazley, H. J. S.
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Beazley, H. J. S.

Pilot Officer H.J.S.Beazley of No 249 Squadron was shot down by a Bf 110 over Rochester on the 2nd of September 1940, he baled out of his Hurricane I (P2988) and was unhurt.
Beggs, H. W.
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   Died : 15 / 11 / 1942
Beggs, H. W.

Sub-Lt H.W.Begg was one of the F.A.A. pilots seconded to Fighter Command in June 1940, he joined No 151 Squadron on 1st of July 1940. On the 15th of November 1942 H.W.Begg was reported missing in action when the carrier on which he was serving was sunk. He was 25.
Belc, M.
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   Died : 27 / 8 / 1942
Belc, M.

Sergeant Marian Belc from Poland of No 303 Squadron flew Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. He later became a pilot officer and his score at the end of the war was 7 enemy destroyed.
Beley, R. W. G.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1940
Beley, R. W. G.

Pilot Officer Robert Wilfred Garth Beley a Canadian joined No 151 Squadron on 14th of July 1940. On the 12th of August 1940 Beley was shot down by Bf 109's and his Hurricane I (P3304) crashed into the sea off Ramsgate. Pilot Officer R.W.G.Beley later died of his wounds despite being rescued, aged 20.
Bell-Salter, D. B.
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Bell-Salter, D. B.

Flight Officer D.B.Bell-Salter of No 253 Squadron. On May 18th 1940 Bell-Salter force-landed Hurricane (N2545) near Vitry following combat with Me109s. On the 2nd of September 1940 when his Hurricane I (V6640) was damaged in combat. Flight Officer Bell-Salter was injured on landing after baling out.
Bell-Syer, H. B.
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Bell-Syer, H. B.

Flight Officer H.B.Bell-Syer of No.73 Squadron was shot down whilst on patrol over Amiens in his Hurricane (P2803) on May 24th 1940, he baled out after combat and suffered burns.
Benzie, J.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Benzie, J.

Pilot Officer John Benzie was a Canadian of No 242 Squadron. He was killed while on patrol over the Thames Estuary in his Hurricane I (P2962)on 7th of September 1940.
Beresford, H. R. A.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Beresford, H. R. A.

Flight Lieutenant Hugh R.A.Beresford of No 257 Squadron was shot down and killed over the Thames Estuary on 7th of September 1940 in His Hurricane I (P3049). His body was later found and recovered in 1979.
Bergman, Vic
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Bergman, Vic

Pilot Officer Vic Bergman was a Czech of No 310 Squadron. He was wounded after he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3960) during an attack on a Do 17 over Clackton on the 26th of August 1940.
Berkley, T. C. E.
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   Died : 14 / 6 / 1941
Berkley, T. C. E.

Missing June 14th 1941**
Berry, F. G.
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   Died : 1 / 9 / 1940
Berry, F. G.

Flight Sergeant F.G.Berry of No 1 Squadron was shot down on the 1st of September 1940 in a Hurricane I (P3276) by a Bf 109 over Tonbridge. Flight Sergeant Berry was killed.
Bigger, A. J.
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Bigger, A. J.


Biggs, Jack
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Biggs, Jack

Serving with 17 Sqn on Hurricanes he then transferred to Spitfires flying on the Burma front from March 1944 until the end of September 1945 as air cover for the planned invasion on Malaya which, as a result of the Nuclear attacks on the Japanese Empire, never happened.
Birch, C. N.
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Birch, C. N.

Pilot Officer C.N.Birch of No 1 Squadron crashed when he strayed into a balloon area near Finsbury Park in his Hurricane I (P3684)on the 19th of August 1940. Birch baled out safely and the Hurricane crashed near Oxfordness.
Bird-Wilson, H
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   Died : 27 / 12 / 2000
Bird-Wilson, H

Birdy-Wilson joined the R.A.F. in 1937 and fought with 17 squadron during the Battle of France. Active throughout the Battle of Britain, awarded the DFC in the September of 1940, the same date he was shot down by Major Adolph Galland of JG26, bailing out with severe burns. He took command of 152 squadron in April 1942 and promoted Wing Commander 1943 he led 121 wing then 122 wing. Rested in January 1944 he went to the US command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Throughout the rest of 1944 he flew Mustangs, being awarded the D.S.O. in January 1945. He added the Czech Medal of Merit, 1st Class and the Dutch DFC. He stayed in the R.A.F. after the war until his retirement in 1974. By 1987 he had flown no less than 213 different types, including an Airship, the James Bond Autogiro and during 1978 the F-15 Eagle Fighter. He died on 27th December 2000.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Flying Officer Bird-Wilson has shot down six enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of several others. He has shown fine fighting qualities and determination in his attacks.”

(London Gazette – 24 September 1940)

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Service Order

Since being awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has participated in a very large number of sorties. He has continued to display the highest qualities of leadership, skill and gallantry, qualities which have been well illustrated in the fine fighting spirit of the squadrons he commands. Within the past four months. Wing Commander Bird-Wilson has led large formations of aircraft on a variety of sorties during which much success has been obtained. Many enemy aircraft have been destroyed, whilst a good number of locomotives, wagons, mechanical transport and armoured fighting vehicles have been most effectively attacked. Throughout these operations. Wing Commander Bird-Wilson has set an example which has inspired all.”

(London Gazette – 9 January 1945)

Black, H. E.
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   Died : 9 / 11 / 1940
Black, H. E.

Sergeant H.E.Black flew with No 46 Hurricane Squadron, No 257 Squadron and No 32 Squadron. Sergeant Black was on patrol on the 29th October 1940 when he was shot down by a Bf 109 near Ashford, Kent. Sergeant Black later died of his wounds on the 9th of November 1940.
Blackwood, G. D. M.
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Blackwood, G. D. M.

Squadron Leader G.D.M.Blackwood lead No 310 Squadron (Czech) flying Hurricane's. Squadron Leader Blackwood was on patrol on the 26th of August 1940, Blackwood baled out of his Hurricane I (P3887) when he was hit by the return fire from some Dornier Do 17's over Clacton. He was unhurt.
Blaize, P. M.
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   Died : 15 / 4 / 1941
Blaize, P. M.

P.M.Blaize of No.615 Squadron was killed on April 15th 1941. His Hurricane (Z2694) was shot down off Dover.
Bland, J. W.
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   Died : 18 / 8 / 1940
Bland, J. W.

Pilot Officer J.W.Bland was part of No 501 Squadron. He was one of 4 Hurricane's from the Squadron shot down over Canterbury by Gerhard Schöpfel of III Gruppe of JG 26 flying a Bf 109 on 18th of August 1940.Bland was killed in his Hurricane I (P3208).
Blatchford, Howard Peter
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   Died : 3 / 5 / 1943
Blatchford, Howard Peter

Joined 41 Sqd 10 January 1937 Departed 20th April 1940 n April 1940 he was posted to No. 212 Squadron RAF, flying photo-reconnaissance operations. In June he joined the Photographic Development Unit as a flight commander, later transferring to No. 17 Squadron RAF in September, flying Hurricanes. He soon joined No. 257 Squadron RAF, under the command of Sqn Ldr Robert Stanford Tuck Flight Officer H.Peter Blatchford was a Canadian, he served with No 17 Squadron & No 257 Squadron's during the Battle of Britain flying Hurricane's. He became Commanding Officer of No. 257 Squadron RAF in July 1941. Blatchford was then promoted to Wing Commander in September that year, becoming Wing leader of the Digby Wing. He finished his tour of duty in April 1942, returning to operations in February 1943 and Wing Commander of the Coltishall Wing. Leading the wing to escort bomber attacking a power station in Amsterdam, Blatchford was shot down and killed in action on 3 May 1943 by Obfw. Hans Ehlers of II Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 1. His body was never found. Blatchford had by this time claimed 5 aircraft shot down, 3 shared aircraft shot down, 3 'probables', 4 damaged and 1 shared damaged
Blomely, D. H.
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Blomely, D. H.

Pilot Officer D.H.Blomeley was part of No 151 Squadron, he shot down a Bf 110 over Dunkirk in May. Later in the war he flew night-intruder Mosquitos and was awarded the D.F.C. on 26 of October 1943, being credited with four enemy aircraft destroyed at that time. After the war received the A.F.C. on the 10th of June 1954.
Bloor, E.
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   Died : 27 / 8 / 1941
Bloor, E.

Sergeant E.Bloor of No 46 Squadron. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3063) over Canewdon near to Foulness on the 3rd of September 1940. Bloor suffered slight burns.
Bocquet, Mervyn Seymour
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   Died : 1 / 2 / 1938
Bocquet, Mervyn Seymour

Hurricane I L1556, 111 Sqn, Northolt Dived into ground, Uxbridge The Pilot Fg Off Mervyn Seymour Bocquet (22)was killed. He wasa the first pilot to be killed flying Hurricanes he became as flying Officer 15th September 1937
Bolton, H. A.
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   Died : 31 / 8 / 1940
Bolton, H. A.

Sergeant H.A.Bolton from No 79 Squadron was killed after he crashed attempting to land his battle damaged Hurricane I (V7200) on August 31st 1940 at Kenley.
Bonsigneur, C. R.
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   Died : 3 / 9 / 1940
Bonsigneur, C. R.

Pilot Officer Amille Robespirre Bonsigneur a Canadian of No 257 Squadron. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3518) but was killed on the 3rd of September 1940 after combat over Ingatestone, Essex.
Booth, G. B.
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   Died : 7 / 2 / 1941
Booth, G. B.

Sergeant G.B.Booth served with No 85 Squadron and was shot down on September the 1st 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (L2071) with his parachute ablaze at and was badly wounded. His aircraft was severely damaged by a cannon shell and he baled out near Purley. His parachute was partially damaged which caused him do descend too rapidly. He was taken to Purley Hospital with a fractured leg, arm and vertebrae to the spine. Booth later died from his wounds on the 7th of February 1941.
Boulton, J. E.
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   Died : 9 / 9 / 1940
Boulton, J. E.

Pilot Officer J.F.Boulton flew Hurricane's with No 310 Squadron and Spitfire's with No 603 Squadron. On the 9th of September 1940 his Hurricane I (P3888) collided with Hurricane I (R4084) (flown by G.L.Sinclair) and then into a Do 17 over Croydon whilst in combat. He was killed.
Bouquillard, H. J.
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   Died : 11 / 3 / 1941
Bouquillard, H. J.

Killed March 11th 1941
Bowen, C. E.
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   Died : 1 / 10 / 1940
Bowen, C. E.

Flight Lieutenant C.E.Bowen of No 607 Squadron. His Hurricane I (P2900) was shot down by a Bf 110 over the Isle of Wighton 1st of October 1940. He was killed.
Bowen, N. G.
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   Died : 16 / 8 / 1940
Bowen, N. G.

Pilot Officer N.G.Bowen of No 266 Squadron destroyed a Bf 109 over Dunkirk in June, and a Ju 88 on the 12th of August 1940. N.G.Bowen was shot down on the 16th of August 1940 by a Bf 109's at Adisham, Kent and killed in his Spitfire I (N3095). He was aged 20.
Boyd, Adrian
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Boyd, Adrian

Adrian Hope Boyd of No 145 Hurricane Squadron. He received the D.F.C. on the 21st of June 1940. A.H.Boyd became a Squadron Leader on the 8th of August 1940 when Squadron Leader John Peel was wounded. Boyd was awarded Bar to the D.F.C. on the 20th of August 1940 and the D.S.O. on the 2nd of December 1941.
Boyd, T.
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   Died : 31 / 5 / 1940
Boyd, T.

Flight Officer T.Boyd of No.213 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P2717) on May 28th 1940 whilst flying escort. He was shot down into the sea and was rescued. Boyd was killed on May 31st 1940 when his Hurricane (P3419) was shot down. He was aged 25 and buried at St Joris in Belgium.
Braham, Bob
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   Died : 7 / 2 / 1974
Braham, Bob

Born in 1920, Bob Braham joined the RAF in 1937 aged 17. Bob was posted to No.29 Sqn, where he flew Demons, Hurricanes and Blenheims. Flying a Blenheim nightfighter in August 1940, Bob claimed his first victory over a Dornier Do17. Soon after, 29 Squadron switched to operating Beaufighters. After scoring 12 victories, Braham was given command of No.141 Sqn in 1942, again flying Beaufighters. With No.141 Sqn, his victory tally rose to 20, after which he was rested from operations in 1943. Unattached to any squadron, Bob Braham was allowed to use a Mosquito borrowed from a squadron to carry out missions. He increased his total to 29 before he was shot down and captured, remaining in captivity until the end of the war. Sadly, Bob Braham died on 7th February 1974.
Branch, G. R.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Branch, G. R.

Flight Officer G.R.Branch of No.601 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P2699) on May 20th 1940, he baled out safely following combat with a Do17 near Izel. Branch was killed on August 11th 1940 when his Hurricane (P2951) was shot down and crashed into the sea off Swanage. He was aged 26 and buried at Quiberville in France.
Brooker, R. E. P.
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   Died : 16 / 4 / 1945
Brooker, R. E. P.

Flight Officer R.E.P.Brooker of No.56 Squadron force-landed his Hurricane (P3587) on August 13th 1940 at Hawkinge following combat over Sheppey with Me109s.
Brothers, Peter
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   Died : 18 / 12 / 2008
Brothers, Peter

Learnt to fly at the age of 16 and joined the RAF two years later in 1936. He first saw action in 1940 when as a Flight Commander in 32 Squadron, based at Biggin Hill, he flew his Hurricane against the fighters and bombers of the Luftwaffe. He recalls this as an intensely busy period, during which he shot down an Me109 - his first enemy aircraft; by the end of August that same year his tally of enemy aircraft shot down increased to eight. Awarded the DFC, he was transferred to 257 Squadron where he joined Bob-Stanford Tuck as a Flight Commander. Promoted in 1941 to Squadron Leader, Pete Brothers then took command of 457 Squadron RAAF, equipped with Spitfires. A year later when 457 Squadron returned to Australia, Pete took command of 602 Squadron. In the early autumn of 1942 he went on to become Wing Leader of the Tangmere Wing, succeeding his old friend, Douglas Bader. By the end of the war Pete Brothers had amassed 875 operational hours over a 44-month period. He was credited with having personally shot down 16 enemy aircraft and damaged many more. He later went on to command 57 Squadron during the Malaya campaign. Upon return to the UK Pete Brothers joined the V-Force, flying Valiant-4 jet bombers. He retired in 1973. Sadly, Pete Brothers died 18th December 2008.
Brown, Cyril
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   Died : 1 / 11 / 2003
Brown, Cyril

Born 17th January 1921. Joined the RAFVR in 1939, and completed pilot training to fly Hurricanes with No.245 Sqn during the Battle of Britain. He then joined No.616 Sqn in 1941, before taking a post as a test pilot. He died 1st November 2003.
Brown, G. A.
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Brown, G. A.


Brown, M. H.
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   Died : 12 / 11 / 1941
Brown, M. H.

Killed November 12th 1941
Brown, M. K.
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   Died : 21 / 2 / 1941
Brown, M. K.

Pilot Officer M.K.Brown of No.242 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2320) on May 18th 1940 when he was forced to bale out during combat with a Me110. He suffered wounds to his right leg.
Brown, R. J. W.
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Brown, R. J. W.

Sergeant R.J.W.Brown of No.111 Squadron was injured on June 6th of 1940, he was flying escort for Blenheims to Abbeville in his Hurricane (P2885) when he was involved in a fight with Me110s and was forced to bale out. He returned to the UK, slightly injured.
Browne, D. O. M.
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   Died : 16 / 8 / 1940
Browne, D. O. M.

Pilot Officer D.O.M.Browne of No.1 Squadron crash-landed his Hurricane (P3471) on July 19th 1940 when it caught fire during combat with a He111.
Bruce, D. C.
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   Died : 4 / 9 / 1940
Bruce, D. C.

Missing September 4th 1940**
Bruce, Eric Gordon
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   Died : 10 / 1 / 1941
Bruce, Eric Gordon

On 10th January 1941 Sgt Eric Gordon Bruce was flying Hurricane P3522 in formation as part of a formation flying exercise and had left base of Leconfield at 09.40hrs. During the exercise the formation entered cloud and this aircraft became detached from the pilot's section leader, the pilot then became lost when flying in the cloud. It eventually crashed into high ground in the snow covered Yorkshire Dales on Caldbergh Moor, south of Scrafton near Middleham and the pilot was sadly killed in the crash, he was probably flying level at the time of the crash. The wreckage was not found for some time, the police records state that it was discovered at 14.00hrs on 22nd January 1941. In the years after the crash the pilot's mother erected a memorial on the site of the crash. The pilot had only seventeen hours flying a Hurricane at the time of this incident
Brumby, N.
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   Died : 1 / 10 / 1940
Brumby, N.

Sergeant N.Brumby of No.607 Squadron was killed on October 1st of 1940. His Hurricane (V6686) was shot down by a Me110 over the Isle of Wight. He was 22 and buried in Hull, Yorkshire.
Brunner, G. C.
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Brunner, G. C.


Brzeski, Stanislaw
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   Died : 3 / 12 / 1972
Brzeski, Stanislaw

Stanislaw Brzeski came from Poland to join the RAF, and was with No.307 Sqn by 9th September 1940. He transferred to No.303 Sqn on 14th October 1940, then to No.245 Sqn on 8th November 1940. His final transfer of the year saw him join No.249 Sqn in December 1940. He scored his first victory with this squadron, claiming an Me109 on 10th February 1941. The bulk of his victories would be scored with No.317 Sqn, however, which he joined on 25th February 1941. Here he claimed victories over an Me109, a Ju88, an He111 and an Fw190, as well as half claims on an Me109 and a Ju88. In addition, he claimed an Fw190 probable and another damaged. He transferred to No.302 Sqn on 23rd April 1943, where he claimed a further two Fw190s and a half claim of an Fw190, plus another probable. This would be the last of his victories, as he moved to No.303 Sqn once again on 28th December 1943. On 21st May 1944, his Spitfire Mk.Vb EP461 of No.303 Sqn failed to return from a mission to the Pas de Calais. He was taken prisoner until the end of the war. He passed away on 3rd December 1972.
Brzezowski, M.
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   Died : 15 / 9 / 1940
Brzezowski, M.

Sergeant M.Brzezowski of No.303 Squadron was killed on September 15th 1940. His Hurricane (P3577) was shot down near Gravesend.
Buchin, M. S. H. C.
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   Died : 15 / 8 / 1940
Buchin, M. S. H. C.

Pilot Officer M.S.H.C.Buchin of No.213 Squadron was killed on August 15th 1940, his Hurricane (V7227) was lost over Portland.
Buck, J. A.
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   Died : 19 / 7 / 1940
Buck, J. A.

Sergeant J.A.Buck of No.43 Squadron was killed on July 19th 1940. His Hurricane (P3531) was shot down and he was forced to bale out. He landed in the sea and drowned. He was 24 and buried at Stretford.
Bulmer, G. G. R.
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   Died : 20 / 7 / 1940
Bulmer, G. G. R.

Sub-Lieutenant G.G.R.Bulmer of No.32 Squadron was killed on July 20th 1940. He was on patrol when his Hurricane was shot down by a Me109 off Dover. He was aged 20.
Bungay, Robert Wilton
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   Died : 10 / 6 / 1943
Bungay, Robert Wilton

He trained with the RAAF at Point Cook in 1936, sailed for England on 22nd July 1937 and transferred to the RAF on a short service commission in August. Bungey joined 226 Squadron at Harwell on 27th November 1937. The squadron took its Battles to France on 2nd September 1939 as part of the AASF. It was in action throughout the Battle of France and was withdrawn to England in mid-June from Brest. In August Bungey responded to a call for volunteers for Fighter Command and joined 145 Squadron at Drem on 19th September Bungey was shot down on 7th November in Hurricane I V6889 and baled out into the sea near the Isle of Wight, with an injured knee. He damaging a Ju88 on the 9th, shared in the destruction of a He111 on the 11th and shared a Ju88 over the Channel on 10th March 1941. With his knee still giving trouble, Bungey was posted from the squadron on 30th March 1941, to go into hospital for an operation. He took command of the recently-formed 452 (RAAF) Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 10th June 1941. Bungey was awarded the DFC (gazetted 7th October 1941) and he destroyed a Me109 on 6th December. He transferred back into the RAAF in January 1943
Burnett, N. W.
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   Died : 11 / 6 / 1941
Burnett, N. W.

Missing June 11th 1941**
Burney, HENRY GEORGE
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   Died : 30 / 5 / 1942
Burney, HENRY GEORGE

Henry Burney worked as a clerk before joining the RAAF on August 19, 1940. At the end of his training he was posted to the Western Desert Where he served as Sgt with Squadron 112. During a major engagement with Me 109 JG 27 over El Adem / Tobrouk / Bir-Hakeim area on November 22, 1941, he was one of the 7 Tomahawk Of the Wing many were lost that day but he got away unharmed. The W / Co Fred Rosier lands next to him with his Hurricane. Unfortunately, a tire burst prevents them from taking off and they have to escape on foot. They return to their unit three days later. In mid-March, Burney won 5 wins, including 1 in collaboration. He did not return from a hunting-bombing mission on 30 May 1942. He is buried Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, El Alamein, Marsa Matruh, Egypt
Burton, P. R. F.
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Burton, P. R. F.

Killed September 27th 1940
Burton, R. W.
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   Died : 20 / 5 / 1940
Burton, R. W.

Pilot Officer R.W.Burton of No.85 Squadron was killed on May 20th 1940. He was flying in Hurricane (P2437) when it was shot down by ground fire near Arras. He was aged 26 and buried at Querrieu.
Bush, B. M.
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Bush, B. M.


Bussey, M. A.
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Bussey, M. A.

Pilot Officer M.A.Bussey of No.229 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P2729) on May 18th 1940 when he was shot down by a Me109 near Brussels. He was captured and became a prisoner of war.
Butterfield, S. L.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Butterfield, S. L.

Sergeant S.L.Butterfield of No.213 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P2721) on May 28th 1940 by a Me109, he baled out over the sea and was later rescued by a paddle steamer 'Royal Eagle'.
Byrne, John
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Byrne, John

With the RAF since 1938, Byrne flew Hurricanes, Spitfires, P-47s, Tempests and Typhoons during WWII. Upon joining 197 Sqn in March 1944 he flew Typhoons during one the squadrons most hectic periods in the run up to D-Day and throughout the subsequent Allied invasion, mostly on low-level bombing missions. In total Byrne completed over 150 combat operations and finally left the RAF in 1946.
Cambridge, W. P.
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   Died : 6 / 9 / 1940
Cambridge, W. P.

Squadron Leader W.P.Cambridge of No 253 Squadron was killed after being shot down on the 6th of September 1940. Cambridge baled out of his Hurricane I (P3032) but was dead on landing.
Campbell, C.N.S
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Campbell, C.N.S


Campbell, J. A.
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   Died : 12 / 5 / 1940
Campbell, J. A.

Flight Officer J.A.Campbell was shot down in his Hurricane (L1970) whilst on patrol by a Me109 near Maastrict. He was aged 27 and buried near Maastricht.
Campbell, N. N.
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   Died : 17 / 10 / 1940
Campbell, N. N.

Pilot Officer Norman Neil Campbell a Canadian who during the Battle of Britain flew with No 242 Squadron. He was killed on the 17th of October 1940 when he crashed his Hurricane I (V6575) into the sea off Yarmouth.
Capon, C. F. A.
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   Died : 1 / 1 / 1941
Capon, C. F. A.

Pilot Officer C.F.A. Capon flew with No 257 Squadron. He was wounded after combat with a Bf 109 over Dungeness on the 12th of October 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (V7298)
Carey, Frank
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   Died : 6 / 12 / 2004
Carey, Frank

Born 7th May 1912. During World War Two, Frank Carey scored 25 enemy aircraft destroyed, one of the highest Allied fighter pilot totals. He joined the RAF aged just 15, in 1927, joining No.43 Sqn as a pilot in 1935. After the German invasion of France, he was posted to No.3 Hurricane Sqn in Merville, adding to his total. On one occasion, he downed a Do17, but his aircraft was hit and set alight by gunfire from the rear gunner of the Dornier as he was following it down, forcing him to land between the Allied and enemy lines but he managed to get to Britain. During the Battle of Britain, Carey was shot down during an attack on a large formation of German aircraft, spending some time in hospital. In November 1941 he was posted to the far east with No.135 Sqn, and subsequently joined No.73 Sqn OTU in Egypt in November 1944. Frank Carey died 6th December 2004.
Carnall, R.
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Carnall, R.

Sergeant R.Carnall of No 111 Squadron was shot down and injured on 16th of August 1940 near Paddock Wood.
Carpenter, J. C.
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   Died : 8 / 9 / 1940
Carpenter, J. C.

Sub Lieutenant J.C. Carpenter of No 46 Squadron. On the 8th of September 1940 he was shot down off Sheppey and baled out of his Hurricane I (P3201), he was killed. Sub Lieutenant J.C.Carpenter was later buried at sea.
Carswell, M. K.
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Carswell, M. K.


Carter, Eric
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Carter, Eric

Initially posted to 615 Squadron flying Hurricanes, Eric was then posted to 81 Squadron, again on Hurricanes. In the autumn of 1941 he accompanied the squadron on HMS Argus to Russia as part of Force Benedict, a clandestine operation to defend the strategically important Russian port of Murmansk. As well as operational patrols the squadron escorted Russian bomber missions.
Carter, M. M.
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1940
Carter, M. M.

Flight Lieutenant M.M.Carter of No.3 Squadron was killed on May 15th 1940 when he was shot down in his Hurricane (N2534) near Vouzieres. He was aged 27 and was buried at Mauberge-Centre, France.
Cartwright, Henry
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   Died : 4 / 7 / 1940
Cartwright, Henry

Sergeant H.Cartwright of No.79 Squadron was killed on July 4th 1940. His Hurricane was shot down by a Me109 whilst on patrol over St Margaret's Bay.
Carver, K. M.
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Carver, K. M.


Casson, Lionel Harwood Buck
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   Died : 8 / 10 / 2003
Casson, Lionel Harwood Buck

Pilot Officer Lionel H.'Buck' Casson D.F.C. / A.F.C. of No 616 Squadron was in combat with a Do 215 over Kenley on the 1st of September 1940 at 14:20hrs. His Spitfire I (R6778) was a write off due do the damage but he escaped injury. Casson was one of the original three trainee pilots to join the newly formed 616 (South Yorkshire) Auxiliary Air Force Squadron at Doncaster in early 1939. Training at weekends and during the annual summer camps, he qualified as a pilot in early 1940 before being sent to France as a reinforcement to 501 Squadron. But, before he could join them, the train on which he was travelling was bombed outside Amiens and he lost all his belongings. Casson managed to escape by boat back to England from Cherbourg. After a brief spell flying Hurricanes with 79 Squadron at Biggin Hill, he rejoined 616 at Leconfield, Yorkshire, just as the Battle of Britain gathered momentum. At lunchtime on August 15, the fighter squadrons based in north-east England were scrambled to face the Luftwaffe's most concentrated attack against industrial targets in Scotland and the north of England. Casson flew one of the 12 Spitfires which met the enemy as they crossed the Yorkshire coast. Within minutes, 616 Squadron had accounted for six of the unescorted bombers, with similar results achieved by other northern-based squadrons. A few days later, 616 flew south to Kenley where the squadron was involved in some of the fiercest fighting of the battle as part of Air Vice-Marshal Keith Park's No 11 Group. Casson and his colleagues were scrambled three or four times each day and losses mounted; in a five-day period 10 squadron pilots were killed or wounded. On August 30 Casson was credited with a probable and a damaged Heinkel 111. Two days later he claimed an Me 109 fighter, followed by the destruction of a Dornier 17 bomber. After suffering severe losses, the squadron was withdrawn to Kirton in Lindsay on September 4 with just seven of the original 21 pilots fit to fly. With barely 300 hours flying time, Casson was now a veteran; he remained with 616 to train the new crop of young pilots, and to fly patrols over coastal convoys and during the Luftwaffe's night blitz in December. A steel buyer's son, Lionel Harwood Casson, always known as "Buck", was born at Sheffield on January 6 1915 and educated at Birkdale School and the King's School, Ely, before embarking on a career in the steel industry. Although working in a reserved occupation, he elected to remain with the Royal Auxiliary Air Force on the outbreak of war when he completed his pilot training. Once 616 became fully operational again in early 1941, it was transferred and came under the command of the new Wing Leader, the legless pilot Douglas Bader, at Tangmere. The squadron boasted a glittering array of outstanding pilots, including "Johnnie" Johnson and "Cocky" Dundas. With his steadying and mature influence, allied to the experience gained during the hectic summer days of 1940, Casson became a section leader. On May 5, he shared in the destruction of a Junkers 88, but was hit by return fire, and was forced to bale out over Chichester harbour. Throughout the summer of 1941, the Wing was heavily engaged over northern France escorting bombers and flying offensive sweeps when it made regular contact with Adolph Galland's fighters. Casson destroyed a Me 109 on June 22, claimed a "damaged" two days later and in July claimed two Me 109s as probables. The squadron suffered heavy losses, and Casson soon found himself appointed to command B Flight. On August 9, the "Bader" Wing took off for another sweep over France. During a hectic fight in which German fighters surprised them from above, Bader was shot down, and the Wing was forced to scatter. Casson had accounted for an Me 109 when he went to the aid of a lone Spitfire, but before he could join up he was engaged by a German fighter. Cannon shells damaged his aircraft's engine, forcing him to crash near St Omer, where he was captured. Shortly after his arrival at Stalag Luft III at Sagan, it was announced that Casson had been awarded the DFC. During his years in captivity, Casson's outstanding talents as a draughtsman were put to good use by the camp's escape committee. He maintained a detailed and beautifully illustrated diary of events throughout his imprisonment, which he was able to salvage despite the horrors and privation he and his colleagues suffered on the "Long March", during the severe winter of 1945 when the PoWs were driven eastwards ahead of the advancing Soviet Army. On returning home, Casson rejoined the steel industry in Sheffield. In June 1946 he was one of the first to volunteer for service when 616 Squadron was reformed at RAF Finningley. The squadron was initially equipped with Mosquito night fighters but it soon reverted to the day fighter role, flying Meteor F 4s before re-equipping with the F 8 version. In January 1951, Casson was promoted to Squadron Leader and appointed to command 616 Squadron. His outstanding period in command culminated in the award of the Esher trophy, awarded annually to the most efficient Auxiliary Air Force squadron. Casson retired in 1954, when he was awarded the AFC for his service in command of 616. He was also the holder of the Air Efficiency Award with Bar.
Cawse, F. N.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Cawse, F. N.

Pilot Officer F.N.Cawse of No.238 Squadron killed on August 11th 1940 when his Hurricane (P3222) was shot down off Weymouth.
Cebrzynski, A.
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   Died : 19 / 9 / 1940
Cebrzynski, A.

Flight Officer A.Cebrzynski from Poland flew with No 303 Squadron. He was shot down on the 11th of September 1940 after he was shot down and crashed in his Hurricane I (V6667) near Pembury. He later died of his wounds on September 19th 1940.
Chalupa, S. J.
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Chalupa, S. J.

Pilot Officer Stanislaw J.Chalupa from Poland and was part of No 302 Squadron where he flew Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. He later became a Flight Lieutenant and his final score was 3 confirmed kills and 2 shared.
Chambers, L. E.
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Chambers, L. E.

Flight Officer L.E.Chambers of No.242 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane (L1922) following combat with Me110s, Chambers suffered burns.
Charlesworth, A M
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Charlesworth, A M

Joined the RAF straight from school just before his 18th birthday in the summer of 1940 with the sole purpose of becoming a fighter pilot. After training, at age just 18, he was posted to RAF Ibsley, Hampshire, to 118 Sqdn, flying Spitfire 2Bs. Here he took part in his first scramble. After a month he was posted where the action was thickest, to a 11 Group Station, RAF Kenley, where he joined 602 Sqdn. His Squadron Commander was Al Deere, by this time a highly decorated ace; Al was 23 then and had already been shot down nine times. 602 Squadron was equipped with the more advanced Spitfire VBs which had two 20mm cannons, firing at 1200 rounds a minute, plus four very useful Browning 50mm machine guns firing at an even higher rate per minute. Al Deere was eventually posted to another squadron and Paddy Finucane took over - "possibly the finest fighter pilot 1 came across", Max. Charlesworth continues, "I remember him trying to get his 21st victory before his birthday and I often flew No. 2 to him. These were twitchy and tiring days when three sweeps a over occupied France day were the norm, to be met each time by several hundred Me 109s and Focke Wolf 190s, at our maximum range, where hectic dog fights ensued. We were normally outnumbered and a day could last from an early morning call at 3.30am to the last landing at 10.30pm in the semi-dark of the long summer of 1941. The average age of the approximately 30 pilots on the squadron was always about 19." During this period they were scrambled to search for and attack the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau (although they did not know it at the time) which, with escorting vessels had slipped up the Channel from Brest. The weather was awful and Max flew straight across the German battle cruiser Hipper thinking it was a Royal Navy cruiser. The Hipper opened up at Max with guns blazing but he was fortunate to escape with just a hole in one wing. In April 1942 Max was posted to a secret unit called MSFU (Merchant Service Fighter Unit) where he flew Hurricanes from catapults on merchant ships attached to convoys of anything up to fifty merchant men a time. The ships were mainly bringing supplies from America and taking them to Murmansk and Archangel, the hard-pressed Soviets and Gibraltar. Max recalls this as a highly physical and uncomfortable task, apart from also being very scary. The ships were constantly attacked by U Boat packs and aircraft. When they were in range of the latter, if they launched the Hurricane they knew they would ultimately have to bail out and hope to be picked up by either a friendly escort vessel or a sunken ships lifeboat. "The North Atlantic route to Canada, north of Iceland and down the Greenland coast at an average sped of six knots in appalling seas was not our idea of a holiday cruise", Max vividly recalls. Having survived this posting Max was then moved to 124 Sq. at West Malting, Near Maidstone, Kent. The squadron was equipped with the much more powerful Spitfire IXs. Their task here was mainly escorting USAF and RAF bombing raids into Europe. With longrange tanks fitted they were able to reach Hamburg and Ludwigshafen; later on they were able to refuel from liberated bases in France. These ops. required them to fly as Top Cover at over 30,000 feet for up to three hours, where it was so cold the pilots returned to base hardly able to climb out of their cockpits. On February 9th 1945 Max was the Senior Flight Commander on 124 Squadron during their move to Cottishall. Here they adapted the Spitfire Ks to dive-bombing. The Spitfires carried either a 500lb. bomb under the fuselage and two 250lbs. under each wing or, a 90-gallon fuel tank under the fuselage and a 250lb. bomb under each wing. Their mission was to destroy V2 sites in Holland - mainly situated in small parks near the centre of the Hague. These V2 sites were launching rockets on London in ever increasing numbers. As well as attacking the V2 sites they were to destroy railway lines used by the Germans to transport V2s into the area. These were dangerous times as the V2s sites were heavily defended by 88mm guns down to 20mm. "The flak was horrendous and we lost many" recalls Max. As Senior Flight Commander, Max often led the squadron, though identifying targets from 12,000 feet was difficult. After the war Max was one of the first pilots to convert to the Meteor twin-engined jet, later to move on to Vampires and Canberras. His flying career was completed in June 1961 when he was posted to Warsaw, Poland as the Assistant Air Attache. He finally retired from the RAF in 1966.
Cherrington, G. I.
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   Died : 8 / 6 / 1940
Cherrington, G. I.

Pilot Officer G.I.Cherrington of No.32 Squadron was killed whilst on patrol in his Hurricane (N2582) on June 8th 1940 when he was shot down. He was buried at St Marie in Le Havre.
Chetham, C. A. G.
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   Died : 5 / 4 / 1941
Chetham, C. A. G.

Pilot Officer C.A.G.Chetham of No 1 Squadron on the 27th of August 1940 lost control of his Hurricane I (P3897) in searchlights. He baled out safely in Buckinghamshire and the plane crashed.
Chlopik, T. P.
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   Died : 15 / 9 / 1940
Chlopik, T. P.

Flight Lieutenant T.P.Chlopik flew with No 302 (Polish) Squadron. On the 15th of September 1940 he was killed after he baled out of his Hurricane I (P2954) whilst in combat. Flight Lieutenant Chlopik was dead when he landed.
Chomley, J. A. G.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1940
Chomley, J. A. G.

Pilot Officer J.A.G.Chomley flew with No 257 Squadron. Pilot Officer Chomley was shot down over the Channel off Portsmouth on the 12th of August 1940, he was killed.
Christmas, B. E.
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Christmas, B. E.

Pilot Officer B.E.Christmas was a Canadian who flew Hurricane's with No 1 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He destroyed four enemy aircraft by the end of the Battle of Britain.
Cizak, Evzen
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   Died : 26 / 11 / 1940
Cizak, Evzen


Clark, H. D.
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Clark, H. D.

Pilot Officer H.D.Clark of No.85 Squadron was wounded when flying in Hurricane (P2824) on May 16th 1940, he was shot down and crash-landed following combat with Me109s.
Clarke, A. W.
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   Died : 11 / 9 / 1940
Clarke, A. W.

Pilot Officer A.W.Clarke of No 504 Squadron was killed on the 11th of September 1940 after he was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3770) and crashed near Romney.
Clarke, G. T.
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Clarke, G. T.

Sergeant G.T.Clarke joined No 151 Squadron in early July. He was shot down and wounded by Bf 109's near Ramsgate on the 24th of August 1940 and was admitted to hospital. Sergeant G.T.Clarke was later awarded the A.F.C. on the 7th of September 1945.
Claydon, A. J.
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   Died : 5 / 6 / 1940
Claydon, A. J.

Pilot Officer A.J.Claydon of No.501 Squadron was killed on June 5th of 1940 when his Hurricane (P3450) was shot down near Le Mans. He was 28 and buried in St Sever Cemetery in Rouen.
Cleaver, G. N. S.
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Cleaver, G. N. S.

Flight Officer G.N.S.Cleaver was part of No 601 Squadron's contingent in France, he shot down three of the enemy before No 601 Squadron was moved back to England. Cleaver shot down another six. On the 15th of August 1940 his Hurricane's cockpit was shattered by a cannon shell and his eyes were filled with perspex splinters. He returned to base and was rushed to hospital. His sight was saved, but he never flew operationally again. Cleaver was awarded the D.F.C. on the 13th of September 1940.
Clenshaw, I. C. C.
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   Died : 10 / 7 / 1940
Clenshaw, I. C. C.

Sergeant Ian.C.Clenshaw of No 253 Squadron. Clenshaw was flying his Hurricane (P3359)on dawn patrol on the 10th of July 1940 in bad weather. He crashed near Irby-on-Humber, Lincolnshire. He lost his life.
Clift, Douglas G
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   Died : 31 / 12 / 2008
Clift, Douglas G

Squadron Leader Douglas G Clift was born in 1919 and joined the RAF in January 1939. Douglas Clift arrived at 11 Group Pool, St Athan on 24 October 1939 and after converting to Hurricanes, he joined 79 Squadron at Biggin Hill on November 17. On 15 August 1940 Clift claimed a Bf 110 destroyed and on 30 August he shared in the destruction of a He 111. In July 1941 he was posted to the Central Flying School at Upavon for an instructor's course. Clift later volunteered for the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit (MSFU) and served with it until October 1942. He remained on flying duties for the rest of the war, finishing up in South-East Asia with the Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF). After the war Clift served with 34 Squadron flying photo-reconnaissance Spitfires until its disbandment in August 1947. later he became a radar specialist, sadly Squadron Leader Douglas G Clift passed away on the 31st December 2008 aged 89.
Clifton, J. K. G.
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   Died : 1 / 9 / 1940
Clifton, J. K. G.

Pilot Officer J.K.G.Clifton of No.253 Squadron was killed on September 1st 1940. His Hurricane (P5185) was shot down over Dungeness.
Clisby, Leslie Redford
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1940
Clisby, Leslie Redford

Leslie Redford (Les) Clisby, DFC (29 June 1914 – 15 May 1940) was an Australian fighter ace of World War II. Serving with the Royal Air Force (RAF), he was credited with sixteen aerial victories before being killed in action during the Battle of France. In a combat career lasting a matter of months, he was Australia's first ace of the war. Born in South Australia, Clisby joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a mechanic in 1935, but was later accepted for flying training. He graduated as a pilot in 1937, and chose to take a commission with the RAF. After arriving in Britain, he was assigned to No. 1 Squadron, flying the recently introduced Hawker Hurricane. Posted to France following the outbreak of World War II, he achieved his first aerial victory on 1 April 1940. Clisby became known as a highly aggressive fighter pilot, who threw himself into combat irrespective of the odds. While flying Hurricane (L1694) when it was damaged upon landing in an attempt to secure the crew of a He111. Clisby then chased the crew on foot. In a five-day period, commencing on 10 May 1940, he was credited with destroying at least eight German aircraft. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for these and earlier victories, he was himself shot down in flames on 15 May. Clisby was flying Hurricane (P2546) when it was shot down by a Me110 at Sedan on May 14th 1940 and he was killed. Clisby was buried at Choley in France, aged 25 when he died.
Clouston, F. N.
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   Died : 29 / 5 / 1940
Clouston, F. N.

Flight Lieutenant F.N.Clouston was killed on May 29th 1940 when his Hurricane (P3489) was shot down by a Me109.
Clouston, W. G.
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   Died : 24 / 5 / 1980
Clouston, W. G.

Wilfrid Greville Clouston was a New Zealander who flew with No 19 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. He achieved the final rank of Wing Commander. He died in Waipukurau, New Zealand on May 24, 1980.
Clowes, A. V.
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Clowes, A. V.

Pilot Officer Arthur Victor Clowes was with No 1 Squadron flying Hurricane's in France and during the Battle of Britain. He was commissioned in September 1940 and went on to become Wing Commander and in May 1941 was awarded a D.S.O. and in June 1940 a D.F.M.
Clyde, W. P.
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Clyde, W. P.

Flight Officer W.P.Clyde was in France as part of No 601 Squadron's contingent, he was flying Hurricane's and he shot down a Bf 110 during his fortnight there. Clyde was awarded the D.F.C. on the 31st of May 1940. Clyde added a further 8 kills before the end of the Battle.
Cock, John Reynolds
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   Died : 20 / 8 / 1988
Cock, John Reynolds

P/O John R.Cock flew with No 87 Squadron and was the first Australian to shoot down an enemy aircraft in WWII. In early 1939 Cock was posted to 87 Squadron at Debden On 14th April 1940 Cock attacked a He111 off Le Touquet but it escaped. On 10th May he claimed a Ju88 destroyed and a Do17 and a Me110 damaged, on the 12th April a He111 destroyed, a Me109 on the 14th, possibly a Ju88 on the 16th April, a Ju87 destroyed and another damaged on the 18th and a Hs126 shared on the 19th. The squadron was withdrawn to Debden on the 22nd, moving to Church Fenton a few days later to refit. On 5th July 1940 87 Squadron moved to Exeter. Soon after midnight on the 26th Cock shot down a He111 which crashed at Smeathorpe, near Honiton. On 11th August Cock shot down a Ju88 and a Me109 and probably shot down a Me110 and another Ju88. In this combat Cock's Hurricane, V7233, was hit by a Me109 and he baled out off Portland Bill He swam ashore slightly injured.at Chesil Beach and was admitted to hospital. Cock re-joined 87squadron on 11th September 1940. On the 26th he claimed a Ju88 destroyed and a Me109 damaged, on the 30th a Ju88 destroyed and probably a Me109 and on 10th October he claimed another probable Me109. After his engine cut out on patrol on 24th October Cock was unable to avoid colliding with P/O DT Jay. Cock managed to make a forced-landing but Jay was killed while attempting to bale out. Awarded the DFC Cock went on a instructors course at the end of 1940. In September 1941 he was instructing at 9 FTS Hullavington. On 15th July 1942 Cock was posted to 453 Squadron, recently reformed at Drem, as a Flight Commander. Cock left the squadron on 30th August for a course as a pilot gunnery instructor. After a short attachment to 222 Squadron at Ayr in November he returned to Australia, attached to the Spitfire Wing at Darwin In April 1944 he returned to the UK and did a tour with 3 Squadron in France, flying Tempests, after which he went back to England. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V7233) off Portland Bill and safely baled out on the 11th of August 1940. He swam ashore slightly injured.
Cockram, Ken
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Cockram, Ken

After training in Rhodesia and a spell with 73 OTU in Egypt, Ken Cockram flew Hurricanes and Spitfires in late 1944 and early 1945 with 26 AA Cooperation Unit based in Egypt. He also flew Curtiss Kittyhawks with 112 Squadron on anti-shipping and fighter patrols, once crashing his aircraft on take-off during a dust storm. He completed a total of 198 operations.
Coke, D. A.
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   Died : 9 / 12 / 1941
Coke, D. A.

Flight Officer the Honourary D.A.Coke of No.257 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P3776) on August 12th of 1940.
Collard, P.
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   Died : 14 / 8 / 1940
Collard, P.

Flight Officer P.Collard of No 615 Squadron was shot down near Dover on the 14th of August 1940 in a Hurricane I (P3109) and killed. Collard is buried at Pye Plage in France, he was 24 years old. He was awarded the D.F.C on the 11th of August 1940
Collins, J. E. M.
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   Died : 31 / 5 / 1940
Collins, J. E. M.

Pilot Officer J.E.M.Collins of No.229 Squadron was killed when he was shot down over Dunkirk on May 31st 1940 in his Hurricane (L1982).
Colston, Bryan
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Colston, Bryan

Bryan Colston was born in Buckinghamshire on 27 May 1921 and was educated at St Pauls School. He joined the RAFVR in 1940, training on Tiger Moths, Oxfords and Lysanders, becoming a fighter reconnaissance pilot with 225 Squadron in 1941. He served with 225 Sqn until July 1943 and became a Flight Commander in 1942. He flew Lysanders, Tomahawks, Hurricanes, Mustangs and Spitfires serving throughout the Tunisian campaign and flying over a hundred operational sorties. He contracted typhoid fever at the end of the campaign and was invalided back to the UK, where, after periods of instructing at 61 OTU and some staff appointments, he commanded 695 Squadron flying Spitfire XVIs.
Comely, P. W.
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   Died : 15 / 8 / 1940
Comely, P. W.

Pilot Officer Peter W.Comley of No 87 Squadron was in his Hurricane I (P2872) when he was shot down and killed, just off Portland 15th of August 1940.
Connors, S. D. P.
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   Died : 18 / 8 / 1940
Connors, S. D. P.

Flight Lieutenant Stanley Dudley Pearce Connors of No 111 Squadron flew in France and shot down 3 He 111's, a Bf 109 and 2 Ju 88's for which he was awarded a D.F.C. in May of 1940. He was later awarded the Bar to his D.F.C. His final score was 11 kills for the conflict. Flight Lieutenant Connors was then killed on 18th of August 1940 when his Hurricane I (R4187) was hit by A.A. fire during an attack on a Do17 near Wallington.
Considine, B. B.
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Considine, B. B.


Constable-Maxwell, M. H.
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   Died : 15 / 8 / 2000
Constable-Maxwell, M. H.

Flight Officer Michael H.Constable-Maxwell of No 56 Squadron had a total of one aircraft destroyed during the Battle of Britain, he was also shot down three times himself. On the 28th of August 1940 he crash landed his Hurricane I (R4117) near Hearne Bay at following combat with a Bf 109. Later, he later recorded six night victories when he teamed with Sgt J.Quinton on night-fighters. Constable Maxwell received the D.S.O. on the 22nd of September 1944 and the D.F.C. on the 18th of May 1945.
Cooney, C. J.
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   Died : 29 / 7 / 1940
Cooney, C. J.

Flight Sergeant C.J.Cooney of No 56 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3879) on the 29th of July 1940 over the Channel. Cooney was killed.
Cooper, S. F.
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Cooper, S. F.

Sergeant S.F.Cooper of No 253 Squadron crashed his Hurricane I (P2631) near to Biddenden on the 30th of August 1940 and was uninjured.
Cooper-Slipper, T. P. M.
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Cooper-Slipper, T. P. M.

Pilot Officer T.P.M.Cooper-Slipper of No 605 Squadron on the 15th of September 1940 ran out of ammunition so he rammed a Do 17 of KG 3 he and subsequently lost control of his Hurricane I (L2012). Pilot Cooper-Slipper safely baled out over Marden, Kent.
Copeman, J. H. H.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Copeman, J. H. H.

Pilot Officer J.H.H.Copeman of No 111 Squadron was killed on the 11th August 1940 after he was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3105) combat. He is buried near Ostend at Middelkerke.
Corbett, V. B.
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   Died : 20 / 2 / 1945
Corbett, V. B.

Flight Lieutenant V.B.Corbett flew with No 1 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron on the 18th of August 1940 damaged his Hurricane I (L1851) at Hornchurch during a scramble after he crashed into a fuel bowser. He baled out on the 31st of August 1940 after being shot down was shot down by Bf 109's on the 31st of August 1940 he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3869) over Gravesend but suffered burns. He later commanded No 402 Squadron (the second R.C.A.F. Squadron) and was awarded the D.F.C. on the 13th of February 1942. Corbett was killed in a flying accident on the 20th of February 1945, aged 33.
Courtis, J. B.
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   Died : 5 / 12 / 1940
Courtis, J. B.

Killed December 5th 1940
Courtney, R. N. H.
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Courtney, R. N. H.

Flight Officer R.N.H. Courtney was involved in combat on the 29th of May 1940 and wounded when he baled out over sea and had to be rescued. He returned to No 151 Squadron on the 18th of July 1940. In 1944 Courtney commanded a squadron in Burma and was awarded the D.F.C. on the 8th of September 1944, being credited with three enemy aircraft destroyed. Awarded the Bar to the D.F.C. on the 29th of January 1946 and the A.F.C. on the 1st of January 1954. In 1954 Courtney lead the Battle of Britain Fly-past.
Covington, A. R.
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Covington, A. R.

Pilot Officer A.R.Covington of No 238 Squadron baled safely out of his Hurricane I (R4099)on the 1st of October 1940 near Poole, Dorset after combat. A.R.Covington baled out of his Hurricane I (V6777) after combat with a Bf 109 over Blandford on the 7th of October 1940 and was injured. His aircraft crashed at Wynford Eagle, Dorset.
Cowley, J.
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Cowley, J.

Sergeant J.Cowley of No 87 Squadron force landed his Hurricane I (P3465) near Bridgeport after combat off Portland on the 15th of August 1940. His Hurricane was a written off and he was slightly injured.
Cowsill, J. R.
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   Died : 13 / 7 / 1940
Cowsill, J. R.

Sergeant J.R.Cowsill was on patrol on the 13th of July 1940 with No 56 Squadron in a Hurricane (N2432) when he was shot down and killed over Calais.
Cox, P. A. N.
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   Died : 27 / 7 / 1940
Cox, P. A. N.

Flight Officer P.A.N.Cox of No 501 Squadron was shot down and killed whilst on patrol in his Hurricane I (P3808) off Dover on the 27th of July 1940.
Craig, G. D.
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Craig, G. D.


Craig, J. T.
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   Died : 2 / 6 / 1941
Craig, J. T.

Sergeant J.T.Craig of No 111 Squadron fought in the campaign for France. Craig was injured on the 31st of August 1940 after he baled out of his Hurricane I (P2888) following combat over Felixstowe.
Cresswell, M. K.
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Cresswell, M. K.

Pilot Officer M.K.Cresswell of No.43 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (N2584) on June 1st 1940, Cresswell baled out and was rescued from the sea with burns.
Crisp, J. L.
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   Died : 8 / 6 / 1942
Crisp, J. L.

Sergeant J.L.Crisp from No 43 Squadron was forced to bale out of his Hurricane I (L1736) on the 16th of August 1940 following a fire caused by a glycol leak. This resulted in Crisp suffering a broken thigh.
Crofts, P. G.
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   Died : 28 / 9 / 1940
Crofts, P. G.

Flight Officer P.G.Crofts of No 605 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6699) over Sussex on the 28th of September 1940. Crofts was killed after he baled out but his parachute failed to open.
Croskell, Michael E
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   Died : 0 / 1 / 2015
Croskell, Michael E

Joining the RAFVR in June 1938, Michael Croskell was called up in September 1939 at the outbreak of war. He was posted to join 213 Squadron at Wittering in December flying Hurricanes, and took part in the Battle of France and the operations over Dunkirk in May 1940, where he probably destroyed a Ju87. He flew with 213 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain, scoring three further victories at the height of the battle in August 1940. Commissioned in 1942, his great fighter skills led to him spending six years as an instructor.
Cross, Kenneth
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   Died : 18 / 6 / 2003
Cross, Kenneth

Born October 4th 1911, Kenneth Cross was commissioned in to the RAF in 1930, joining 25 Sqn in 1931. Kenneth Cross survived the sinking of the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious in June 1940, when his No.46 Sqn Hurricane was onboard. Sqn Ldr Kenneth Cross was one of only two pilots to survive the sinking of HMS Glorious. Squadron Leader Cross and Flight Lieutenant Jameson from 46 squadron managed to get aboard a Carley float with 61 seamen, but 25 of the latter died of exposure and exhaustion before the 38 survivors, the two RAF men amongst them, were finally picked up by a passing fishing vessel. He spent much of the war commading Hurricanes in Africa, involved in the Crusader offensive in 1941, returning home in early 1944, and working at the Air Ministry until 1945. He died on the 18th of June 2003.
Crossley, Michael
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 1987
Crossley, Michael

Squadron Leader Mike Nicholson Crossley joined the R.A.F in 1936 and joined No 32 Squadron. During the Battle for France Crossley had shot down seven enemy aircraft and was awarded the D.F.C. on the 21st of June 1940. During the Battle he was promoted to Squadron Leader and he shot down another 14 German aircraft while being shot down twice. At around 13:30hrs on the 18th of August he helped to shoot down a He 111 flown by R.Ahrens from I Gruppe of Kg 1. Later on that day he baled out of his Hurricane I (N2461) safely over Gillingham after combat. He was shot down again on the 24th of August 1940 over Folkestone in his Hurricane I (P3481). Crossley was awarded the D.S.O. on the 20th of August 1940. He was sent to America in 1941 as a test pilot with the British Air Commission. He returned to England in 1943, but his operational flying career ended when he contracted tuberculosis.
Crossman, J. D.
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   Died : 30 / 9 / 1940
Crossman, J. D.

Pilot Officer J.D.Crossman an Australian flew with No 46 Squadron and No 32 Squadron. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6748) on the 30th of September 1940 at Forest Row, Sussex and was killed.
Crowe, Steve
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Crowe, Steve

Steve Crowe flew Hurricanes with 257 Squadron RAF. and undertook his first combat operation in November 1941. Along with other Americans he was then posted to join 133 Eagle Squadron, flying Spitfires, transferring to the USAAF in September 1942 as the 336th Fighter Squadron. He flew over 70 combat missions in both the European and Mediterranean theatres of operations.
Crozier, L. A.
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Crozier, L. A.

Sergeant L.A.Crozier of No.85 Squadron was flying injured on May 16th 1940 when flying in Hurricane (N2389), he baled out following combat with Me109 near Lille and was badly burned.
Cruttenden, J.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Cruttenden, J.

Pilot Officer J.Cruttenden joined No 43 Squadron in late June. He baled safely out of a Hurricane I on the 9th of July after attacking a Do 17 near Beachy Head. He was shot down in combat ten miles south of the Isle of Wight on the 8th of August 1940 in his Hurricane I (P3781) and reported as "Missing", aged 20.
Cryderman, L. E.
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   Died : 8 / 2 / 1941
Cryderman, L. E.

Pilot Officer L.Cryderman a Canadian from No 242 Squadron died after he ditched his Hurricane I (V6823) into the Channel off Clacton following combat on the 8th of February 1941. His body was never found.
Cundy, W R
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Cundy, W R

Ron Cundy commenced flying with 135 Sqn before being posted to the Middle East with 260 Sqn flying Hurricanes and later Kittyhawks. Returning back to Australia he flew Spitfires in defence of Darwin with 452 Sqn RAAF. In North Africa he survived an encounter with Marseille, and ended the war with 5 confirmed victories.
Cunningham, J. L. G
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   Died : 28 / 8 / 1940
Cunningham, J. L. G

Flight Lieutenant J.L.G.Cunningham of No 603 Squadron killed on the 28th of August 1940 after his Spitfire I (R6751) was shot down over Dover.
Currant, Christopher
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   Died : 12 / 3 / 2006
Currant, Christopher

Pilot Officer Christopher Currant was posted from No 151 Squadron to No 605 Squadron flying a Hurricane. He shot down 9 enemy aircraft during September and October 1940 and was awarded the D.F.C. He later became a Squadron Commander and saw a lot more action.
Curtis, Lettice
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Curtis, Lettice

Joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in July 1940 having been taken on to ferry Tiger Moths. Although we were later allowed to ferry other training types such as Oxfords and Masters, it was not until the autumn of 1941 that women were allowed to fly operational aircraft types. I flew my first Hurricane in August 1941 and my first Spitfire a couple of weeks later. After a brief course on a Blenheim I was cleared to fly without any further training, twin-engine bombers up to the Wellington. In November 1943 I was sent on a Halifax course, which due to unserviceability and bad weather closed, restarting in February 1943 at Pocklington where I was cleared for ferrying Halifaxes. After that without further training, I ferried Lancasters and over 100 Stirlings. In November 1945 I ferried 14 Liberators.
Cuthbert, G. I.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Cuthbert, G. I.

Flight Officer G.I.Cuthbert of No.607 Squadron was killed whilst flying Hurricane (P2618), it was shot down by Me109 near Louvain. Cuthbert was 28 and is buried at Hotton, Luxembourg.
Czajkowski, F.
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   Died : 25 / 10 / 1942
Czajkowski, F.

Pilot Officer F.Czajkowski from Poland. During the Battle of Britain he flew with No 151 Hurricane Squadron. He was wounded when his Hurricane (P3301) was attacked and he force landed at Foulness on the 31st of August 1940. The aircraft was written off.
Czernin, Manfred B.
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 1962
Czernin, Manfred B.

Flight Officer Manfred Czernin was a pre-war bomber pilot and joined No 85 Squadron in May 1940 in France scoring several victories. During the Battle of Britain he flew Hurricanes with No 17 Squadron after the fall of France.
Czerwinski, T.
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   Died : 22 / 8 / 1942
Czerwinski, T.

Flight Officer Tadeusz Czerwinski from Poland was with No 302 Squadron flying Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. His final score for the war was 4 confirmed kills. His final rank attained was Squadron Leader.
Czternastek, S.
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   Died : 5 / 2 / 1941
Czternastek, S.

Pilot Officer S.Czternastek of No.615 Squadron was killed on February 5th 1940. His Hurricane (V7598) was involved in a collision over Dover with another Hurricane (V6618).
D'arcy-Irvine, B. W. J.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
D'arcy-Irvine, B. W. J.

Flight Officer B.W.J.D'Arcy-Irvine of No 257 Squadron was killed on the 8th of August 1940 after he was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3058) over the Channel.
Dafforn, R. C.
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   Died : 9 / 9 / 1943
Dafforn, R. C.

Flight Officer R.C.Dafforn of No 501 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (R4219) on the 18th of August 1940 after combat over Biggin Hill. He was unhurt.
Daines, Roy
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Daines, Roy

Roy Daines joined the RAF as soon as he was able, and after completing his hurried training as a pilot, was posted to join 247 Squadron in the autumn of 1940. Here he flew Gladiators and Hurricanes on coastal patrols, 247 being the only squadron to fly Gladiators during the Battle of Britain, before converting to nightfighting Hurricanes. Later, in 1943, he flew Typhoons with 247 before being posted to join 65 Squadron flying Spitfires and Mustangs.

Roy Daines signing the print Victory Above Dover

Roy Daines signing the original pencil drawing A Dunkirk Encounter


Darwood, C. S.
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   Died : 18 / 5 / 1940
Darwood, C. S.

Flight Lieutenant C.S.Darwood of No.111 Squadron was killed whilst flying in Hurricane (L2051) on May 18th 194, he was shot down by a Me109. He was aged 26 and buried at Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery in St Omer.
Daszewski, J. K. M.
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   Died : 4 / 4 / 1942
Daszewski, J. K. M.

Pilot Officer J.Daszewski from Poland served with No 303 Squadron flying Hurricane's. On the 7th of September 1940 His Hurricane I (P3890) crashed near Loughton in Essex after he was shot down over Thames Estuary. He was severely wounded.
Davey, J. A. J.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Davey, J. A. J.

Pilot Officer J.A.J.Davey from No 1 Squadron was killed when he crashed his Hurricane I (P3172) on Sandown golf course on the 11th of August 1940 following combat.
David, Dennis
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   Died : 25 / 8 / 2000
David, Dennis

Pilot Officer Dennis David was with No 87 Squadron during the Battle for France flying Hurricane's. He stayed with them until October 1940 and then joined No 213 Squadron. W.D.David achieved the rank of Group Captain. In early 1943, he flew Beaufighters with No.89 Sqn, including Beaufighter Mk.1F V8447 N, his personal aircraft.
Davies, J. W. E.
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   Died : 27 / 6 / 1940
Davies, J. W. E.

Flight Lieutenant J.W.E.Davies of No.79 Squadron was killed on June 27th 1940 when his Hurricane was shot down by fighters whilst on escort to St Valery.
Davies, Leonard
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Davies, Leonard

Joined 151 Squadron in July 1940 and was wounded in combat over the Thames estuary on August 18th of that year. He later flew Sunderlands in the Middle East.
Davies, P. F. M.
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Davies, P. F. M.

Flight Officer P.F.M.Davies of No.56 Squadron was shot down near Rochford on August 13th 1940 in his Hurricane (P2692), he was badly burned.
Davis, C. R.
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   Died : 6 / 9 / 1940
Davis, C. R.

Flight Officer Carl Raymond Davis joined No 601 Squadron in 1936. He was called for full-time service with No 601 Squadron flying a Hurricane's on August 27 1939.His Hurricane I (P3363) was shot down in combat with a Bf 109 over Tunbridge Wells at 09:30hrs. It crashed, inverted, and burned out in the back garden of Canterbury Cottage at Matfield, Brenchley, near Tunbridge Wells, he was 29.
Davis, W. L.
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Davis, W. L.

Sergeant W.L.Davis of No 249 Squadron was wounded after his Hurricane I (V6682) was shot down near Kent on the 11th of September 1940. He later became a P.O.W after being shot down over enemy territory in 1941.
Dawbarn, P. L.
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Dawbarn, P. L.

Flight Officer P.L.Dawburn flew with No 17 Squadron. On the 15th of July 1940 he was on patrol and crashed his Hurricane (P3482)near Essex. The aeroplane was a written off.
de Mancha, R. A.
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   Died : 21 / 7 / 1940
de Mancha, R. A.

Pilot Officer R.A.de Mancha was killed on July 21st 1940 when his Hurricane was involved in a collision with a Me109. He was 23.
Deacon, A. H.
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Deacon, A. H.

Sergeant A.Harry Deacon of No 111 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (N2340) safely on the 18th of August 1940 following combat over Kenly. His aircraft crashed at Oxted.
Debenham, K. B. L.
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   Died : 16 / 12 / 1943
Debenham, K. B. L.

Pilot Officer K.B.L.Debenham joined No 151 Squadron on the 15th of July 1940. Debenham was shot down in his Hurricane I (R4183) on the 24th of August 1940. Debenham was badly wounded. Pilot Officer K.B.L.Debenham was killed in action on the 16th of December 1943, he was 24.
Deller, A. L. M.
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Deller, A. L. M.


Demetriadi, R. S.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Demetriadi, R. S.

Flight Officer R.S.Demetriadi of No.601 Squadron was killed on August 11th 1940. His Hurricane (R4092) was shot down by Me109s off Portland.
Desloges, J. P. J.
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Desloges, J. P. J.

Flight Officer J.P.J.Desloges a Canadian from No 1 (RCAF) Squadron was shot downn on the 31st of August 1940. He baled out of his stricken Hurricane I (N2530) near Gravesend and suffered severe burns. J.P.J.Desloges was killed in a flying accident in North Africa on the 8th of May 1944, aged 31.
Dewar, J. M. F.
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   Died : 30 / 3 / 1941
Dewar, J. M. F.

Pilot Officer J.M.F.Dewar of No.229 Squadron was killed on March 30th 1941. His Hurricane (V6872) failed to return from patrol. He was 24.
Dewar, J. S.
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   Died : 12 / 9 / 1940
Dewar, J. S.

Squadron Leader John S.'Johnie'Dewer commanded No 87 Squadron from November 1939 until the 12th of July 1940. Dewar then Commanded No 213 Squadron until August 1940. He was then promoted to Wing Commander and Station Commander at Exeter. Dewer was awarded the D.S.O. and the D.F.C. Wing Commander J.S.Dewer was killed on the 12th of September 1940 while on patrol in his Hurricane I (V7306). He was lost over the coast while flying to Tangmere, probably shot down. His body was washed ashore on the 30th of September 1940.
Dibden, L. G. M.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Dibden, L. G. M.

Sergeant L.G.M.Dibden of No.73 Squadron was shot down Hurricane (P2689) by a Me109 near Sean on May 14th 1940, and killed. Dibden was 21 and buried at Choley in France.
Dickie, W. G.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Dickie, W. G.

Pilot Officer W.G.Dickie joined No 601 Squadron in June 1940. Dickie was posted missing in action after combat on the 11th of August 1940.
Dickinson, J. H.
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   Died : 30 / 8 / 1940
Dickinson, J. H.

Sergeant J.H.Dickinson of No 253 Squadron was killed on the 30th of August 1940 after he baled out of his Hurricane (P3213) was killed near Woodchurch.
Difford, I. B.
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   Died : 7 / 10 / 1940
Difford, I. B.

Flight Officer I.B.Difford a South African flew with No 607 Squadron. Difford was killed after his Hurricane I (L1728) collided with another Hurricane I (P3860)on the 7th of October 1940.
Dillon, A. M.
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   Died : 18 / 5 / 1940
Dillon, A. M.

Pilot Officer A.M.Dillon of No.229 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L1802) on May 18th 1940 when it was shot down by a Me109 and crashed near Mons, killing Dillon. He was 18 and buried at Bergen in Mons.
Dixon, F. J. P.
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   Died : 11 / 7 / 1940
Dixon, F. J. P.

Sergeant F.J.P.Dixon of No 501 Squadron died on the 11th of July 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane (N2485) but was drowned after being shot down, he was aged 21. Sgt F.P.J.Dixon is buried at Abbeville, France.
Dixon, Henry P.
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   Died : 3 / 6 / 1940
Dixon, Henry P.

Pilot Officer H.P.Dixon of No.145 Squadron was shot down by enemy fighters in his Hurricane (P2952) on June 1st 1940.
Dixon, P.
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Dixon, P.

Pilot Officer P.Dixon force-landed his Hurricane (P2573) in France after it ran out of fuel on May 11th 1940.
Doe, Bob
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   Died : 21 / 2 / 2010
Doe, Bob

In 1939 he joined the R.A.F. and upon completion of his training was posted to 234 squadron. During the Battle of Britain he achieved great success. He was one of the very few pilots to successfully fly both Hurricanes and Spitfires and was one of the top scorers of the Battle with 14 and two shared victories. He was awarded the DFC in October and a BAR in November. He joined 66 squadron as a Flight Commander then moving to 130 squadron in August 1943 saw him in 613 squadron flying Mustangs. October 1943 he was posted out to the Far-East, forming 10 squadron, Indian Air Force, which he led on the Burma front. Awarded the DSO in 1945. He stayed on in the R.A.F. after the war, retirement in 1966 was followed by opening a Garage business which proved successful.
Domagala, M. B.
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Domagala, M. B.


Don, R. S.
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   Died : 22 / 1 / 1945
Don, R. S.

Pilot Officer R.S.Don of No 501 Squadron was injured after he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3648) on the 31st of July 1940. He had been in combat near Dover.
Donaldson, Edward
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Donaldson, Edward

Squadron Leader Edward Mortlock (Teddy) Donaldson took over Command of No 151 Squadron flying Hurricane's in November 1939. He survived the war ending up as an air Commodore with C.B, C.B.E.,D.S.O. and A.F.C.
Donne, M. S.
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   Died : 11 / 5 / 1940
Donne, M. S.

Flight Lieutenant M.S.Donne of No.17 Squadron was killed when he was shot down in his Hurricane (N2403) by a Me109 near Dordrecht on May 11th 1940.
Dorrien-Smith, L. R.
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Dorrien-Smith, L. R.

Pilot Officer L.R.Dorrien-Smith of No.79 Squadron was killed when flying in Hurricane (L2145) on May 20th 1940. He was shot down near St Quentin. He was aged 21.
Doulton, M. D. W. A.
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   Died : 31 / 8 / 1940
Doulton, M. D. W. A.

Flight Officer M.D.Doulton joined No 601 Squadron in the July of 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane(R4215) on the 31st of August 1940 and listed as missing in action.
Douthwaite, B.
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Douthwaite, B.

Pilot Officer B.Douthwaite was flying with No 72 Squadron when wounded on the 11th of September 1940 after his Hurricane I (R6710) was involved in combat over Gravesend. He had to force land due to battle damage.
Doutrepont, G. L. J.
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   Died : 15 / 9 / 1940
Doutrepont, G. L. J.

Pilot Officer Georges Doutrepont joined No 229 Squadron on the 4th of August 1940. On the 15th of September 1940. Pilot Officer Doutrepont crashed his Hurricane I (N2537) on the station buildings of Staplehurst, Kent. He was killed.
Drake, Billy
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   Died : 28 / 8 / 2011
Drake, Billy

Joined the R.A.F. in 1936. His first posting was to 1 squadron flying Furies then Hurricanes and first saw action over France in the Spring of 1940 and was awarded his first DFC by the end of the year. As a Squadron Leader he was sent to West Africa to command 128 Squadron. 1942 saw his commanding 112 squadron in North Africa, in July saw an immediate BAR to his DFC and in December an immediate DSO. Posted to Malta as Wing Commander he won a US DFC in 1943. Back in the UK he now was flying Typhoons in the lead up to D-Day. With Pete Brothers he was sent to the States to attend the US Staff School at Fort Leavenworth. After the war he continued in the R.A.F. serving in Japan, Malaya, Singapore, Switzerland and his final posting as Group Captain RAF Chivenor, Devon. Retired in July 1963. Going to Portugal where he ran a Bar and Restaurant and dealing in Real Estate. In his flying career he accounted for more than 24 enemy aircraft. Sadly, Billy Drake passed away on 28th August 2011.
Drake, G. J.
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   Died : 9 / 9 / 1940
Drake, G. J.

Pilot Officer G.J.Drake flew with No 607 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. His Hurricane I (P2728) was shot down near Guildhurst, Kent on the 9th of September 1940 and he was killed.
Drummond, J. F.
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   Died : 10 / 10 / 1940
Drummond, J. F.

Pilot Officer J.F.Drummond flew with No 92 Squadron and No.46 Squadron. He was killed on the 10th of October 1940 when his Spitfire I (R6616) collided with the Spitfire I (X4038) over Tangmere. Drummond's aircraft crashed at Portlant, Sussex.
Dryden, K. C.
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Dryden, K. C.

Pilot Officer K.C.Dryden of No.56 Squadron was flying in a Hurricane (N2659) on patrol on May 29th 1940, he was forced to land on the beach following combat and safely returned by sea.
Du Vivier, R. A. L.
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   Died : 30 / 3 / 1941
Du Vivier, R. A. L.

Pilot Officer R.A.L.Du Vivier of No.229 Squadron was killed on March 30th 1941. His Hurricane (W9307) failed to return from a routine patrol, it may have been involved in a collision with another aircraft.
Duckenfield, Byron
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   Died : 19 / 11 / 2010
Duckenfield, Byron

Byron Duckenfield started at Flying Training School on 25th November 1935 in a Blackburn B2 at Brough. As a Sergeant, he joined No.32 Sqn at Biggin Hill on 8th August 1936 and flew Gauntlets and Hurricanes. He joined 74 Squadron at Hornchurch on 11th April 1940, flying Spitfires, and on 5th May was posted to 501 Squadron flying Hurricanes at Tangmere. On the 11th of May at Betheniville, he survived a crash in a passenger transport Bombay aircraft in an aircraft in which he was a passenger, While comin ginto land the aircraft at 200 feet the aircraft stalled and the aircrfat fell backwards just levelly out as it histhe ground. 5 of th epassengers were killed when the centre section collapsed and crushed them. Duckenfield was fortunate as he had moved position during the flight. as the two passengers sitting each side of where he was sitting had died in the crash. (it was found later that the Bombay had beeb loaded with to much weight in the aft sectiion. ) recovering in hospital in Roehampton. On 23rd July 1940, he rejoined No.501 Sqn at Middle Wallop, then moved to to Gravesend two days later, scoring his first victory, a Ju87, on the 29th of July 1940. During August and September he scored three more victories. After a spell as a test pilot from 14th September 1940, he was posted to command 66 Squadron on 20th December 1941, flying Spitfires. On 26th February 1942 he took command of 615 Squadron flying Hurricanes from Fairwood Common, taking the squadron to the Far East. In late December 1942 he was shot down in Burma and captured by the Japanese. He remained a POW until release in May 1945. After a refresher course at the Flying Training School in November 1949, he took command of No.19 Squadron flying Hornets and Meteors from Chruch Fenton. After a series of staff positions, he retired from the RAF as a Group Captain on 28th May 1969. Duckenfield would write later his details :

Burma

At first light, 12 Hurricanes IIC aircraft of 615 Squadron, myself in the lead, took off from Chittagong for central Burma to attack the Japanese air base at Magwe, 300 miles away on the banks of the River Irrawaddy. Arriving at Yenangyaung, we turned downstream at minimum height for Magwe, 30 miles to the South and jettisoned drop tanks. Just before sighting the enemy base, the squadron climbed to 1200 feet and positioned to attack from up sun. On the ramp at the base, in front of the hangers, were 10 or 12 Nakajima KI - 43 Oscars in a rough line up (not dispersed) perhaps readying for take. These aircraft and the hangars behind them were attacked in a single pass, before withdrawing westward at low level and maximum speed. A few minutes later perhaps 20 miles away form Magwe, I was following the line of a cheung (small creek), height about 250 feet, speed aboput 280 mph, when the aircraft gave a violent shudder, accompanied by a very lound, unusual noise. The cause was instantly apparent: the airscrew has disappeared completely, leaving only the spinning hub. My immediate reaction was to throttle back fully and switch off to stop the violently overspeeding engine. Further action was obvious: I was committed to staying with the aircraft because, with a high initial speed, not enough height to eject could be gained without the help of an airscrew. So I jettisoned the canopy and acknowledged gratefully the fact that I was following a creek; the banks of either side were hillocky ground, hostile to a forced landing aircraft. Flying the course of the creek, I soon found the aircraft to be near the stall (luckily, a lower than normal figure without an airscrew) extended the flaps and touched down wheels-up with minimum impact ( I have done worse landings on a smooth runway!) My luck was holding, if one can talk of luck in such a situation. December is the height of the dry season in that area and the creek had little water, it was shallow and narrow at the point where I came down: shallow enough to support the fusalage and narrow enough to support wing tips. So I released the harness, pushed the IFF Destruct switch, climed out and walked the wing ashore, dryshod. The question may occur -Why did not others in the squadron see their leader go down? - the answer is simple, the usual tatctic of withdrawal from an enemy target was to fly single at high speed and low level on parallel courses until a safe distance from target was attained. Then, the formation would climb to re-assemble. Having left the aircraft, I now faced a formidable escape problem? I was 300 miles from friendly territory: my desired route would be westward but 80% of that 300 miles was covered by steep north-south ridges impenetrably clothed in virgin jungle; these were natural impediments, there was also the enemy to consider. Having thought over my predicament, I decided the best I could do - having heard reports of mean herted plainspeope - was to get as far into the hills as possible and then find a (hopefully sympathetic) village. I suppose I may have covered about 15 miles by nightfall when I came upon this small hill village and walked into the village square. Nobody seemed surprised to see me (I suspect I had been followed for some time) I wa given a quiet welcome, seated at a table in the open and given food. Then exhaustion took over, I fell asleep in the chair and woke later to find myself tied up in it. Next day I was handed over to a Japanese sergeant and escort who took me back to Magwe and, soon after that, 2.5 years captivity in Rangoon jail.

Sadly we have learned that Byron Duckenfield passed away on 19th November 2010.


Byron Duckenfield during a signing session in March 2010.

Cranston Fine Arts extend our many thanks to Byron Duckenfield for signing a number of our art prints over a number of sessions.

Byron Duckenfield at a signing session in 2010.

Byron Duckenfield's Hurricane P3059 (SD-N) of 501 Squadron.




Byron Duckenfield signing the print Quartet by Gerald Coulson at a signing session in February 2010.

Cranston Fine Arts extend our many thanks to Byron Duckenfield for spending the day (21/2/2010) signing a number of our art prints.

Dunn, H.J.R.
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Dunn, H.J.R.

Pilot Officer H.J.R Dunn was flying in Hurricane (N2362) during combat with a Do17, the Hurricane overturned on landing and pilot Dunn suffered wounds to the head.
Dunning-White, Peter
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   Died : 27 / 12 / 2008
Dunning-White, Peter

Joining 601 Squadron in 1938, Peter Dunning-White was called up to full-time service in August 1939, being posted to 29 Squadron in May 1940, then a few weeks later to 145 Squadron at Westhampnett, flying Hurricanes. He was soon in action over the Channel, sharing in the destruction of an HeIll on 18 July. Transferring to 615 Squadron in March 1941, on 15 April his victory over an Me109 confirmed him as an Ace. In 1942 he was attached to 409 Squadron RCAF, and then to 255 Squadron on Beaufighters. He went to North West Africa with this squadron, being made Flight Commander in March 1943. In July 1944 he was posted to 100 Group, Bomber Command. Sadly, he died on 27th December 2008.
Duszynski, S.
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   Died : 11 / 9 / 1940
Duszynski, S.

Sgt S.Duszynski from Poland of No 238 Squadron was killed on the 11th of September 1940. His Hurricane I (R2682) was shot down during an attack near Romney Marsh.
Dvorak, A.
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   Died : 24 / 9 / 1941
Dvorak, A.


Dygryn-Ligoticky, Josef
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   Died : 4 / 6 / 1942
Dygryn-Ligoticky, Josef


Dymond, William
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   Died : 2 / 9 / 1940
Dymond, William

Sergeant William Laurence Dymond joined No 111 Squadron in May 1940. He was awarded the D.F.M. after being credited with 10 kills and sharing several other kills. He was killed after he was shot down on the 2nd of September 1940 after combat over the Thames estuary in his Hurricane I (P3875).
Earp, R L
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Earp, R L

On 12th September 1940, flew Hurricane Mk.I N2497 of No.46 Sqn on patrol over Rochford.
Eckford, A. F.
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Eckford, A. F.

Flight Officer Alan F.Eckford was a member of No 32 Squadron until 19th of May 1940 when Eckford was posted to No 242 Hurricane Squadron. Eckford rejoined No 32 Squadron at the end of July. Alan F.Eckford was awarded the D.F.C. on the 24th of December 1940.
Edge, G. R.
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Edge, G. R.

Squadron Leader Gerry Edge flew with No 253 Squadron in Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. On the 26th of September 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P2958) after combat over the Channel and was rescued.
Edgehill, D. F.
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Edgehill, D. F.

Sergeant D.F.Edgehill of No.229 Squadron was wounded on May 31st 1940 when his Hurricane crash-landed following combat with Me110s.
Edgley, A.
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Edgley, A.

Sergeant A.Edgley was part of No 601 Squadron and of No 253 Squadron. He was wounded on the 29th of September 1940 after he was shot down in his Hurricane I (P2677) during combat over the Newhaven. He baled out.
Edmund, N. D.
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   Died : 20 / 4 / 1941
Edmund, N. D.

Pilot Officer N.D.Edmund was a Canadian who flew with No 615 Squadron. Edmund was wounded after his Hurricane I (V6785) was badly damaged in combat on the 29th of October 1940. Edmund was killed on April 20th 1941. His Hurricane (Z2632) was involved in a collision with another aircraft over the Channel.
Edmunds, Eric R
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Edmunds, Eric R

Flew Hurricanes with No.245 Sqn.
Edwards, Bill
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   Died : 7 / 8 / 2009
Edwards, Bill

Bill Edwards applied to the USAAF but was turned down because of two missing molars. He volunteered for the RAF in 1940, and was readily accepted and was shipped to Tulsa's Spartan School for RAF training. Upon graduation, he was sent to an OTU in England flying Hurricanes and Spitfires. He was assigned to the 133 Squadron, last of the famed 'Eagle Squadrons.' He flew convoy escort duty out of Northern Ireland and delivered all types of British aircraft to and from operational units. By September 1942, Lt. Edwards joined the USAAF along with most other Eagle Squadron pilots who wore the wings of both the RAF and USAAF. Assigned to the 8th Air Force Fighter Command, Bill's job was to ensure that newly arriving fighter units received first hand information on British navigating systems, aircraft, maps etc. As a Major, Bill commanded the first P-51 / P-38 OTU in England providing intensive flying in all combat and weather conditions. In June, 1944, Major Edwards was assigned with his Eagle Squadron friends to the Fourth Fighter Group flying P-51Ds escorting bombers on deep missions into Germany. During one escort mission to Munich, which bill was leading, Bill's Mustang was hit by German '88 flack' and downed near the French and German border. Bill spent the remainder of the war as a POW at Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany until liberated in June 1945. Bill Edwards flew a total of 37 combat operations with 133 Squadron, the third Eagle Squadron to be formed. He retired from the USAF in 1968. Sadly Colonel Bill Edwards died on the 7th of August 2009.
Edwards, R.
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Edwards, R.

Flight Lieutenant R.Edwards of No.79 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (L2068) on May 11th 1940 near Mons during an attack on a He111, he baled out and suffered burn injuries.
Edwards, R. L.
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   Died : 26 / 8 / 1940
Edwards, R. L.

Flight Officer R.L.Edwards a Canadian of No 1 (RCAF) Squadron was shot down and crashed in his Hurricane I (P3874) at Little Bardfield, Essex on the 26th of August 1940. He was killed.
Edwards, R. S. J.
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Edwards, R. S. J.


Edwards, T. J.
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1940
Edwards, T. J.

Flight Officer T.J.Edwards of No.87 Squadron was killed whilst flying in Hurricane (P2538), it was shot down in combat with Me110 south of Lille on May 15th 1940.
Edworthy, G. H.
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   Died : 3 / 9 / 1940
Edworthy, G. H.

Sergeant G.H.Edworthy of No 46 Squadron was killed on the 3rd of September 1940 at 10:35hrs. His Hurricane I (P3064) was lost in combat over the Essex coast.
Egan, E. J.
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   Died : 17 / 9 / 1940
Egan, E. J.

Sergeant E.J.Egan was posted to No 615 Squadron from No 600 Squadron on the 27th of August 1940, then to No 501 Squadron on the 13th of September 1940. Sergeant Egan was shot down in flames at 15:40hrs over Ashford on the 17th of September 1940 and recorded as "missing", he was aged 19. His Hurricane I (P3820) remains could not be located.
Ekins, V. H.
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Ekins, V. H.

Sergeant V.H.Ekins of No 501 Squadron was in combat when he baled out of his Hurricane I (V6672) after being attacked over Godstone in Surrey on the 27th of September 1940. He was unhurt.
Eliot, H. W.
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   Died : 4 / 3 / 1945
Eliot, H. W.

Pilot Officer H.W.Eliot of No 73 Squadron was wounded on the 6th of September 1940. Her baled out of his Hurricane I (P2875) after combat over the Thames Estuary.
Elkington, John
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Elkington, John

John (Tim) Elkington was born in 1920 and joined the RAF in September 1939. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in July 1940 he was immediately posted to join 1 Squadron flying Hurricanes atTangmere. On 15 August he shot down an Me109 over the Channel, but the following day he was himself shot down over Thorney Island. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3173)injured and was admitted to hospital, his Hurricane crashing at Chidham.
Ellecombe, John
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   Died : 11 / 5 / 2014
Ellecombe, John

John Ellecombe joined the RAF in 1939 and was posted to 151 Squadron in July 1940, immediately converting to Hurricanes. On 24th August he shot down a He111, but a week later his Hurricane was blown up in combat and he baled out, with burns. Rejoining his squadron a few months later, in February 1941 was posted to 253 Squadron where he took part in the Dieppe operations. On 28th July, flying a Turbinlite Havoc, he probably destroyed a Do217. Converting to Mosquitos, John was posted to 487 Squadron RNZAF, and during the build up to the Normandy Invasion and after, was involved in many ground attacks on enemy held airfields, railways, and other targets of opportunity. He completed a total of 37 sorties on Mosquitos. Flying a de Havilland Mosquito XIII with a devastating set of four 20mm cannon in the nose, John Ellacombe flew deep into occupied France on the night before D-Day searching out and destroying German convoys and railway targets. As the Normandy campaign raged on, 151 Squadron intensified its interdiction sorties - including night attacks on Falaise and the Seine bridges. On August 1st Ellacombe took part in the famous attack by 23 Mosquitoes on the German bar-racks in Poitiers, led by Group Captain Wykeham Barnes. Ellacombe had first joined 151 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, direct from Flying Training School. Within weeks he had scored his first victory but also force landed in a field, having shot down a He 111, and baled out of a blazing Hurricane. He baled out a second time during the Dieppe Raid in 1942 but was picked up safely. Postwar he had a long and successful career in the RAE.
Elliott, E. D.
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Elliott, E. D.

Squadron Leader E.D.Elliott of No.253 Squadron was flying a patrol on May 21st 1940 in his Hurricane (P3552) when it was shot down by ground fire and he was made a prisoner of war.
Elliott, J. W.
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   Died : 29 / 5 / 1940
Elliott, J. W.

Sergeant J.W.Elliott was killed on May 29th 1940 when his Hurricane (L1972) was shot down over Dunkirk.
Ellis, J. H. M.
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   Died : 1 / 9 / 1940
Ellis, J. H. M.

Sergeant J.H.M.Ellis from No 85 Squadron was on a routine patrol on the 29th of August 1940 when he was shot down. He baled out uninjured. His aircraft crashed at Ashburnham, Kent. Ellis was in his Hurricane (P2673) on the 1st of September 1940 when he was lost after combat Kenly. His body was finally identified in 1993 in an unmarked grave.
Elsdon, Thomas Arthur Francis
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   Died : 9 / 9 / 2003
Elsdon, Thomas Arthur Francis

Flight Officer Thomas Arthur Francis Elsdon of No 72 Squadron was wounded on the 7th of September 1940 following combat. He crash landed his Spitfire I (X4254) near Biggin Hill. Born January 22, 1917 in Broughty Ferry Dundee, "Jimmi" Elsdon at the Academy of the RAF in 1936 and received his promotion to the rank of officer in December 1937. Posted to 72 Squadron, was was witht he squadron when war broke out and participated in the first battles of the phoney war. During the Battle of Britain, his Spitfire was shot down by a Me 110 on 7 September. Injuring his knee and foot, As a reward of 8 wins that totals at this time (including 6 obtained after August 31), he received the DFC in early October. he returned flying in mid-July 1941 and was assigned to Squadron 257. On the 24th of July, he was again wounded slightly. On August 25th, he was promoted to commander of Squadron 136 that has just been set up to go to the middle east. While on route to its new destination, the Japanese attacked on Pearl Harbour . The Squadron was ordered to Burma where he arrived in January 1942. The squadrons Hurricane were the first in combat in this sector. After the retreat from Burma to India, he was promoted Wing Commander Wing 165 in Dum Dum, September 8, 1942 before taking command of Wing 293 in October and 169 in February 1943 and then to 185. Finally, in October 1943 he returned to Wing 165 and led the offensive at the front of Arakan in late November. In July 1944, he was assigned to District General Far East in Calcutta before returning to Britain in September 1944. He then served in the Transport Command in April 1945 and became commander of the base Boreham. He received the OBE in January 1945 and continued serving in the RAF becoming Wing Commander in 1949 before retiring as a (acting) Group Captain in October 1959
Elson, A.
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   Died : 27 / 5 / 1940
Elson, A.

Pilot Officer A.Elson of No.145 Squadron was killed on May 27th 1940 when flying patrol in Hurricane (P2723), he was shot down in combat with Ju88s and Me110s.
Emms, G. D.
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   Died : 7 / 6 / 1940
Emms, G. D.

Squadron Leader G.D.Emms was killed on June 7th 1940, his Hurricane (P2905) was shot down in combat whilst on patrol over France.
English, C. E.
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   Died : 7 / 10 / 1940
English, C. E.

Pilot Officer C.E.English flew Hurricane's with No 85 Squadron and No 605 Squadron. He was shot down over Westerham on the 7th of October 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3677) but was killed when his parachute got caught on the tail plane.
Evans, D.
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   Died : 8 / 5 / 1943
Evans, D.

Pilot Officer D.Evans flew with No 607 Squadron and No 615 Squadrons during the Battle of Britain. He was on patrol on the 5th of October 1940 over Swanage when he was shot down. Pilot Officer D.Evans baled out of his Hurricane I (P3554) and was unhurt.
Eyre, A.
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Eyre, A.

Flight Officer A.Eyre flew with No 615 Squadron in Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain.
Fajtl, F.
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Fajtl, F.


Falkowski, Jan P.
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Falkowski, Jan P.

Flight Officer Jan P.Falkowski from Poland flew Hurricane's with No 32 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He later became a Wing Commander.
Farley, W. R.
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   Died : 21 / 4 / 1942
Farley, W. R.

Flight Lieutenant W.R.Farley was recalled to service on the outbreak of war, Farley was not a member of No 151 Squadron but flew operations with both No 151 and No 46 Squadron's during the Battle of Britain. He was later awarded the D.F.C. on the 7th of March 41. Farley was killed in action on the 21st of April 1942.
Farnes, Paul
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Farnes, Paul

Paul Farnes was born in Boscombe, Hampshire, July 16, 1918. He joined the RAFVR in April 1938 and is mobilized in July 1939 before being posted to 501 Squadron, 14 September 1939. He accompanied the Squadron when it was sent to France in May 1940, winning his first victories in the campaign of France and during the Battle of Britain. In October, he was awarded the DFM after eight victories and was promoted to officer the following month. In February 1941 he was transferred to 57 OTU as an instructor and then to 73 OTU in November, in Aden. In late February 1942, he was posted to 229 Squadron in North Africa as Flight Commander. On March 27, 1942, he flew to Malta with the rest of the Squadron aboard the Hurricane IIc BN122. After a period of intense and difficult battles in which defenders of the island will lose many fighters, during which he took command of the Squadron, he returned to Egypt with the survivors of his unit May 27, 1942. He then transferred to Iraq where he joined the Headquarters and remained there until March 1945. He then returned to Great Britain and three weeks after upgrading to the UTO 53, he took command of 124 Squadron, a position he held until the end of the war. He joined the Tangmere before making command of 611 Squadron equipped Mustang IV July 7, 1945. In August, the Squadron was disbanded and it supports the 164 Squadron with Spitfire IX. 63 Squadron was designated in August 1946. In January 1947, he became an officer of Liaison with training centres with the Air Ministry until October 1948. He then became an instructor in various centres. He continued his career in the RAF until 1958 and left active service with the rank of Wing Commander. He returned to his civilian career in the industry.
Fechtner, E.
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   Died : 29 / 10 / 1940
Fechtner, E.

Pilot Officer E.Fechtner of No.302 Squadron was killed on October 29th 1940. His Hurricane (P3889) collided with another Hurricane near Duxford whilst on patrol. He was 24 and buried at Brookwood.
Fenemore, S. A.
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   Died : 15 / 10 / 1940
Fenemore, S. A.

Sergeant S.A.Fenemore of No.501 Squadron was killed on October 15th 1940. His Hurricane (V6722) was shot down by a Me109 over Redhill. He was 20.
Fenton, H. A.
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Fenton, H. A.


Ferdinand, R. F.
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   Died : 12 / 6 / 1941
Ferdinand, R. F.

Pilot Officer Roy Frederick Ferdinand flew Hurricane's with No 263 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. Roy later died in the war flying a Westland Whirlwind.
Feric, M.
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   Died : 0 / 2 / 1942
Feric, M.

Killed February 1942
Ferris, H. M.
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   Died : 16 / 8 / 1940
Ferris, H. M.

Flight Lieutenant H.M.Ferris of No.111 Squadron was killed on August 16th 1940. His Hurricane (R4193) was involved in a collision with a Do17 over Marden, Kent. He was 23 years old.
Fidler, G. M.
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   Died : 19 / 5 / 1940
Fidler, G. M.

Squadron Leader G.M.Fidler of No.607 Squadron was killed on May 19th 1940 when flying in Hurricane (P3535) when he was shot down in combat with a Me109. He was 27 and buried at Bachy.
Fisher, B. M.
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   Died : 15 / 8 / 1940
Fisher, B. M.

Flight Officer B.M.Fisher of No 111 Squadron was killed after he was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3944) during combat over Selsey Bill on the 15th of August 1940.
Fiske, W. M. L.
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   Died : 17 / 8 / 1940
Fiske, W. M. L.

Pilot Officer William Meade Lindsley Fiske was was an American and joined the R.A.F. in September 1939. On the 12th of July 1940 he was posted to No 601 A.A.F. Squadron at Tangmere. On the 16th of August 1940 after combat with Stuka's over Bognor, Fiske landed his seriously damaged Hurricane I (P3358) at Tangmere in the midst of a Stuka raid on the airfield. His aircraft burst into flames on coming to rest and Fiske was badly burned. Pilot Officer Fiske was taken to the Royal West Sussex Hospital in Chichester, but died later from shock. He was 29 years old.
Fleming, J.
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Fleming, J.

Pilot Officer J.Fleming of No 605 Squadron was wounded on the 8th of September 1940 after his Hurricane I (L2061) and was shot down near Tunbridge Wells. He baled out but suffered severe burns.
Fleming, R. D. S.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Fleming, R. D. S.

Pilot Officer R.D.S.Fleming of No 249 Squadron was killed on the 7th of September 1940. His Hurricane I (R4114) was shot down near Maidstone, Kent.
Flinders, J.
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Flinders, J.

Pilot Officer J.L.Flinders of No 32 Hurricane Squadron has scored 5 victories by the conclusion of the Battle of Britain.
Flynn, D.
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Flynn, D.

Sergeant D.Flynn of No.32 Squadron was reported missing on June 2nd 1940 whilst on patrol in his Hurricane (P2727), he had been shot down and made a prisoner of war.
Fopp, Desmond
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 2005
Fopp, Desmond

Sgt D.Fopp of No 17 Squadron was wounded on the 3rd of September 1940. His Hurricane I (P3672) crashed after being attacked by a Bf 110 over Essex. He was badly burned.
Forbes, A. S.
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Forbes, A. S.

Flight Lieutenant Athol Stanhope Forbes of No 303 Polish Squadron was wounded on the 11th of September 1940. His aircraft in his Hurricane I (V7465) was shot up and damaged near the south of London. The Polish people awarded him the Virtuti Militari which was the equivalent of the British V.C.
Forbes, N.
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Forbes, N.

Flight Officer N.Forbes of No.605 Squadron was made a prisoner of war on May 27th 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane (L2119) whilst escorting Blenheims to St Omer.
Ford, D. J.
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Ford, D. J.

Pilot Officer D.J.Ford of No.253 Squadron was on patrol in Hurricane (N2614) on May 23rd 1940 when he was shot down in combat with Me109s.
Forde, D. N.
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Forde, D. N.

Flight Officer D.N.Forde of No 145 Squadron was shot down over Dunkirk on May 27th 1940 in his Hurricane I (N2710). He was unhurt. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 26th of February 1943.
Forrester, G. M.
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   Died : 9 / 9 / 1940
Forrester, G. M.

Pilot Officer G.M.Forrester of No 605 Squadron was in his Hurricane I (L2059) when it was caught up in crossfire and he collided with a Heinkel He 111 of KG 53 near Farnborough on September 9th 1940. The Hurricane came down at Alton. Pilot Officer Forrester was buried at Odiham.
Forster, A. D.
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Forster, A. D.

Flight Officer Anthony D.Forster flew in France with No 607 Squadron and No 151 Squadron and scored four and two victories with them respectively. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 30th of July 1940. Forster was posted back to No 607 Squadron on the 12th of August 1940.
Forward, R. V.
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Forward, R. V.

Sergeant Ronald V.Forward of No 257 Squadron was injured when his Hurricane was badly damaged near Dover. He managed to land at Hawkinge on the 28th of July 1940 but the aircraft was a write off.
Foster, Bob
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Foster, Bob

605 Sqn Battle of Britain, flying Hurricanes throughout the Battle of Britain with much success. 54(F) Sqn Spitfire 1942-1944 in Australia. Flew some missions in aircraft R4118, which saw a total of 49 combat missions, shooting down several enemy aircarft. It was in this aircraft that Bob Foster damaged two Ju88s and shared in the destruction of a third. He finished the war with 7 confirmed victories and 3 probables.
Fotheringham, A. C.
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Fotheringham, A. C.

Sergeant A.C.Fotheringham of No.615 Squadron was made a prisoner of war on February 15th 1940. His Hurricane was forced to land at Koksijde in Belgium after combat.
Fox, Peter
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   Died : 10 / 6 / 2005
Fox, Peter

Peter Hutton Fox was born in Bridlington on 23rd January 1921 and educated at Warwick Public School. He joined the RAFVR in June 1939 and began training at 26 E&RFTS, Kidlington. Called up on 1st September he was posted to 13 EFTS Fairoaks on 28th March 1940 and then moved to 10 EFTS, Yatesbury on 28th May. Advanced training was carried out by Fox at 8 FTS, Montrose after which he went to 5 OTU, Aston Down to convert to Hurricanes and then joined 56 Squadron at Boscombe Down on 17th September 1940. Fox was shot down in combat with Do17s and Me110s over the Portland area on 30th September. Peter Fox was wounded in the leg and was forced to bale out over the Portland area. His Hurricane, N2434, crashed at Okeford Fitzpaine. On 16th November Fox and Pilot Officer MR Ingle-Finch were flying to Kidlington in a Magister, when they crashed near Tidworth. Both were injured and admitted to Tidworth Hospital. On 28th June 1941 Fox joined 234 Squadron at Warmwell. He was shot down over France on 20th October 1941 and captured. Freed on 16th April 1945, Fox left the RAF in 1946 as a Warrant Officer. He sadly passed away on 10th June 2005.
Francis, C. D.
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   Died : 30 / 8 / 1940
Francis, C. D.

Pilot Officer C.D.Francis of No 253 Squadron killed on the 30th of August 1940 following combat in his Hurricane I (L1965), it was shot down.
Frantisek, J.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Frantisek, J.

Sergeant Joseph Frantisek a Czech, joined the Armee de l'Air, and later received the Croix de Guerre for an air-to-air victory. When France fell he then went to England and joined the RAF, Frantisek was a founding member of No 303 (Polish) Squadron. In the space of a month, he shot down 17 aircraft and was awarded the D.F.M. Sgt J.Frantisek was killed when his Hurricane I (R4175) crashed on the 8th of October 1940, the cause was unknown.
Fraser, R. H. B.
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   Died : 22 / 10 / 1940
Fraser, R. H. B.

Sergeant R.H.B.Fraser of No 257 Squadron was killed when his Hurricane I (V6851)was shot down on October 22nd 1940 near Folkstone.
Fredman, L.
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   Died : 12 / 5 / 1940
Fredman, L.

Flight Officer L. Fredman of No. 615 Squadron was shot down and killed in his Hurricane (P2564) whilst on patrol on May 12th 1940 near Liege.
Frizell, C. G.
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Frizell, C. G.

Pilot Officer Charles G.Frizell was a Canadian who flew with No 257 Squadron. On August 15th 1940 he baled out of his burning Hurricane I (L1703) and the aircraft crashed near Edgware. He was left unhurt.
Frizell, Charles G
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Frizell, Charles G

Squadron Leader Charles George Frizell flew with RAF Squadron No. 257. His Hurricane fighter was shot down on Aug. 15, 1940, but Frizell bailed out of the burning aircraft and landed safely. Subsequently he fought in Africa and flew long-range shipping patrols from Gibraltar. He lives today in Tsawwassen, Canada.
Frost, J W
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   Died : 7 / 8 / 2010
Frost, J W

Jack Frost commenced flying training in July 1941, completing his training in the USA. After a short period as a flying instructor he returned to the UK for operational training on Hurricanes. In February 1944 Jack Frost joined No 175 Squadron which was converting to the rocket-firing role. In April the squadron moved to the New Forest and started operations over northern France. Leading up to D-Day, Jack Frost flew 12 sorties, attacking vital radar stations that had to be put out of action before the invasion. On June 6 he flew an armed-reconnaissance sortie to attack enemy transports taking reinforcements to the beachhead. 175 Squadron equipped with Typhoons in January 1944. On August 7th 1944 a major German counter-attack, spearheaded by five Panzer divisions, was identified moving against just two US infantry divisions. The Panzers were threatening to cut off the US Third Army near the town of Mortain. More than 300 sorties were flown by the squadrons on the "Day of the Typhoon". Frost claimed a Tiger tank and a troop carrier, as well as two unidentified targets as "flamers". Frosts Typhoon was hit by 20mm flak but he managed to return to his airstrip. The intense effort of the Typhoon squadrons defeated the German counter-attack, which the Chief of Staff of the Seventh German Army reported had come to a standstill due to "employment of fighter-bombers by the enemy and the absence of our own air support". Frost and his fellow Typhoon pilots were made available immediately to be called down over the radio by ground controllers as the Allied armies encircled the German Forces at Falaise and the break out from Normandy that followed. Jack Frost carried out many attacks against gun positions, tank and transport concentrations, all in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. The Typhoon squadrons suffered heavy casualties. He completed an operational tour of 100 sorties in December 1944 and after the war went on to a distinguished career with the peacetime RAF. Flying Typhoons and the Tempest, based in Schleswig-Holstein then moving to Kastrup in Denmark. Jack frost would later command No 26 Squadron at Gutersloh in Germany. In 1948 he was appointed RAF Liaison Officer to HQ BETFOR, responsible for air advice and control of air support for the British Army Brigade, based in Trieste. During this sensitive period, Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia was causing some difficulties and Frost led a four-aircraft dummy attack on his headquarters as a reminder of the RAFs continued, and potent, presence in the area. In May 1949 he returned to Britain to command No 222 (Natal) Squadron, equipped with Meteor day fighters, as air defences were rebuilt with the emergence of the Soviet threat. Frost served in Malaya at the Air Headquarters during the communist insurrection, when he was involved with planning the development of airfields and air defence radar. After service in Hong Kong he returned to flying duties when he took command of No 151 Squadron, flying the delta-wing Javelin night fighter from Leuchars in Scotland. After a series of senior appointments in the MOD, Jack Frost was posted in August 1970 to the Joint Warfare Establishment. After a four-year appointment as Deputy and Chief of Staff to the UK Military Representative to Nato Headquarters in Brussels, he retired from the RAF in October 1976. Sadly Jack Frost passed away on August 7th 2010.
Gabszewicz, A. K.
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Gabszewicz, A. K.

Flight Officer A.Gabszewicz from Poland was with No 607 Squadron flying Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. He was credited with 8 confirmed kills plus 3 shared and later became a group captain.
Gane, S. R.
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   Died : 20 / 10 / 1940
Gane, S. R.

Pilot Officer S.R.Gane was flying Blenheim's with No 248 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. On October 20th 1940 he was on a recce sortie off the Norwegian coast flying in Blenheim IVf (L9453) when he was shot down. Gane and other crew members M.D.Green & N.J.Stocks were killed.
Gaunce, L. M.
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   Died : 19 / 11 / 1941
Gaunce, L. M.

Missing November 19th 1941
Gayner, J. R. H.
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Gayner, J. R. H.

Flight Officer J.R.H.Gayner of No 615 Squadron was wounded when he crash landed his Hurricane I (P2878) near Portsmouth following combat on the 26th of August 1940.
Gibbs, Edward Philip Patrick
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Gibson, John
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   Died : 1 / 7 / 2000
Gibson, John

Flight Lieutenant J.A.A.Gibson from No 501 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane (P3582) safely following combat near Hawkinge on August 15th 1940. Gibson was awarded the DFC and the DSO. He passed away on the 1st July 2000.
Gifford, P.
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1940
Gifford, P.

Squadron Leader P.Gifford of No.3 Squadron force-landed his Hurricane (L1610) on May 15th near Wevelghem. Gifford was killed on May 16th 1940 when flying in Hurricane (P2825), he was shot down in combat with Me110s. He was aged 30.
Gillan, J.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Gillan, J.

Flight Officer J.Gillan of No.601 Squadron was killed on August 11th 1940 when his Hurricane (P3783) was shot down by Me109s near Portland.
Gillman, K. R.
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   Died : 25 / 8 / 1940
Gillman, K. R.

Pilot Officer K.R.Gillman joined No 32 Squadron on May 10th 1940, but did not first fly until June 7th. Gillman was shot down and killed on August 25th 1940 near Dover in a Hurricane I (P2755), he was 19.
Gilpin, Peter
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Gilpin, Peter

Peter originally joined 253 Sqn flying Hurricanes, converting to Spitfire Mark 5s he took part in the invasions of North Africa and Sicily, providing fighter cover. Later based in Italy he was on a low level fighter sweep over Yugoslavia on the 2nd June 1944 when he was hit by ground fire and had to bale out. Captured by the Germans he was initially a PoW in Yugoslavia, before being transferred to Stalag Luft 7a, Moosberg, Germany.
Girdwood, A. G.
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   Died : 29 / 10 / 1940
Girdwood, A. G.

Sergeant A.G.Girdwood of No 257 Squadron was on patrol in his Hurricane I (P3708) on the 18th of August 1940. He baled safely out after combat over the Thames Estuary. Girdwood was killed on October 29th 1940 whilst attempting to take off in his Hurricane I (V6852) from North Weald as the airfield was under enemy attack.
Gleave, T. P.
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Gleave, T. P.


Gleave, Tom
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Gleave, Tom

Squadron Leader Tom P.Gleave flew Hurricane's with No 253 Squadron and August 30th 1940 shot down four Bf 109's in a few seconds. He shared command with Squadron Leader H.M.Starr until the 31st of August 1940.
Gledhill, G.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Gledhill, G.

Sergeant G.Gledhill of No 238 Squadron was in his Hurricane I (P2978) when he was shot down East of Weymouth and killed on August 11th 1940. He is buried at Criquebeuf en Caux, France.
Glowacki, A.
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Glowacki, A.

Sergeant Antoni Glowacki from Poland flew Hurricane's with No 501 Squadron. He was injured on the 31st of August 1940. His Hurricane's No P3208 'SDT' was shot down near Gravesend and he baled out. His last rank whilst in the R.A.F. was Squadron Leader.
Glowacki, W. J.
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   Died : 24 / 9 / 1940
Glowacki, W. J.

Pilot Officer W.J.Glowacki from Poland flew with No 605 Squadron. He was shot down on the 24th of September 1940 at whilst chasing a Dornier Do 17 towards France, he force landed his Hurricane I (P3832) in France. He was treated for his injuries and given an anti-tetanus injection. He died after an allergic reaction to the injection (although it was suggested he was shot by the Germans). Pilots of LG 2 buried him in Guines, Community Cemetery.
Glyde, R. L.
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   Died : 13 / 8 / 1940
Glyde, R. L.

Flight Officer R.L.Glyde an Australian who flew with No 87 Squadron was shot down in Belgium in November 1939 but later escaped. He was shot down and killed on August 13th 1940 in his Hurricane I (P3387) near Selsey Bill.
Gmur, F.
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   Died : 30 / 8 / 1940
Gmur, F.

Sergeant F.Gmur from Poland flew with No 151 Squadron. He was killed when he was shot down over the Thames Estuary on the 30th of August 1940. His Hurricane I (R4213) crashed at Epping Green, Essex.
Golley, John
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Golley, John

John Golley flew Hurricanes, Spitfires and Typhoons during World War II, commencing his combat flying with fighter sweeps and ground attacks over Northern Europe. During the run up to D-Day his No. 245 Squadron Typhoons were equipped with rockets, specializing in tank-busting in the Normandy Campaign. He has written several best-selling military books including The Day of the Typhoon.
Gooderham, A. T.
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   Died : 2 / 11 / 1941
Gooderham, A. T.

Sergeant A.T.Gooderham flew with No 46 Squadron he was wounded on October 15th 1940 when his Hurricane I (V6789) was shot down over the Thames Estuary. Gooderham was killed on November 2nd 1941. His Hurricane (Z3841) was shot down.
Goodman, G.
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Goodman, G.

Sergeant Geoff Goodman flew with No 85 Squadron flying Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. On the morning of September 1st 1940 he shot down an enemy with only 4 of his 8 guns working. The air lines to the other 4 guns were blocked with matchsticks.
Goodman, G. E.
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   Died : 14 / 6 / 1941
Goodman, G. E.

Pilot Officer G.E.Goodman from Palestine of No 1 Squadron damaged his Hurricane I on the 18th of August 1940 in combat. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P2686) on the 6th of September 1940 following combat south of Penshurst, Kent. He was uninjured.
Gore, W. E.
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   Died : 28 / 9 / 1940
Gore, W. E.

Flight Lieutenant W.E.Gore was flew Hurricane's in France with No 607 Squadron, Gore joined No 54 Squadron on the 6th of August but stayed with them for only a month before returning to No 607 Squadron. He was shot down over Selsey and crashed his Hurricane I (P3108) into the Channel. He was recorded as missing on the 28th of September 1940, aged 25.
Gorzula, M.
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Gorzula, M.

Pilot Officer Michael Gorzula from Poland flew Hurricane's with No 607 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. Mieczylslaw (Michael or Mick) was one of approximately 140 Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain. About half of which were killed during WWII. In 1948 he went to Pakistan with a small group of Polish pilots who helped train the air force of that newly independent nation.
Goth, V.
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   Died : 25 / 10 / 1940
Goth, V.

Pilot Officer V.Goth of No 501 Squadron was killed on October 25th 1940 when his Hurricane I (P2903) was involed in a collision with Pilot Officer K.W.Mackenzie's Hurricane (V6806) during combat over Tenterden, Kent.
Gough, T. A. H.
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   Died : 1 / 6 / 1940
Gough, T. A. H.

Sergeant T.A.H.Gough of No.43 Squadron was killed on June 1st 1940 when he was shot down by German fighters in his Hurricane (L1758).
Gould, A J Nat
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Gould, A J Nat

Joined the RAAF in April 1940 and trained in Australia. Nat sailed to the UK in December 1940 and attended 56 OTU at Sutton Bridge. In April 1941 he joined 17 Sqn RAF and in September joined 134 Sqn equipped with Hurricanes and sailed aboard HMS Argus for Murmansk, USSR. After some ops, Nat returned to the UK in December and converted to Spitfires. He then sailed for Australia in March 1942 and joined 75 Sqn RAAF equipped with Kittyhawks. He flew to New Guinea in July and participated in the Battle of Milne Bay and on 28th August twice flew S A29-133 on ops and remained with 75 Sqn until December. After instructing at 2 OTU, Nat was posted in October 1943 to 457 Sqn equipped with Spitfires at Darwin. After 12 months of operations he returned to 2 OTU. In June 1945, Gould transferred to RANVR for service with the RN. Nat Gould commanded 816 Firefly and 806 Sea Fury Sqns during Korea.
Gowers, A. V.
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   Died : 24 / 10 / 1943
Gowers, A. V.

Flight Officer A.V.'Gus' Gowers of No 85 Squadron was wounded on September 1st 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (V7343) after combat with a Bf 109 over Oxted, Kent. He was badly burnt and was looked after at Caterham Mental Hospital.
Graafstra, J. W.
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   Died : 23 / 5 / 1940
Graafstra, J. W.

Flight Officer J.W.Graafstra of No.242 Squadron was flying escort in Hurricane (P2809) on May 23rd 1940 when he was shot down by Me109s and killed. He was 27 and buried at Wancourt.
Gracie, E. J.
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   Died : 15 / 2 / 1944
Gracie, E. J.

Flight Lieutenant Edward J.Gracie flew with No 56 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. On July 10th 1940 his Hurricane was damaged in combatand he crash landed near Manston. On the 30th of August 1940 he was shot down, crash-landing his Hurricane. He thought himself unhurt but next day discovered he had a broken neck, requiring hospital admission. Gracie was awarded the D.F.C. in October 1940. E.J.Gracie later flew Mosquito's on night escort for R.A.F. heavy bombers. E.J.Gracie was killed on the 15th of February 1944, he was aged 32.
Graham, L. W.
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Graham, L. W.

Pilot Officer L.W. Graham a South African joined No 56 Squadron on July 29th 1940. L.W.Graham was shot down in flames on August 16th 1940, Graham baled out of his Hurricane I (V7368) slightly injured. He was then posted away three days later.
Grandy, J.
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Grandy, J.

Squadron Leader John Grandy took over command of No 249 Hurricane Squadron from the 21st of August 1940. On September 6th 1940 he was wounded after he baled out of his Hurricane I (R4229) following combat over Maidstone.
Grassick, Robert Davidson
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 1978
Grassick, Robert Davidson

Pilot Officer Robert Davidson Grassick Robert "Bob" Grassick was born in London, Ontario, Canada in May 1917. He received a commission in the RAF as Acting P/O on probation on 14th January 1939 and served with 242 Squadron from its formation in November 1939 until September 1941 though served with 607 Squadron and 615 Squadron on attachment in May 1940. On 16th January 1940 this 242 Squadron Hurricane was being ferried from Ternhill to Church Fenton and to be then used by 242 Squadron who were re-equipping with Hurricanes at the time. Bad weather effected flying as they approached Yorkshire and the pilot of this aircraft made a good forced landing near Wakefield, probably wheels down, and the aircraft was not damaged. When the weather improved the aircraft was flown out and landed at Church Fenton. He scored his first of many enemy aircraft as shot down on 15th May 1940. He was injured in a motorcycle accident in August 1940 and did not see active service for some months while he recovered. He awarded the DFC for service with 242 Squadron, Gazetted on 15th July 1941, the citation reads.. "This officer has been a member of the squadron since its formation. He has displayed an indomitable spirit and has proved himself to be a first-class section leader. Flight Lieutenant Grassick has destroyed at least six enemy aircraft." He later served in the Middle East, serving with 260 Squadron before becoming a test pilot. He served with 216 Squadron in 1945 and transferred to the RCAF in May 1945 but left the service in 1946. He died in 1978. . He was awarded the D.F.C. on July 15th 1941.
Gray, C. K.
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Gray, C. K.

Pilot Officer Clifford K.Gray joined No 43 Squadron on the 2nd of August 1940. Gray was shot down on the 26th of August 1940 at 16:45hrs over Portsmouth . He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3202) with a wound to the arm. Later in the war he flew from Malta. Gray was warded the D.F.C. on the 17th of August 1945.
Gray, K. W.
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   Died : 9 / 6 / 1944
Gray, K. W.

Killed June 9th 1944**
Gray, W. N.
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   Died : 31 / 5 / 1940
Gray, W. N.

Flight Officer W.N.Gray of No.213 Squadron was killed on May 31st 1940, his Hurricane was shot down in combat and his body was washed ashore. He was buried at Den Haag on August 17th 1940.
Green, Bill
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   Died : 7 / 11 / 2014
Green, Bill

In December 1936, Bill Green joined the Auxiliary Air Force as an aero engine fitter with 501 Squadron at Filton, near Bristol. Shortly before the start of the Second World War, he was given a rare chance for an engine fitter. In 1938 he joined a scheme to recruit NCO pilots, qualifying as a Flight Sergeant and re-joined 501 at Bristol in July 1940. Sgt Bill Green had completed just 10 hours of dual flying – with an instructor. In October, he was sent for further flying instruction and on October 30th he had his first solo flight in a Magister aircraft. After more training – and getting married on June 3rd – he flew a Hurricane for the first time on August 8th 1940, when the Battle of Britain had been raging for a month. He flew from Kenley throughout the Battle of Britain until November, surviving being shot down twice, before being posted to 504 Squadron. After a spell instructing on Spitfires and Tomahawks, he converted to Typhoons, and from November 1944 served with 56 Squadron on Tempests. He flew more than 50 missions in Tempest fighter aircraft with 56 Squadron. He was shot down over Germany on February 22nd 1945 and spent the last three months of the war as a prisoner of war. After the war, Green enjoyed a hugely successful business career, ending up as the managing director and chairman of Crown Paints, before retiring on his 60th birthday. Flight Lieutenant Bill Green, who has died aged 97, was twice shot down flying a Hurricane during the Battle of Britain; five years later he was taken prisoner after again being shot down, this time over Germany. Green had less than 200 hours' flying time, and just seven hours in the Hurricane, when he joined No 501 Squadron and was pitched into the fighting at the height of the Battle of Britain in August 1940. On August 24, flying from Hawkinge in Kent, his squadron was scrambled to intercept a raid against the nearby airfield at Manston. Green closed in to attack an enemy dive-bomber when his aircraft was hit by the airfield's anti-aircraft fire. His Hurricane was badly damaged and the engine stopped – but he managed to glide to Hawkinge, where he discovered half the undercarriage had been shot away. He crash-landed and scrambled from the wrecked aircraft. Five days later his squadron was orbiting over Deal at 20,000ft when a large force of Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters attacked the formation. The windscreen of Green's aircraft was shattered and the engine damaged. With no control, he was forced to bail out. His parachute failed to stream correctly and the main canopy became entangled around his legs. He fought to release it and fell thousands of feet before it finally opened fully. Within seconds he hit the ground. He had been wounded in the leg and his days in the Battle were over. The son of a regular soldier, William James Green was born in Bristol on April 23 1917 and attended St Gabriel School. He left at 14 to work in a cardboard box factory specialising in packages for shoes and small goods, there he met the girl who would become his wife. Green was an enterprising boy and he designed a new, larger box. Receiving no encouragement from his manager, he took it to Mardon, Son & Hall, where he was offered a job. The company encouraged workmen to join auxiliary military units, and Green joined No 501 Squadron of the Auxiliary Air Force, stationed at nearby Filton. He trained as an aero-engine fitter and two years later volunteered to be a pilot. He was mobilised at the beginning of the war and completed his training before returning to No 501. After recovering from his wounds, he was posted to No 504 Squadron, based at Filton. One night he was cycling home when German bombers attacked Bristol in force and the city suffered heavy damage. Over the next few days Green flew standing patrols over the city and on a number of occasions chased enemy bombers away. He spent three years as a flying instructor before, in late 1944, joining No 56 Squadron, flying the RAF's most powerful piston-engine fighter, the Tempest. The squadron was based at Volkel in the Netherlands and he flew low-level strafing attacks against trains, motor transport and supply columns. On February 22 1945 he came under fire from two friendly fighters but evaded them, only to be shot down near Osnabruck by intense anti-aircraft fire.
I should have zigged when I zagged he said later. Green bailed out and was captured. His prison camp near Nuremberg was soon evacuated and the PoWs marched south to Stalag 7A, a large camp at Moosburg near Munich. On April 29 the US Seventh Army liberated that camp, and within two weeks Green was back in England. He was released from the RAF in December and received the Air Efficiency Award. Green returned to the cardboard box industry, then, in 1960, joined Reed International, rising to be chairman. Green admired the work of the Salvation Army and achieved great contentment in religious activities. In June 2012, aged 95, he flew in a two-seat Spitfire from Goodwood airfield. Bill Green married, in 1940, Bertha Biggs; she died in 2008, and he is survived by their son and daughter. Flight Lieutenant Bill Green, born April 23 1917, died on November 7 2014.
Green, W. J.
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Green, W. J.

In December 1936, Flt. Lt. Green had joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force as an engine fitter and later trained as a Hurricane pilot and joined No.501 Sqn on 19th August 1940. Flight Lieutenant Green had flown a total of only 5 hours on Hurricanes and had only flown one for the first time the day before going into action on 20th August 1940. Flt Lt Green flew Hurricanes for only 9 days during the Battle of Britain, between the 20th and 29th August, 1940. During this period in the Battle of Britain green was shot down twice: the first time on 24th August 1940, crash landing his Hurricane at Hawkinge and on the 29th August over Deal in Kent. Green baled out of his Mk.I Hurricane carrying code R4223 off Folkestone. Flt Lt Green never saw the aircraft that shot him down. The first thing Flight Lieutenant Green knew of being shot down on 29th August was a large hole appearing in his armoured windscreen and . He managed to exit his aircraft but his parachute initially failed to open as his drogue parachute lines had been cut about nine inches above where they joined the main parachute. His boots were ripped off his feet during the ensuing high-speed fall. The parachute eventually opened without the drogue and he landed in a farm in Elham Valley near Folkstone. Green could not stand due to his injuries and this would be the end of his participation in the Battle of Britian.
Greenwood, J. P. B.
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Grice, D. H.
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Grice, D. H.

Pilot Officer D.H.Grice of No.32 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P3353) on June 8th 1940. He crash-landed near Rouen and escaped unhurt.
Grier, T.
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   Died : 5 / 12 / 1941
Grier, T.

Squadron Leader T.Grier of No.32 Squadron was killed on December 5th 1941. His Hurricane (Z3237) was shot down off Le Havre whilst attacking ships. He was 23.
Griffin, J. J.
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   Died : 7 / 4 / 1942
Griffin, J. J.

Sergeant J.J.Griffin was killed on April 7th 1942.
Griffiths, G.
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Griffiths, G.


Grove, H. C.
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   Died : 8 / 11 / 1940
Grove, H. C.

Sergeant H.C.Grove of No.501 Squadron was killed on November 8th 1940. His Hurricane (V6805) was involved in combat with Me109s before pilot Grove baled out and was killed when his parachute failed. He was 29.
Guerin, C. P.
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   Died : 3 / 5 / 1941
Guerin, C. P.

Adj C.P.Guerin of No.615 Squadron was killed on May 3rd 1941. His Hurricane (V7163) crashed into the sea near ships and after attempting to ditch the aircraft, Guerin went down with the aircraft and died.
Guest, T. F.
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Guest, T. F.

Pilot Officer T.F.Guest of No.56 Squadron was taken prisoner on April 26th 1941. His Hurricane (Z2763) was shot down over the French coast.
Gunning, P. S.
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   Died : 15 / 10 / 1940
Gunning, P. S.

Pilot Officer P.S.Gunning flew Hurricanes with No.46 Squadron. On 12th September 1940 he flew a patrol over Rochford in Hurricane Mk.I V6582. He was killed on October 15th 1940. His Hurricane (N2480) was shot down by a Me109 whilst on patrol over Thames Estuary. He was 29.
Gunter, E. M.
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Gunter, E. M.

Pilot Officer E.M.Gunter of No.501 Squadron was killed on September 27th 1940. His Hurricane (V6645) was shot down and Gunter baled out, his parachute however failed to deploy and he was killed.
Gurteen, J. V.
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   Died : 15 / 9 / 1940
Gurteen, J. V.

Pilot Officer J.V.Gurteen of No.504 Squadron was killed on September 15th 1940. His Hurricane (N2481) was shot down over London. He was 24.
Guy, L. N.
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   Died : 18 / 8 / 1940
Guy, L. N.

Sergeant L.N.Guy of No.601 Squadron was killed on August 18th 1940. Guy was shot down in his Hurricane (R4191) by a Me109 near Sussex. He was 25.
Haire, J. K.
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   Died : 6 / 11 / 1940
Haire, J. K.

Sergeant J.K.Haire of No 145 Squadron on the 27th of October 1940 in his Hurricane I (V6888) ditched on the sands of Bembridge and escaped injury after a dogfight. J.K.Haire was later promoted to Pilot Officer. He was killed on November 6th after he baled out of his Hurricane I (V6627) too low following combat over the Isle of Wight.
Hairs, Peter
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 2014
Hairs, Peter

Peter Hairs joined the RAFVR in 1937, and was called up at the outbreak of war in September 1939 to complete his training. After being commissioned he converted to Hurricanes, joining 501 Squadron at Tangmere in January 1940. He went to France with the squadron in May, claiming a share in a Dornier Do17 a few days after arriving. 501 covered the evacuation of the BEF from Cherbourg before re-assembling in England. On the 3 June he was shot down, but fortunately not seriously hurt and two days later he rejoined the squadron at Le Mans. On September 5th he downed an Me109, Peter Hairs was posted to 15 FTS, Kidlington on October 13th 1940 as an instructor. He went to 2 CFS, Cranwell for an instructors course on February 23rd of 1941. after which he taught at 11 FTS, Shawbury and 10 EFTS, Weston-Super-Mare before being posted to Canada in June as a EFTS flying instructor and then assistant CFI (EFTS). In December 1943 he was posted to join 276 Squadron to 19 OTU. He concluded the war in India, receiving a mention in dispatches.
Halahan, P. J. H.
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Halahan, P. J. H.

Squadron Leader P.J.H. Halahan of No. 1 Squadron crash-landed his Hurricane (L1671) in Belgium on May 12th 1940 following combat.
Hall, N. M.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Hall, N. M.

Flight Lieutenant N.M.Hall of No 257 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (P2981) and killed over the Channel on the 8th of August 1940.
Hallett, Tony Titch
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Hallett, Tony Titch

F/O Tony (Titch) Hallett DFC a member of 198 Rocket Firing Typhoon Squadron operated from bases in Southern England (Manston to Hurn). Operating from Thorney Island on D-Day and then from several landing strips on The Beachhead, France and Belgium between January and November 1944. After Fighter Pilot training in the USA in 1941/42 he returned to the UK for conversion to Hurricanes and was then posted to an Army Co-operation Unit in Northern Ireland where he gained valuable experience flying various types of aircraft, i.e. Defiant, Lysander, Hurricane, Martinet and Twin Engine Oxford. His operational flying from Southern England consisted mainly of attacking the many strongly defended Radar Stations from Ostend to Cherbourg and on two occasions changed from rockets to bombs for attacks on Noball Targets (flying bomb sites). Operations from the landing strips consisted, with close Army Support, taking out Gun Positions, attacking Tanks and destroying anything that moved in enemy territory all against very heavy enemy Flak. He completed in excess of 100 sorties and since 1984 has revisited Normandy on many occasions. He attended the official funerals of two 198 Squadron Pilots whose aircraft wreckage had been discovered as many as 41 and 49 years after the events.
Hallifax, N. D.
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Hallifax, N. D.

Pilot Officer N.D.Hallifax of No.3 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2422) on May 15th 1940 when it was shot down in combat with Me110s near Zeebrugge. Hallifax was captured and made a prisoner of war.
Hallowes, H
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   Died : 20 / 10 / 1987
Hallowes, H

Pilot Officer Herbert James Lamprier Hallowes joined the R.A.F. as an apprentice. He qualified for his wings and joined No 43 Squadron in early 1940. On the 7th of June he was about to bale out of his burning Hurricane (N2585) when a Bf 109 overtook him. He sat back in his cockpit, and shot the Bf 109 down, then baled out, dislocating his ankle on landing. Hallowes went on to command No 222 Squadron, No 165 Squadron and No 154 Squadron. Hallowes was awarded the D.F.M. and Bar on the 6th of September 1940.
Halton, D. W.
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   Died : 15 / 8 / 1940
Halton, D. W.

Sergeant D.W.Halton from No 615 Squadron was shot down and killed in his Hurricane I (P2801) by a Bf 109 on the 15th of August 1940.
Halton-Harrop, M L
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   Died : 6 / 9 / 1939
Halton-Harrop, M L

Aircraft shot down by mistake by No.74 Squadron and Pilot Officer M L Halton-Harrop of No.56 Sqn was killed
Hamblett, S.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Hamblett, S.

Sergeant S.Hamblett of No.504 Squadron was killed when he was shot down in Hurricane (N2492) on May 14th, it was shot down by Me110 near Ath in Belgium.
Hamilton, H. R.
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   Died : 29 / 8 / 1940
Hamilton, H. R.

Flight Lieutenant H.R.Hamilton of No.85 Squadron was killed on August 29th 1940. His Hurricane (V6623) was shot down by a Me109 near Rye.
Hancock, N. P. W.
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Hancock, N. P. W.

Pilot Officer Norman Patrick Watkins 'Pat' Hancock joined the RAF on a short service commission on the 6th of February 1939. He joined No 266 Squadron at Sutton Bridge on the 7th of November 1939. He was sent to Berry-au-Bac in France where he joined No 1 Squadron. On the 16th of August 1940, flying from Northolt, he was in combat over the South Downs. His Hurricane suffered damage but returned to base.
Hanks, P. P.
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Hanks, P. P.

Flight Lieutenant P.P.Hanks of No.1 Squadron crashed his Hurricane (N2380) on May 14th 1940 at St Remy le Petit following combat over Sedan with a Me109.
Hanson, D. H. W.
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   Died : 3 / 9 / 1940
Hanson, D. H. W.

Flight Officer D.H.W.Hanson of No.17 Squadron was killed on September 3rd 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane (R4174) too low following an attack on a Do17 near Foulness. He was buried at Mappleton in Yorks, he was 22.
Hanzlicek, O.
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   Died : 10 / 10 / 1940
Hanzlicek, O.

Sergeant O.Hanzlicek a Czech of No 312 (Czech) Squadron was killed on the 10th of October 1940 when his Hurricane I (L1547) caught fire in the air and he baled out but died. His Hurricane I crashed into the River Mersey off Ellsmere Port.
Hardacre, J. R.
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   Died : 30 / 9 / 1940
Hardacre, J. R.

Flight Officer John R.Hardacre of No 504 Squadron was killed on September 30th 1940. His Hurricane I (P3414) was shot down in combat off Weymouth, Dorset.
Harper, W. J.
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Harper, W. J.


Harris, P. A.
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   Died : 17 / 6 / 1941
Harris, P. A.

Pilot Officer P.A.Harris of No.56 Squadron was killed on June 17th 1941. His Hurricane (Z2644) was shot down and he was killed in the incident. He was 20.
Harrison, D. S.
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   Died : 28 / 9 / 1940
Harrison, D. S.

Pilot Officer D.S.Harrison of No.238 Squadron was killed on September 28th 1940. His Hurricane (P3836) was shot down by a Me109 near the Solent. His body was washed ashore on October 9th. He was buried at Tangmere, aged 29.
Harrison, J. C.
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   Died : 29 / 5 / 1940
Harrison, J. C.

Sergeant J.C.Harrison of No.229 Squadron was killed on May 29th 1940, when he was shot down in his Hurricane (P2876) by a Me109.
Harrison, J. H.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1940
Harrison, J. H.

Pilot Officer J.H.Harrison of No.145 Squadron was killed on August 12th 1940. His Hurricane (R4180) was shot down south of the Isle of Wight. He was aged 22.
Hart, N.
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   Died : 5 / 11 / 1940
Hart, N.

Pilot Officer N.Hart of No.242 Squadron was killed on 5th November 1940. His Hurricane (P2806) was shot down off Sheerness by a Me109.
Hawkings, R. P.
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   Died : 18 / 8 / 1940
Hawkings, R. P.

Sergeant R.P.Hawkings of No.601 Squadron was killed on August 18th 1940. His Hurricane (L1990) was shot down near Sussex. He was 22.
Haworth, J. F. J.
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   Died : 20 / 7 / 1940
Haworth, J. F. J.

Flight Officer J.F.J.Haworth was killed on July 20th 1940. His Hurricane (P3964) was shot down during combat and Haworth baled out south of the Needles.
Hayter, J. C. F.
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Hayter, J. C. F.


Helcke, D. A.
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   Died : 17 / 9 / 1940
Helcke, D. A.

Sergeant D.A.Helcke of No.504 Squadron was killed on September 17th 1940. His Hurricane (V7529) went down after he lost control over Faversham. He was 24.
Hemingway, J. A.
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Hemingway, J. A.

Pilot Officer J.A.Hemingway crash-landed his Hurricane (L1979) on May 11th near Maastricht, he baled out safely.
Henn, W. B.
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Henn, W. B.


Henneberg, Z. K.
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   Died : 12 / 4 / 1941
Henneberg, Z. K.

Missing April 12th 1941
Henson, B.
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   Died : 17 / 11 / 1940
Henson, B.

Sergeant B.Henson of No.257 Squadron was killed on November 17th 1940. His Hurricane (N2342) was shot down east of Harwich. Hensons body was later recovered and buried at Cambridge.
Herrick, R.
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Herrick, R.

Flight Officer R.Herrick of No.79 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L2140) on May 17th 1940 when it was shot down by a Me109 and he was forced to bale out near Valenciennes. Herrick was captured and made a prisoner of war.
Hess, A.
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Hess, A.


Hewitt, D. A.
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   Died : 12 / 7 / 1940
Hewitt, D. A.

Pilot Officer D.A.Hewitt of No.501 Squadron was killed on July 12th 1940. His Hurricane was on convoy patrol when it was shot down after attacking a Do17 near Portland. He was aged 20.
Higginson, F. W.
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   Died : 12 / 2 / 2003
Higginson, F. W.

Frederick William Higginson was born into a Welsh-speaking family at Gorseinon, near Swansea, where his father was a policeman. He attended Gorseinon Grammar School until beginning his apprenticeship with the RAF. Enlisting in 1929 at the age of 16, Taffy Higginson served as a fitter and air gunner with No.7 Sqn until 1935, when he was accepted for flight training. After qualifying as a pilot, he initially flew with No.19 Sqn before transferring to No.56 Sqn on Hurricanes. By June 1941 he had tallied a score of 12 victories. On June 17th, 1941, he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Dunkirk while escorting bombers returning from an operation over Lille. With considerable height in hand, he was able to bale out safely and guide his parachute to land in a wood near a railway. Having a map, he established that he was about 12 miles northwest of Fauquembergues but he had lost one of his boots in ejecting from his Hurricane. Limping along, he was overtaken by two German soldiers on a motorcycle combination sent out to find him. His capture appeared certain but the abrupt appearance of a low-flying Luftwaffe aircraft distracted the soldier driving the motorcycle, enabling Higginson to wrench over the handlebars, crash the machine into a ditch and make off in the confusion. He hid in the wood until after dark and then made his way to a hut on the edge, where he sought assistance from the owner. Confident of his limited French, he ordered a glass of beer, paid for it with money provided by the French farmer and hitched a lift with a lorry driver who took him to a local garage whose owner had contacts with an escape line for British airmen. After a series of adventures, Higginson crossed into Vichy- controlled France and made contact with the MI9 escape line run by the Belgian doctor Albert-Marie Guérisse, alias “Pat O’Leary”. While attempting to cross into Spain with an Australian escaped prisoner of war, he was stopped and arrested by Vichy French frontier guards and interned in Fort de la Revère near Nice. Thanks to the efforts of Guérisse, he escaped from there and was eventually taken off the French Mediterranean coast by a Polish-manned trawler operating out of Gibraltar under the auspices of the Special Operations Executive. He was landed at Greenock on October 5, 1942, and rejoined No 56 Squadron shortly afterwards. He was awarded the DFC in 1943. After the war he served with Headquarters 11 Group, attended the RAF Staff course at Bracknell and also graduated from the Army Staff College, Camberley. He resigned from the RAF in 1956 to join the Bristol aircraft manufacturers at Filton, where the company was developing the ground-to-air rocket-powered defensive system, Bloodhound. In 1963 he joined the board of Bristol and was appointed OBE for services to industry that year. Sadly Frederick William Higginson passed away on 12th February 2003, aged 89.
Higgs, T. P. K.
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   Died : 10 / 7 / 1940
Higgs, T. P. K.

Flight Officer T.P.K.Higgs of No.111 Squadron was killed on July 10th 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane (P3671) after it collided with a Do17 near Folkestone. Higgs landed in the sea and drowned, he was buried at Noordwijk in Holland after his body was washed ashore on August 15th of 1940.
Hillcoat, H. B. L.
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   Died : 3 / 9 / 1940
Hillcoat, H. B. L.

Flight Lieutenant H.B.L.Hillcoat of No.1 Squadron was killed on September 3rd 1940. His Hurricane (P3044) was lost off Maidstone. He was aged 23.
Hillman, S. A.
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   Died : 28 / 5 / 1940
Hillman, S. A.

Sergeant S.A.Hillman of No.229 Squadron was killed on May 28th 1940, he was shot down in his Hurricane (N2551) whilst on patrol.
Hillwood, P.
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 1966
Hillwood, P.

Sergeant P.Hillwood of No.3 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L1899) on May 17th 1940 when it was shot down in combat with a Do17. Hillwood suffered bad burns in this incident.
Hlavac, J.
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   Died : 10 / 10 / 1940
Hlavac, J.

Sergeant J.Hlavac of No.56 Squadron was killed on October 10th 1940. His Hurricane (P3421) was shot down by a Me109 near Wareham.
Hodges, Jack
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Hodges, Jack

Jack Hodges joined the RAF in late 1940, and after completing his pilot training in Canada he returned to England and was then briefly sent to a Photo Reconnaissance Unit flying Spitfires. He moved to a OTU in Annan, Scotland on Hurricanes before finally moving to a holding unit in Redhill, flying Typhoons. In 1944 he was posted to join 175 Squadron. Shortly after this he moved to 174 Squadron at Westhampnett. He served on operations throughout occupied Europe until the end of the war, being awarded the DFC in 1945 for successfully leading a group of Typhoons against a German Armoured Division.
Hodgson, W. H.
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   Died : 13 / 3 / 1941
Hodgson, W. H.

Killed 13th March 1941
Hogan, H. A. V.
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Hogan, H. A. V.

Squadron Leader Harry Hogan from No 501 Squadron was flying a Hurricane (V6620) on patrol on the 18th of September 1940 when he baled out safely following combat at 12:30hrs over West Malling.
Hogg, R. D.
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   Died : 11 / 11 / 1940
Hogg, R. D.

Sergeant R.D.Hogg from No 17 Squadron was killed on November 11th 1940 in a Hurricane I (P2794) which crashed near Burnham, Kent following combat.
Holden, E.
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Holden, E.

Flight Lieutenant E. Holden crash-landed his Hurricane (L2050) following combat with a Do17 near Reims.
Holman, S. H.
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   Died : 6 / 6 / 1940
Holman, S. H.

Sergeant S.H.Holman of No.17 Squadron was flying escort in his Hurricane (P3360) on June 6th 1940, he was last seen heading for France and is believed to have been lost over Abbeville.
Holmes, R. T.
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Holmes, R. T.

Sergeant R.T.Holmes of No 504 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (P2725) after combat with a Do17 over Chelsea on September 15th 1940. Holmes landed on a roof in Chelsea, he slid down the roof and ended up in a dustbin!
Homer, M. G.
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Homer, M. G.

Flight Officer M.G.Homer of No 242 Squadron was killed after his Hurricane I (P2967) was shot down and crashed near Sittingbourne in Kent on the 27th of September 1940.
Hone, D. H.
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Hone, D. H.

Pilot Officer D.H.Hone of No 615 Squadron was injured when he crash landed near Rochford on August 26th 1940. His Hurricane I (V6564) had been damaged in combat.
Honor, D. S. G.
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Honor, D. S. G.

Flight Officer D.G.S.Honor from No 145 Squadron was forced to land his Hurricane I (V7422) on the near St Leonards, Sussex on October 27th 1940. He had run out of fuel post-combat.
Hope, R.
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   Died : 14 / 10 / 1940
Hope, R.

Flight Officer R.Hope from No 605 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane (P3828) safely on the 28th of September 1940. He had been shot down over Ticehurst, Sussex. He died while he was on patrol in his Hurricane I (P3107) on October 14th 1940. It is uncertain how his death came about, it is thought his aircraft was either hit by anti aircraft fire or hit a balloon cable while chasing a He 111. He crashed near South Norwood.
Hope, Sir A. P.
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Hope, Sir A. P.

Flight Lieutenant Sir A.P.Hope of No 601 Squadron, as "A" Flight commander, he led his flight of Hurricane's in France for the final fortnight of May. Hope was promoted to Acting Squadron Leader on the 19th of August 1940. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 10th of October 1940.
Horsky, V.
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   Died : 26 / 9 / 1940
Horsky, V.

Sergeant V.Horsky of No.238 Squadron was killed on September 26th 1940. His Hurricane was shot down by a Me110 over the Solent whilst on patrol. He was 26.
Houghton, O. V.
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   Died : 6 / 9 / 1940
Houghton, O. V.

Sergeant O.V.Houghton of No.501 Squadron was killed on September 6th 1940. His Hurricane (V6646) was shot down over Ashford. He was buried at Allesley in Coventry, he was 19.
Howell, F. V.
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Howell, F. V.

Sergeant F.V.Howell of No.87 Squadron was shot down in Hurricane (L1632) on May 12th 1940 after combat near Maastricht. Howell was shot down again on May 13th 1940 in Hurricane (L1930).
Howes, Harold
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   Died : 24 / 12 / 1940
Howes, Harold

Sergeant H.N.Howes of No.85 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P2555) on May 20th 1940 when he was shot down by a Me110 and crash-landed near Abbeville.
Hoyle, G. V.
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   Died : 12 / 5 / 1941
Hoyle, G. V.

Sergeant G.V.Hoyle of No.56 Squadron was killed on May 12th 1941. His Hurricane (Z2587) was shot down by a Me109.
Hubácek, J.
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Hubácek, J.


Hubbard, T. E.
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Hubbard, T. E.

Flight Officer T.E.Hubbard of No.601 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P2684) on May 19th 1940 when he force-landed following combat with a He111 near Boyelles.
Hughes, A. J.
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Hughes, A. J.


Hughes, D. P.
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   Died : 11 / 9 / 1940
Hughes, D. P.

Flight Lieutenant D.P.Hughes of No.238 Squadron was killed on September 11th 1940. His Hurricane (V7240) was shot down near Tunbridge Wells.
Hugo, P. H.
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Hugo, P. H.


Hull, C. B.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Hull, C. B.

Squadron Leader C.B.Hull of No.43 Squadron was killed on September 7th 1940. His Hurricane (V6641) was shot down by a Me109 over Surrey. He was 27 and buried at Tangmere.
Hulse, R. G.
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   Died : 8 / 6 / 1940
Hulse, R. G.

Pilot Officer R.G.Hulse of No. 501 Squadron was killed on June 8th 1940 when his Hurricane (P3542) was shot down in combat over Bois Sentilie in Somme. He was aged 24 and buried in Somme.
Humphreys, J. S.
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Humphreys, J. S.


Humphries, L. J.
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Humphries, L. J.

Sergeant L.J.Humphries of No.73 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L1693) on May 15th 1940 when it was involved in combat with Me110s west of Vouzieres and he was forced to bale out. He was wounded.
Hunt, D. W.
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Hunt, D. W.


Hunt, H. N.
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   Died : 13 / 5 / 1941
Hunt, H. N.

Pilot Officer H.N.Hunt of No.504 Squadron was killed on May 13th 1941. His Hurricane (V6730) crashed near Lyme Regis whilst on convoy patrol. He was 22.
Hurry, C. A. L.
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Hurry, C. A. L.


Hutton, R. S.
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   Died : 12 / 12 / 1940
Hutton, R. S.

Killed December 12th 1940
Hyde, G. G.
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Hyde, G. G.


Ince, David
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Ince, David

Flt. Lt. David Ince DFC was born in Glasgow and was educated at Aysgarth School and Cheltenham College. Failing to meet the eyesight standards for aircrew he became a gunner officer in 1940 and managed to pass a wartime RAF medical board at his third attempt. Seconded for Army Cooperation duties, he trained in Canada at 35 EFTS and 37 SFTS before returning to the UK to fly Hurricanes and Mustangs at 41 OTU. Subsequently converting to Typhoons he flew with 193 and 257 Squadrons, from Normandy until the end of hostilities in Europe, completing almost 150 sorties and being awarded an immediate DFC. He took a leading part in trials, demonstrations and the early operational use of Napalm. Almost shot down on one reconnaissance flight, he later devised and proved a camera installation for low level close up target photography, which was an immediate success. In the closing stages of the war he was leading 193 Squadron on shipping strikes in the Baltic. After attending the first post war course at The Empire Test Pilots School he returned to University to complete an engineering degree.
Ingle, Alec
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   Died : 31 / 7 / 1999
Ingle, Alec

Alec Ingle was commissioned in June 1940 and joined 615 Squadron at Drem flying Hurricanes before moving to Croydon during the Battle of Britain. He probably destroyed a Do17 in September; in October he shot down an Me109 and probably two more, and yet another victory in November, at which time he was appointed B Flight Commander. He later commanded 609 Squadron at Manston before leading 124 Wing in 1943 flying Typhoons. He was shot down in September 1943 after his Typhoon blew up in combat with an Fw190. Badly burned, he spent the remainder of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft III. Alec Ingle was awarded the AFC and DFC. Sadly Alec Ingle died on 31st July 1999.
Ingle-Finch, M R
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   Died : 2002
Ingle-Finch, M R

Michael Ingle-Finch commenced his operational RAF career flying Hurricanes during and after the Battle of Britain. He then joined 56 Squadron based at Duxford and was amongst the first squadron pilots to fly a Typhoon when the first operational Typhoons came into service on that significant day, 11th September 1941. In September 1942, by now promoted to Flight Commander, Ingle-Finch achieved another first - 56 Squadrons first air victory in a Typhoon when he shot down a Junkers Ju88 off the east coast. Having been involved with Typhoons since they became operational, Ingle-Finch went on to fly them throughout their operational life. On 31st December 1943, he was promoted to command 175 Squadron during the decisive campaign in Normandy. In that same year he was awarded the DFC. His distinguished wartime service in the RAF culminated in promotion to Wing Commander Flying of 124 Wing. Passed away 2002.
Innes, Robert
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   Died : 6 / 4 / 2005
Innes, Robert

Born on June 15th 1918, Innes joined the RAFVR about August 1938 as an Airman under training Pilot. Called up on September 1st 1939 he completed his training at No 10 FTS Fern Hill from November 5th 1939 to early May 1940. Bob Innes was then posted to 253 (F) Squadron on Hurricanes at Kenley on May 6th 1940. He claimed a Bf110 destroyed on August 30th and on September 15th shot down a Dornier Do17 of 8/KG2. Bob Innes crashed in Hurricane V6736 on September 20th 1940 following an attack by Bf109s over Maidstone. He crashed again during an interception patrol on October 11th at Staplehurst in Kent, whilst flying Hurricane L1666 (force landing). He probably destroyed a Bf109 off the coast of Essex on November 11th 1940. Commissioned in March 1941 - Bob Innes served in Malta and retired from the RAF on August 31st 1961 as a Squadron Leader. Bob sadly passed away on April 6th 2005
Ironside, H. H. A.
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Ironside, H. H. A.

Flight Lieutenant H.H.A.Ironside of No.151 Squadron was wounded on July 9th 1940. His Hurricane (P3309) was shot down whilst on patrol, wounding Ironside's face in the process. He returned to base safely.
Irving, M. M.
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   Died : 28 / 9 / 1940
Irving, M. M.

Flight Lieutenant M.M.Irving of No 607 Squadron was flying Hurricane I (R4189) when he came under fire and was shot down into the sea South East of Selsey. Irving was reported missing on the 28th of September 1940.
Jackson, Ray
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Jackson, Ray

Spending all his flying career with 34 Squadron, Ray was posted out to the Burma Front in 1943. Originally flying Hurricane IIcs, he was forced to bale out over the jungle and won his MC for his successful evasion of the enemy. He later converted to Thunderbolts with the same Squadron.
Jackson, T. C.
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Jackson, T. C.

Pilot Officer T.C.Jackson of No.615 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2338) on May 16th 1940 when he was shot down in combat with a Me109 near Tirlemont and taken prisoner.
Jameson, Patrick
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   Died : 0 / 9 / 1996
Jameson, Patrick

Pat Jameson, a New Zealander born in 1912, joined the RAF in 1937 after flight training, being posted to No.46 Sqn. Flying Hurricanes with the squadron, he was involved in the campaign in Norway, and was notably the last man to leave the carrier HMS Glorious, sunk on 8th June 1940. He subsequently commanded several Wings and Squadrons, including No.266 Sqn. He was awarded the DFC and Bar, and DSO during the war, being awarded the CB later. He died in September 1996.

Citation for the Bar to the DFC, awarded 7th October 1941 :

Acting Wing Commander Patrick Geraint JAMESON, DFC (37813), Reserve of Air Force Officers, No.266 Squadron. This officer has set a high standard in the performance of his duties. He is a fine leader whose unsparing efforts have contributed to the excellent fighting spirit of his fellow pilots. Wing Commander Jameson has destroyed six enemy aircraft, one being shot down at night, and he has damaged two others. His bearing in the face of the enemy has been of the highest order.

Citation for the DSO, awarded 9th March 1943 :

Acting Wing Commander Patrick Geraint JAMESON, DFC (37813). Since December, 1942, this officer has led the wing on 21 sorties in which 13 enemy aircraft have been destroyed. Early in February 1943, over France, the wing was attacked by some 60 enemy fighters. During the combat, Wing Commander Jameson was attacked by 8 of the enemy aircraft but he fought his way clear and eventually led the wing back to base without loss. Some days later, whilst acting as escort to a force of bombers, the wing engaged a large formation of enemy fighters and shot down 7 of them, 2 being destroyed by Wing Commander Jameson. By his inspiring leadership and fine fighting qualities, this officer has won the complete confidence of all with whom he has flown. Wing Commander Jameson has destroyed 9 enemy aircraft, 2 of them at night.

Jankiewicz, J. S.
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   Died : 25 / 5 / 1942
Jankiewicz, J. S.

Flight Officer Jerzy S.Jankiewicz from Poland flew with No 601 Squadron. He was wounded on the 4th of September 1940. His Hurricane I (R4214) was damaged in combat over Worthing. He later joined No 303 Squadron and in July 1941 took over command. He was the first Polish pilot to command a British manned Squadron and was also the first to lead a British manned wing on operations. He was killed on the 25th of May 1942 during 'Rodeo 51' over Gravelines in a Spitfire VB (AD233). His tally of kills was 4 confirmed.
Januszewicz, W.
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   Died : 5 / 10 / 1940
Januszewicz, W.

Flight Officer Wojciech Januszewicz from Poland flew with No 303 Squadron. He was on patrol in his Hurricane I (P3892) on October 5th when he was shot down and killed by a Bf 109 over Stowting, Kent.
Jarrett, R. W. E.
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Jarrett, R. W. E.

Sergeant R.W.E.Jarrett of No.245 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2702) on May 17th 1940 when it lost course and crashed near Dieppe following combat with a Me109.
Jarvis, P. L.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Jarvis, P. L.

Pilot Officer P.L.Jarvis of No.87 Squadron was shot down in Hurricane (L1616) following combat with He111s west of Maastricht on May 14th 1940, he was killed.
Jastrzebski, F.
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   Died : 25 / 10 / 1940
Jastrzebski, F.

Flight Lieutenant F.Jastrzebski from Poland of No 302 Squadron was killed on the 25th of October 1940. He failed to return after a patrol over the Channel in his Hurricane I (V7593).
Jebb, M.
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   Died : 19 / 9 / 1940
Jebb, M.

Flight Officer M.Jebb of No 501 Squadron was wounded in France when he crash landed due to gunfire from the ground on the 20th of May 1940. He was injured when his Hurricane I (N2705) crashed near Dartford on the 15th of September 1940 following combat. M.Jebb later succumbed to his injuries on the 19th of September 1940.
Jefferies, J.
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   Died : 5 / 4 / 1943
Jefferies, J.

Flight Lieutenant Jessard Jefferies flew Hurricane's with No 310 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He was awarded the D.F.C.
Jefferys, G. W.
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   Died : 18 / 9 / 1940
Jefferys, G. W.

Sergeant G.W.Jefferys of No 46 Squadron in a Hurricane I (V7442) was on patrol on September 18th 1940. He baled out while in combat but his parachute failed and he was killed at Chatham, Kent.
Jeffries, C. G. StD.
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Jeffries, C. G. StD.

Pilot Officer C.G.StD.Jeffries of No.3 Squadron was in his Hurricane (L1908) when it was shot down near Sedan in combat on May 14th 1940.
Jeka, Jozef
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   Died : 13 / 4 / 1958
Jeka, Jozef

Sergeant Jözeph Jeka from Poland was with No 238 Squadron during the Battle of Britain flying Hurricane's. In less than a month he had become an Ace with 5 victories, before being shot down himself on 5th November 1940. He baled out and after a short stay in hospital joined No.306 Sqn flying Spitfire. Through the war years he also flew with No.316 Sqn and No.308 Sqn. It was with the latter unit that on 21st May 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak and he was forced to land near Buchy, flying Spitfire Mk.IX ML254. Some references say he was captured, but it appears he evaded capture with the help of the French Resistance and was serving with No.306 Sqn once again by 8th September 1944. Post war he was the first Polish pilot to fly at more than Mach 2. On 13th April 1958, fighting with rebel mercenaries in Indonesia, his A-26 Invader Mk.B 34375 suffered engine difficulties on take off and crashed, killing him and his navigator John Peter Izycki, along with an Indonesian radio operator.
Jenkins, D. N. O.
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   Died : 30 / 8 / 1940
Jenkins, D. N. O.

Pilot Officer D.N.O.Jenkins of No 253 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (P3921) after it was shot down by a German fighter over Redhill on August 30th 1940. He was killed.
Jones,
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Jones,

Taken prisoner on 10th June 1940 when his Hurricane Mk.I N2533 GZ-X of No.32 Sqn was in combat with a Hs126 and force landed near Le Treport.
Jones, D. A. E.
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Jones, D. A. E.

Flight Officer D.A.E.Jones of No.3 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L1609) on May 17th 1940 when it was involved in combat with a Do17 near Merville.
Jones, D. F.
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Jones, D. F.

Pilot Officer D.F.Jones of No.242 Squadron was shot down by a Me109 in his Hurricane (L1746) on May 28th 1940 and killed. He was aged 26 and buried at Oostduinkerke Comm Cemetery in Belgium.
Jones, R. E.
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Jones, R. E.

Pilot Officer R.E.Jones of No 605 Squadron was injured on the 15th of September 1940. He had been scrambled at 11:15hrs to meet a formation of 30 Do 17's and some 70 Bf 109's. His Hurricane I (L2122) was hit and he baled out, his aircraft came to rest at Plaxtol, Kent.
Jones, W. T.
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   Died : 26 / 5 / 1940
Jones, W. T.

Flight Sergeant W.T.Jones of No.17 Squadron was killed whilst flying patrol in Hurricane (N2528), he was shot down in combat with Do17s and Me110s.
Joslin, J. D. C.
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   Died : 7 / 7 / 1940
Joslin, J. D. C.

Squadron Leader J.D.C.Joslin of No.79 Squadron was killed on July 7th 1940. His Hurricane (P2756) was shot down in flames by Spitfires whilst on evening patrol near Dover.
Jottard, A. R. I. G.
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   Died : 27 / 10 / 1940
Jottard, A. R. I. G.

Pilot Officer Alexis Jottard a Belgian he flew with the Belgian Air Force in a Fiat CR23 before the Battle of Britain. He went on to France when Belgium was over-run, then when the French signed the Armistice they headed for North Africa. They were then smuggled to from Casablanca to Gibraltar with some Polish Pilots. They joined No 145 Squadron at Drem, in Scotland on the 17th of August 1940. A.Jottard was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3167) on the 27th of October 1940 just off the Isle of Wight, he was killed.
Joubert, C. C. O.
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Joubert, C. C. O.

Pilot Officer C.C.O.Joubert of No 56 Squadron was in combat on the 13th of August, the radiator on his Hurricane I (P3479) when he was attacked. He baled out near Rochford, Essex and was slightly wounded.
Jowitt, L.
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   Died : 12 / 7 / 1940
Jowitt, L.

Sergeant Leonard 'Joey' Jowitt joined the R.A.F. at 16 as an aircraft apprentice. He served in India and on his return in 1937 trained as a fighter pilot. He then joined No 85 Squadron and was flying patrol on the 12th of July 1940 in his Hurricane I (P2557). He crashed into the sea off Felixstowe after attacking a Heinkel He 111 of II Gruppe of KG 53 and was killed. His body was never recovered.
Joyce, E. P.
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Joyce, E. P.

Flight Officer E.P.Joyce of No.87 Squadron was shot down on May 14th 1940 in Hurricane (L1646) following combat with Me110 near Brussels. The Hurricane crashed and Joyce was wounded, he was taken to hospital where his leg was amputated.
Joyce, Frank
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Joyce, Frank

Originally flying Hurricanes with 87 Squadron, he was shot down in May 1940 during the Battle of France, was badly injured bailing out and lost his leg. After having a false leg fitted, he returned to active service duties with 286 Squadron, flying Defiants on coastal patrols.
Kain, Edgar
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   Died : 7 / 6 / 1940
Kain, Edgar

Flight Officer Edgar Kain of No.73 Squadron was killed on June 7th 1940 when his Hurricane (L1826) was involved in a flying accident. Edgar was awarded the DFC and was the RAF's first ace in WW2. He was 21 and buried at Choloy in France.
Karubin, S.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1941
Karubin, S.

Sergeant Stanislaw Karubin from Poland flew with No 303 Squadron. He was injured when he crash landed his Hurricane I (V7290) near Pembury after combat on the 6th of September 1940. He was credited with 7 confirmed kills. He was posted on to No 58 O.T.U. and then on to 55 O.T.U.
Kawalecki, T. W.
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Kawalecki, T. W.

Pilot Officer T.W.Kawalecki joined the RAF after escaping Poland and after completing his training he was posted to No 151 Squadron to fly Hurricane's on the 8th of August 1940.
Kayll, Joseph Robert
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   Died : 3 / 3 / 2000
Kayll, Joseph Robert

Joe Kayll joined the Auxiliary Air Force in 1934, serving with No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron rising to become a flight lieutenant. Following the outbreak of the war he volunteered for full-time service and fought in France in early 1940 before taking part in the Battle of Britain, commanding No. 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron as an acting squadron leader. During the Battle of Britain Kayll was credited with shooting down seven German aircraft with one shared and six unconfirmed destroyed, along with six damaged. For these efforts he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Flying Cross personally by King George VI. In 1941, he was promoted to wing commander and given command of The Hornchurch wing of three Spitfire squadrons. In 1941 he was mentioned in despatches before being shot down over France in July. He was subsequently captured by the Germans and became a prisoner of war. He became Senior British officer at Oflag IX until moved to Oflag VI-B Warburg in October 1941. In September 1942 Wing Commander Kayll escaped in a mass break out and with a companion travelled by foot 90 Kilometres before being recaptured south of Fulda. He was transferred to Stalag Luft III at Sagan in May 1943, and was in charge of the Escape Committee for the East Compound. He remained in captivity for the remainder of the war, co-ordinating numerous escape attempts, for which he was later appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1946. After the war he continued to serve, rejoining the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and commanding No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron. Born in Sunderland and educated at Aysgarth and Stowe, he entered the family timber business but, inspired by flying, he joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force in 1934. Commissioned, he learned to fly with 607 County of Durham Squadron, using Wapiti and Hart biplanes. By early 1939, Kayll was a Flight-Commander in 607 Squadron, which now flew Gladiator biplane fighters. In November 1939, Kayll's squadron was posted to France. The following March, he became commander of 615 County of Surrey Squadron flying obsolete Gladiators. On May 10, the German offensive against the low countries and France began, and 615 Squadron, caught re-equipping with Hurricane 1 fighters, was involved in the intensive air fighting. Kayll nourished 615's fighting spirit by flying up to seven sorties a day from improvised airfields with a mixture of Hurricanes and Gladiators. The squadron inflicted heavy losses on the Luftwaffe while the German army continually overran the squadron's forward airfields. On May 15th, Kayll, flying a Hurricane, shot down two Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engined fighters, and on May 20th destroyed a Heinkel 111 bomber. The next day, 615's surviving pilots flew back to Kenley, south of London. By mid-June, 615 had regrouped, and it resumed operations against Luftwaffe-occupied airfields in France. Kayll was awarded the DSO and DFC, and during the Battle of Britain he shot down a Messerschmidt Bf 109E fighter and Do 17 and He 111 bombers. This was in a ferocious seven-day period, which started on August 18th. In late September, the exhausted 615 Squadron was moved to Prestwick to regroup. It was credited with 97 German aircraft destroyed. Kayll's score was seven and one shared destroyed, seven unconfirmed destroyed and six damaged. In October, 615 returned to defend London against German fighter-bomber attacks. In June 1941, after six months at Fighter Command HQ, Kayll returned to operations as a wing-commander flying with the famous Hornchurch Wing, operating three Spitfire squadrons. Fighter Command was mounting numerous sweeps over France and he flew in several Circus operations, which involved a small number of bombers, heavily escorted by fighters, to draw the Luftwaffe into battle. On June 25th, Kayll, while flying with his section near St Omer, was shot down, captured and sent first to Spangenberg Castle POW camp, and later to Wartburg, from which he escaped during the great breakout of September 1942. He was recaptured and sent to Stalag Luft III at Sargan, Silesia, location of the wooden horse escape. Other short-term escapes followed until the Great Escape of March 1944. But after the Gestapo shot 50 allied airmen, all escape plans ceased. Kayll was awarded an OBE for his escape activities, and was demobilised in 1946. He rejoined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, commanding 607 Squadron, and also re-entered the family business, which he later ran with his two sons. He died on 3rd March 2000.
Kellett, R. G.
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Kellett, R. G.

Squadron Leader Ronald Gustave Kellett of No 303 Polish Squadron was slightly wounded on the 6th of September 1940 when his Hurricane (V7284) came under fire. Kellett landed the Hurricane at Biggin Hill.
Kellow, Raymond E
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Kellow, Raymond E

Squadron Leader Raymond Alan Kellow, 213 Squadron, Cambridgeshire, Hurricanes
Kelly, Terrence
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Kelly, Terrence

As a pilot for 258 Squadron flying Hurricanes, Terrence left England in October 1941 for Singapore. Flying against the Japanese he was caught on the island of Java with no means of evacuation and went into the bag in March 1942 and was a prisoner of the Japanese for 3 long years.
Kemp, N L D
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   Died : 13 / 3 / 2005
Kemp, N L D

A Battle of Britain veteran who had flown with Douglas Bader in the famous 242 Canadian squadron. Nigel Kemp transferred with the squadron to Malta in 1941, flying his Hurricane of Ark Royal on Nmember 12. The squadron sufferred such heavy losses in Malta that in March 1942 the survivors were absorbed into 126 and 185 Squadrons. He had been with 242 in 1941 when the squadron was re-equipped with the Hurricane II and took part in the cross channel offensive, receiving the D17C in October 1941 for a series of daring attacks on enemy shipping. Nigel Kemp passed away on 13th March 2005.
Kemp, Nigel Leslie Digby
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Kemp, Nigel Leslie Digby

Pilot Officer Nigel Leslie Digby Kemp flew with No 242 Squadron flying Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 7th of October 1941.
Kennedy, J. C.
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   Died : 13 / 7 / 1940
Kennedy, J. C.

Flight Lieutenant J.C.Kennedy an Australian of No 238 Squadron was on patrol in a Hurricane (P2950) on the 13th of July 1940 and was killed when he crashed while trying to avoid some H.T. cables off Chesil Beach.
Kent, John A.
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Kent, John A.

Group Captain John A.Kent was a Canadian In 1935, aged 21, he joined the RAF. He flew Hurricanes with No 303 Squadron before Commanding No 92 Squadron on Spitfire I's. In October 1940 he notched up his Squadron's 100th wartime victory. He left the R.A.F. in 1956.
Keough, V. C.
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   Died : 15 / 2 / 1941
Keough, V. C.

Pilot Officer V.C.Keough of No.71 Squadron was killed on February 15th 1941. His Hurricane (V7606) was lost during combat with Do17 near Skegness. He was 29.
Keprt, J.
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Keprt, J.

Sergeant J.Keprt a Czech from No 312 Squadron was flying his Hurricane I (L1644) when it caught fire near Cambridge on September 10th 1940.
Kershaw, A.
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   Died : 19 / 3 / 1941
Kershaw, A.

Pilot Officer A.Kershaw of No.1 Squadron was killed on March 19th 1941. He baled out of his Hurricane (Z2759) over Hastings and his parachute failed to deploy. He was 21.
Kerwin, J. W.
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   Died : 16 / 7 / 1942
Kerwin, J. W.

Pilot Officer John W.Kerwin a Canadian was a pre-war member of the RAF. He joined No 1 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron in August. On the 31st of August he destroyed a Do 215. On the 1st of September he destroyed another Dornier and a Bf 110. He was then shot down and he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3963) over Shipbourne at 14:25hrs, with burns. J.W.Kerwin was K.I.A. in the Aleutians on the 16th of July 1942.
Kestin, I. H.
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   Died : 1 / 8 / 1940
Kestin, I. H.

Sub Lieutenant I.H.Kestin of No 145 Squadron was shot down and killed on August 1st 1940. He was on patrol in his Hurricane I (P3155) South of Hastings and was hit by enemy fire.
Killingback, F. W. G.
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Killingback, F. W. G.

Sergeant F.W.G.Killingback of No 249 Squadron was in his Hurricane I (R4230) when it was shot down near Maidstone, Kent on September 7th 1940. Killingback baled out and was injured.
Kilmartin, John Ignatius
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Kilmartin, John Ignatius

Flight Lieutenant John Ignatius 'Killy' Kilmartin an Irishman joined the R.A.F. before the war. He went to France with No 1 Squadron at the start of hostilities. He was with No 43 Squadron during the Battle of Britain flying Hurricane's.
Kinder, D. S.
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Kinder, D. S.

Pilot Officer D.S.Kinder of No 73 Squadron was badly burned on September 23rd 1940 when his Hurricane I (P3226) was involved in combat over the Thames and crashed.
King, Eric B.
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   Died : 30 / 8 / 1940
King, Eric B.

Squadron Leader Eric King flew with No 249 Squadron until the 21st of August 1940 and then transferred to No 151 Squadron. King was killed when he was shot down in his Hurricane I (V7369) near Strood, Kent.
King, M. A.
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   Died : 16 / 8 / 1940
King, M. A.

Pilot Officer M.A.King of No 249 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (V7369) on the 16th of August 1940. He had been shot up by a German fighter over Southampton. His parachute collapsed and he was killed.
Kings, Robert Austin
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   Died : 1 / 5 / 2013
Kings, Robert Austin

Robert Austin Kings was born on 22nd October 1914 and joined the RAFVR about July 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot and began training at 29 E&RFTS at Luton. Called up on 1st September 1939, he was posted to 3 ITW Hastings on 13th December and moved on to 14 FTS Kinloss on 12th March 1940 and finished the course on 2nd August. Kings went to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 7th August and after converting to Hurricanes was posted to 238 Squadron at St. Eval on the 31st. He damaged a He111 on 25th September and was himself shot down by a Me110 in combat over the Isle of Wight on the 26th. Kings baled out, unhurt. His Hurricane, P3830, is believed to have crashed on Colemans Farm, Porchfield. He destroyed a He111 in the action. Four days later he baled out again, after colliding with P/O VC Simmonds during a routine patrol. Kings was injured in a heavy landing because of a damaged parachute, which had ripped on the tail of his aircraft. His Hurricane, L1702, crashed near Shaftesbury. Kings was admitted to hospital and did not rejoin 238 until 15th November 1940. However he was judged to be not fully fit and he was put on administrative duties and did not return again to 238 until 22nd December, this time fit to fly. Re-joining the squadron, in 1941 they embarked for North Africa, attached to 274 Squadron in the Western Desert. The squadron embarked on HMS Victorious on 17th May 1941, en route for the Middle East. However they disembarked when the carrier was added to the task force chasing the Bismarck. After returning to Scotland to refuel, it set off again for the Mediterranean. On 14th June Kings flew off south of Majorca, heading for Malta. Refuelled, the squadron flew to Egypt the next day and on the 19th was attached to 274 Squadron in the Western Desert. On 16th September 1941 the 238 pilots were flown to Takoradi, to fly back Hurricane 11cs. On 26th November Kings was shot down in a sweep over Sidi Rezegh and made a forced-landing in the desert where he was spotted and rescued by soldiers from the 22nd Armoured Division en-route to Tobruk, and was able to rejoin his squadron. Kings was posted to the ADU in the Delta on 30th April 1942 and remained with it until 17th May 1945 when he returned to the UK. In November 1945 he was posted to India, served at RAF Poona and Calcutta and returned to the UK in November 1947. Later trained in Air Traffic Control and Radar duties, Kings retired from the RAF on 27th October 1964 as a Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader. Bob Kings was also a test pilot on Typhoons. He died on 1st May 2013.
Kirkcaldie, K.
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   Died : 8 / 6 / 1940
Kirkcaldie, K.

Pilot Officer K.Kirkcaldie of No.32 Squadron was killed on June 8th 1940 when his Hurricane (N2406) was shot down. He was 28 and buried at Houville-en-Vexin.
Kita, S.
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Kita, S.


Kominek, J.
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   Died : 8 / 6 / 1941
Kominek, J.

Killed June 8th 1941
Kornicki, Franciszek
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Kornicki, Franciszek

Posted in 1939 to 3rd Fighter Wing in Lwow as part of the Polish Air Force. This area was soon overrun by Germans so he travelled to England to join 303 Polish Sqn on Spitfires and also served with 308, 315 and 317 Squadrons carrying out many fighter sweeps over France and occupied Europe.
Korsarz, W.
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   Died : 8 / 11 / 1940
Korsarz, W.

Sergeant W.Korsarz of No.302 Squadron was killed on November 8th 1940. His Hurricane (P3538) was shot down by a Me109 over Mayfield. He was buried at Northwood, aged 32.
Koukal, J.
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Koukal, J.


Kozlowski, F.
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   Died : 13 / 3 / 1943
Kozlowski, F.

Killed March 13th 1943
Krasnodebski, Z.
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Krasnodebski, Z.


Kwiecinski, J.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1940
Kwiecinski, J.

Sergeant J.Kwiecinski of No.145 Squadron was killed on August 12th 1940. His Hurricane (P3391) was shot down south of the Isle of Wight.
Lacey, James
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   Died : 30 / 5 / 1989
Lacey, James

James Harry Lacey, from Wetherby, who was destined to become the top scoring RAF fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain, joined the RAFVR. in 1937. After an instructors course in 1938 he became an instructor at the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club. Called up at the outbreak of war, he was posted to 501 Squadron, and in May 1940 was posted with the unit to France. On the 13th he set off late on an early patrol, and shot down a Bf 109 and a He 111. Later in the day he destroyed a Bf 110. On the 27th he destroyed two He 11 Is and then returned to the United Kingdom, in June, having made an emergency landing in a swamp on the 9th and overturned, nearly being drowned. On 20 July he shot down a 13f 109, and was then awarded a DFM. In the Battle of Britain, during August, he destroyed a Ju 87 and a probable on the 12th, damaged a Do 17 on the 15th, probably destroyed a Bf 109 on the 16th, and on the 24th shot down a Ju 88 and damaged a Do 17. On the 29th he destroyed a 13f 109 and next day claimed a He 111 and probablya Bf110. He shot down a Bf109 on the 31st and on 2 September got two Bf 109s and damaged a Do 17. Two days later he destroyed two more Bf 109s, and was then sent on leave for a few days. on his return, on the 13th, he took off in very bad weather to shoot down a lone He 111 which had just bombed Buckingham Palace. Having destroyed it, he found the cloud too thick to return to base and was forced to bale out. On the 15th he shot down another He 111 and two Bf 109s with a third damaged, on the 27th destroyed another Bf 109 and on the 30th damaged a Ju 88. During October he was in action frequently against Bf 109s, getting a probable on the 7th and destroying others on the 12th, 26th, and the 30th, damaging one also on this latter date. His score was now 23, and he had been shot down or forced to bale out nine times. Of his victories 18 were gained during the Battle of Britain, and this was the highest score of any pilot for this period. In December he received a Bar to his DFM and was commissioned the following month. He converted to Spitfires early in 1941, and in June became a flight commander. During July he destroyed a Bf 109 on the 10th, damaged one on the 14th, shot down a He 59 floatplane on the 17th and destroyed two more Bf 109s on the 24th, causing them to collide. He was then posted as an instructor to 57 OTU where he trained, among others, George Beurling. In March 1942 he was posted to 602 Squadron, and on 24th March damaged a Fw 190. On 25 April he damaged two more, but was then posted to HQ 81 Group as Tactics Officer, now as a Sqn. Ldr. He spent some while testing Hurricanes with rocket projectiles and 40 mm. anti-tank guns, and then became Chief Flying Instructor at Millfield. In March 1943 he was sent to India, and first was responsible for converting squadrons to Hurricanes at Madras. He then moved to Bangalore, where he converted Hurricane pilots to Thunderbolts. In September 1944 he was posted to 3 TAC at Komila as Sqn. Ldr. Tactics, and the following month attended an Air Fighting Instructors Course at Armarda Road, which was run by Wg. Cdr. F.R. Carey. In November he became temporary commanding officer of 155 Squadron, flying Spitfire 8s in Burma, but later that month took command of 17 Squadron, equipped with the same aircraft. His squadron was responsible for giving ground support to a Gurkha regiment, so he ordered his pilots to have their heads shaved in the Gurkha fashion, which proved to be a very popular move. On 19 February 1945 he shot down a Nakajima Ki 43 Oscar, his twenty-eighth and last victory. He died on 30th May 1989.
Laguna, P.
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   Died : 27 / 6 / 1941
Laguna, P.

Killed June 27th 1941
Lamb, Archie
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Lamb, Archie

Archie Lamb joined the RAF from the Foreign Office after the outbreak of war. Returning from training in Southern Rhodesia, his troopship Orinsay was torpedoed, and he spent nine days in a lifeboat. Joining 184 Squadron, flying Hurricane rocket-firing fighter-bombers, the squadron converted to Typhoons early in 1944. Flying from Westhampnett, he flew two missions on D-Day. He transferred to 245 Squadron in mid 1944 as a Flight Commander. After the war he returned to the Foreign Office, becoming H.M. Ambassador to Kuwait, and to Norway.
Landels, L. N.
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   Died : 20 / 1 / 1942
Landels, L. N.

Killed January 20th 1942**
Lane, R.
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   Died : 20 / 6 / 1944
Lane, R.

Pilot Officer R.Lane joined No 43 Squadron on the 13th of July 1940. Lane was wounded and badly burned when he was shot down by defensive fire on the 26th of August. In 1944, as a liaison officer with the Chindits, he was forced down in the jungle by engine trouble and captured. Whilst captured by the Japanese he was executed on June 20th 1944, aged 24.
Langdon-Davies, Robin
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Langdon-Davies, Robin

Officer Commanding 6 Squadron 1944, Hurricane ground attack Pilot
Langham-Hobart, N. C.
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Langham-Hobart, N. C.

Pilot Officer N.C.Langham-Hobart of No 73 Squadron was shot down on September 23rd 1940 when his Hurricane I (L2036) was in combat over the Thames, he escaped suffering severe burns.
Lansdell, J.
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   Died : 17 / 9 / 1940
Lansdell, J.

Sergeant J.Lansdell from No 607 Squadron was on patrol on September 17th 1940 when he was shot down and killed in his Hurricane (P3860). He was buried in Hempnall, Norfolk. Aged 23.
Lapkowski, W.
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   Died : 2 / 7 / 1941
Lapkowski, W.


Lapkowski, Waclaw
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   Died : 2 / 7 / 1941
Lapkowski, Waclaw

Pilot Officer Waclaw Lapkowski from Poland was with No 303 Squadron flying Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. He was attacked in his Hurricane I (P2985) by a Bf 109 on the 5th of September 1940. He baled out wounded over Gillingham, Kent. He was later promoted to Squadron Leader.
Laricheliere, J. E. P.
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   Died : 16 / 8 / 1940
Laricheliere, J. E. P.

Pilot Officer J.E.P.Laricheliere of No.213 Squadron was killed on August 16th 1940. His Hurricane was shot down off Portland in combat.
Laricheliere, Joseph E.P.
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   Died : 16 / 8 / 1940
Laricheliere, Joseph E.P.

Pilot Officer J.E.P.Laricheliere a Canadian from No 213 Squadron was shot down and killed his Hurricane I near Portland on the 16th of August 1940.
Latta, John Blanford
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   Died : 12 / 1 / 1941
Latta, John Blanford

Pilot Officer John Blandford Latta a Canadian was with No 242 Squadron during the Battle of Britain flying Hurricane's. He was awarded the D.F.C. on November 8th 1940. Latta was killed on January 12th 1940. His Hurricane (V7203) was shot down by a Me109. He was 27.
Lawrence, Keith
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   Died : 2 / 6 / 2016
Lawrence, Keith

Keith Lawrence was born in New Zealand at Waitara on November 25th 1919. He went to Southland Boys’ High School at Invercargill until leaving in December 1936 when Lawrence went to work in a local bank. In February 1938 Keith Lawrence joined the Civil Reserve of Pilots and was accepted for further pilot training in Britain and sailed in February 1939. In November 1939 Keith Lawrence completed his flying training and joined the newly-formed 234 Squadron. 234 squadron flew Spitfires in early May 1940 in time for the Battle of Britain. Keith Lawrence shared 234's first victory when on 8th July Lawrence shared in the destruction of a Ju88, while attacking a convoy in the Western Approaches. In September Lawrence was posted to 603 Squadron and moved to 421 Flight, which then became 91 Squadron in early 1941. During the Battle of Britain he destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged four others. Whilst on a weather reconnaissance on 26 November 1940 Lawrence's Spitfire was shot down by Bf109’s, his Spitfire breaking up and throwing him clear to parachute into the sea. Lawrence was picked up by a Royal Navy minesweeper, and having suffered leg and arm injuries he was taken to hospital, returning to 91 squadron 8 weeks later on the 10th of January 1942. On the 17th of February 1942 Lawrence was posted to Malta, where he joined 185 Squadron at the time Malta was going to see some of the hardest fighting. Lawrence became one of Maltas best known squadron commanders. Arriving in February 1942 he flew Hurricanes until Spitfires arrived in May. A New Zealander, Lawrence had flown Spitfires in Britain. He was lucky to survive being shot down on October 26 when his Spitfire disintegrated and he parachuted into the sea with a broken leg and a dislocated arm. Lawrence returned to the UK from Malta in August 1942, returning to operations in Maly 1945, as commanding officer or 124 Squadron flying Spitfire IXs.
Lawson, R. C.
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   Died : 10 / 2 / 1941
Lawson, R. C.

Pilot Officer R.C.Lawson of No.601 Squadron was killed on February 10th 1941. His Hurricane (V6630) was last seen crashing into the sea. He was 21.
Leary, D. C.
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   Died : 28 / 12 / 1940
Leary, D. C.

Killed December 28th 1940
Lee, Kenneth N.T.
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   Died : 15 / 1 / 2008
Lee, Kenneth N.T.

Kenneth Norman Thomson Lee was a Battle of Britain pilot who volunteered for the RAF in 1937. Kenneth Lee joined 111 Squadron at Northolt in March 1939. He was commissioned and went to 43 Squadron at Tangmere. Kenneth Lee flew Hurricanes during the Battles of France and Britain with No.501 Sqn, based at Filton and accumulated 7 victories, the first being when 501 Squadron went to France on May 10th 1940 and Kenneth Lee claimed a Bf 110 destroyed later that day. On the 12th he destroyed a Do 17 and a Bf109. The Squadron flew back from France on June 18th and re-assembled at Croydon on the 21st. On May 27th Kenneth Lee claimed an He111 destroyed and a Do17 on June 6th. While attacking a formation of He111s on June 10th Lee's Hurricane was hit by return fire from one of the He111s and exploded. He took to his parachute and landed at Le Mans. Kenneth Lee damaged a Ju 87 on July 29th and on August 12th destroyed another Ju87. While flying his Hurricane (P3059) Lee was shot down for a second time on the 18th when Oberleutnant Schopfel in an Me109 of JG26 shot him down over Canterbury. Kenneth Lee baled out, with a bullet wound in the leg and landed near Whitstable. In October, Lee rejoined 501 Sqn and on the 22nd October he was awarded the DFC. On November 29th Lee was posted to the Special Duties flight at Stormy Down and later transferred as Flight Commander to 52 OTU, at Crosby-On-Eden. In December 1941 Kenneth Lee became Flight Commander with 112 Squadron when he was posted to the Middle East and on the 18th of September 1942 Lee moved to 260 Squadron. On 10th November he destroyed an Mc202. He took control of 123 Squadron at Abadan, Persia in March 1943. In May, Lee with 123 Squadron went to the Western Desert and on July 27th 1943 Lee was shot down for the third time and captured on a dawn raid on Crete. He was taken prisoner of war to Stalag Luft 111 at Sagan and Belaria. Ken Lee left the RAF in late 1945 as a Squadron Leader. Sadly, Kenneth Lee passed away on 15th January 2008.
Lee, Richard H. A.
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   Died : 18 / 8 / 1940
Lee, Richard H. A.

Flight Officer Richard Hugh Anthony 'Dickie' Lee of No 85 Squadron opened the score for the Squadron in World War II. Lee was Lord Trenchard's Godson. He was killed whilst on patrol on August 18th 1940. He was lost in his Hurricane I (P2923) after chasing enemy aircraft off the east coast. Lee was aged 23.
Leeson, P. G.
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Leeson, P. G.

Flight Lieutenant P.G.Leeson of No.605 Squadron was on patrol in Hurricane (L2121) on May 23rd when he was shot dowen by AA fire and suffered bad wounds. He was taken prisoner and placed in a German hospital for 9 months.
Lefevre, P W
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   Died : 6 / 2 / 1944
Lefevre, P W

Flew Hurricane Mk.I V6554 of No.46 Sqn on patrol over Rochford on 12th September 1940. Missing February 6th 1944.
Leggett, P G
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Leggett, P G

Percival Graham Leggett was born on the 24th of February 1921 and joined the RAFVR In June 1939 as an Airman under training Pilot. He was called up for active duty on 1 September 1939 and he completed his training in September 1940. On the 18 September 1940 Leggett crashed at Oldbury on Severn in Gloucestershire but was unhurt. Leggett was posted to No.615 Squadron at RAF Prestick in Scotland then to 245 Squadron at RAF Aldergrove on 28 September and then to No.46 Squadron at RAF Stapleford on 18 October 1940. He claimed a Fiat BR.20 and probably destroyed and shared in the destruction of another on 11 November 1940. Leggett was then posted to No.145 Squadron in late November 1940 and then to No.96 Squadron on 18 December 1940. Flying his Hurricane off Ark Royal, Leggett joined 249 Squadron in Malta in June 1941 and was in action that same afternoon. In July he increased his Battle of Britain score by shooting down a Macchi C.200 but was shot down in December, bailing out with minor injuries. He was posted to the Desert Air Force just before El Alamein. An RAFVR pilot, Leggett had flown both Hurricanes and Defiants before his posting to Malta. He stayed on in the RAF commanding 73 Squadron on Vampires, retiring in 1958 as a Squadron Leader.
Leigh, Arthur
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Leigh, Arthur

Another RAFVR pilot, The son of a regular soldier, Arthur Leigh was called up at the outbreak of war. After finishing his flying training he was posted to 7 OTU and then on to convert to Spitfires in August 1940. Arthur Leigh flew with 64 Squadron at Leconfield and 72 Squadron at Biggin Hill during the Battle of Britain before transferring to 611 Squadron. Awarded the DFM in September 1941, Leigh had then completed 50 sweeps, had destroyed two Bf 109s, probably destroyed another four and shared in the destruction of a Do 17. After a spell instructing and ferrying Hurricanes from Gibraltar to Cairo, he returned to operations with 56 Squadron flying Typhoons from Manston. He was shot down on his first sweep by flak, near Calais but was picked up by an ASR launch. In late 1943 Leigh was posted to 129 Squadron at Hornchurch and was awarded the DDC on completing his second tour in December 1944, spending the rest of the war as an instructor.
Lenahan, J. D.
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   Died : 9 / 9 / 1940
Lenahan, J. D.

Pilot Officer J.D.Lenham of No 607 Squadron was killed on the 9th of September 1940. His Hurricane I (P3117) was shot down in combat over Mayfield.
Leng, M. E.
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Leng, M. E.

Sgt M.E.Leng of No 73 Squadron was in his Hurricane I (P8812) was shot down by a Bf 109 over Faversham, Kent on the 23rd of September 1940, he was injured. He was again shot down on August 25th 1940 near Beverly. His Hurricane I (P3758) was brought down by British anti-aircraft fire. He baled out, unhurt.
Lepine, W. N.
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Lepine, W. N.

Flight Officer W.N.Lepine of No.85 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2425) on May 18th 1940 when it was shot down in combat with a Me110 near Cambrai. Lepine baled out wounded and was taken prisoner.
Lewis, A. A.
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   Died : 8 / 6 / 1940
Lewis, A. A.

Sergeant A.A.Lewis of No.501 Squadron was reported as killed in action on June 8th 1940 when his Hurricane (P3347) was shot down near Boos. However, hewas not in CWGC records.
Lewis, Albert Gerald
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Lewis, Albert Gerald

Pilot Officer Albert Gerald Lewis a South African flew with No 616 Squadron and later moved to No 504 Squadron fighting in France. He then joined No 85 Squadron whilst still in France. He stayed with No 85 Squadron until August when Lewis then joined No 249 Squadron on the 27th of September. Lewis baled out of his Hurricane I (V6617) near Faversham badly burned on September 28th 1940.
Lewis, R. G.
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   Died : 5 / 2 / 1941
Lewis, R. G.

Flight Officer R.G. Lewis was in Hurricane (L1688) flying escort when it was shot down near Maastricht in combat with Me109's. Lewis baled out safely. Lewis was killed on February 5th 1940, he was involved in combat in his Hurricane (P3920) with a Me109 before he baled out over the Channel and wasn't rescued.
Lindsay, James
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Lindsay, James

Born in September 1922, James "Doug" Lindsay joined the RCAF in February 1941, training on Harvards. He was posted to the UK, arriving in March 1943 and joining 403 Sqn in October that year. In his first tour, he claimed 5 Me109s as well as 2 Fw190s, plus another damaged. Of the Me109s he shot down, three of these were in a single minute, earning him a DFC. For his second tour, he rejoined 403 Sqn in April 1945, claiming a probable Fw190 during his short time with this squadron before he moved to 416 squadron until the end of the war in Europe. After the war he stayed with the air force, and in 1952 served during the Korean war with the USAF. He flew F-86 Sabres with the 39th Fighter Squadron of the 51st Fighter Wing, claiming victories over two MiG-15s and damaging 3 others. In 1953, he returned to the UK with No.1 Fighter Wing leading Sabres in formation at the Queen's Coronation. He retired in 1972, having flown more than 30 different types of aircraft (excluding different Mks). These included, Harvard, Anson, Master, Spitfire, Typhoon, Tempest, Hurricane, Mustang, Beaufort, Beaufighter, Oxford, Dakota, Tiger Moth, Vampire and Sabre.
Lindsey, Patrick Challoner
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   Died : 26 / 7 / 1940
Lindsey, Patrick Challoner

Pilot Officer Patrick Challoner Lindsey of No 601 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (P2753) 26th of July 1940, near St Catherines Point. He was buried in France at Wimereux, aged 20.
Lines, A. P.
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Lines, A. P.

Flight Officer A.P.Lines of No.17 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P2822) on May 17th 1940 when he was forced to bale out following combat with a Me109 near Brussels.
Lines-Roberts, R.B.
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   Died : 13 / 5 / 1940
Lines-Roberts, R.B.

Flight Officer R.B. Lines-Roberts of No.3 Squadron was on a patrol in Hurricane (L1923) on May 10th 1940 when it was shot down in combat with a He111 and crashed near Fieffe. Lines-Roberts was flying in Hurricane (N2653) on May 13th 1940 when it was involved in a collision with (N2654) when returning from a patrol, he was killed. He was 23 and was buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery.
Linney, A. S.
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Linney, A. S.

Pilot Officer A.S.Linney of No.229 Squadron was forced to bale out of his Hurricane (N2521) on May 29th 1940 following combat with a Me109.
Lishman, J. A.
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Lishman, J. A.

Sergeant J.A.Lishman of No.213 Squadron was on patrol in his Hurricane (P2834) on May 28th 1940 when he was shot down into the sea, he was wounded but later rescued.
Little, R.
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   Died : 28 / 9 / 1940
Little, R.

Sergeant R.Little of No 238 Squadron escaped injury when he crashed at Burton Bradstock on August 13th 1940 following combat over Portland in his Hurricane I (P3805). Little was again shot down on the 28th of September 1940 over the channel in his Hurricane I (N2400), this time he was killed.
Little, T. B.
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   Died : 27 / 8 / 1941
Little, T. B.

Flight Officer T.B.Little a Canadian from No 1 R.C.A.F. Squadron was shot down during an attack near Tunbridge on September 11th 1940, he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3534). Little suffered leg wounds and burns. T.B.Little was on escort when he collided with a Spitfire over the Channel in his Hurricane II-b (Z5001) on the 27th of August 1941, and was posted as missing. He was aged 24.
Llewellyn, Reginald Thomas
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Llewellyn, Reginald Thomas

Sergeant Reginald Thomas Llewellyn flew Hurricane's with No 213 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. On September 15th 1940 he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3113) following combat over Hawkhurst and was severely wounded. He was later awarded the D.F.M. and survived the war.
Lloyd, J. R.
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   Died : 22 / 6 / 1940
Lloyd, J. R.

Pilot Officer J.R.Lloyd of No.615 Squadron was killed on June 22nd 1940 when his Hurricane (P2764) was shot down by Me109s and He111s whilst on patrol over Rouen in France.
Lochnan, P. W.
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   Died : 21 / 5 / 1941
Lochnan, P. W.

F/O P.W.Lochnan a Canadian from No 1 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron was unhurt when he crashed and burned in his Hurricane I (V6670) on September 11th 1940 near Romney, Kent. He'd been in combat with and was hit by return fire.
Lokuciewski, W.
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Lokuciewski, W.

Pilot Officer Witold Lokuciewski from Poland of No 303 Squadron was wounded in his Hurricane I (P2903) and it was damaged in combat with a Bf 109 over Kent on September 15th 1940. His final rank attained was that of Squadron Leader.
Lonsdale, R. H.
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Lonsdale, R. H.

Sergeant R.V.H.Lonsdale flew with No 501 Squadron and No 242 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P2831) safely September 9th 1940. He had been hit by return fire from a Do 17 over the Thames Estuary.
Looker, D. J.
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Looker, D. J.

Pilot Officer D.J.Looker of No 615 Squadron was wounded on August 18th 1940 in his Hurricane I (L1592) following combat with a Bf 109 near Sevenoaks in Kent and he was also shot at by the airfield defences at Croydon.
Lorimer, R. L.
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Lorimer, R. L.

Flight Officer R.L.Lorimer of No.1 Squadron was in Hurricane (L1681) on May 13th 1940 when it was written off, it force-landed following combat with He111's. Lorimer was shot down again this time on May 14th 1940 by a Me110 at Sedan, he was killed in this incident.
Lott, G. C.
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Lott, G. C.

Squadron Leader G.C.Lott of No.43 Squadron was flying in his Hurricane (P3464) on July 9th when he was shot down by a Me110; losing his right eye in this incident.
Lovell, Derek
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Lovell, Derek

Volunteered for the RAFVR in January 1941. He trained in Canada on Tiger Moths and Oxfords. He received his wings in April 1942 and was posted to Central Flying School. Following graduation, he taught Fleet Air Arm trainees on Harvards. He returned to the UK in March 1943 and flew Masters at AFU and Hurricanes at OTU. He taught Lancaster crews fighter evasion prior to posting to 84 GSU to fly Typhoons. He joined 197 Squadron at Needs Oar Point in the New Forest in June 1944 and was involved in close support operations and tactical dive bombing and low level bombing throughout the Normandy campaign and on through to VE-Day. He completed 135 operations and in August 1945 was posted to an OTU to instruct on Typhoons and Tempest Vs. He was demobbed in June 1946 and flew weekends in the VR on Tiger Moths and later Chipmunks. He was called up on the G Reserve in July 1951 and flew Harvards, Spitfire XXIIs and then Vampire Vs. He stood down in September as the Korea situation eased.
Lovell-Gregg, Terence Gunion
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   Died : 15 / 8 / 1940
Lovell-Gregg, Terence Gunion

Squadron Leader Terence Gunion 'Shovel' Lovell-Gregg a New Zealander was the leader of No 87 Squadron. He was shot down by Bf 109's in a Hurricane (P3215) on August 15th 1940 at over Portland . He crashed at Abbotsbury and was killed. He had not been with the Squadron for much time, but he fitted in and was sorely missed.
Lovett, R. E.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Lovett, R. E.

Flight Lieutenant R.E.Lovett of No.73 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane (P3204) on September 5th 1940. Lovett was killed on September 7th of 1940. His Hurricane (P3234) was shot down over Billericay whilst on patrol.
Lowe, Julian
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Lowe, Julian

Flt/Lt Julian Lowe DFC joined the RAF in 1941 having escaped from a reserved occupation, and, after I.T., he was sent to Southern Rhodesia to fly on Tiger Moths and Harvards. From there he went to 74 OTU in Palestine flying Hurricanes. He was posted to 2 PRU (later 680 Squadron) in Cairo and completed 86 ops over North Africa, Greece and the Aegian. He was awarded the DFC in March 1944 and returned to the UK to join 542 Squadron at Benson in October 1944, where he did a further 30 ops over germany before the war in Europe ended. After a short period in the RAFVR, he joined No 6 Air Experience Flight and flew Chipmunks for 26 years logging some 2000 hours on that aircraft.
Loweth, P. A.
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Loweth, P. A.


Luck, J. A. A.
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Luck, J. A. A.

Sergeant J.A.A. Luck was flying in Hurricane (P2758) when he was shot down by a Me109 near Dordrecht. Luck survived but became a prisoner of war.
Lukaszewicz, K.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1940
Lukaszewicz, K.

Flight Officer K.Lukaszewicz of No.501 Squadron was killed on August 12th 1940. His Hurricane (P3803) was shot down off Ramsgate by fighters. He was aged 27.
Lydall, J.W.
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   Died : 29 / 5 / 1940
Lydall, J.W.

Flight Officer J.W. Lydall of No.46 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (L1816) in combat near Beisjford. He was buried at Narvik.
MacCaw, D. C.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
MacCaw, D. C.

Flight Officer D.C.McCaw of No 238 Squadron was shot down and killed on the 8th of August 1940 in a Hurricane I (P3617) south of the Isle of Wight.
Macinski, J.
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   Died : 4 / 9 / 1940
Macinski, J.

Pilot Officer J.Macinski from Poland of No 111 Squadron was killed on September 4th 1940 when his Hurricane IIa (Z2309) was lost over the Channel following combat. Macinski baled out but failed to be rescued.
Mackenzie, K. W.
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Mackenzie, K. W.

Pilot Officer K.W.MacKenzie from No 501 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (V6806) safely on October 25th 1940 after colliding with the Hurricane I (P2903) of Pilot Officer V.Goth during combat over Tentreden, Kent.
Mackenzie, Ken
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   Died : 4 / 6 / 2009
Mackenzie, Ken

Ken Mackenzie flew 2 ops on Hurricanes with No.43 Sqn before joining No.501 Sqn based at Kenley during the Battle of Britain, again on Hurricanes. During his time with No.501 Sqn, he claimed 7 victories, with a further 4 shared and 3 damaged. In the most remarkable of these, Ken was following what he thought was a damaged Me109 down to sea level. Realising the aircraft was not damaged, he deliberately struck the tailplane of the enemy aircraft with the wing of his Hurricane (V6799), forcing his opponent to crash. He was subsequently awarded the DFC on 25th October 1940. After this, he joined No.247 Sqn flying night fighter Hurricanes shooting down 10 aircraft in one year. He was shot down on the 29th of September 1941 after claiming an He111 bomber in a night attack planned to target Lannion airfield in Brittany. Ken was engaged by heavy flak from ground defences and completed this sortie by ditching in the sea. He paddled to shore in his dinghy and was subsequently captured and taken prisoner. Ken MacKenzie was posted to various camps before ending up in Stalag Luft 111, Sagan, and was finally repatriated to the UK in October 1944. He was posted to 53 OTU, Kirton-In-Lindsey on 19th December 1945 as an instructor and on 17th June 1945, posted to 61 OTU, Keevil, as a Flight Commander. After the war on the 1st January 1953, Ken was awarded the Air Force Cross. Retired from the RAF on 1st July 1967 with the rank of Wing Commander. Sadly, Wing Commander Ken Mackenzie died on 4th June 2009
Mackworth, C. C. D.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Mackworth, C. C. D.

Pilot Officer C.C.D.Mackworth of No.87 Squadron was shot down Hurricane (L1834) after combat with Me110s, he was killed when he baled out and his parachute caught fire. He was 21 and buried at Bruyelle in Belgium.
Maclachlan, J. R.
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Maclachlan, J. R.

Squadron Leader J.R.MacLachlan flew with No 46 Squadron for part of the Battle of Britain. He moved to No 238 Squadron at some stage. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3611) on October 5th 1940 and was slightly burned.
Maclachlan, James Archibald Findlay
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   Died : 31 / 7 / 1943
Maclachlan, James Archibald Findlay

Died as POW July 31st 1943
MacQueen, D. G.
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   Died : 9 / 6 / 1940
MacQueen, D. G.

Pilot Officer D.G.MacQueen of No.242 Squadron was killed on June 9th 1940 whilst on patrol. He was shot down over France by a Me109.
Madle, S. J.
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Madle, S. J.

Pilot Officer S.J.Madle flew with No 605 Squadron and No 615 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He damaged his Hurricane I (L2075) on August 18th 1940 when he landed at Kenley at around after combat. He ran into a bomb crater. He was injured on the 28th of August 1940 after force landing his Hurricane I (R4116). He had been over Sandwich and was hit by the return fire.
Maffett, G. H.
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   Died : 31 / 8 / 1940
Maffett, G. H.

Pilot Officer G.H.Maffett of No 257 Squadron was shot down on August 31st 1940. His Hurricane I (P3175) was in combat over Clackton and Maffett was killed. The wreckage of Hurricane I (P3175) is now on show at the R.A.F. Museum, Hendon.
Maguire, H. J.
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Maguire, H. J.

Squadron Leader Harry Maguire flew Hurricane's whilst commanding No 229 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He was later posted to Singapore and during his time there captured by the Japanese. He then spent 3 years as a prisoner of war.
Malfroy, Camille Enright
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Malfroy, Camille Enright

Flight Officer C.E. Malfroy of No. 501 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (L1914) on May 12th 1940 by a Me110 and crash-landed near Mezieries.
Malinowski, Bruno
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Malinowski, Bruno

Sergeant Bruno Malinowski from Poland joined the R.A.F. and was posted to No 43 Squadron during the Battle of Britain where he flew Hurricane's.
Malone, G. A.
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   Died : 23 / 5 / 1940
Malone, G. A.

Pilot Officer G.A.Malone of No.242 Squadron was killed on May 23rd 1940 whilst flying escort over France, his Hurricane (P2730) was shot down by Me109s. He was buried at Anzac Cemetery in France.
Manger, K.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Manger, K.

Pilot Officer K.Manger of No 17 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P3476) on June 1st of 1940. On August 11th 1940 he was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3760) off the East Coast and killed.
Mansfeld, Miroslav
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   Died : 22 / 10 / 1991
Mansfeld, Miroslav

Sergeant Miroslav Jan Mansfeld Mansfeld performs an auto mechanic training at Skoda in Prague before engaging as a cadet in the Czechoslovak Air Force in 1930. After completing his training he was assigned to the regiment on 6 flying Letov S16. He was then assigned as a test pilot in the Flight Research Center. In 1937, he made six escorts of SB 2 bombers from the Soviet Union. In 1939, he was affceté to the staff but in March, following the German invasion, he left his country to go to Poland and then France where he joined the Foreign Legion in North Africa. In February 1940, with the rank of Chief Corporal, he joined a bomber unit equipped with 210 MB in the South of France. On the occasion of a delivery of a bomber in North Africa, following the entry into the war of Italy, he decided to go to Gibraltar and reach England. After having trained on Hurricane to 6 OTU at Sutton Bridge, he was posted to 111 Squadron in October 1940, winning his first victory the following month. In April 1941 he was sent to Church Fenton in UTO 54 to conduct his conversion to night hunting. There he was promoted to officer and joined the Squadron 68 in July. After two missions especially well conducted during which he shot down 5 aircraft including 1 in collaboration, he received the DFC on July 10, 1942. He won more victories in December 1942 and March 1943, claiming in passing the probable destruction of a E-Boat 18 February 1943. It is then sent to the 51 to OTU instructor Turnwood Farm in May 1943 and returned to Squadron 68 in October as Flight Commander. It kills two new aircraft and destroyed 2 flying bombs and the DSO will receive 21 May 1945 for the excellence of its results and its ability to command. After the war he returned to Czechoslovakia but left the country during the communist accession to power in 1948. He returned to England and reinstates the RAF where he will receive the AFC in 1953. He retired in 1958 with the rank of Squadron Leader.
Manton, G. A. L.
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Manton, G. A. L.

Squadron Leader G.A.L.Manton began commanding No 56 Squadron in early July 1940. In early September he was promoted to Wing Commander at Manston.
Marchand, R. A.
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   Died : 15 / 9 / 1940
Marchand, R. A.

Pilot Officer R.A.Marchand of No 73 Squadron on May 13th 1940, crash landed his Hurricane I (L1673) near Bethenville after combat. He was shot down and killed during the Battle of Britain on the 15th of September in his Hurricane I (P3865) over Maidstone.
Marcinkowski, M. S.
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   Died : 1 / 11 / 1940
Marcinkowski, M. S.

Sergeant M.S.Marcinkowski of No.501 Squadron was killed on November 1st 1940. His Hurricane (V7405) failed to return from patrol over the Channel. He was 21.
Marland, Rainford Gent
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   Died : 17 / 12 / 1941
Marland, Rainford Gent

Served with No.222 Sqn in the Battle of Britain. Mentioned in despatches twice. Killed aged 25 on December 17th 1941 when his Hurricane Mk.IIb Z5617 of No.229 Sqn suffered engine failure after a slow roll and crashed in the Western Desert. He is buried in Halfayam Sollum War Cemetery. Son of Thomas Rainford Marland and Sarah Marland, of Preston, Lancashire.
Marsh, H. J.
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   Died : 13 / 8 / 1940
Marsh, H. J.

Sergeant H.J.Marsh of No 238 Squadron was killed when he was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3177) off Portland on August 13th 1940.
Marshall, J. E.
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   Died : 18 / 4 / 1942
Marshall, J. E.

Pilot Officer J.E. Marshall of No 85 Squadron flying the Hurricane was a veteran, a survivor of the campaign in France as well as the Battle of Britain. On August 18th 1940 he took off without orders from Debden, coming back late he apologised for damaging the wing of his Hurricane he had run out of ammunition and rammed a Heinkel 111 over Southend.
Marston, K. J.
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   Died : 14 / 12 / 1940
Marston, K. J.

Pilot Officer K.J.Marston completed his training just before joining No 56 Squadron on the 28th of July 1940 In the last week of August he destroyed three Bf 109's and added a Bf 110 in late September. On the 30th of September 1940 he was shot down over Bournmouth and crash-landed his Hurricane I (P2866), and was wounded. On the 12th December 1940 while circling to land another aircraft's propeller struck his tail. He crashed and was killed, aged 22.
Maxwell, M. H. C.
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Maxwell, M. H. C.

Pilot Officer M.H.C.Maxwell of No.56 Squadron was on patrol on May 27th 1940 in Hurricane (P3478) when he was shot down by Belgian AA fire. He was uninjured and returned to the UK by ship.
May, Peter
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May, Peter

Peter May was under training as a pilot in the Civil Air Guard at Weston Super Mare on the 3d September 1939 and was immediately accepted for further training with the RAF at Downing College, Cambridge. In June 1940 he was posted to a holding unit at Hernswell, near Lincoln, from which Hampden aircraft were employed in dropping leaflets over Germany. This aerodrome was subjected to one of the first, possibly the first, bombing raid on England by the Germans. Peter went solo on a Magister monoplane at Kingsdown Aerodrome, Chester on the 26 th June 1940. On the 1st July he suffered an engine failure over the Solway Firth, but managed to force land safely. As a reward for this safe landing he was one of six fortunate pupils on the Course of 52 to be selected for training as fighter pilots. His first solo flight in a Spitfire 1 at Hawardene Operational Unit, was on the 10th December 1940. A few days later flying over Liverpool in poor visibility, the engine failed. He decided to pancake in the Mersey but fortunately at the last minute he saw a field alongside. By using his emergency pressure bottle to lower the undercarriage quickly he managed to force land safely. Spitfire 1 aircraft undercarriage had to be raised and lowered manually. In January 1941 with only 20 hours experience on Spitfires he was posted to Sailor Malan's 74 Squadron based at Biggin Hill and later at Manston. This squadron was engaged in protecting the Channel convoys, the south-coast radar stations and the Lysanders on rescue missions over the North Sea. Returning from operational patrol over the Channel on the 21st April 1941, Peter crash-landed at Manston Aerodrome. he was taken to Margate General Hospital suffering from concussion and a broken leg. During the latter part of 1941 Peter was appointed Aerodrome Control Pilot at Manston and recommenced flying non-operationaily in December 1941. In June 1942 he moved to No. 1 Squadron at Tangmere, flying Hurricanes and mainly engaged in sweeps over France. In July it was decided to convert No. 1 squadron into a Night Fighter Squadron. As Peter's nightflying experience was limited he was sent on a Beam Approach Course at Watchfield. Peter was commissioned in 1943 and in 1944 was appointed C.O. of a Communications Flight on the island of Orkney. In July 1945 he joined 286 Hurricane Squadron at Weston Zoyland, Somerset, flying mostly at night. His completed his flying career as Naval Liaison Officer with 667 Squadron at Gosport, flying Spitfire XV1 s. Peter amassed 1687 flying hours, including 110 in Spitfires and 55 in Hurricanes.
Mayers, H. C.
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   Died : 20 / 7 / 1942
Mayers, H. C.

Pilot Officer H.C.Mayers of No.601 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P2690) on August 13th 1940 over Portland. He baled out and was rescued with slight shrapnel wounds.
McClintock, J. A. P.
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   Died : 25 / 11 / 1940
McClintock, J. A. P.

Killed in flying accident November 25th 1940
McConnell, J.
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McConnell, J.


McConnell, W. W.
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McConnell, W. W.

Pilot Officer W.W.McConnell an Irishman flew Hurricane's with No 249 Squadron & No 607 Squadron's during the Battle of Britain.
Mcfadden, A.
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   Died : 5 / 4 / 1942
Mcfadden, A.

Pilot Officer A.Mcfadden of No.73 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (L1891) by a Do17 on May 14th 1940, he baled out safely.
McGlashan, K. B.
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McGlashan, K. B.

Pilot Officer K.B.McGlashan of No.245 Squadron was forced to land his Hurricane (N2702) on May 31st at Dunkirk and safely returned by sea.
McGowan, Roy
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   Died : 20 / 3 / 2012
McGowan, Roy

Flew Hurricanes with No.46 Squadron. Flew Hurricane Mk.I P3756 on patrol over Rochford on 12th September 1940. Roy McGowan was shot down on 15th September 1940. Sufferring from severe burns he was hospitalised and treated by the pioneering plastic surgeon Archie McIndoe, and was one of the founding members of the famous "Guinea Pig Club".
Mcgrath, J. K. U. B.
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Mcgrath, J. K. U. B.

Pilot Officer J.K.U.B.McGrath flew Hurricane's as part of No 601 Squadron's detachment in France. McGrath was awarded the D.F.C. on August 27th 1940.
McGregor, H. D.
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McGregor, H. D.

Squadron Leader H.D.McGregor of No.213 Squadron was shot down over the sea on May 31st in his Hurricane (P9342), he was later rescued by a ship.
Mcgregor, P. R.
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Mcgregor, P. R.

Pilot Officer P.R.McGregor of No 46 Squadron was injured on September 11th 1940 when his Hurricane I (P3094) crash-landed near Staple Cross, Kent.
McHardy, D. B. H.
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McHardy, D. B. H.

Pilot Officer D.B.H.McHardy of No 229 Squadron became a P.O.W. on October 26th 1940 when his Hurricane I (V6704) was shot down off the French coast following combat.
Mcintosh, P. R. C.
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   Died : 12 / 10 / 1940
Mcintosh, P. R. C.

Sergeant P.R.C.McIntosh was posted to No 151 Squadron on July 7th 1940. McIntosh was posted away on September 13th 1940. McIntosh was on patrol in his Hurricane (P3022) with No 605 Squadron on October 12th 1940 in the Romney Marsh area when they engaged in combat, Mcintosh was shot down and killed, aged 20.
McIntyre, A. G.
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McIntyre, A. G.


Mckay, D. A. S.
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Mckay, D. A. S.

Sergeant D.A.S.McKay of No 501 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (N2617) safely on August 18th 1940. He was flying one of four Hurricane's from the Squadron shot down over Canterbury on that same day.
McKellar, Archie
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   Died : 2 / 11 / 1940
McKellar, Archie

Born 10th April 1912. Joined No.602 Sqn City of Glasgow flying Spitfires and Hurricanes. Has at least part claim to the first British air victory of the war, and is credited with shooting down the first aircraft to fall on British soil since 1918. In all, he scored 21 victories before being killed when his Hurricane plunged into a field in Kent. He was awarded the DSO and DFC with Bar, the citations for which follow :

Citation for the DFC

This officer has at all times displayed the keenest desire to engage the enemy. In his first large-scale encounter against enemy aircraft he displayed a great sense of leadership and tactics in launching his flight against ninety Heinkel m's. As a result, at least four enemy aircraft were destroyed, of which Flight Lieutenant McKellar destroyed three. He has displayed outstanding leadership and courage.

Citation for the Bar to the DFC

During a period of eight days in the defence of London, Flight Lieutenant McKellar has destroyed eight hostile aircraft, bringing his total to twelve. He displays an excellent fighting spirit, is a particularly brilliant tactician and has led his squadron with skill and resource.

Citation for the DSO

This officer has led his squadron with outstanding courage and determination. He has destroyed 20 enemy aircraft, and his magnificent fighting spirit has proved an excellent inspiration to his fellow pilots.
Mckenzie, J. W.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Mckenzie, J. W.

Pilot Officer J.W.McKenzie of No 111 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3922) and killed on August 11th 1940 off Margate.
McKnight, William
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   Died : 12 / 1 / 1941
McKnight, William

Flight Officer W.M.McKnight of No.242 Squadron was killed on January 12th 1940. His Hurricane (P2961) was shot down by a Me109. He was 22.
McNay, A. L.
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   Died : 5 / 9 / 1940
McNay, A. L.

Sergeant A.L.McNay from No 73 Squadron was killed when he was shot down in combat in his Hurricane I (P3224) over Burnham, Essex on September 5th 1940.
McQueen, R. R.
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   Died : 27 / 6 / 1940
McQueen, R. R.

Sergeant R.R.McQueen of No.79 Squadron was killed on June 27th 1940 when his Hurricane (P3401) was shot down whilst on escort to St Valery. He Baled out and his body was picked up from the sea near Rye.
Meaker, J. R. B.
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Meaker, J. R. B.

Pilot Officer J.R.B.Meaker of No 249 Squadron was killed on September 27th 1940 after He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3834) following combat over Sussex. He struck the tail-pane of his Hurricane and this resulted in his death.
Measures, W. E. G.
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Measures, W. E. G.

Flight Lieutenant W.E.G. 'Tink' Measures joined No 74 Squadron in July 1937 from R.A.F. Cranwell. He then flew Spitfire I's with them and also flew Hurricane's with No 238 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.
Merchant, H. J.
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Merchant, H. J.

Sergeant H.J.Merchant of No 1 Squadron force landed his Hurricane I (P2980) on August 23rd 1940 at Withyham, Kent after running out of fuel, he was uninjured after hitting some trees. He was wounded on August 31st 1940. He baled out of his burning Hurricane I (V7375) after combat over Halstead.
Meredith, R. V.
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   Died : 3 / 6 / 1940
Meredith, R. V.

Flight Officer R.V.Meredith of No.17 Squadron went missing whilst on patrol in his Hurricane (P3477) on June 3rd 1940. He was buried at Malo-les-Baines in France.
Merryweather, S. W.
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   Died : 5 / 6 / 1942
Merryweather, S. W.

Sergeant S.W.Merryweather from No 229 Squadron was wounded on September 26th 1940. He force landed his Hurricane I (V6745) at Hambledon, Surrey following combat.
Metham, J.
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   Died : 1 / 9 / 1942
Metham, J.

Sergeant J.Metham from No 253 Squadron was injured on September 2nd 1940 when his Hurricane I (P2946) was shot down and crashed near Thanet.
Millar, W. D. MacD.
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Millar, W. D. MacD.


Millard, Jocelyn G P
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   Died : 10 / 5 / 2010
Millard, Jocelyn G P

Volunteering for the RAFVR in August 1939, J G Millard was called up for full time service the following month. Converting to Hurricanes, he was posted to 1 Squadron at Wittering in October 1940, and shortly after transferred to Douglas Bader's 242 Squadron at Coltishall. In November he moved to 615 Squadron at Northolt. After the Battle of Britain he spent time as an instructor, going to Canada. He later became Squadron Commander of 35 SFTS. Sadly, Jocelyn Millard passed away on the 10th of May 2010.
Millington, William H.
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   Died : 30 / 10 / 1940
Millington, William H.

Pilot Officer William H. Millington an Australian flew with No 249 Squadron and No 79 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. Whilst flying with No 79 Squadron he was wounded on August 31st 1940 when he crash landed his Hurricane I (P3050) which was engulfed in flames after combat over Romney. W.H.Millington was later moved to No 249 Squadron where he was killed on October 30th 1940 when he was shot down in his Hurricane I (V7536) over the Channel.
Mills, R. S.
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Mills, R. S.

Squadron Leader R.S.Mills D.F.C. took his position as Squadron Leader of No 87 Squadron on August 18th from Squadron Leader T.G.Lovell-Gregg who had been killed three days prior.
Milne, J. A.
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Milne, J. A.

Pilot Officer J.A.Milne a Canadian of No 605 Squadron was wounded on October 22nd 1940 following combat. He crash landed his Hurricane I (V6783) near Dorking. He had suffered a broken hip.
Milner, W.
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   Died : 1 / 6 / 1940
Milner, W.

Sergeant W.Milner of No.73 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P2700) on June 1st 1940 and killed. He was buried at Terclincthun in France.
Miluck, Michael
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Miluck, Michael

American volunteer Michael Miluck arrived in the UK in September 1941, and was posted to join 71 Eagle Squadron. Flying Spitfire Mk Vbs the squadron was engaged in escort and offensive fighter sweeps over the channel and northern France, taking part in the air cover over Dieppe. Later he flew Hurricanes with 250 Squadron.
Mitchell, E. W.
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   Died : 8 / 7 / 1940
Mitchell, E. W.

Flight Officer E.W.Mitchell of No.79 Squadron was killed on July 8th 1940. His Hurricane (P3461) was shot down over Kent whilst on patrol.
Mitchell, L. R. G.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Mitchell, L. R. G.

Flight Officer L.R.G.Mitchell of No.257 Squadron was killed on September 7th 1940. His Hurricane (V7254) was shot down over Thames Estuary. He was 24.
Molson, H. DeM.
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Molson, H. DeM.

Flight Officer HdeM Molson a Canadian of No 1 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron injured when landing on his return from a sortie Hornchurch on August 18th 1940 and his Hurricane I (P3757) was damaged. He was shot down by fighters and baled out of his Hurricane I (P3873) over Canterbury on October 5th 1940, he suffered slight injuries. Molson returned to Canada early in 1941.
Montgomery, C. R.
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   Died : 14 / 8 / 1940
Montgomery, C. R.

Pilot Officer C.R.Montgomery of No 615 Squadron was shot down over the Channel off Dover and killed on August 14th 1940 in a Hurricane I (P3160). C.R.Montgomery is buried at Pye Plage, France, he was 26.
Montgomery, H. F.
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   Died : 14 / 8 / 1940
Montgomery, H. F.

Sergeant H.F.Montgomery of No.43 Squadron was killed on August 14th 1940. His Hurricane (L1739) crashed south of Beachy Head following combat. He was 26 and buried at Senneville-sur-Fecamp in France.
Moon, Harry
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Moon, Harry

Flying his Hurricane off the carrier Ark Royal for Malta on June 30th 1941, Harry Moon was fortunate to arrive on the island to join 249 Squadron in a period when the opposition was provided by the Italians. The Hurricane were equal to this task and Moon took part in many combats. However, in December the Lufttwaffe appeared again and losses rose sharply. In February 1942, he was transferred to 126 Squadron when 249 was temporarily disbanded as a result of losses and pending the arrival of Spitfires. In April 1942, he was posted to the Middle East.
Morewood, Roger
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Morewood, Roger

An uncle suggested to Roger Morewood that he should join the RAF so Roger did at the age of 17. Roger said : I was going be a pilot, that was the only reason to join. Roger trained to fly in a Tiger Moth biplane before joining 56 Squadron - regarded within the RAF as an elite unit - flying open cockpit Gauntlet fighters. The squadron were then re-equipped with Gloster Gladiators - the last RAF biplane - then the Hawker Hurricanes that would join Spitfires in fighting off Hitlers Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain. While serving with 56 Squadron Roger Morewood was assigned the dangerous role of long-range fighter sweeps over the coast of occupied France and Holland but left to help form 248 Sqn at Hendon with whom he served throughout the Battle of Britain flying Blenheims. Roger said: We had a few panic station alerts when we were scrambled. We wouldd be leaping into our aircraft with flying suits over our pyjamas as we tried to get into the air in a minute and a half. In July 1942 Morewood went to 9 OTU and later HQ Transport Command. After a long post-war career in the RAF he retired in 1957. Roger Morewood once said of his squadron: It was damned dodgy. We had a high loss rate on operations. And on one sortie - then aged 21 - he nearly met his maker : I flew across to Den Helder (Northern Holland) in a long-nosed Blenheim to look after this battleship at the entrance to the Zuiderzee. We flew round this thing and sure enough I saw some aircraft coming up. They were twin-engine bombers naturally - Messerschmitt 110s. That was a bit hairy. My two blokes (other pilots) shoved off in a hurry into a cloud, and there was me popping away until I ran out of ammunition. There was just me left. I realised there was no point chasing - I was not going to knock his wings off. So I started flying home. After making hardly any noise all flight the chap (navigator) in the back said you haveve got somebody on your tail now - you had better move swiftly. So I moved to left and right. We got a pretty hefty clobbering. His turret disappeared at the back. My poor navigator wore a tin hat and I dont blame him. He got a bullet half way through his armour. He was alright. I had a dreadful wound. If I shook my hand really hard I could get blood out of one finger. I was hit all over the place. We took dozens of bullets. The aircraft was ruined. That is all there was to it. We were still going home - even with the North Sea to go across. So I trundled off back and ditched the damn thing. Thank God it didnt blow up. We literally got away with it. It was the hairiest trip I ever did. On another occasion, Roger intercepted a German weather forecasting flying boat called Weary Willy : I was in a Beaufighter at this time. I flew upwind and had a shot at him downwind. Then all the guns jammed. So I pulled alongside him - not too close - and waved him good luck lad. Anyway he sank when he got back to Norway. That was that one finished. Flying from Shetland, his squadron attacked German shipping off Norway. Roger was rested and spent two years training new Beaufighter pilots but still managed to go on some operations, mainly attacking convoys off the coast of Holland. Roger Morewood said: job was to attack the flak ships, floating anti-aircraft batteries, so other Beaufighters could attack the cargo ships. It could be pretty hairy as 12 Beaufighters lined up to have a crack at the target. You wouldd see tracer shells from your mates plane whizzing over your head or underneath you. They were a bigger danger than the Germans Wing Commander Roger Morwood was posted to the Mediterranean where he contracted TB. He recalled: "In hospital, they treated you with whisky in milk and a pint of Guinness for breakfast, very primitive stuff." When the war ended and the RAF were scaled down, Roger continued to serve in various postings around the UK until 1947. after leaving the RAF Roger was recalled again as an instructor at the Central Flying School, but with the rank of flight lieutenant. He was posted to Edinburgh and then Glasgow University squadrons. finnaly leaving service in 1957. Wing Commander Roger Morewood notched up more than 5000 flying hours in 32 different types of aircraft.

Roger Morewood signing the print A Day for Heroes

Roger Morewood signing the print Ground Force


Morgan, Tom Dalton
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   Died : 18 / 9 / 2004
Morgan, Tom Dalton

Flight Lieutenant T.F.Dalton-Morgan of No 43 Squadron was slightly wounded on the 13th of August 1940 after he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3972) following combat near to Cocking Down.
Morgan-Gray, H.
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   Died : 22 / 2 / 1941
Morgan-Gray, H.

Pilot Officer H.Morgan-Gray from No 46 Squadron was wounded on September 3rd 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3024) wounded after being attacked over Rochford.
Morris, E. J.
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Morris, E. J.

Pilot Officer E.J.Morris a South African from No 79 Squadron was wounded on August 31st 1940 when he was forced to crash land his Hurricane I (P3877) following combat.
Morrison, J. P.
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   Died : 22 / 10 / 1940
Morrison, J. P.

Sergeant J.P.Morrison from No 46 Squadron was killed on October 22nd 1940 when he was shot down over Dungeness in his Hurricane I (R4074).
Moss, W. J. M.
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   Died : 27 / 8 / 1940
Moss, W. J. M.

Sub-Lieutenant W.J.M.Moss of No.213 Squadron was killed on August 27th 1940. His Hurricane (N2336) ditched into the sea whilst on patrol over the Channel. He was aged 22.
Mould, Bill
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Mould, Bill

After joining 213 Sqn as a pilot he flew Hurricanes and Spitfires over France and Germany. In July 1944 he moved to 112 Sqn operating from Italy flying the P-40 and P-51 Mustang, completing a total of 100 operations. He was shot down on a mission over Croatia but evaded capture and was able to return to the unit in Italy.
Mounsdon, M. H.
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Mounsdon, M. H.

Pilot Officer M.H.Moundsen joined No 56 Squadron in June 1940. P/O M.H.Moundsen was shot down in his Hurricane I (R4197) following combat over Colchester on August 31st 1940. Following this Moundsen spent the following nine months in hospital recovering.
Mount, Mickey
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   Died : 4 / 8 / 2002
Mount, Mickey

Flying Officer C.J Mount joined NO.602 squadron on August 8th 1940 after a brief conversion course on Spitfires. On August 18th his Spitfire L1005 was severely damaged in combat with JU 87s and BF109s over Ford. Micky was unhurt. he again escaped injury when his Spitfire X4270 was damaged landing at Tangmere. he served in many of the theatres of WW2 and he flew Hurricanes in Malta and North Africa and Wellingtons in the Middle east. Micky retired and lived in Ascot in Berkshire. He died 4th August 2002.
Muchowski, K. A.
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Muchowski, K. A.


Mudge, Ron
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Mudge, Ron

6 Squadron Western Desert 1942 Hurricane IID Vickers 40mm Cannon fitter/armourer
Mudie, M. R.
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   Died : 14 / 7 / 1940
Mudie, M. R.

Pilot Officer M.R.Mudie from No 615 Squadron flying a Hurricane (L1584) was shot down on the 14th of July 1940 while he was on convoy patrol. He baled out over Dover and was rescued but he died on the 15th of July 1940.
Muirhead, I. J.
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   Died : 15 / 10 / 1940
Muirhead, I. J.

Pilot Officer I.J.Muirhead of No 605 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (V7305) safely on October 7th 1940 over Bexley, Kent following combat. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in October 1940. On the 15th of that month he was forced to bale out of his Hurricane I (N2546) but was too low and was killed. He had been in combat with Bf 109's over Maidstone.
Mullinger, E G P
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   Died : 18 / 1 / 1940
Mullinger, E G P

Killed in a mid air collision in Hurricane Mk.I L2066 of No.43 Sqn which collided with Hurricane L1734 piloted by Sergeant H J Steeley who was also killed.
Murch, L. C.
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   Died : 16 / 9 / 1943
Murch, L. C.

Pilot Officer L.C.Murch from No 253 Squadron was unhurt when he crashed at Nonnington, Kent on September 3rd 1940 when his engine cut and he had to force-land his Hurricane I (P3610). He was injured on October 11th 1940 when he baled out of his Hurricane I (V6570) with a broken arm. He had been in combat over Tunbridge Wells.
Murphy, Geoff
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Murphy, Geoff

Geoff Murphy started flying with Aberdeen University Squadron as a 17 year old student in April 1941. He was called up in October and completed his flying training in Florida in August 1942. After staff piloting duties at a radio school, he was posted to fly Hurricanes in mid 1943 flying convoy patrols over the North Sea. Early in 1944 he converted to Typhoons and joined 245 Squadron in mid May 1944, just in time for D-Day. He had only fired four practice concrete head rockets before going on his first op. He stayed with 245 Squadron for the remainder of the war. He became a Flight Commander and was Mentioned in Despatches. At the end of hostilities in Europe, he had completed 141 operational sorties. After the war he stayed on in the Air Force, his duties including command of the first Jet Provost Squadron in the RAF. -- The slaughter in the Pocket continued up yo about 25th August with the lanes in the bocage country bordered by high banks being death traps to tanks, vehicles, men and horses which tried to move along them. The destruction and casualties were appalling and even from the air the stench of death was apparent from inside closed cockpits. As the noose tightened, it became clear that the one type of equipment which the Germans did not abandon in their headlong flight was their flak, as was evident from the casualties sustained. The ground attack pilots and the German flak gunners were constant daily adversaries throghout the campaign, since on every operation, in order to hit their targets, pilots had to dive into a cone of concentrated flak, remaining within it until their weapons were aimed and released and perhaps being most vulnerable when pulling out. We had armour plate at our backs underneath the cockpit, but the engine and flying control systems were unprotected and in a steep climb away from the target, as speed was rapidly reducing, it was advisable to turn the aircraft rapidly from side to side to spoil the gunners aim. Alternatively, keeping the aircraft very low and using the maximum speed attained at the bottom of the dive to get away from the target at roof-top height, made it very difficult for the gunners to keep their sights on the aircraft. This technique led, however, to the risk that when a climb to height to join up with the rest of the Squadron was eventually commenced, airspeed was lower and the rate of climb poorer, so that any other flak batteries within range in the area had a greater chance of hitting you.
Murray, Alan Duncan
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   Died : 0 / 3 / 2001
Murray, Alan Duncan

Alan Duncan Murray was born on 10th July 1915 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1934. He was posted to 3 FTS Grantham on 3rd April and with his training completed joined 18 Squadron at Upper Heyford on 4th March 1935, flying Hawker Hart light bombers. In late 1935 Murray went to Leuchars for catapult training, then Calshot for floatplane training and finally Gosport for deck-landing and torpedo training. He was detached to HMS Malaya in the Mediterranean, to be on Swordfish catapult duty. On 30th May 1936 Murray was posted to 812 (Fleet Torpedo-Bomber) Squadron, based at Hal Far, Malta and on HMS Glorious. In early 1939 he went to the A&AEE Martlesham Heath. The Establishment moved to Boscombe Down on 5th September 1939. Murray did a refresher course and converted to Hurricanes at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge in early June 1940 and was detached from there to RAF Wittering on 12th June for Ops Room duties. He joined 46 Squadron at Digby on the 18th, as OC 'B' Flight. He returned to Boscombe Down on 22nd July for flying duties. He was attached to 501 Squadron at Kenley from 16th to 25th September to gain operational experience. Whilst with 501 Murray flew six operational sorties, four on the 18th and two on the 20th. He then joined 73 Squadron at Castle Camps on 26th September and assumed command on the 27th. Murray took the squadron from Debden to Birkenhead, for service in the Middle East, on 9th November. After arriving the pilots began operating in the Western Desert in December, attached to 274 Squadron. On 1st January 1941 the squadron began operating as a unit and on the 3rd Murray shared in destroying eight enemy aircraft on a landing ground. On the 21st he shot down a Fiat G50 over Tobruk, on 1st February destroyed a Caproni Ghibli on Apollonia airfield, on the 5th shared in destroying eight enemy bombers on the ground at Benina and on the 20th damaged a Ju88. Murray was awarded the DFC (gazetted 28th March 1941) and in April was posted to Cairo, as Controller at Heliopolis. He later had the job of locating possible new airfields in the desert, then went to Group HQ Cairo and was afterwards posted to command the Fighter Sector at Abadan, Iran. Murray returned to the UK in March 1944 and took command of a unit at Hurn, servicing fighters for France. He later moved with it to Tangmere. From September 1944 until September 1945 Murray commanded RAF Manston, as an Acting Group Captain. He retired from the RAF on 15th January 1958 as a Wing Commander, retaining the rank of Group Captain. Murray died in March 2001.
Murray, P. H.
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   Died : 8 / 12 / 1942
Murray, P. H.

Killed December 8th 1942
Murton-Neale, P. N.
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   Died : 13 / 5 / 1940
Murton-Neale, P. N.

Flight Officer P.N.Murton-Neale of No.615 Squadron was in Hurricane (L2035) when it was shot down near Namur whilst on escort on May 13th 1940 and killed. He was 23 and was buried at Courriere.
Neil, Tom
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Neil, Tom

Tom Neil joined 249 Squadron flying Hurricanes just before the start of the Battle of Britain flying from North Weald on 7th September; his first victory was an Me109, followed in quick succession by 10 others and 1 probable. On 7th November he collided in mid-air with Wing Commander Francis Beamish and his aircraft lost its tail. He baled out of his Hurricane unhurt, Beamish force-landing unscathed. Tom was awarded a Bar to his DFC in November Later he served in Malta where he gained another victory, over an Mc200. In September 1942 he was given command of 41 Squadron flying Spitfires before moving to the 9th USAF, 100th Fighter Wing flying P51 Mustangs before and after D-Day. In January 1944 he was posted as Fighter Liason Officer with the US 100th Fighter Wing, and flew with the unit on D-Day. He is believed to be the first English pilot to land on French soil after D-Day. Tom Neil finished the war with 12 and 4-shared victories.
Nelson-Edwards, George H.
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Nelson-Edwards, George H.

Pilot Officer George H.Nelson-Edwards of No 79 Squadron wrote of his Hurricane I (N2345) on August 31st 1940. He crashed after combat near to Biggin Hill. On September 29th 1940 he baled out of his Hurricane (P3203) after combat off the Welsh Coast. He was later rescued.
Nesbitt, A. D.
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Nesbitt, A. D.

Flight Officer A.D.Nesbitt a Canadian of No 1 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3080) over Tunbridge on September 15th. He baled out wounded. Nesbitt was back in combat on the 9th of October 9th 1940, his Hurricane was badly damaged but he managed to land safely, uninjured. In March 1941 he took command of the re-numbered No 401 Squadron. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 23rd of September 1941.
New, W. G.
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New, W. G.

Flight Officer W.G.New baled out of his Hurricane (N2473) on May 29th 1940 when he was involved in combat with a Me109.
Newling, M. A.
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   Died : 6 / 7 / 1941
Newling, M. A.

Flight Officer M.(Mike) A.Newling of No 145 Squadron destroyed two aircraft in fighting over Dunkirk. On July 19th 1940 M.A.Newling force-landed his aircraft on an emergency strip. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 4th of February 1941. M.A.Newling was killed in a Spitfire Va (W3366) near Lille, France on July 6th 1941.
Newman, Burt
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Newman, Burt

6 Squadron Hurricane ground attack Pilot 1944-1946
Newton, H. S.
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Newton, H. S.

Sergeant Harry S.Newton of No 111 Squadron crash landed his Hurricane I (P3548) on the 11th of August 1940 near Boyton in Oxfordshire, he ran out of fuel after combat. His aircraft was a write off but he survived. He baled out of his burning Hurricane I (P3943) safely on the 18th of August 1940 during an attack on a Do 17 of KG 76 near Kenley, at 13:15hrs. He landed landed near Tatsfield Beacon in Surrey.
Newton, K. E.
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   Died : 28 / 6 / 1940
Newton, K. E.

Flight Officer K.E.Newton of No.151 Squadron was shot down over the sea in May 1940 in his Hurricane (P3303) and later rescued by a hospital ship. He was killed on June 28th 1940, his Hurricane (P3322) was shot down over sea in combat with a Me109 and he baled out.
Niccolls, Henry Leslie
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   Died : 3 / 3 / 1940
Niccolls, Henry Leslie

Henry Niccolls was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan in 1917 and is believed to have enlisted in March 1939. He received his commission to the rank of Acting P/O on probation on 13th May 1939 and was later graded as P/O on probation on 6th November 1939. On the same date he was posted to 242 Squadron pretty much on its formation at Church Fenton. At that time 242 Squadron did not have any aircraft but over the coming weeks they took charge of a few Blenheims though these were soon exchanged for Hurricanes. All of 242 Squadron's pilot began conversion to fly the Hurricane type in January and February 1940 apart from P/O Niccolls who, it was stated in the squadron records, was sick. On 3rd March 1940 He was undertaking a night training flight in Hurricane L2002 when for unknown reasons the aircraft flew into the ground near Bolton Percy to the south of Tadcaster at 05.10hrs This flight in which he was killed was very likely to have been one of his first in the Hurricane type. His funeral took place at Kirkby Wharfe on 7th March 1940.
Nicholls, Doug
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Nicholls, Doug

A pre-war RAFVR pilot, in June 1940 Nicholls converted to Hurricanes at 7 OTU, Hawarden. Nicholls flew during the Battle of Britain with 85 and 242 and in September joined 151 Squadron.at Digby On September 30, 1940, he shared in the destruction of a Ju 88 and returned to Digby with his Hurricane P 5182 severely damaged by return fire. Nicholls spent only a brief time with 242 but Bader made a considerable impression. After a hard day Nicholls remembers Bader taking off his legs and dressing the stumps with lotion and talcum powder. Few people realise, Nicholls feels, just how much strain combat flying with artificial legs must have been. Later in the war Nicholls flew Hurricanes with 258 Squadron in the Far East to Seletar airfield, Singapore and flew their first operation on January 31 1942. On February 10 1942 the three surviving Hurricanes of 258 were withdrawn to Palembang with the fifteen surviving pilots, six remained behind to fly with 605 Squadron, with Nicholls being one of the nine evacuated from Java to Ceylon. 258 Squadron was reformed at Ratmalana on March 1 1942 and Nicholls rejoined it. Awarded the DFC (19.5.44) he remained with 258 until August 1944, when he was posted to HQ 224 Group, Burma, as Squadron Leader Tactics.
Nicholson, James . B. E.
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   Died : 2 / 5 / 1945
Nicholson, James . B. E.

Nicolson was 23 years old and a flight lieutenant in No. 249 Squadron, he was awarded the Victoria Cross. On 16 August 1940 near Southampton, Nicolson's Hawker Hurricane was fired on by a Messerschmitt Bf 110, injuring the pilot in one eye and one foot. His engine was also damaged and the petrol tank set alight. As he struggled to leave the blazing machine he saw another Messerschmitt, and managing to get back into the bucket seat, pressed the firing button and continued firing until the enemy plane dived away to destruction. Not until then did he bail out, and he was able to open his parachute in time to land safely in a field. Flight Lieutenant J.B.E.Nicholson was reported as missing on May 2nd of 1945. Fully recovered by September 1941, Nicolson was posted to India in 1942. Between August 1943 and August 1944 he was a Squadron Leader and C.O. of No 27 Squadron, flying Bristol Beaufighters over Burma. During this time he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. As a Wing Commander, he was killed on 2 May 1945 when a RAF B-24 Liberator from No. 355 Squadron, in which he was flying as an observer, caught fire and crashed into the Bay of Bengal. His body was not recovered.
Noble, Dennis
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   Died : 30 / 8 / 1940
Noble, Dennis

He joined the RAFVR about October 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot and was called to full-time service on 1st September 1939. He completed his training at 11 FTS Shawbury and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 6th July 1940. joined 43 Squadron at Northolt on 3rd August 1940. On the 13th he made an emergency landing at Tangmere after an operational sortie, with damage to his glycol system and radiator. On the 16th Noble claimed a Ju87 destroyed. Sergeant D.Noble of No.43 Squadron was killed on August 30th 1940. His Hurricane (P3179) was shot down by a Me109 over Sussex.
Norris, P. P.
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   Died : 13 / 8 / 1940
Norris, P. P.

Sergeant P.P.Norris of No 213 Squadron was killed on August 13th 1940 in his Hurricane I (P3348) when it was shot down off Portland, he is buried at Etaples, France. He was 22.
North, G.
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   Died : 10 / 2 / 1943
North, G.

Sergeant G.North of No.32 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2583) on May 20th 1940 when he crash-landed near Arras following combat. He baled out safely.
North, H. L.
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   Died : 1 / 5 / 1942
North, H. L.

Killed May 1st 1942
North-Bomford, D. J.
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North-Bomford, D. J.

Sgt. D.J.North-Bomford flew Hurricane's with No 17 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. On August 18th 1940 his Hurricane I was damaged in combat off Dover.
Nowak, T.
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Nowak, T.

Pilot Officer Tadeusz Nowak from Poland flew Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain with No 253 Squadron. He was promoted to flying officer.
Nowakiewicz, E. J. A.
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Nowakiewicz, E. J. A.

Sergeant Eugeniusz J.A.Nowakiewicz from Poland flew Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain with No 302 Squadron. He attained the rank of Flying officer.
Nowell, Gareth L.
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Nowell, Gareth L.

Sergeant Gareth L.Nowell of No.87 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L1614) on May 16th 1940 when he crash-landed following combat with a Do17. He was uninjured. Nowell was flying in Hurricane (P3550) on May 23rd when he was shot down over northern France by Me109s, he baled out safely and evaded capture before returning to the UK.
Nutter, Reginald C
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Nutter, Reginald C

257 Squadron, Canada, Hurricanes.
O'Bryne, P.
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O'Bryne, P.

Sgt. P.O'Bryne of No 501 Squadron crashed his Hurricane I (V7595) near Leatherhead on October 29th 1940. He got out safely.
O'Neill, J. A.
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O'Neill, J. A.

Squadron Leader J.A.O'Neill of No.601 Squadron was wounded on April 16th 1940 when his Hurricane (Z3090) was involved in combat with a Me109 and he baled out near Dungeness.
Oelofse, J. R. S.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Oelofse, J. R. S.

Pilot Officer J.R.S.Oelofse a South African joined No 43 Squadron in February 1940. Oelofse was killed in combat around 10 miles south of the Isle of Wight on August 8th 1940 in Hurricane I (P3468), aged 23.
Olewinski, B.
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   Died : 3 / 11 / 1940
Olewinski, B.

Sergeant B.Olewinski of No.111 Squadron was killed on November 3rd 1940. His Hurricane (V6560) was shot down by a He111 over the North Sea.
Oliver, O. W.
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Oliver, O. W.

Squadron Leader O.W.Oliver of No. 85 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P2821) on May 13th 1940 when he was involved in combat with a Me109 over Belgium, he baled out safely.
Orton, Newell
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   Died : 17 / 9 / 1941
Orton, Newell

Flight Officer Newell Orton of No.73 Squadron was in Hurricane (P2579) on May 15th 1940 when it was shot down in combat with Me110s, Orton baled out safely but was wounded.
Ostowicz, A.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Ostowicz, A.

Flight Officer A.Ostowicz from Poland joined No 145 Squadron on the 16th of July 1940. He was in combat with enemy fighters on August 11th 1940 when he was shot down and killed off Swanage in his Hurricane I (V7294). He was awarded the K.W. and Bar on February 1st 1941.
Ottewill, P. G.
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Ottewill, P. G.

Sergeant P.G.Ottewill of No.43 Squadron was badly burned on June 7th 1940 when his Hurricane was shot down by a Me109 near Wanchy-Capval.
Owen, J. S.
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   Died : 18 / 5 / 1940
Owen, J. S.

Flight Lieutenant J.S.Owen of No.504 Squadron was killed whilst flying in Hurricane (L1912) on May 18th 1940, he baled out in combat with Me109s and was killed when parachuting to the ground. He was 25 and buried at Cambrai.
Pace, T. C.
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Pace, T. C.

Flight Officer T.C.Pace of No.85 Squadron was in Hurricane (L1694) on May 15th 1940 when he crash-landed the aircraft in flames following combat with Me110s over Belgium. Pace survived but suffered burns.
Page, A. D.
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   Died : 8 / 11 / 1940
Page, A. D.

Killed November 8th 1940
Page, Alan Geoffrey
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   Died : 3 / 8 / 2000
Page, Alan Geoffrey

Geoffrey Page was born in Boxmoor on 16th May 1920. Geoffrey Page developed an early interest in aviation, which is not surprising as he had an uncle who flew during the Great War and another uncle was Sir Frederick Handley Page, the great aircraft manufacturer. Page went to Dean Close School in Cheltenham, Glouscestershire, and later went to the Imperial College to study engineering. It was at college he joined the University Air Squadron at Northolt. Two weeks after the outbreak of the Second World War, Geoffrey Page received his call-up papers and joined the RAF with the rank of Acting Pilot Officer and went to Cranwell for advanced training. In May 1940 after a short period of instructing, Page was posted to 66 Squadron, flying Supermarine Spitfires but was almost immediately re-assigned to 56 Squadron where he was to fly the Hawker Hurricane. Whilst as a pilot officer with 56 squadron he took part in the Battles of France and Britain, and had accounted for three kills by the time he was shot down on the 12th August 1940 during the Battle of Britain. Flying behind his commanding officer, who was attacking a large formation of Dornier Do17 bombers, his Hurricane was hit and caught fire. Burning high-octane fuel sprayed into the cockpit, covering Page, resulting in very bad burns to his face and hands. Page parachuted out and his Hurricane crashed into the sea. After being picked up from the sea he was taken to the burns unit at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, where he was treated by Sir Archibald MacIndoe, a pioneering plastic surgeon. He spent the next two years in hospital undergoing numerous plastic surgery operations. Both of his hands were burnt down to the bone, and his head had swollen to three times its normal size. Page had also received gunshot wounds to his legs. Page became a founding member of the Guinea Pig Club, where Sir Archibald MacIndoe was elected life time president and Geoffrey Page was its first chairman. In late 1942 he re-joined operations again as a Flight Lieutenant. He joined No.132 Squadron as a supernumerary Flight Lieutenant, before volunteering for service in North Africa, but returned to the UK as the desert heat caused problems on his skin grafts. In July 1943 he won his first DFC. Later in the year he joined 122 Squadron as a Flight Commander, before re-joining No.132 Squadron in January 1944 as Commanding Officer. On 29th April 1944 Page led his squadron to strafe Deelen airfield in Holland, and attacked a Bf110 night fighter that was landing. Despite the odds, the Bf110 shot down two Spitfires, before Page forced the aircraft down and destroyed it. The pilot of the Bf110 was the famous Major Hans-Joachim Jabs, who survived. Page was later promoted Wing Leader of 125 wing, and after another DFC he won the DSO at the end of 1944. Page had achieved his goal of 15 victories (10 solo, 5 shared, and 3 damaged). After the war on a tour of the United States met his wife to be, the daughter of a British Hollywood actor. He left the R.A.F. in 1948 joining Vickers Armstrong. In retirement, Page remained the driving force of the Guinea Pig Club, and also founded the Battle of Britain Trust. This raised more than one million pounds, with which the Battle of Britain memorial was erected overlooking the Straits of Dover. In 1995 he was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Sadly Alan Geoffrey Page DSO, OBE, DFC and Bar died 3rd August 2000.
Page, C. L.
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Page, C. L.

Flight Lieutenant C.L.Page was with No 234 Squadron flying Spitfires through most of the Battle of Britain, at St. Eval but was a member of No 145 Squadron from July 31st 1940 to August 19th 1940 flying Hurricanes.
Page, W. T.
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   Died : 16 / 11 / 1943
Page, W. T.

Sergeant W.T.Page of No 1 Squadron force-landed his Hurricane I (P3318) near Peterborough after combat on October 29th 1940.
Pain, J. F.
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Pain, J. F.

Pilot Officer J.F.Pain of No.32 Squadron was seriously wounded on August 18th 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane (P3147) which was involved in combat over Biggin Hill and crashed near Herne Bay.
Palak, J.
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Palak, J.


Palliser, Charles
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   Died : 24 / 9 / 2011
Palliser, Charles

Born in West Hartlepool, Charles Palliser was educated at Brougham School and later attended a technical school. Joining the RAFVR at the outbreak of war in 1939, Charles Palliser was posted to No.3 ITW Hasting, moved to No.11 EFTS Perth on 5th December 1939 and in April 1940 went to No.6 FTS at RAF Little Rissington. Palliser converted to Hawker Hurricanes at No.6 OTU at RAF Sutton Bridge in July 1940 and joined No.17 Squadron at RAF Debden on 3rd August 1940 during the Battle of Britain. Palliser moved to RAF Tangmere with No.43 Squadron on 18th August 1940 and then to North Weald with 249 Squadron on 14th September 1940. On the 15th of September he claimed his first aerial victory. In April 1941 Palliser was commissioned and embarked with 249 Sqn on HMS Furious and on 10th May sailed for Gibraltar, and on arrival the squadron transferred to HMS Ark Royal. The squadron flew to Ta' Qali, Malta on 21stMay 1941 to take part in the Battle of Malta. During that battle he claimed a further five victories, and on 27th November Palliser flew Gladiator Faith on a met flight. In January 1942 he was posted to 605 Squadron as flight commander. Palliser was awarded the DFC, which was gazetted on 30th January 1942. He left the island in February 1942 as one of the islands longest serving pilots and joined No.25 Air School at Standerton as flight commander, arriving in South Africa to take up the appointment on the 28th March 1942. Palliser was posted to No.62 CFS, Bloemfontein on 17th July, to 2 EFTS Randfontein on 19th October and then to 4 EFTS Benoni on 2nd September 1943. He returned to the UK and in October 1947 Palliser retired from the RAF, at the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
Palmer, C. D.
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Palmer, C. D.

Flight Officer C.D.Palmer of No.1 Squadron was flying Hurricane (P2820) on May 17th 1940 when it was involved in combat with Me110s near Reims, he baled out safely.
Pankratz, W.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1940
Pankratz, W.

Flight Lieutenant W.Pankratz from Poland joined No 145 Squadron on July 16th 1940. Flight Lieutenant W.Pankratz was posted as missing following combat South of the Isle of White in his Hurricane I (R4176) on August 12th 1940, aged 37. He was awarded the KW on February 1st 1940.
Parker, C. T.
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Parker, C. T.

Pilot Officer C.T. Parker of No.79 Squadron was involved in combat in his Hurricane (L2065) on May 12th 1940 with a Do17 whilst on patrol.
Parker, T. C.
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Parker, T. C.

Pilot Officer T.C.Parker of No.79 Squadron was shot down in Hurricane (P2634) on May 20th 1940 by ground fire near St Quentin.
Parkin, Eric
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   Died : 23 / 7 / 2008
Parkin, Eric

After converting to Hurricanes, Parkin was posted to France to join 501 Squadron. In mid-June the squadron prepared to evacuate France. The squadron reassembled at Croydon on the 21st. In the late evening of July 31st 1940 the squadron took off from Hawkinge to return to Gravesend, but his aircraft had a starting problem and he took off late. Arriving at Gravesend in failing light he undershot the runway and touched coiled barbed wire on the boundary which caused the Hurricane to become inverted. Badly injured he was admitted to Gravesend Hospital, later transferred to Halton and did not rejoin 501 until February 5th 1941. With a non-operational category, he was posted away for an instructors course on April 16th 1941 and was instructing until the end of the war. Sadly, Eric Parkin passed away on 23rd July 2008.
Parkinson, C.
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   Died : 21 / 7 / 1940
Parkinson, C.

Sergeant C.Parkinson of No 238 Squadron was shot down on July 20th 1940 while on patrol. His Hurricane I (P3766) was attacked South of Swanage. He was rescued but died on July 21st 1940.
Parnall, Denis.C.
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   Died : 18 / 9 / 1940
Parnall, Denis.C.

Flight Lieutenant D.C.Parnall of No 249 Squadron was on patrol in his Hurricane I (V6685) when he was shot down and killed over Gravesend on September 18th 1940.
Parnall, J. B.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Parnall, J. B.

Squadron Leader J.B.Parnall of No.504 Squadron was killed on May 14th 1940 when he was shot down in his Hurricane (L1639) following combat with He111s near Louvignies.
Parnell, D. G.
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   Died : 18 / 9 / 1940
Parnell, D. G.

Flight Lieutenant D.G.Parnell of No.249 Squadron was killed on September 18th 1940. His Hurricane (V6685) was shot down over Gravesend. He was 25, buried at St Gennys in Cornwall.
Parnell, S. B.
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   Died : 9 / 9 / 1940
Parnell, S. B.

Pilot Officer S.B.Parnell of No.607 Squadron was killed on September 9th 1940. His Hurricane (P3574) was written off when it crashed following combat near Goudhurst killing Parnell. He was 30 and buried at Oldham.
Parrott, Peter
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   Died : 27 / 8 / 2003
Parrott, Peter

Born 28th of June 1920, Peter Parrott joined the RAF in 1938, completing his fighter pilot training before joining No.607 Sqn in early 1940. On the 10th of May 1940, he destroyed two He111s and damaged a further two, sharing in another the next day. He was then posted to No.145 Sqn, damaging a Bf110 on May the 22nd and an He111 four days later, an action which saw his aircraft sufficiently damaged to force him to crash land in Kent. During the Battle of Britain, Peter Parrott destroyed a Me109, Ju87, Ju88 and damaged an He111, before being posted to No.605 Sqn in September. After baling out of his damaged Hurricane in December 1940 and remaining with 605 Sqn until summer 1941, he became an instructor. From July 1943 he joined a number of Squadrons in Italy, returning to Britain after the war to become a test pilot. He died 27th August 2003.
Parrott, R. J.
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   Died : 5 / 5 / 1941
Parrott, R. J.

Sergeant R.J.Parrott of No.257 Squadron was killed on May 5th 1941. His Hurricane (P3866) was shot down whilst coming into land at Duxford. He was buried at Whittlesford, Cambs. He was 25.
Parry, Hugh
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Parry, Hugh

Hugh Parry joined the RAF from Northern Rhodesia in December 1939, and after training in England was posted in February 1941 to join 260 Squadron flying Hurricanes. In April he transferred to 266 Squadron flying first Spitfires and then Typhoons. In March 1943 he went to Malta with 601 Squadron on the USS Wasp, flying the Spitfire Vc, where he remained until July. After a spell as a test pilot, he returned to combat with 41 Squadron flying Spitfire MkXIIs. On 24th September 1943 he was shot down near Beauvais and managed to evade capture for the next five months until he was eventually captured by the Gestapo in Paris. After a month in prison he was sent to Stalag Luft III until the end of the war.
Passy, C. W.
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Passy, C. W.

Flight Officer C.W.Passy of No.605 Squadron crash-landed his Hurricane (P3827) near Usworth following combat near Newcastle.
Pasziewicz, L. W.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Pasziewicz, L. W.

Killed September 7th 1940
Paszkiewicz, Ludwik
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Paszkiewicz, Ludwik

Flight Officer L.W.Paszkiewicz of No.303 Squadron was killed on September 27th 1940. His Hurricane (L1696) was shot down over Kent. He was 32.
Paterek, E.
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   Died : 28 / 3 / 1941
Paterek, E.

Sergeant E.Paterek was killed on March 28th 1941. His Hurricane (V7187) was involved in a collision with another aircraft.
Patterson, L. J.
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   Died : 28 / 11 / 1940
Patterson, L. J.

Sergeant L.J.Patterson of No.501 Squadron was killed on November 28th 1940. His Hurricane (P5189) was shot down by a Me109 near Hastings. He was 23.
Patterson, P. J.
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   Died : 20 / 8 / 1940
Patterson, P. J.

Midshipman P.J.Patterson of No.242 Squadron was killed on August 20th of 1940. His Hurricane (P2976) crashed into the sea off Winterton due to an unknown cause. He was 29.
Peacock, M. F.
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   Died : 20 / 5 / 1940
Peacock, M. F.

Squadron Leader M.F.Peacock of No.85 Squadron was killed on May 20th 1940 during a ground attack on Arras whilst flying in Hurricane (L2141). He was aged 28 and buried at Arras.
Peacock, W. A.
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   Died : 11 / 9 / 1940
Peacock, W. A.

Sergeant W.A.Peacock of No.46 Squadron was killed on September 11th 1940. His Hurricane (V7232) was shot down over Thames Estuary. He was 20.
Pearce, L. H. B.
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   Died : 9 / 4 / 1941
Pearce, L. H. B.

Sergeant L.H.B.Pearce of No.32 Squadron was wounded on August 18th 1940, he baled out of his Hurricane (R4106) after combat near Canterbury.
Pearson, Geoffrey Wilberforce
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   Died : 6 / 9 / 1940
Pearson, Geoffrey Wilberforce

Killed combat during combat in Hurricane (P3516) near Ashford on September 6th 1940. He is buried in Lympne churchyard in Kent. Son of Vivien Wilberforce and Frieda Marion Pearson, of East End, Oxfordshire.
Peel, John
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   Died : 7 / 1 / 2004
Peel, John

Born 17th October 1911. John Peel is credited with having fired the first shots of the Battle of Britain. In July 1940, he commanded No.145 Sqn destroying one and sharing in the destruction of three German bombers. During the battle of Britain, he damaged or destroyed three enemy aircraft, and was himself shot down, crash landing on the Isle of Wight. After the Battle of Britain he served as a Wing Leader, once more being shot down - this time over the Channel, until in January 1943 he took a job in the Air Ministry, where he served until the end of the war. He died 7th January 2004.
Penny, Michael
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Penny, Michael

His war service began in October 1940 at I.TW. Newquay. On completion of his training he was posted to No. 24 E. F.T.S. Luton. After 11 hours dual flying he first flew solo in a Miles Magister. After forty hours instruction he was posted to No. 9 S.F.T.S. Hullavington for advanced flying on Miles Masters and Hurricanes. On completing this course he was presented with his "Wings", having now flown 62 hours. His next posting was to No. 60 O.T.U. at East Fortune where he converted to B & P Defiants. "The Defiant was a very unpleasant aircraft to fly, very heavy and I did not like the idea of becoming a night fighter in this aircraft" said Michael. He was then posted to No. 153 Squadron in Northern Ireland; after only a few days the Squadron was disbanded and he was given a chance to convert to Beaufighters or stay on 'singles'. Michael requested training for Spitfires but was informed that there were no vacancies at that moment in time. He then asked if he could fly Lysanders being used to tow drogues. His request was granted and he flew Lysanders until January 1943 when his posting came through to 58 O.T.U. Grangemouth. He completed 50 hours on Spitfires and was posted to 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron 124 Airfield, Lasham. Michael recalls, "Although we were operational, we were now in 2 nd T. A. F. and most of our flying was done in cooperation with the Army and Tank Cor. This involved continual very low flying and demanded very strict air flying discipline - this held me in good stead as time went on". In May 1943 the Squadron moved to 121 Airfield Fairlop where he flew his first operation over occupied Europe on a fighter sweep over Rouen, followed by an escort op. with Ventura bombers to Zeebruger; this was his first experience of enemy antiaircraft fire. Various escort and fighter sweeps followed. There followed a series of moves to various airfields in Sussex and Kent. In early 1944 the Squadron, then stationed at Ford, had bombs fitted to our aircraft for dropping on V1 launch sites. "We began our dive at about 10,000 feet and released our bomb at 5000 feet - a most unpleasant experience. This brought us into range from all kinds of anti-aircraft fire, but fortunately we suffered very few direct hits," Michael recalls. After completing over 120 operations Michael was posted "tour expired" by the Air Comm. and went on to become a Spitfire flying instructor. He was demobilised in November 1945.
Perkin, F. S.
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Perkin, F. S.

& 421Flt.
Perrin, G. C.
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Perrin, G. C.


Perry, G. V.
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   Died : 27 / 5 / 1940
Perry, G. V.

Squadron Leader G.V.Perry of No.605 Squadron was killed on May 27th 1940, when flying in Hurricane (P3423) he was shot down by fighters.
Peterson, O. J.
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Peterson, O. J.

Flight Officer O.J.Peterson of No.1 Squadron (RCAF) was killed on September 27th 1940. His Hurricane (P3647) was shot down near Kent by Ju88s and fighters. Peterson was an American who flew with the Canadian Airforce, he was 25.
Pettigrew, J. F.
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Pettigrew, J. F.

Pilot Officer J.F.Pettigrew of No.151 Squadron was wounded on June 7th 1940, he was on patrol over France and his Hurricane (P3529) was shot down by a Me109 near Le Treport.
Pettigrew, John Frederick
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Pettigrew, John Frederick

Magister I P2495, 151 Sqn, North Weald Hit inn roof while low-flying, South Stoke, Oxon Plt Off Peter Phillips (22) killed Plt Off John Frederick Pettigrew injured (Australian) P/O Pettigrew went missing on 7 June 1940, His unit, No.151 Sqn. flew its Hurricanes to Manston, refuelled and together with No.56 Sqn. (Hurricanes), carried out a patrol from Abbeville to Amiens. There was a brief clash with enemy fighters identified as Heinkel He113s, but did not develop into a fight. All the Hurricanes, except Pettigrew's, returned to Manston and refuelled. it seems Pettigrew was flying Hurricane P3529 which was Shot down by Fw Albert of 7./JG3 in combat over St-Valery-sur-Somme, west of Abbeville, 1.58 p.m. he manged to parachute out of the aircraft and maanaged to get back back to England. He eventually attained the rank of Temporary Squadron Leader and was posted to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down. On 24 August 24, 1944, while he was leading another aircraft in Hurricane HW187, there was a mid-air collision with KX176 and he was killed His promotion were P/O to F/O 23 April 1940 P/O to Flt Lt 23 July 1941 Flt Lt to Sqn Ldr 1 July 1943
Pettit, H. W.
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   Died : 2 / 2 / 1941
Pettit, H. W.

Killed February 2nd 1941**
Pexton, R. D.
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Pexton, R. D.

Flight Officer R.D.Pexton of No.615 Squadron was wounded on May 19th 1940 when flying in Hurricane (N2331), he baled out north of Cambrai following combat with Me109s.
Phillipart, J. A. L.
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   Died : 25 / 8 / 1940
Phillipart, J. A. L.

Pilot Officer J.A.L.Phillipart of No.213 Squadron was killed on August 25th 1940. His Hurricane (V7226) was shot down off Portland, he baled out but sadly drowned.
Pickering, James
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Pickering, James

Jim Pickering joined the RAFVR in 1937, and was attached to 769 Sqn FAA, then 804 Sqn FAA. In June 1940 he returned to the RAF and flew Spitfires with 64 Sqn during the Battle of Britain. With 418 Flight Jim flew Hurricanes to Malta from HMS Argus on 2nd August 1940. This flight was to reinforce Maltas handful of outdated Gladiators and few surviving Hurricanes, and on 16th August was amalgamated to become 261 Squadron. With this unit Jim flew Hurricanes and at least five operations in the legendary Gladiators, which have been immortalised as Faith, Hope, and Charity. In April 1941 Jim was posted, first to Egypt, then 80 Squadron in October 1942, and 145 Squadron in December. He returned to the UK in 1943. Born in 1915 in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, James Pickering studied the printing business in Europe during the 1930s. Convinced that Hitler represented a threat which could lead to war, Pickering joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1937. As a "week-end" flyer he earned his wings as a Sergeant Pilot in April of 1939. In September of that year Pickerings unit was mobilized. He was sent to an attachment of the Fleet Air Arm, where he flew Gladiators, Skuas, and Rocs, following his carrier training. In June of 1940 Pickering returned to the RAF flying Spitfires with No. 64 Squadron based in Kenley during the Battle of Britain. Pickering was selected along with eleven other carrier-qualified pilots to fly Hurricanes to Malta off the deck of the HMS Argus. On arrival in Malta these new Hurricanes and their pilots were integrated with the 3 flyable Gladiators and 3 Hurricanes already there to form No. 261 Squadron. This unit carried on the defense of Malta against Italian and German bombing missions which were launched regularly from Sicily, only sixty miles distant. Because of his earlier experience with the Gladiator, Pickering flew both Gladiators and Hurricanes at Malta for eight months. It is believed that Pickering is the last living RAF pilot to fly the Gladiator at Malta. Following his assignment in Malta, Pickering joined No. 1 Aircraft Delivery Unit which ferried aircraft from the West African Gold Coast and Port Sudan to various points throughout the war theater of operations. Pickering delivered a P-40 Warhawk to the Flying Tigers which involved one of the first flights "over the hump." In October of 1942 Pickering returned to operational flying with No. 80 Squadron (Hurricanes) at EI Alamein, and later with No. 145 Squadron (Spitfires). Having completed three separate operational tours, Pickering returned to England when victory was achieved in North Africa. In England, Pickering was assigned as a test pilot with No. 3501 Servicing Unit. He tested modifications to the Spitfire, and also test flew a number of P-51 Mustangs. Later he was transferred to No. 151 Repair Unit as its Chief Test Pilot. This was the largest unit of this kind in the RAF. Because of these experiences, Pickering is unusual in having flown eighty different types of aircraft during the War. Awarded the Air Force Cross, Pickering was released from the RAF at Wars end. He returned to his family-owned printing business, and spent his working career with the company, from which he retired in 1965. He also served as an outside Director of the largest Building Society in Britain. Pickering joined the Volunteer Reserve once again following the War, and continued to fly with the RAF until reaching the mandatory age limit of sixty. Pickering has had a private pilots license since 1938. He has flown thousands of hours and he is an expert on geological and archaeological research from the air. A Fellow of both the Geological Society and the Society of Antiquaries, Jim Pickering epitomizes the English character of determination and persistence which was so vastly underestimated by Hitler during WW 11.
Pickering, Tony
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   Died : 24 / 3 / 2016
Pickering, Tony

With the RAFVR just before the war commenced, Tony Pickering joined 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill in July 1940, flying Hurricanes, and in August 1940 to 501 Squadron at Gravesend. In September he was shot down in Hurricane P5200, but unhurt in a duel with an Me109, destroying another 109 a few weeks later. In December he joined 601 Squadron at Northolt. After a spell instructing, he joined 131 as a Flight Commander in February 1943, and later served as a Squadron Commander in the Middle East.
Pidd, L.
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   Died : 15 / 9 / 1940
Pidd, L.

Sergeant L.Pidd of No 238 Squadron was killed when he baled out too low after hitting a during combat on September 15th 1940 in his Hurricane I (P2836).
Pinfold, Herbert M
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   Died : 19 / 10 / 2009
Pinfold, Herbert M

Group Captain Herbert Moreton Pinfold, Battle of Britian pilot with 56 Squadron flying Hurricanes, he also flew with 6, 64, 502 and 603 Squadrons. Sadly, Herbert Pinfold passed away on 19th October 2009. Group Captain Herbert Moreton Pinfold was born 5th February 1913 and joined the Royal Air Force in August 1934 at the age of 21. In September Herbert Pinfold was posted to 5 FTS, Sealand and with training completed, on the 5th of September he was sent to join 6 Squadron at Ismailia, Egypt. He returned to the UK on 19th March 1936 and joined the newly formed 64 Squadron. The squadron were flying Hawker Demons, and were moved to the Western Desert to combat the Italian Air Force threat. The squadron returned to the UK in September. After a short spell as personal assistant and pilot to AOC 11 Group, Herbert Pinfold was sent on a Flying Instructors Course at RAF Upavon. After completing the instructors course he was posted to 502 Squadron, AuxAF as Flying Instructor and Adjutant at RAF Aldergrove, Northern Ireland on 16th July 1938. In January 1939, Herbert Pinfold went to RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh and joined 603 Squadron where the squadron were flying Gladiators and then Spitfires. He went to 3 FTS, South Cerney on 2nd July 1940, as an instructor. On the 11th of August Penfold went to Aston Down and converted to Hurricanes. Herbert Pinfold took command of 56 Squadron at North Weald on the 25th, remaining with it until 29th January 1941, after this he was posted to 10 FTS at Tern Hill when he returned to flying instruction with a posting to 10 FTS, Tern Hill. Herbert Pinfold completed the RAF Staff College course and went on a number fo staff positions in the UK and also overseas including Ceylon and Singapore. Coming back to the UK Herbert Pinfold took command of Duxford, at that time flying Meteors, after which was posted to the Air Ministry. In 1953 Herbert was appointed Air Attache in Rome, before returning to the UK in 1956 for a second spell as Station Commander of Duxford. On the 1st of October 1958 Herbet Pinfold retired at the rank of Group Captain. Sadly, Herbert Pinfold passed away on 19th October 2009.
Pinner, Al
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Pinner, Al

Officer Commanding, Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Pisarek, M.
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   Died : 29 / 4 / 1942
Pisarek, M.

Flight Officer M.Pisarek from Poland of No 303 Squadron was forced to bale out of his Hurricane I (R4173) on September 7th 1940 when he was shot down over Loughton, Essex.
Pittman, G. E.
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Pittman, G. E.


Plenderleith, Robert
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Plenderleith, Robert

Sergeant Robert Plenderleith of No 73 Squadron was wounded on October 11th 1940 when his Hurricane I (V6676) was shot down over Frindsbury, Kent. He baled out and was wounded, suffering slight burns.
Plummer, R. P.
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   Died : 14 / 9 / 1940
Plummer, R. P.

Flight Officer R.P.Plummer of No 46 Squadron was wounded on September 4th 1940 when his Hurricane I (P3052) had been attacked by fighters. He baled out near Stambridge and was wounded with burns. He later died of his wounds on September 14th 1940.
Pniak, K.
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Pniak, K.

Pilot Officer K.Pniak from No 32 Squadron was slightly wounded in action on August 24th 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6572)over Folkestone and he baled out.
Poplawski, J.
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Poplawski, J.

Pilot Officer Jerzy Poplawski from Poland flew with No 111 Squadron & No 229 Squadron's during the Battle of Britain in Hurricane's. He was later promoted to Squadron Leader.
Potts, I. G. G.
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Potts, I. G. G.

Pilot Officer I.G.G.Potts of No.73 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P3543) whilst on patrol on June 1st 1940. Potts baled out and was made a prisoner of war.
Powell-Shedden, G.
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Powell-Shedden, G.

Flight Lieutenant George Powell-Sheddon of No 242 Squadron was injured while on patrol when he was force to bale out of his Hurricane I (P2884) after being shot down in combat over the Channel on September 15th 1940. The aircraft crashed at Lidmore, Sussex.
Price, R. B.
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   Died : 15 / 11 / 1941
Price, R. B.

Killed November 15th 1941**
Puda, R.
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Puda, R.


Pujji, Mahinder
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   Died : 22 / 9 / 2010
Pujji, Mahinder

In 1940 Mahinder, a qualified pilot flying for Shell in India, volunteered to join the RAF and was commissioned as Pilot Officer. Arriving in England, he was posted to 43 Squadron, and then 258 Squadron at Kenley, flying both Hurricanes and Spitfires. Later posted to the Western Desert, then to India, and finally to Burma, where he completed two tours against the Japanese. Sadly, Mahinder Pujji passed away on 22nd September 2010.
Pumphrey, R. E. W.
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Pumphrey, R. E. W.

Flight Officer R.E.W.Pumphrey of No.607 Squadron was shot down by ground fire in Hurricane (P3448) on May 20th 1940, he baled out over Arras and was taken prisoner.
Putt, A. R.
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Putt, A. R.

Flight Lieutenant A.R.Putt of No 501 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (P3040) following combat over R.A.F. Hawkinge on August 15th 1940. He escaped uninjured.
Pyne, T.B.G
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Pyne, T.B.G

Sergeant T.B.G Pyne was wounded when he was shot down in combat on April 23rd 1940 and crash-landed near Merzig in his Hurricane (N2391). Pyne was again shot down on May 14th 1940, this time he baled out of Hurricane (P2812) but was killed. He was 24 and was buried at Choley in France.
Rabagliati, A. C.
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   Died : 6 / 7 / 1943
Rabagliati, A. C.

Flight Lieutenant A.C.Rabagliati from No 46 Squadron was flying in Hurricane I (V7360) on September 5th 1940 and shot down a Bf 109. Flew Hurricane Mk.I V7438 of No.46 Sqn on patrol over Rochford on 12th September 1940.
Rabone, P. W.
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   Died : 24 / 7 / 1944
Rabone, P. W.

Killed July 24th 1944
Radomski, J.
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Radomski, J.

Pilot Officer Jerzy Radomski from Poland was with No 303 Squadron flying Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain.
Ramsey, J. B.
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   Died : 18 / 8 / 1940
Ramsey, J. B.

Pilot Officer J.B.Ramsey joined No 151 Squadron on July 29th 1940 after converting to Hurricanes. On the 18th of August 1940 he failed to return from a patrol in his Hurricane (R4181) and was reported as missing, aged 21. In 1983 a Hurricane crash site was excavated and found to be Ramsay's. His remains were still in the cockpit and were buried with full military honours on October 25th 1983.
Ravenhill, M.
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   Died : 30 / 9 / 1940
Ravenhill, M.

Flight Officer M.Ravenhill of No 229 Squadron baled safely out of his Hurricane I (P3038) over Biggin Hill on September 11th 1940. He was killed on September 30th 1940. His Hurricane I (P2815) was shot down in combat over Ightham, Kent.
Rawlinson , M. H. G.
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1940
Rawlinson , M. H. G.

Pilot Officer M.H.G.Rawlinson of No.85 Squadron was killed on May 16th 1940 when he was shot down in Hurricane (P2535) following combat with Me109s. He was buried at Quievrain, Belgium.
Ray, R. W.
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 1985
Ray, R. W.

Sergeant R.W.Ray of No 56 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3655) near Portland, Dorset on September 30th 1940.
Rayner, P. H.
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   Died : 12 / 5 / 1940
Rayner, P. H.

Flight Officer P.H. Rayner was shot down and killed in his Hurricane (L2054) following combat near Beauvilliers. He was 27 years of age and is buried at Seuil in France.
Rayner, R. M. S.
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Rayner, R. M. S.

Pilot Officer R.M.S. Rayner flew Hurricane's with No 87 Squadron in France and during the Battle of Britain. He scored kills in France and during the Battle of Britain.
Redfern, E. A.
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   Died : 17 / 8 / 1941
Redfern, E. A.

Sergeant E.A.Redfern of No.242 Squadron was killed on August 17th 1941. His Hurricane (Z3454) was shot down by a Me109. He was 27 and buried at Etaples.
Reid, R.
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   Died : 23 / 3 / 1945
Reid, R.

On 12th September 1940, flew Hurricane Mk.I V7443 of No.46 Sqn on patrol over Rochford. Missing March 23rd 1945
Renison, J. R. B.
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Renison, J. R. B.

Pilot Officer J.R.B.Renison of No.504 Squadron became a prisoner of war on May 18th 1940. He was flying in Hurricane (L1944) and was involved in combat with Me109s near Mons.
Reynell, R. C.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Reynell, R. C.

Flight Liuetenant R.C.Reynell of No.43 Squadron was killed on September 7th 1940. His Hurricane (V7257) was shot down south of London. His body was buried in Brookwood, he was 28.
Richey , P. H. M.
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Richey , P. H. M.

Flight officer P.H.M. Richey of No.1 Squadron was flying Hurricane (L1679) when it was damaged in combat whilst on patrol on May 10th 1940, he force-landed at Mezieres airfield. Richey was flying in Hurricane (L1685) on May 11th when it was shot down by a Me110, he baled out safely. Richey was in Hurricane (L1943) on May 14th when it was shot down near Vouzieres and crash-landed, the aircraft was written off.
Riddle, H. J.
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Riddle, H. J.

Flight Officer H.J.Riddle flying with No 601 Squadron scored a single kill on July 11th 1940. He and his brother C.J.H.Riddle were promoted to Squadron Leader on the same date, the 1st of December 1941.
Riley, W.
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   Died : 16 / 7 / 1942
Riley, W.

Flight Lieutenant William Riley flew Hurricane's with No 302 (Polish) Squadron during the Battle of Britain. His final tally for the war was 8 confirmed kills 2 shared, 3 probables and 1 damaged
Rimmer, R. F.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Rimmer, R. F.

Flight Lieutenant R.F.Rimmer of No 229 Squadron was killed on September 27th 1940. His Hurricane I (V6782) was shot down over Burwash, Sussex.
Risso, Joseph
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Risso, Joseph

Escaping to England from Algeria, Joseph Risso joined the RAF in 1940. Flying Hurricanes with 253 squadron, he later took part in Turbin-light night fighter operations over the North Sea. In March 1943 Joseph Risso was one of the first batch of 14 pilots to take part inair operations over the Russian front with the first Normandie-Niemen Squadron. Only three of these first pilots survived the war. Joseph Risso flew over 600 missions and scored 11 victories. He was decorated by France and the Soviet Union.
Ritchie, J. R.
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Ritchie, J. R.

Pilot Officer J.R.Ritchie of No 600 Squadron was posted on August 28th 1940 to No 111 Squadron flying in a Hurricane. J.R.Ritchie was awarded the A.F.C. on June 13th 1946.
Ritchie, R. D.
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   Died : 9 / 8 / 1940
Ritchie, R. D.

Sergeant R.D.Ritchie of No 605 Squadron in his Hurricane I (L2103) died when he was forced to ditch into the sea off Dunbar on August 9th 1940. He was later picked up by a boat but his neck was found to be broken. He was aged 24.
Robertson, Douglas
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Robertson, Douglas

One of Robertsons strongest memories of Malta was taking Hurricanes on low level, night intruder raids on Sicily as a member of the Malta Night Fighter Unit which he joined from 249 Squadron in July 1941. These nuisance raids were intended to keep the German bombers on the ground. He had come out to Malta in April 1941, flying his Hurricane of the deck of HMS Ark Royal to join 261 Squadron initially at Takali, later transferring to 249 Squadron. In the Spring of 1942 Robertson was posted to the Aircraft Delivery Unit in Cairo.
Robinson, J.
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Robinson, J.

Sergeant J.Robinson of No.111 Squadron was wounded in the ankle on May 31st 1940 during combat and crash-landed his Hurricane (L1973) at Manston.
Robinson, M. W. S.
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Robinson, M. W. S.


Robinson, P E. M.
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   Died : 17 / 6 / 1941
Robinson, P E. M.

Pilot Officer P.E.M.Robinson of No.56 Squadron was killed on June 17th 1941. His Hurricane (Z2812) was shot down by a Me109. He was buried at St Andrews churchyard in North Weald. He was 27.
Robinson, P. B.
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Robinson, P. B.

Flight Officer P.B.Robinson of No.601 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P3278) on May 20th when it was damaged by flak and he was forced to land at Merville.
Roe, V. D. M.
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Roe, V. D. M.

Pilot Officer V.D.M.Roe of No.73 Squadron was shot down in combat in his Hurricane (P2813) with Me109s near Namur on May 14th 1940.
Rogers, B. A.
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   Died : 17 / 6 / 1941
Rogers, B. A.

Flight Lieutenant B.A.Rogers of No.242 Squadron was killed on June 17th 1941. His Hurricane (Z2888) was shot down by a Me109. He was buried in France, aged 23.
Rogowski, J. A.
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Rogowski, J. A.


Rose, F. C.
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Rose, F. C.

Flight Officer F.C.Rose of No.56 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2439) on May 18th 1940 when he was shot down in combat with a Me110 near Brebieres.
Rose, Jack
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   Died : 10 / 10 / 2009
Rose, Jack

Jack Rose was born on January 18 1917 at Blackheath, London, and was educated at Shooters Hill School before studying Science at University College London where he represented the university at rugby. He joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in October 1938, completing his training as a fighter pilot just before the outbreak of war. With the British Expeditionary force under constant air attack, fighter reinforcements were requested and Jack Rose flew one of the Hurricanes sent to Merville to reinforce No.3 Squadron. He was in action immediately and on the 15th he shared in the destruction of a Messerschmitt Bf109 as the air battle reached its climax. For the next few days the Hurricane squadrons operated at maximum intensity. During the afternoon of the 18th Rose intercepted a lone Messerschmitt Bf110 fighter over Douai and shot it down. A few hours earlier, his elder brother Tommy, of No 56 Squadron, had been shot down and killed in his Hurricane. The following day Rose attacked a Heinkel 111 and closed to within a few yards to shoot the bombers port engine. Oil from the engine covered the windscreen of his Hurricane so he climbed away, slowed the aircraft down to almost stalling speed, loosened his harness, stood on his seat and leant out of the cockpit in an attempt to clean the windscreen. As he did, tracer from an enemy fighter hit his aircraft. Seeing Rose standing in the cockpit, the German pilot claimed he had shot down the Hurricane, but Rose managed to break away. His aircraft was badly damaged but he managed a forced landing at a forward airfield where the aircraft was destroyed. Orders were given to evacuate the Hurricanes on the 20th. Without an aircraft, Rose joined others on a French transport and was flown to England. In the 10 days of the air war, No 3 Squadron lost seven pilots killed with another taken prisoner. A further nine Hurricanes were lost. He formed the new 184 Squadron in 1942, initially on Hurricanes, later Spitfires. In late 1943 the squadron converted to rocket firing Typhoons, and were heavily involved in the build up to D-Day, moving to France in late 1944. He later transferred to the Far East, finishing the war with 3 victories. Leading the rocket-firing Hawker Typhoons of 184 Squadron, Jack Rose swept down on German armour concentrations south of Caen on D-Day, the first of many such sorties over Normandy Constantly on call during the battle, the squadrons targets ranged from enemy armour and convoys, to gun and mortar positions, bridges and railway targets. From June 14, they operated from Advanced Landing Grounds in France, with the enemy close enough to fire at them on landing and take-off. Rose joined his first squadron, No 32, at Biggin Hill flying Hurricanes. In the Battle for France he scored three victories before returning to England to take part in the Battle of Britain. In 1942 he formed 184 Squadron from scratch, leading it until October 1944. He later flew Hurricanes again in the Far East. He left the RAF in October 1945. Sadly, Jack Rose died on 10th October 2009.
Rose-Price, A. T.
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   Died : 2 / 9 / 1940
Rose-Price, A. T.

Flight Officer A.T.Rose-Price of No.501 Squadron was killed on September 2nd 1940. His Hurricane (L1578) was shot down over Dungeness. This was his first day on patrol and his first day as part of the Squadron.
Rosier, F. E.
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Rosier, F. E.

Flight Lieutenant F.E.Rosier was flying in Hurricane (L2142) on May 18th 1940 when the aircraft exploded in mid-air during combat with Me109s. Rosier baled out but suffered burns.
Ross, J. K.
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   Died : 6 / 1 / 1942
Ross, J. K.

Killed January 6th 1942**
Rosser, T N
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Rosser, T N

Squadron Leader T.N. Rosser OBE DFC volunteered for pilot training early in 1940. After training in England he was commissioned and flew with Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons in England and Bengal from August 1941 until December 1942, when he joined No 3 PRU (later redesignated 681 Squadron) in Calcutta for photographic reconnaissance operations in Japanes-occupied Burma, Thailand, and the Andaman Islands. (At that time the squadron was equipped with converted Hurricanes and North American B52s, and three PR Spitfires, the only Spitfires of any kind in India. A year or so later it had a full complement of Spitfire Mk XIs and 684 Squadron, equipped with Mosquitoes, had been formed). After his operational tour ended in July 1944, he commanded the PR training Flight in 74 OTU in Palestine until VE Day when the OTU was disbanded. He later formed and led a temporary squadron of Spitfire fighter/bombers based in Egypt for internal security duties in the Middle East. He was demobilised in late 1946 after administrative appointments in Air HQ Egypt, and at Cranwell.
Rowell, P. A.
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Rowell, P. A.


Rowland, T.
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Rowland, T.

Flight Lieutenant T.Rowland of No.43 Squadron was on patrol over Amiens on June 7th 1940 when he was shot down by a Me109 and baled out, suffering injuries.
Royce, M. E. A.
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Royce, M. E. A.

Flight Officer M.E.A.Royce of No.504 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L1950) on May 14th 1940 when it was involved in combat with Me110 near Louvignies, he baled out safely.
Rozycki, W.
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Rozycki, W.


Russell, Anthony
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Russell, Anthony

Anthony Russell joined the Royal Navy in 1938 but was discovered to be under age and discharged. He then joined the RAFVR and was called up to full-time service at the outbreak of war. After completing his training, on 28 September 1940 he was posted as a Sergeant to join 43 Squadron at Tangmere flying Hurricanes. He later flew with 145 Squadron, and was commissioned in April 1942. He remains the last surviving 43 Squadron Battle of Britain pilot to have flown with Tom Dalton-Morgan.
Russell, H. a'B.
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Russell, H. a'B.

Flight Lieutenant H.a'B.Russell of No.32 squadron was seriously wounded on August 18th of 1940. His Hurricane (V7363) was in combat over Biggin Hill and he baled out.
Russell, I. B. N.
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Russell, I. B. N.

Flight Officer I.B.N.Russell of No.607 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P2619) on May 15th 1940 when it crash-landed following combat with He111, injuring Russell.
Rutkowski, Kazimierz
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Rutkowski, Kazimierz


Rutter, R. D.
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Rutter, R. D.


Ryll, Stefan
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Ryll, Stefan

Stefan Ryll went into operations with 306 Squadron flying both Hurricanes and Spitfires, and took part in the last raid of the war flying a P-51 Mustang on escort for the bombers flying to Berchtesgaden.
Samolinski, W. M. C.
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   Died : 26 / 9 / 1940
Samolinski, W. M. C.

Pilot Officer W.M.C.Samolinski from Poland of No 253 Squadron was killed when he was shot down in his Hurricane I (V7470) over the Channel on September 26th 1940.
Sample, J.
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   Died : 28 / 10 / 1941
Sample, J.

Flight Lieutenant J. Sample of No. 607 Squadron was in his Hurricane (P2615) and was involved in combat with He111's over Albert whilst on patrol, he baled out safely. Sample was later killed on October 28th of 1941.
Sanders, J. G.
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Sanders, J. G.

Flight James G.Sanders was with No 615 Squadron flying Hurricane's in France and during the Battle of Britain. He was awarded the D.F.C. by the King on June 27th 1940.
Saunders, G. C.
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   Died : 19 / 5 / 1940
Saunders, G. C.

Pilot Officer G.C.Saunders of No.87 Squadron was shot down in Hurricane (L1612) by a Me110 near Mainrault on May 14th 1940. Saunders was wounded and later died of these wounds on May 19th 1940.
Saward, C. J.
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Saward, C. J.

Sergeant C.J.Saward of No 501 Squadron was on patrol on September 18th 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (V6600) safely after being shot down over Tonbridge.
Schadtler-Law, K.
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Schadtler-Law, K.

Pilot Officer K.Schadtler-Law of No 605 Squadron was injured when his Hurricane I (P2717) was hit by return fire during combat over Newcastle on August 15th 1940. The Hurricane was later repaired after he force-landed on Hartlepool Golf course.
Schwind, L. H.
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   Died : 27 / 9 / 1940
Schwind, L. H.

Flight Lieutenant L.H.Schwind flew with No 213 Squadron & No 257 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He was killed on September 27th 1940 when his Hurricane I (N2401) was shot down over Gatwick and crashed.
Sclanders, K. M.
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   Died : 9 / 9 / 1940
Sclanders, K. M.

Pilot Officer Kirkpatrick MacLure Sclanders a Canadian flew with No 242 Squadron. He died on September 9th 1940 when he crash landed his Hurricane I (P3087) near Rye after being attacked in the air.
Scott, A. M. W.
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   Died : 2 / 1 / 1941
Scott, A. M. W.

Killed January 2nd 1941
Scoular, John Evelyn
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 1986
Scoular, John Evelyn

Born in 1911, John Evelyn Scoular joined No.73 Sqn in 1937. Flying Hurricanes from April to June 1940, he claimed 11 victories + 4 shared, 2 damaged and 1 unconfirmed before leaving the squadron. He then claimed another victory while flying Gladiators in the Middle East before commanding No.250 Sqn in the Western Desert equipped with Tomahawks, where he claimed a further 2 victories plus one damaged. By the end of the war he had claimed 14 + 4 shared victories, and had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Cross, and had been Mentioned in Despatches. He died in 1986.
Seabourne, E. W.
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Seabourne, E. W.

Sergeant E.W.Seabourne of No 238 Squadron was shot down in flames on August 13th 1940 in his Hurricane I (P3764). His body was later picked up from the sea.
Sears, L. A.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Sears, L. A.

Pilot Officer L.A.Sears joined No 145 Squadron in June of 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane (P2955) south of the Isle of Wight on August 8th 1940. He was posted as missing following this, aged 19.
Seghers, E. G. A.
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   Died : 26 / 7 / 1944
Seghers, E. G. A.

Pilot Officer Eugene Seghers a Belgian with No 32 Squadron was shot down into the sea on August 24th 1940 near Eltham in his Hurricane I (V6567). He got away with an enforced bath, he went on patrol the next day and had his first success three days later.
Seward, Dave
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Seward, Dave

Dave Seward flew RAF Meteors, Canberras and Javelins and USAF F-86, F-102 and F-106 fighters. In 1961, as C.O. of No.56 Sqn he led the 'Firebirds' Lightning aerobatic team and later Commanded the Lightning OCU and Battle of Britain Flight, flying the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire.
Sewell, D. A.
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   Died : 19 / 3 / 1944
Sewell, D. A.

Killed March 19th 1944**
Shanahan, M. M.
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   Died : 16 / 8 / 1940
Shanahan, M. M.

Sergeant M.M.Shanahan from No 1 Squadron was shot down off Harwich on August 15th 1940 in his Hurricane I (P3043).
Shaw, R. H.
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   Died : 3 / 9 / 1940
Shaw, R. H.

Pilot Officer R.H.Shaw of No 1 Squadron was killed in action on September 3rd 1940 South of Maidstone in his Hurricane I (P3782).
Shrewsbury, R. W.
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   Died : 20 / 5 / 1940
Shrewsbury, R. W.

Pilot Officer R.W.Shrewsbury of No.85 Squadron was killed on May 20th 1940 when his Hurricane (P3426) was shot down by ground fire over Arras. He was aged 19.
Shuttleworth (Kay-Shuttleworth), Lord R. U. P.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Shuttleworth (Kay-Shuttleworth), Lord R. U. P.

Flight Officer Lord Shuttleworth joined No 145 Hurricane Squadron in June 1940. Shuttleworth scored two victories during the Battle of Britain. Following combat over a convoy south of the Isle of Wight, Shuttleworth was posted as missing on August 8th 1940, aged 27.
Sibley, F. A.
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   Died : 1 / 10 / 1940
Sibley, F. A.

Sergeant F.A.Sibley of No 238 Squadron force landed his Hurricane I (N2597) at Glastonbury on September 25th 1940 after combat. F.A.Sibley was killed on October 1st 1940 when his Hurricane I (P3599) was shot down over Poole Harbour.
Sibley, S. A. C.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Sibley, S. A. C.

Pilot Officer S.A.C.Sibley of No.504 Squadron was killed when he was shot down in his Hurricane (L1941) near Brussels on May 14th 1940.
Sim, R. B.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Sim, R. B.

Sergeant R.B.Simm of No 111 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3942) off Margate and killed in combat on August 11th 1940.
Simmonds, Vernon C.
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Simmonds, Vernon C.

Pilot Officer Vernon C.Simmonds of No 238 Squadron baled out after his Hurricane I (N2474) collided with the Hurricane I (L1702) of Pilot Officer R.A.Kings near Shaftsbury on September 30th 1940.
Simpson, G. M.
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   Died : 26 / 10 / 1940
Simpson, G. M.

Flight Officer G.M.Simson a New Zealander flew with No 229 Squadron in Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. G.M.Simson was killed on October 26th 1940, his Hurricane I (W6669) was shot down off the French coast in combat.
Simpson, J. W. C.
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Simpson, J. W. C.

Flight Lieutenant John W.C.Simpson from No 43 Squadron was on patrol on July 19th 1940 in his Hurricane I (P3140) when he was shot down. He baled out near Selsey slightly wounded. He was awarded a D.F.C. and promoted to Squadron Leader with No 245 Squadron.
Simpson, P. J.
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   Died : 0 / 0 / 1987
Simpson, P. J.

Pilot Officer Peter J.Simpson flew with No 111 Squadron and August 18th 1940 force landed his Hurricane I (P3399) after being hit by the return fire during combat. He landed on Woodcote Park Golf Course near Epsom. He also flew with No 64 Squadron in Spitfire I's during the Battle of Britain.
Sinclair, Gordon
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   Died : 26 / 6 / 2005
Sinclair, Gordon

A short service commission officer, Sinclair joined 19 Squadron as early as 1937 and was still with the Squadron in 1940. Over Dunkirk he destroyed a Bf 109 and probably another, and then on June 1 he destroyed two Bf 110s and on a later patrol the same day he claimed a He 111 and a Do 17 destroyed. He was awarded the DFC. He knew Bader well during his stay with 19 Squadron when Bader often flew as his No 2. Sinclair remembers his forceful personality, but also that he was great fun. They often played golf and squash together. In June 1940 Sinclair was posted as Flight Commander to 310 Squadron at Drixford and was soon to fly with that Squadron as part of the Duxford Wing, led by Douglas Bader. His final score was 10 confirmed victories. He later commanded 56 Squadron on Typhoons before promotion to Wing Commander and a post on the staff of HO 84 Group. Sinclair retired from the RAF in 1957. He died on 26th June 2005.
Sing, J. E. J.
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Sing, J. E. J.

Flight Lieutenant J.E.J.Sing from No 213 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (P3780) safely on September 11th 1940 over Selsey.
Siudak, A.
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   Died : 6 / 10 / 1940
Siudak, A.

Sergeant A.Siudak from Poland of No 303 Squadron was killed when the Hurricane I (P3120) he was in was bombed on the ground at Northolt by a lone raider on October 6th 1940.
Sizer, Wilf
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   Died : 22 / 12 / 2006
Sizer, Wilf

Born on 23rd February 1920, at the outbreak of war Bill Sizer was flying Hurricanes with 213 Squadron, after flying Guantlets with No.17 Squadron. The squadron flew to France in May 1940, where he scored his first victories, before being attacked by five Me109s and shot down. Rejoining his squadron soon after, he took part in the air battles over Dunkirk before again being shot down and escaping back to England. He flew throughout the Battle of Britain. Based at Exeter, on the 11th of August, he shot down a Ju88, and the next day he shot down a fighter escorting a large formation of bombers. As the attacks intensified, the pilots of 213 Sqn fle wup to four patrols a day. On the 15th of August he shot down two Ju87 Stukas. He also shared in the destruction of a Ju88 in October 1940, bringing it down over Beachy Head. He was awarded the DFC for scoring 7 and 5 shared victories. In April 1941 he was posted to join 1 Squadron, and then 91 Squadron. In April 1942 he joined 152 Squadron flying Spitfires, with whom he went to North Africa. In January 1943 he was given command of 93 Squadron and took part in the Sicily landings. While leading 93 Squadron he shot down two Italian fighters and damaged several others. He was awarded a Bar to the DFC. He finished the war with 7 and 5 shared victories. He died 22nd December 2006.
Skalski, H.
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Skalski, H.


Skalski, Stanislaw
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Skalski, Stanislaw

Pilot Officer Stanislaw Skalski from Poland of No 501 Hurricane Squadron was already an ace with 7.5 confirmed victories by September 2nd 1940. He was injured on September 5th 1940 when his Hurricane I (V6644) was shot down over Canterbury. His final rank attained was that of Wing Commander.
Slee, G. W.
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   Died : 11 / 5 / 1940
Slee, G. W.

Pilot Officer G.W.Slee was killed when his Hurricane (N2405) was shot down by a Me109 whilst on a routine patrol. He was buried at Gravendaal in the Netherlands.
Smiley, J. B.
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Smiley, J. B.

Pilot Officer J.B.Smiley of No.242 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P3392) whilst on escort north of France on May 23rd 1940. He baled out safely and was made a prisoner of war.
Smith, C. D. S.
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Smith, C. D. S.


Smith, F. A.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Smith, F. A.

Sub-Lieutenant F.A.Smith was a member of the Fleet Air Arm, Smith was loaned to the R.A.F. in June and joined No 145 Squadron on July 2nd 1940. On July 12th he was forced to land his Hurricane I (N2703) near Ringwood. The aeroplane overturned and Smith suffered injuries. During a combat on August 8th 1940 South of the Isle of Wight his Hurricane I (P3545) was seen to crash into the sea during combat over a channel convoy, and he was subsequently reported as missing. He was aged 20.
Smith, J. D.
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   Died : 14 / 4 / 1941
Smith, J. D.

Killed April 14th 1941
Smith, K. B.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Smith, K. B.

Sergeant K.B.Smith of No 257 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane I (R4094) and killed over the Channel on August 8th 1940.
Smith, L. E.
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1940
Smith, L. E.

Squadron Leader L.E.Smith of No.607 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P2870) on May 15th when he was killed. The hurricane was shot down by Me109s and caught fire. Smith was aged 31.
Smith, M. F. C.
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   Died : 12 / 5 / 1940
Smith, M. F. C.

Flight Officer M.F.C Smith of No.501 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (L2053) by a Me110 near Mezieries and killed. He is buried at Choloy War Cemetery and was aged 27.
Smith, R. R.
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Smith, R. R.

Pilot Officer R.R.Smith a Canadian from No 229 Squadron was wounded on September 15th 1940, he baled out of his Hurricane I (V6616) following combat over Sevenoaks, Kent.
Smith, W. A.
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Smith, W. A.

Flight Lieutenant W.A.Smith of No 229 Squadron made a force landing at Lingfield on September 27th 1940. His Hurricane I (P3603) had been damaged during combat. He was uninjured.
Smither, R.
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   Died : 15 / 9 / 1940
Smither, R.

Flight Officer R.Smither was killed on September 15th 1940. His Hurricane (P3876) was shot down by a Me109 in combat. He was buried in Brookwood Cemetery, aged 27.
Smithers, J. L.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Smithers, J. L.

Pilot Officer J.L.Smithers of No.601 Squadron was killed on August 11th 1940. His Hurricane (P3885) was shot down by Me109s off Portland. He was buried at Le Havre.
Smithson, R.
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   Died : 22 / 7 / 1941
Smithson, R.

Killed July 22nd 1941
Smyth, Ron
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Smyth, Ron

Flight Lieutenant Ronald H Smyth joined the RAFVR in May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up at the outbreak of war he was stationed at several different locations. With his course completed, Smyth had several short term postings, where eventually at 5 OTU, Aston Down, he converted to Hurricanes. Flight Lieutenant Smyth continued flying Hurricanes with 111 Squadron, 249 Squadron, and later with 615 Squadron. In May 1941 Smyth attended an instructors course and was commissioned in August. Later he was posted to No.1 Glider Training Squadron, a newly formed Development Unit. He qualified for his 2nd Class Air Navigators Licence while posted at the School of General Reconnaissance. Ronald H Smyth commanded the PRU in Gibraltar where he was awarded the DFC. He also ferried communications between London and Churchill at Biarritz and Atlee in Berlin for the Postdam Conference. Smyth was released from the RAF in January 1946, as a Flight Lieutenant.

Ron Smyth signing the print - London Guard - by Adrian Rigby


Smythe, G.
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Smythe, G.


Smythe, R. F.
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Smythe, R. F.

Pilot Officer R.F.Smythe of No.32 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P3171) on August 14th 1940 after combat with Me109s.
Snell, Vivian
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   Died : 21 / 2 / 2010
Snell, Vivian

Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot with No.501 Sqn. Shot down over Cranbrook on 25th October 1940 while flying Hurricane P2903, bailing out uninjured. During his service life Vivian flew the Fairy Battle with 103 Squadron, later flying the Hawker Hurricane with 151 and 501(F) Squadrons during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Vivian shot down a Bf109E on the 25th October 1940 and was then shot down himself while piloting Hurricane Mk.I serial N2438. After having minor wounds attended to he returned to his squadron and flew through the rest of the Battle of Britain. In 1941 he was flying the American built Douglas DB7 Havoc night fighter with number 85(F) Squadron. He commanded his own Mosquito Squadron towards the end of the War. Vivian was released from the RAF in 1946 with the rank of Wing Commander.
Soden, Ian
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   Died : 18 / 5 / 1940
Soden, Ian

Flight Lieutenant Ian Soden of No.56 Squadron was killed when flying in Hurricane (N2437) on May 18th 1940, he was shot down near Vitry by a Me110. Soden was aged 23 and buried at Biache-St-Vaast in France.
Soloman, N. D.
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   Died : 18 / 8 / 1940
Soloman, N. D.

Pilot Officer N.D.Soloman of No.17 Squadron was killed on August 18th 1940. His Hurricane (L1921) was shot down by a Me109 off Dover.
Soper, F. J.
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Soper, F. J.

Sergeant F.J.Soper of No.1 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (L1905) on May 17th 1940 when it was shot down by a Me110.
Southwell, J. S.
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   Died : 22 / 3 / 1941
Southwell, J. S.

Pilot Officer J.S.Southwell of No.245 Squadron was flying in his Hurricane (N2501) on May 17th 1940 when it crash-landed near Pottignes following combat with a Me109. Southwell escaped uninjured.
Sprenger, W. P.
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   Died : 26 / 11 / 1940
Sprenger, W. P.

Flight Officer W.P.Strenger was killed on November 26th of 1940.
Spyer, R. A.
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   Died : 22 / 3 / 1941
Spyer, R. A.

Killed March 22nd 1941**
Stafford, John
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Stafford, John

Jack Stafford left New Zealand for the UK in 1943 and was assigned to Hurricanes with OTU at Annan before being posted to No.486 Squadron in November 1943 as a Sergeant Pilot. Based at Tangmere flying the Hawker Typhoon, No.486 Sqn was engaged in dive-bombing and ground attack operations over Europe in preparation for D-Day the following year. In April 1944 after a brief hiatus with de Havilland, Stafford returned to action and was credited with eight V-1s destroyed between 19th June and 29th August. He was promoted to Warrant Officer and commissioned the following month. Stafford was involved with covering the airborne invasion to capture the Arnhem and Nijmegan Bridges before the squadron moved to Grimbergen in Belgium. After No.486 Sqn moved to Volkel in Holland, Stafford and Flying Officer Bremner were credited with the first confirmed Me262 for the squadron on Christmas Day 1944. Jack was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in February 1945 and made Flight Commander of A Flight. On 12th April Stafford shot down and Fw190D-9 east of Ludwigslust, his last of the war. On 15th May he was posted to No.80 Sqn at Fassberg before moving to Copenhagen. His final tally was 2 confirmed kills, 3 shared and 8 V-1 rockets destroyed. Jack received the DFC and left the RNZAF in April of 1946.
Stanford-Tuck, Robert
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   Died : 5 / 5 / 1987
Stanford-Tuck, Robert

Bob Stanford Tuck was a flamboyant fighter pilot, Tuck was born in Catford, SE London. After a less-than-stellar school career he left St Dunstan's College, Catford in 1932 to join the Merchant Navy as a sea cadet (seaman's Discharge Number R112769) aboard the ss.Marconi from 19 May 1933 before joining the RAF on a short service commission as an acting pilot officer in 1935.[5] Following flying training, Tuck joined 65 Squadron in September 1935 as an acting probationary pilot officer. He became a pilot officer on probation in September 1936 and his pilot officer rank was confirmed in early 1937 (which was backdated to December 1936). On 17th January 1938 Tuck was involved in a Mid air collision flying Gladiator I K7940 he had to bail out of the aircraft over Ridgewood, near Uckfield, Sussex . The other Pilot was not so lucky, also of 65 Squadron in Gladiator K8014, Sgt Geoffrey Edwin Gaskell (24) was killed In September 1938 he was promoted to Flying Officer Tuck led his first combat patrol on 23 May 1940, over Dunkirk, claiming three German fighters shot down. The following day he shot down two German bombers and as aerial fighting intensified over the next two weeks his score rapidly mounted. Tuck was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) on 11 June and received it from King George VI at RAF Hornchurch on 28 June. His combat successes continued into July and August as the Battle of Britain gathered pace, although he himself was forced to bail out on 18 August. While attacking a formation of Junkers Ju 88s over Kent, he shot one down and damaged another. However, during the head on attack at Ju 88, when he overtook it, cannon shells hit his Spitfire and he was forced to bail out near Tunbridge Wells. He fell at Tucks Cottage, near Park Farm, Horsmonden. In another incident on 25 August Tuck's Spitfire was badly damaged during combat with a Dornier Do 17 bomber, which he destroyed 15 miles off the coast. His aircraft had a dead engine, but he glided it back to dry land and made a forced landing To the British public he was a hero in the mould of the knights of old, and today his name is legend. In the early stages of the Battle of Britain Bob fought with 92 Squadron flying Spitfires, quickly becoming one of the leading aces. Promoted to command 257 Squadron, now flying Hurricanes, Bob's dashing style of leadership inspired his pilots to great success. He went on to command the Duxford and Biggin Hill Wings, taking his personal score to 29 air victories before being shot down by ground fire over Northern France in 1942. Tuck then spent the next couple of years in Stalag Luft III at Żagań (Sagan), before making a number of unsuccessful escape attempts from several other prisoner of war camps across Germany and Poland. In company with the Polish pilot Zbigniew Kustrzyński, he finally escaped successfully on 1 February 1945 as his camp was being evacuated westwards from Russian forces advancing into Germany. Tuck's Russian, learned from his childhood nanny, was now crucial as he spent some time fighting alongside the Russian troops until he managed eventually to find his way to the British Embassy in Moscow. He eventually boarded a ship from Russia to Southampton, England. He died on 5th May 1987.
Stansfeld, N. K.
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Stansfeld, N. K.

Pilot Officer Noel Karl Stansfield a Canadian flew with both No 242 Squadron and No 229 Squadron. He was wounded on September 30th 1940. He baled out after his Hurricane I (N2652) after combat over Ightham in Kent. He was awarded the D.F.C. on October 8th 1940.
Starr, H. M.
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   Died : 31 / 8 / 1940
Starr, H. M.

Squadron Leader H.M.Starr of No.253 Squadron was killed on August 31st of 1940. His Hurricane (L1830) was shot down near Kent and Starr baled out, he was then machine gunned during his fall and killed in the process.
Stavert, C. M.
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Stavert, C. M.

Pilot Officer C.M.Stavert of No.1 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2353) on May 18th 1940 when he ran out of fuel and force-landed near Conde-Vraux following combat.
Steadman, D. J.
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Steadman, D. J.


Steborowski, M. J.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Steborowski, M. J.

Flight Officer M.L.Steborowski from Poland of No 238 Squadron was shot down and killed off Portland in his Hurricane I (P3819) on August 11th 1940.
Steeley, H J
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   Died : 18 / 1 / 1940
Steeley, H J

Sgt H J Steeley was involved in mid air collision with another No.43 Sqn Hurricane flown by Sgt E.G.P Mullinger. Both pilots were killed.
Stefan, J.
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Stefan, J.


Stephens, M. M.
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Stephens, M. M.

Pilot Officer M.M.Stephens of No.3 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (N2546) on May 14th 1940 when it was forced to land following combat.
Stevens, Leonard Walter
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   Died : 21 / 5 / 1941
Stevens, Leonard Walter

Killed May 21st 1941
Stevens, R. P.
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   Died : 16 / 12 / 1941
Stevens, R. P.

Killed December 15/16th 1941
Stewart, D. G. A.
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   Died : 15 / 2 / 1941
Stewart, D. G. A.

Flight Officer D.G.A.Stewart of No.615 Squadron was killed on February 15th 1941. His Hurricane (P3231) was shot down at Zeebrugge. He was 27 and buried in Belgium.
Stewart, G. M.
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   Died : 31 / 5 / 1940
Stewart, G. M.

Pilot Officer G.M.Stewart of No.242 Squadron was killed on May 31st 1940 when his Hurricane (P2732) was shot down by a Me109.
Stillwell, Len
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   Died : 6 / 12 / 2008
Stillwell, Len

Len Stillwell trained in Southern Rhodesia and was posted to Italy with 92 Squadron flying Hurricanes. Later Len Stillwell went onto fly Mk.V , MK VIII and IX Spitfires with 92 squadron providing close ground support. He was wounded when enemy fire hit his aircraft injuring both his legs, but soon he rejoined the squadron. It was sad news to hear of his passing on the 6th December 2008.
Stone, G. C.
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   Died : 28 / 5 / 1940
Stone, G. C.

Pilot Officer G.C.Stone of No.213 Squadron was killed on May 28th 1940. He was flying in his Hurricane (P2792) when he was thought to be shot down over water, as his body was found there. He was buried at sea.
Stones, D. W. A.
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Stones, D. W. A.

Pilot Officer D.W.A.Stones of No.79 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P3451) on May 18th 1940 when he was forced to land following combat with a Me109 near Vitry.
Stoney, George E. B.
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   Died : 18 / 8 / 1940
Stoney, George E. B.

Flight Lieutenant George E.B.Stoney a Canadian of No 501 Squadron was shot down and killed on August 18th 1940 in a Hurricane I (P2549). He was in combat over the Thames Estuary.
Straight, Whitney W.
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Straight, Whitney W.

Pilot Officer Whitney Willard Straight CBE, D.F.C. was born on 6 November 1912 in New York. He moved to England in 1918. After education at Dartington Hall he went to Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1935 he married, becoming British subject. Whitney joined No 601 A.A.F Squadron in early 1939 and was called to full-time service on August 24th 1939. He went to Norway with a naval force on the 15th of April 1940, with the temporary rank of Squadron Leader and was injured in a German bombing raid on a frozen lake on the 25th and evacuated to Britain by the Navy. He regained his operational category and rejoined No 601 A.A.F Squadron at Exeter on the 28th of September 1940 and flew in Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. On the 1st of January 1941 for his work in Norway he was awarded the M.C. the Norwegian War Cross (18.12.42), received a Mention in Dispatches on the 1st of January 1943, was made a C.B.E. on the 8th of August 1944 and an Officer of the US Legion of Merit on the 15th of March 1946. He became Managing Director of B.O.A.C. in 1947. Whitney Straight died on the 5th of April 1979.
Strang, J. T.
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Strang, J. T.

Pilot Officer J.T.Strang of No.253 Squadron force-landed his Hurricane (P2761) following combat with Me110s near Vitry.
Strang, W Archie
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Strang, W Archie

A New Zealander, an ex All Blacks rugby player before the war ( A five-eighth who slotted a magnificent drop goal to give the All Blacks a rare win over the Springboks in that country. He also captained South Canterbury against the 1930 British team.) was made assistant adjutant, and flew very rarely afterwards. He went back to Timaru in the South Island of New Zealand, where he had his own place at the bar of the local pub. He became secretary of Christchurch Rugby Union club,
Strickland, C. D.
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   Died : 27 / 10 / 1941
Strickland, C. D.

Flight Officer C.D.Strickland of No.615 Squadron was killed on October 27th 1941. His Hurricane (Z3826) by was shot down by ground fire over Belgium, he was buried there.
Strickland, J. M.
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   Died : 14 / 8 / 1941
Strickland, J. M.

Killed August 14th 1941
Stroud, G. A.
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Stroud, G. A.


Stuckey, S. G.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1940
Stuckey, S. G.

Sergeant S.G.Stuckey of No 213 Squadron was killed when his Hurricane I (P2802) was shot down over the Channel off Bognor on August 12th 1940.
Sullivan, J. L.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Sullivan, J. L.

Flight Lieutenant J.L.Sullivan of No.242 Squadron was killed when he was shot down in his Hurricane (P2621) on May 14th 1940 following combat with Hs123 near Gorrey-le-Chateau. He was buried at Perwez in Belgium.
Surma, F.
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   Died : 8 / 11 / 1941
Surma, F.

Pilot Officer F.Surma from Poland flew Hurricane's with No 151 Squadron, No 607 Squadron & No 257 Squadrons during the Battle of Britain. Pilot Officer F.Surma was with No 257 Squadron when he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3893) safely on the 29th of October 1940 over Bobbingworth, Essex. F.Surma was shot down and killed over Dunkirk on November 8th 1941 in a Spitfire Vb (AB930) of No 308 Squadron whilst on Circus 110.
Sutton, F. B.
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   Died : 16 / 3 / 1988
Sutton, F. B.

Pilot Officer F.B.Sutton was flying in Hurricane (N2553) on May 18th 1940 when he was force to land following combat with a Me110, he destroyed the aircraft in the process.
Switon, L.
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Switon, L.

Sergeant L.Switon from Poland joined No 54 Squadron in Spitfire's on August 9th 1940, but was only with them a week before being posted to No 303 Squadron where he flew Hurricane's.
Sydenham, F.
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   Died : 26 / 5 / 1940
Sydenham, F.

Pilot Officer F.Sydenham of No. 73 Squadron was on patrol over Orchamps when he crashed following combat with Me109s and was killed. He was buried at Chuffilly-Roche in France and was aged 26.
Sykes, D. B.
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Sykes, D. B.

Sergeant D.B.Sykes of No 145 Squadron force landed his Hurricane I (N2494) near St Leonards, Sussex on October 27th 1940. He had run out of fuel during combat. D.B.Sykes was unhurt this time but on the afternoon of the 7th of November he was injured when he crash landed his Hurricane I (P2924) near Ventnor, Isle of Wight after being shot down by a Bf 109.
Sylvester, E. J. H.
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   Died : 20 / 7 / 1940
Sylvester, E. J. H.

Pilot Officer E.J.H.Sylvester from No 501 Squadron was on patrol in a Hurricane I (P3082) on July 20th 1940 when he was shot down in Lyme Bay, Dorset by a Bf 109.
Szaposznikow, E.
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Szaposznikow, E.

Flight Officer Eugeniusz Szaposznikow from Poland flew Hurricane's with No 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He attained the rank of flight Lieutenant.
Szulkowski, W.
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   Died : 27 / 3 / 1941
Szulkowski, W.

Flight Lieutenant W.Szulkowski was killed on March 27th 1941. His Hurricane (V7188) was involved in a collision with another aircraft.
Tait, K. W.
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   Died : 6 / 7 / 1941
Tait, K. W.

Flight Lieutenant K.W.Tait of No.257 Squadron was killed on August 4th 1941. His Hurricane (Z3164) was involved in combat east of Norfolk before he baled out. He was 22.
Talman, J. M.
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   Died : 10 / 7 / 1944
Talman, J. M.

Pilot Officer J.M.Talman of No 213 Squadron was in combat on September 28th 1940. His Hurricane I was shot down by a Bf 110 over Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. He was rescued unhurt.
Tamblyn, H. N.
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   Died : 3 / 4 / 1941
Tamblyn, H. N.

Pilot Officer Hugh Norman Tamblyn a Canadian flew with No 242 Squadron in Hurricane's and No 141 Squadron in Defiant's during the Battle of Britain. He was awarded the D.F.C. on January 7th 1941. Tamblyn was killed on April 3rd 1941, his Hurricane (Z2692) was shot down by a Me110. Tamblyn died from exposure before he was found. He was 23 and buried in Ipswich.
Tappin, H E
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   Died : 8 / 1 / 2007
Tappin, H E

Started flying, as an N.C.O. pilot, with the R.A.F.V.R. at No.3 E.& R.F.T.S. run by Air Service Training, at Hamble near Southampton.in April 1937. Awarded Pilot's Flying Badge (wings) in May 1938. Moved to 26 E.& R.F.T.S. run by Marshalls Flying School at Kidlington, near Oxford in September 1938. Flying Instructor's Course, November/December 1938 Started instructing 30th December 1938. School at-Kidlington closed on outbreak of hostilities, staff moved to 22 E.F.T.S. at Carpbridge. Instructed at Cambridge until April 1941, when posted to 52 O.T.U. (Hurricane) at Debden. Commissioned December 1940. 52 O.T.U. April/May 1941. Posted to 3 Squadron (Hurricane) at Martlesham Heath 2nd June 1941, became Flight Commander in March 1942. Posted to 534 Squadron (Turbinlite) as Hurricane Flight Commander September 1942. Tutbinlite Project abandoned February 1943,,posted to 157 Squadron (Mosquito) at Castle Camps. Became Flight Commander July 1943. Posted from 157 at Predannack, March 1944 to 51 O.T.U. at Cranfield and Twinwood Farm, near Bedford, as W/Cdr Flying. January 1945 posted to Mediterranean to command 108 Squadron (Beaufighter), to learn on arrival that the Squadron was to be disbanded. I spent a short period with 334 (Special Duties) Wing at Brindisi, in Southern Italy, and in March 1945 was posted to Command 256 Squaron (Mosquito) with the Desert Air Force at Forli, iii-Northern Italy. In September 1945 the Squadron moved to Egypt,, from where I returned home in December of that year. In February 1946 1 returned to Cambridge to continue my work with Marshalls as a civilian pilot, where the work was varied and interesting, covering flying-instruction, charter work and testflying on a variety of aircraft, including the Vampire, Venom, Canberra, Valiant, Viscount and Ambassador. I left Cambridge in January 1961 to instruct at The College of Air Training at Hamble, which had been set up by B.E.A. and B.O.A.C., (taking over the Air Service Training facilities) to train new pilots ?,rom scratch, as the supply of ex-service pilots was running short. It proved to be very successful. Retired from Hamble January 1972. Service Numbers: N.C.O. 740167. Commissioned Officer 89304. D.F.C. September 1942 Bar to D.F.C. April 1944. Died 8th January 2007.
Thom, Alex
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Thom, Alex

Born in Perth, Scotland, Alex Thom joined the RAFVR on June 24th 1939 and flew at the weekends at 11 EARFTS Perth. At the outbreak of World War Two, Thom was called up for full time service with the Royal Air Force and was posted to 3 ITW at Hastings on October 2nd 1939, moving to 15 EFTS at Redhill on April 29th 1940 and on June 15th moved again to 15 FTS, initially at Brize Norton and later to Chipping Norton. Alex Thom went to 6 OTU on September 29th at Sutton Bridge where he converted to Hawker Hurricanes and joined 79 squadron stationed at Pembury only for a short period when he was transferred to 87 Squadron on October 6th 1940, moving with the squadron on the 31st of October to their new base at Exeter. He achieved the rank of Pilot Officer on the 3rd of December 1941. During his time at Exeter he was also based on the Scilly Isles and on one occasion after shooting down an enemy bomber the crew bailed out over the sea. Alex Thom circled the downed German crew who were in a life raft until a motor launch came and picked them up. Thom would later meet the crew and was given a flying helmet by the German pilot, an item he still has today. Alex Thom was appointed B Flight commander on 10th July 1942 and was awarded the DFC on the 14th August 1942. At this time he was credited with two enemy aircraft destroyed and a probable He111. On the 19th of August 1942 while supporting the ground forces at Dieppe, his Hurricane (LK - M) was hit by ground fire and lost oil pressure. He managed to limp back to England where he made a forced landing at East Den. Thom managed to get back to his airfield as a passenger in a Master flown by Flt Sgt Lowe and immediately took off again in Hurricane (LK - A) back to Dieppe where he proceeded to strafe enemy positions. On the 1st of October 1942 he became F/O. In November 1942, 87 Squadron was transferred to North Africa. They were transported by ship to Gibraltar where the squadron flew sorties, and then onto North Africa. Thom was posted away from the squadron to be a flying control officer at Bone. He returned to 87 Squadron which was then based at Tongley and took command on June 27th 1943. He was again posted away from the squadron on September 27th returning to the UK with the Rank of Flight Lt. Thom became an instructor with 55 OTU at Annan on November 17th moving to Kirton in Linsay on March 12th 1944 to join 53 OTU. He was appointed Flight Commander Fighter Affiliation Flight at 84 (Bomber) OTU at Husbands Bosworth on May 19th 1944 and remained there until October 10th when he went to RAF Peterhead as Adjutant. His final posting was to HQ13 Group, Inverness on May 8th 1945 as a Staff Officer and retired from the RAF on December 4th 1945 as a Flight Lt.


Alexander Thom DFC signing some of our art prints in 2010.

Cranston Fine Arts offer our warmest thanks to Alexander Thom for taking the time to meet with us and add his signature to some of our artwork.


Citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross :

This officer has been engaged on operational flying for a long period, both by day and by night. Throughout he has displayed great keenness and devotion to duty. He has destroyed two enemy aircraft both of which he shot down after pursuing them out to sea for more than 50 miles. On one occasion, he engaged a Heinkel 111 in extremely hazardous flying weather and probably destroyed it. Recently, Pilot Officer Thom has completed several successful intruder operations. He has invariably displayed initiative and courage.
Thom, D. S.
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Thom, D. S.

Flight Lieutenant D.S.Thom of No.1 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (P2880) by AA fire on May 25th 1940 and made a prisoner of war.
Thompson, A R F
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   Died : 9 / 3 / 2008
Thompson, A R F

Anthony Robert Fletcher Thompson was born on October 14th 1920. He joined the RAFVR about July 1939 as an airman under training pilot. Called up on September 1st, he completed his training at 15 EFTS and 5 FTS Sealand and arrived at 6 OTU on September 10th 1940. After converting to Hurricanes, he joined 85 (F) Squadron at Church Fenton on the 29th and moved to 249 (F) Squadron at North Weald in Essex on October 17th 1940. Thompson shared in the destruction of a Junkers Ju88 on October 28th and destroyed a Bf109 on the 30th. In May 1941 No.249 Squadron went to Malta and flew off of HMS Ark Royal in two groups on the 21st. On August 5th Tommy Thompson joined the Malta Night Fighting Defence Unit then formed at Ta Kali. He damaged an Italian BR20 at night on November 11th. The unit became 1435 (Night Fighter) Flight on December 23rd 1941. Thompson was posted to 71 OTU Gordons Tree, Sudan on March 3rd 1942. He returned to operations on October 1st joining 73 (F) Squadron in the Western Desert. In mid-November he was appointed A Flight Commander. At the end of December Thompson was posted to Cairo and in February he went to 206 Group as a test Pilot. He was awarded the DFC (23.03.43). On March 10th 1944 Thompson was seconded to BOAC and he took his release in Cairo on January 26th 1946 holding the rank of Flight Lieutenant. The following day he signed a contract with BOAC as a Captain. He retired from British Airways on October 14th 1975. Sadly, he died on 9th March 2008.
Thompson, M. H. B.
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   Died : 14 / 5 / 1940
Thompson, M. H. B.

Flight Officer M.H.B.Thompson of No.607 Squadron was killed when he was shot down in his Hurricane (P2620) on May 14th 1940 by Me109 near Louvain. He was buried at Heverlee, Belgium.
Thompson, Tommy
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   Died : 9 / 3 / 2008
Thompson, Tommy

Anthony Robert Fletcher Thompson - Tommy Thompson was born on October 14th 1920. He joined the RAF VF about July 1939 as an airman under training pilot. Called up on September 1st, he completed his training at 15 EFTS and 5 FTS Sealand and arrived at 6 OTU on September 10th 1940. After converting to Hurricanes, he joined 85 (F) Squadron at Church Fenton on the 29th and moved to 249 (F) Squadron at North Weald in Essex on October 17th 1940. Thompson shared in the destruction of a Junkers Ju88 on October 28th and destroyed a Bf109 on the 30th. In May 1941 249 Squadron went to Malta and flew off of HMS Ark Royal in two groups on the 21st. On August 5th Tommy Thompson joined the Malta Night Fighting Defence Unit then formed at Ta Kali. He damaged an Italian Br20 at night on November 11th. The unit became 1435 (Night Fighter) Flight on December 23rd 1941. Thompson was posted to 71 OTU Gordons Tree, Sudan on March 3rd 1942. He returned to operations on October 1st joining 73 (F) Squadron in the Western Desert. In mid-November he was appointed A Flight Commander. At the end of December Thompson was posted to Cairo and in February he went to 206 Group as a test Pilot. He was awarded the DFC (23.03.43). On March 10th 1944 Thompson was seconded to BOAC and he took his release in Cairo on January 26th 1946 holding the rank of Flight Lieutenant. The following day he signed a contract with BOAC as a Captain. He retired from British Airways on October 14th 1975. Tommy Thompson passed away on 9th March 2008.
Thomson, J. A.
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Thomson, J. A.

Flight Lieutenant James Anderson Thomson of No 302 Polish Squadron was injured on October 29th 1940 when he baled out of his Hurricane (P3085) after colliding with another Hurricane over Brooklands. He was slightly injured another time, this time right at the end of the Battle of Britain.
Thornley, L. T. W.
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1940
Thornley, L. T. W.

Flight Lieutenant L.T.W.Thornley of No.615 Squadron was killed on May 16th 1940 whilst flying in Hurricane (N2335), it was shot down near Tirlemont.
Thorogood, Laurence
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   Died : 12 / 2005
Thorogood, Laurence

Joining 87 Squadron on June 14th 1940, Laurence Thorogood was thrown straight into the Battle of Britain, destroying a Ju88 on 25th August. Commissioned in 1941 he then was posted to India and remained in the Far East until the end of the war. He served with No 9 Sqn Indian Air Force (Hurricane IIc) and 67 Sqn RAF (Spitfire VIII) in the campaign down the Arakan Coast. Staying in the RAF after the war, he served in Singapore and Sumatra with 155 Sqn before converting to Vampires on 130 Sqn, after two years instructing on Oxfords at Middle Wallop, we was Adjutant with 615 Sqn, Biggin Hill before moving to Germany in 1951 to fly Vampires with 118 and 94 Sqns. He served on the Thor missile system before finishing his career as a civilian in Whitehall. Sadly Laurence Thorogood passed away in December 2005. We would like to thank Dr John Thorogood for supplying the photo of his father.
Thorpe, P.
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Thorpe, P.

Sergeant P.Thorpe of No 145 Squadron was injured when he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3896) over Coghurst on October 12th 1940 after combat over Hastings.
Tillett, J.
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   Died : 6 / 11 / 1940
Tillett, J.

Flight Officer James Tillet of No 238 Squadron was shot down and killed in his Hurricane (V6814) on November 6th 1940 by a Bf 109 over Fareham.
Tomlinson, G. C.
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Tomlinson, G. C.

Squadron Leader G.C.Tomlinson of No.17 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P3277) on May 17th when he was forced to land near Brussels following combat and the aircraft burst into flames, Tomlinson managed to escape unharmed.
Topolnicki, J.
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   Died : 21 / 9 / 1940
Topolnicki, J.

Flight Officer J.Topolnicki from Poland of No 601 Squadron was wounded on September 6th 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3382) over Mayfield after combat with a Bf 109.
Tower-Perkins, W.
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Tower-Perkins, W.

Pilot Officer W.Tower-Perkins of No 238 Squadron was wounded on September 11th 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3096) with burns after combat near Tunbridge Wells.
Townsend, Peter
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   Died : 19 / 6 / 1995
Townsend, Peter

Peter Townsend was one of the most inspirational fighter leaders of the Battle of Britain. In February 1940, flying a Hurricane, he had shot down the first German aircraft to fall on English soil in World War II, and this was the first of a string of successes for the popular commander of 85 Squadron. Shot down twice, wounded, and flying part of the Battle when he couldnt walk, Peter Townsend survived to lead the first night-fighter squadron. He later became Equerry to King George VI, a post he held for 8 years. He died 19th June 1995.
Tracey, Owen
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   Died : 8 / 12 / 1941
Tracey, Owen


Trice, A. N.
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1940
Trice, A. N.

Sergeant A.N.Trice of No.87 Squadron was killed when he was flying in Hurricane (L2000) on May 16th 1940, he was shot down by a Me109 west of Mons.
Trueman, A. A. G.
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   Died : 4 / 9 / 1940
Trueman, A. A. G.

Flight Officer Alex Albert Gray Trueman a Canadian flew Hurricane with No 253 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He was shot down and killed over Kenley in a Hurricanes I (V6638) on September 4th 1940.
Truhlar, J.
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Truhlar, J.

Sergeant J.Truhlar of No.312 Squadron was taken prisoner on July 8th 1941. His Hurricane (Z3023) was shot down over St Omer.
Truran, A. J. J.
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   Died : 5 / 11 / 1940
Truran, A. J. J.

Pilot Officer A.J.J.Truran of No.615 Squadron was on patrol in his Hurricane (P2581) on August 15th 1940 when it was damaged in combat with a Me109 near Folkestone.
Tucker, A. B.
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Tucker, A. B.

Flight Officer A.B.Tucker of No 151 Squadron was shot down by Bf 109's on August 12th 1940 and crashed his Hurricane I (P3302) into the sea. He was then rescued and admitted to hospital with back wounds.
Turner, D. E.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Turner, D. E.

Flight Lieutenant D.E.Turner of No 238 Squadron was shot down and killed in his Hurricane I (P3823) by Bf 109's on August 8th 1940 South of the Isle of Wight.
Turner, G.
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Turner, G.

Flight Sergeant G.Turner in a Hurricane (P3144) from No 32 Squadron was in combat with a Bf 109 over Dover on July 19th. He baled out but was badly burned. The aircraft later crashed at Hougham.
Turner, Percival
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Turner, Percival

Pilot Officer Percival Stanley 'Stan' Turner was English and emigrated to Canada. He joined the R.A.F. before 1939 and he flew with No 242 Hurricane Squadron during the Battle of Britain. At the end of the war his score was at least 14 Kills. Turner was promoted to Group Captain. D.S.O , D.F.C. and Bar the Czech War Cross and the Czech Medal for Valour.
Tweed, L. J.
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Tweed, L. J.


Tyrer, E
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Tyrer, E

On 12th September 1940, flew Hurricane Mk.I P3816 of No.46 Sqn on patrol over Rochford.
Urbanowicz, W.
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Urbanowicz, W.

Flight Officer Witor Urbanowicz was a pre-war member of the Polish Air Force, he joined No 145 Squadron on the 4th of August 1940 and was later posted to No 303 (Polish) Squadron on the 21st of August. He finished the Battle with 14 kills. Flight Officer W.Urbanowicz was awarded VM (5th Class) on the 23rd of December 1940 and KW and three Bars on the 1st of February 1941 and the D.F.C. on the 30th of October 1941. Later in the war he was attached to the USAAF in China and downed two Japanese aircraft there, receiving the Air Medal (US) on the 25th of September 1944 and the Chinese Flying Cross.
Urwin-Mann, John
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   Died : 7 / 3 / 1999
Urwin-Mann, John

A Canadian, John Urwin-Mann elisted in the RAF before the war. Flying Hurricanes with No.238 Sqn, he was awarded the DSO and DFC with Bar in his career with the RAF. DFC citation in the London Gazette, 26th November 1940 : This officer has displayed initiative and dash in his many engagements against the enemy. He has led his section in an excellent manner and has destroyed at least eight enemy aircraft. The bar to his DFC was gazetted on 7th April 1942. DSO citation in the London Gazette, 11th May 1943 : Within the past 6 months, whilst operating from Malta this officer has completed a large number of sorties, involving attacks on factories, warehouses, port installations, power stations and airfields in Sicily and nearby enemy islands. On one occasion he led a formation which attacked an airfield and destroyed many aircraft on the ground; Squadron Leader Urwin-Mann also obtained a hit on a petrol installation, causing a violent explosion and a large fire. Another of his successes was the destruction of a portion of the main railway line during a sortie at Gela in January, 1943. During the same operation, Squadron Leader Urwin-Mann engaged a Messerschmitt 210, shooting away its starboard engine. With his great skill and inspiring leadership this officer has raised his squadron to a high pitch of fighting efficiency. He died on 7th March 1999.
Vale, William
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   Died : 29 / 11 / 1981
Vale, William

Scored 10 victories in the Gloster Gladiator. Born 3rd June 1914, William Vale joined the RAF in 1931. As a gunner, he flew Hawker Harts with No.33 Squadron before training as a pilot. He flew the Hart with the squadron before it converted to the Gloster Gladiator, which he also flew. He began WW2 in Egypt, and was posted to No.80 Squadron, claiming his 10 victories in the Gloster Gladiator. He switched to the Hawker Hurricane aircraft, adding to his tally of victories. He was awarded the DFC, and Bar to the DFC, and the AFC, before retiring from the RAF in 1946. William Vale died on 29th November 1981.
Verity, V. B. S.
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Verity, V. B. S.

Pilot Officer V.B.S.Verity of No.615 Squadron crash-landed his Hurricane (L2060) following combat with Me110s on May 20th 1940.
Vincent, Stanley
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Vincent, Stanley

Group Captain Stanley Vincent was 43 years old at the time of the battle and flew a lone Hurricane (the station defense flight) as often as possible. He was a WW1 fighter ace.
Vindis, F.
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Vindis, F.

Pilot Officer F.Vindis a Czech of No 310 Squadron crashed his Hurricane at Sudbury, Suffolk on November 1st 1940.
Vivier, Daniel
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Vivier, Daniel

Pilot Daniel Vivier a Belgian joined No 43 Squadron on the 4th of August 1940. He was wounded with leg injuries when he crash landed his Hurricane I (P3903) near Old Romney after combat with on September 2nd 1940. Daniel Vivier was awarded the Croix de Guerre (Belgian) on the 21st of July 1941,the D.F.C. on the 30th of January 1942 and the D.F.C. Bar on the 15th of September 1942.
Voase Jeff, R.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Voase Jeff, R.

Flight Lieutenant R.Voase-Jeff of No 87 Squadron was lost in combat in his Hurricane I (V7231) over Portland Bill on August 11th 1940. He was awarded the D.F.C. and later the Bar to the D.F.C.
Wadham, J. V.
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   Died : 12 / 10 / 1940
Wadham, J. V.

Sergeant J.V.Wadham joined No 601 Squadron on August 3rd 1940 then he moved to No 145 Squadron. J.V.Wadham was killed by a bullet to the head on October 12th 1940, by a Bf 109 in his Hurricane I (V7426), he was 21.
Wainwright, A. G.
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   Died : 21 / 1 / 1941
Wainwright, A. G.

Killed January 21st 1941**
Wakeham, E. C.
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   Died : 8 / 8 / 1940
Wakeham, E. C.

Pilot Officer E.C.J.Wakeham from No 145 Squadron was awarded the D.F.C. on the 21st of June 1940. Wakeham added five more victories before August 8th 1940, he was posted M.I.A, when he failed to return from a combat in his Hurricane I (P2957) with Bf 110's and Ju 87's South of the Isle of Wight. He was aged, 19.
Walch, S. C.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Walch, S. C.

Flight Lieutenant S.C.Walch an Australian of No 238 Squadron was shot down East of Weymouth in his Hurricane I (R4097) and killed on August 11th 1940.
Walker, P. R.
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Walker, P. R.

Flight Lieutenant P.R.Walker of No.1 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (L1681) on May 14th 1940 near Vouzieres. He crash-landed and the aircraft was written off.
Walker-Smith, F. R.
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   Died : 0 / 3 / 1941
Walker-Smith, F. R.

Sergeant F.R.Walker-Smith of No 85 Squadron was wounded in the foot on August 29th 1940. His Hurricane I (V7350) shot at by a Bf 109 over the Sussex coast and he baled out.
Wallace, T. Y.
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   Died : 11 / 11 / 1944
Wallace, T. Y.

Sergeant T.Y.Wallace of No 111 Squadron was wounded on September 7th 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3025) near Ashford in Kent. He had been in combat with Bf 109's.
Walley, P. K.
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   Died : 18 / 8 / 1940
Walley, P. K.

Sergeant P.K.Walley of No 615 Squadron was killed when he crashed at Morden Park on August 18th 1940 in a Hurricane I (P2768). He was in combat with a Bf 109 near Sevenoaks in Kent.
Walton, H.
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Walton, H.

Sergeant H.Walton of No 87 Squadron was injured on September 30th 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (V7307).
Watson, Bruce D
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Watson, Bruce D

Joined the RAAF in December 1940. After initial training in Australia, gained his wings and graduated as a Pilot Officer in Canada. He sailed to the UK in 1941, then posted to 32 Sqn equipped with Hurricanes at Manston, gaining 2.5 victories. He then returned to Australia and joined 75 Sqn in June 1942. Flying Kittyhawks, Bruce took part in the Battle of Milne Bay as A Flight Commander and on 27th August 1942 he and Flg Off Peter Jones attacked 3 Val Dive Bombers over the Bay. They were credited with sharing 1 destroyed, 1 probable and 1 damaged. After serving at Milne Bay, he was posted to 2 OTU as an instructor. When Clive Caldwell formed 80 Fighter Wing RAAF in April 1944, he selected Watson to lead 457 Sqn. Bruce led the squadron from Darwin to, and operated from Morotai. Watsons Spitfire marked ZP-W was the first to wear the famed Grey Nurse scheme which the entire squadron adopted.
Way, L. B. R.
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Way, L. B. R.

Pilot Officer L.B.R.Way of No 229 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (P3037) on September 30th 1940 after combat over Kent.
Weatherill, R.F.
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Weatherill, R.F.

Flight Officer R.F.Weatherill of No.607 Squadron force-landed his Hurricane (P2574) following combat with a He111 whilst on a patrol.
Weaver, P. S.
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   Died : 31 / 8 / 1940
Weaver, P. S.

Flight Lieutenant P.S. Weaver from No 56 Squadron shot down nine enemy aircraft between the 20th July and the 28th of August. On August 31st he was shot down in his Hurricane I (V7378) by a Bf 109 and crashed into a river and was not seen again. He had been recommended for a D.F.C. prior to his death and it was awarded on October 1st 1940.
Weber, Franck
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Weber, Franck

Pilot Officer Franck Weber was a Czech who served in France before joining No 145 Squadron. On the 27th of October 1940 he baled out of his Hurricane I (V7592) off the Isle of White safely after combat with a Bf 109 and was picked up out of the Channel.
Weber, J.
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Weber, J.


Webster, Earnest R.
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Webster, Earnest R.

Sergeant Earnest Webster was born in 1917 and joined the R.A.F. in September 1939. He was posted to No 85 Squadron in Hurricane's at Debden on May 24th 1940. He was later promoted to Flying Officer and served with the R.A.F. until 1947.
Webster, H. G.
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   Died : 14 / 4 / 1941
Webster, H. G.

Sergeant H.G.Webster of No 73 Squadron baled out safely on September 11th 1940 when his Hurricane I (P2796) was shot down by a Bf 110 over Sheppey.
Wedzik, M.
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Wedzik, M.

Sergeant M.Wedzik from Poland of No 302 Squadron baled safely out of his Hurricane I (P2752) on October 15th 1940 during combat with a Bf 109 over Kent.
Weins, R. H.
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Weins, R. H.

Pilot Officer R.H.Weins of No.242 Squadron crashed his Hurricane (L1665) near Cambrai following combat with Me110s on May 18th 1940. Weins was injured.
Weir, A. N. C.
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   Died : 7 / 11 / 1940
Weir, A. N. C.

Flight Officer A.N.C.Weir of No.145 Squadron was killed on November 7th 1940. His Hurricane (P2720) was shot down by an Me109 near the Isle of Wight. He was 21.
Wells, P. H. V.
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Wells, P. H. V.

Flight Officer Pat H.V.Wells of No 249 Squadron baled out wounded on September 7th 1940. His Hurricane I (P3594) GN-O was shot down by return fire whilst attacking some Heinkel He 111's near Faversham.
Wendel, K. V.
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   Died : 7 / 9 / 1940
Wendel, K. V.

Flight Officer K.V.Wendel a New Zealand of No 504 Squadron was killed on September 7th 1940. His Hurricane I (L1615) was shot down near Faversham.
West, R. A.
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   Died : 1 / 6 / 1940
West, R. A.

Pilot Officer R.A.West of No.242 Squadron was killed on June 1st 1940. His Hurricane (L2004) was shot down by a Me109.
Westlake, George
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   Died : 18 / 1 / 2006
Westlake, George

Westlake was a student at the DeHavilland Aeronautical Technical School when he joined the RAFVR in September 1937. , George Westlake joined 43 Squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. On 29th September he moved to 213 Squadron at Tangmere, and on 15th November shot down an Me109. In May of the following year the squadron flew their Hurricanes off HMS Furious to Malta bound for Egypt and was briefly attached to 80 Squadron during the Syrian campaign, where he had some further success. Returning to 213 Squadron he took temporary command in October 1942. In 1944 he led 239 Wing in Italy. when he was posted to 211 Group, later moving to 212 Group. He was involved with planning the invasion of Sicily and Italy and in early 1945 he was appointed Wing Leader of 239 Wing, awarded the DSO (22.6.45) .He finished the war with eleven victories. He died 18th January 2006.
Westmacott, I. B.
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Westmacott, I. B.

Flight Officer Innes B.Westmacott was a pre-war Regular pilot and Flying Instructor, he was posted to No 56 Squadron on the 3rd of August 1940. He shot down four enemy aircraft during the August of 1940 and on the 31st he was shot down by a Bf 110 and badly burned when his reserve tank in his Hurricane I (V7341) exploded but he still managed to bale out successfully. He recovered at Chelmsford Hospital.
White, B. E. G.
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   Died : 5 / 7 / 1943
White, B. E. G.

Pilot Officer B.E.G.White of No.504 Squadron was flying Hurricane (L1916) on May 14th 1940 when it was written off after it crash-landed following combat with a Me109. White was posted as missing on July 5th 1943.
Whitehead, C.
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   Died : 4 / 7 / 1942
Whitehead, C.

Killed July 4th 1942
Whitehouse, Tony
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Whitehouse, Tony

Wing Commander Sydney Anthony Hollingsworth Whitehouse, 501 Squadron, Bristol, Hurricanes.
Whittaker, Richard
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   Died : 7 / 6 / 1940
Whittaker, Richard

Pilot Officer Richard Whittaker of No.17 Squadron was killed on June 7th of 1940. His Hurricane (P3472) was shot down by a Me109 whilst he was on patrol over France.
Wicks, B. J.
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   Died : 12 / 10 / 1942
Wicks, B. J.

Flight Officer J.B.Wicks was a regular and one of the members of No 56 Squadron "B" Flight that fought in France, he scored one kill but was shot down behind enemy lines on May 22nd. He evaded capture for ten days until whilst on his way to Dunkirk, he was arrested by the French on suspicion of being a spy. He was later handed over to the English and escorted back to England and with some effort his identity was established and he returned to No 56 Squadron. He was credited with one victory during the Battle of Britain and on August 26th 1940 he was forced to bale out of his Hurricane I (V7340) and escaped uninjured. Wicks was awarded the D.F.C. on June 6th 1941. Wicks died whilst flying over Malta on October 12th 1942, he was 22.
Wight, Ronald
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Wight, Ronald

Flight Lieutenant Ronald Derek G.Wight was with No 213 Squadron at the outbreak of the war. He shot down 4 enemy aircraft in France plus 6 more over Dunkirk for which he was awarded the D.F.C. He was shot down and killed of Portland on August 11th 1940 in his Hurricane I (N2650) whilst leading 3 Hurricane's against 60 Bf 110's. He held the D.F.C. and is buried at Cayeux sur Mer France. He was 24.
Wightman, O. M.
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   Died : 30 / 6 / 1941
Wightman, O. M.

Midshipman O.M.Wightman a regular was one of the F.A.A. pilots loaned to Fighter Command in June of 1940, he joined No 151 Squadron on July 1st 1940. On July 9th 1940 Wightman took off in his Hurricane I (P3806) for convoy patrol and was shot down, baling out safely over the Thames Estuary. He was rescued by a trawler. Wightman later rejoined the Navy in February 1941 and was killed on June 30th 1941, aged 20.
Wilkes, G. N.
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   Died : 12 / 8 / 1940
Wilkes, G. N.

Sergeant G.N.Wilkes of No 213 Squadron was killed when his Hurricane I (P2854) was shot down over the Channel off Bognor on August 12th 1940.
Wilkinson, Ken
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Wilkinson, Ken

Battle of Britain pilot flying Hurricanes, he flew Spitfires with 611 Sqn and then 616 Sqn at Kirton-in-Lindsey and 19 Sqn at Fowlmere during 1940 and after a spell instructing returned to operations on Spitfires, with 234 and 165 Squadrons. After spending time with 53, 24 and 10 Operational Training Units, he left the RAF in November 1945 and served in the RAFVR.

Ken Wilkinson signing Night Reaper by David Pentland.

Ken Wilkinson sign Ground Force by Ivan Berryman.



Ken Wilkinson with his Spitfire during the war.



Ken Wilkinson revisiting the Spitfire cockpit.


Wilkinson, W. C.
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   Died : 7 / 6 / 1940
Wilkinson, W. C.

Flight Officer W.C.Wilkinson of No.43 Squadron was killed on June 7th 1940, he was shot down in his Hurricane (L1847) following combat. He was aged 26 and buried at Bailleul Neuville.
Williams, C. W.
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   Died : 25 / 8 / 1940
Williams, C. W.

Squadron Leader C.W.Williams of No.17 Squadron was killed on August 25th 1940. He was on patrol in his Hurricane (R4199) when it was shot down in an attack against Me110s near Portland.
Williams, Cedric W.
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   Died : 25 / 8 / 1940
Williams, Cedric W.

Squadron Leader Cedric W.Williams was leader No 17 Squadron of Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. On August 18th 1940 his Hurricane I (V7404) was damaged in combat with Bf 109's off Dover. He was shot down and killed on August 25th 1940 in a head on attack in his Hurricane I (R4199) on a Bf 110 off Portland.
Williams, E. E.
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   Died : 15 / 10 / 1940
Williams, E. E.

Flight Sergeant E.E.Williams of No 46 Squadron was killed on October 15th 1940 when his Hurricane I (V6550) was shot down by a Bf 109. His Hurricane crashed near Gravesend in Kent.
Williams, J. L. C.
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1940
Williams, J. L. C.

Sergeant J.L.C.Williams of No.3 Squadron was killed when flying in Hurricane (L1610) on May 15th of 1940 when he was forced to land near Dinant.
Wilson, R. R.
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   Died : 11 / 8 / 1940
Wilson, R. R.

Pilot Officer Robert Roy Wilson a Canadian flew Hurricane's with No 111 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3595) and killed whilst in combat on August 11th 1940.
Winning, E. G.
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   Died : 28 / 5 / 1940
Winning, E. G.

Flight Lieutenant E.G.Winning of No.213 Squadron was killed on May 28th 1940, he had been flying escort to St Omer when his Hurricane (P3354) was shot down.
Winstanley, J.
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Winstanley, J.

Sergeant J.Winstanley from No 151 Squadron was injured in a Hurricane I (R4185), he hit the ground at Biscathorpe, Lincs, chasing a He 111 through low cloud on September 17th 1940.
Wissler, D. H.
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   Died : 11 / 11 / 1940
Wissler, D. H.

Pilot Officer D.H.Wissler of No 17 Squadron was wounded on September 24th 1940. His Hurricane I (P3168) was damaged by a Bf 109 and he crash landed. D.H.Wissler was killed on November 11th 1940 while on patrol, his Hurricane (V7570) was shot down whilst in combat over the Thames Estuary.
Witorzenc, S.
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Witorzenc, S.

Flight Officer Stephan Witorzenk from Poland flew with No 501 Squadron in Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain. His tally of kills for the war was 5 confirmed 1 shared and 2 damaged. He attained the rank of Group Captain.
Wlasnowolski, B. A.
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   Died : 1 / 11 / 1940
Wlasnowolski, B. A.

Pilot Officer Boleslaw A. Wlasnowolski from Poland he flew with No 607 Squadron, No 32 Squadron & No 213 Squadron's. He joined No 32 Squadron on the 8th of August 1940. On August 18th 1940 he damaged his Hurricane I (R4081) when he ran into a tree stump at Biggin Hill after combat. He scored four kills during the Battle of Britain. He was shot down by a Bf 109 over Portsmouth in his Hurricane I (N2608) and killed on November 1st 1940, he was 23 years of age. Wlasnowolski was awarded V.M. (5th Class) on February 1st 1941 and K.W. on October 31st 1947.
Wojcicki, A.
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   Died : 11 / 9 / 1940
Wojcicki, A.

Sergeant A.Wojcicki from Poland of No 213 Squadron was killed on September 11th 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6667) off Selsey Bill.
Wojtowicz, S.
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   Died : 11 / 9 / 1940
Wojtowicz, S.

Sergeant S.Wojtowicz of No.303 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (V7242) on September 11th 1940 and killed. He was shot down by a Me109 near Westerham. He was 24, and buried at Northwood.
Wood, J. E. R.
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   Died : 8 / 7 / 1940
Wood, J. E. R.

Pilot Officer J.E.R.Wood of No.79 Squadron was shot down in his Hurricane (N2490) on May 14th 1940 following combat with a Ju88, he baled out and was injured.
Woods-Scawen, C. A.
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   Died : 2 / 9 / 1940
Woods-Scawen, C. A.

Flight Officer C.A. 'Tony' 'Wombat' Woods- Scawen of No 43 Squadron on August 13th while on patrol in his Hurricane (R4102) was forced to crash land near Midhurst, Sussex following combat. He was again shot down on September 2nd 1940 by a Bf 109. Woods-Scawen baled out too low after his Hurricane I (V7420) caught fire. Woods-Scawen lost his life, he was aged 22.
Woods-Scawen, Patrick
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   Died : 1 / 9 / 1940
Woods-Scawen, Patrick

Flight Officer Patrick 'Woody' Woods-Scawen, was born at Karachi, India and flew with No 85 Squadron. He had scored 14 kills and was awarded the D.F.C. Woods-Scawen baled out of his Hurricane (P3150) after a combat with a Bf 109 on September 1st 1940, but was killed when his parachute failed to deploy His body was later found on September 6th 1940 near Kenly. He was 24.
Woolley, A. W.
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Woolley, A. W.

Sergeant A.W.Woolley joined No 601 Squadron on July 5th 1940 from No 604 Squadron, where he had been since the outbreak of war. Woolley was on patrol in his Hurricane (P3681) off Selsey on the July 11th 1940 when he was forced to bale out over the Isle of Wight after an attack on a Heinkel 111. His aircraft was written off, he survived suffering burns. In another Hurricane (V7238), on August 26th 1940 he crashed at Great Totham, Essex but survived the crash. Sergeant A.W.Woolley was shot down a total of three times during the Battle.
Worrall, J.
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Worrall, J.

Squadron Leader John 'Baron' Worrall was Commanding Officer of No 32 Squadron in May of 1940. On July 20th 1940 he force landed his Hurricane I (N2532) near Hawkinge following combat with a Bf 109. Worrall was awarded the D.F.C. on August 6th 1940, although it is unclear what for, his only listed victory is noted as occurring on August 15th as a half-share.
Worrall, Pyers A.
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   Died : 8 / 6 / 1942
Worrall, Pyers A.

Flight Officer Pyers A.Worrall from No 85 Squadron flying on patrol over Tunbridge on August 31st 1940 in his Hurricane I (V6581). He baled out and was slightly wounded in the leg following combat with a Bf 110. His rudder and elevator controls had been shot away. He was admitted to Croydon Hospital where he recovered.
Wright, G. F. M.
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   Died : 22 / 5 / 1940
Wright, G. F. M.

Flight Officer G.F.M.Wright of No.605 Squadron was on patrol in a Hurricane (L2120) on May 22nd when he was shot down by a He111 and killed. He was buried at Berneville in France, aged 36.
Wright, J.
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   Died : 6 / 9 / 1940
Wright, J.

Sergeant J.Wright of No 79 Squadron crashed his Hurricane I (P3676) on September 4th 1940. He was wounded after combat with some Bf 110's over Biggin Hill. He later died from his wounds suffered on September 5th 1940.
Wright, L.
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   Died : 18 / 6 / 1940
Wright, L.

Pilot Officer L.Wright of No.151 Squadron was killed on June 18th 1940. His Hurricane was involved in combat with He111s over the French coast and he baled out but was later washed up on shore. He was aged 27.
Wright, Ricky
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   Died : 5 / 11 / 2007
Wright, Ricky

605 Sqn Battle of Britain, Officer Commanding 54(F) Sqn Vampire 1948-1949. Eric William Wright was born on September 21st 1919 at Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, and went to the Cambridge County School and the Technical College. Wright joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in June 1939 and was called up when he had completed his training as a pilot. As a sergeant pilot Wright flew Hurricanes over south-east England during the Battle of Britain; Wright joined No 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron in July 1940, a few days before it left its Scottish base for Croydon. He saw a great deal of action during the summer of 1940, and in the early days of September he shared in the destruction of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighter and a Dornier 17 bomber. On September 15, the climax of the Battle, and a day commemorated as Battle of Britain Day, Wright shot down a Dornier 17 over Maidstone and by the end of the year he had accounted for six enemy aircraft, probably destroyed three more and damaged a further six. At the end of November he was awarded an immediate DFM. Wright was made a flight commander of No.232 Squadron in 1941 and went to India. After the Japanese attacks on Malaya the squadron embarked on the aircraft carrier Indomitable, flying off to Java at the end of January 1942 en route to reinforce the beleaguered squadrons at Singapore. Within a week Wright's CO had been killed and Wright was promoted to squadron leader. He damaged a Japanese bomber off the west coast of Singapore, but 232 was soon forced to evacuate to Sumatra. Wright was made CO of a composite squadron made up of the remaining Hurricanes. They were hopelessly outnumbered, and losses mounted. With only a few aircraft left, on March 1st 1942 Wright was ordered to pass his remaining Hurricanes to a group selected to stay behind and take his remaining pilots to Tjilatjap, on the south coast, from where they were to board a boat for Australia. Two Ford V8s were commandeered, and the party drove through the jungle at night, only to find that the last boat had been sunk. In vain they searched along the coast for other craft. A few days later the island fell to the Japanese, and Wright and his pilots were captured and spent more than three years in Japanese prison camps. After the war Wright was repatriated back to the UK via Guam and the US finally returning to England onboard the liner Queen Mary. Wright resumed his career as a fighter pilot flying the early jets and was a member of the RAFs official aerobatic team, No.247 Squadron, flying Vampires. In April 1948 he flew one of the six single-engine Vampire F3s of No.54 Squadron which made the first Atlantic crossing by jet aircraft. On returning back the the UK, Wright was appointed to command No 54. After spending a year at the Central Fighter Establishment Wright was appointed wing leader at Linton-on-Ouse with command of three fighter squadrons. In late 1956 he converted to the Hunter and took the Tangmere Wing to Cyprus for the Suez operations. He was then given command of the RAFs first Bloodhound ground-to-air missile squadron. In 1960 he was promoted to group captain and spent three years at Headquarters Fighter Command, where he was heavily involved in the introduction into service of the supersonic Lightning fighter. Wright was appointed CBE in 1964. He also received a Kings Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air and the Air Efficiency Award. Air Commodore Ricky Wright CBE DFC DFM retired form the Royal Air Force in 1973. Sadly Air Commodore Ricky Wright passed away on the 5th of November 2007 aged 88.
Wunsche, K.
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Wunsche, K.


Wydrowski, B.
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Wydrowski, B.


Wynn, R. E. N.
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   Died : 7 / 4 / 1941
Wynn, R. E. N.

Pilot Officer R.E.N.Wynn of No 249 Squadron was wounded on September 2nd 1940. His Hurricane I (V7352) was damaged in a crash landing after combat over Rochester. R.E.N.Wynn was killed on April 7th 1941, he had been on convoy patrol in his Hurricane (Z2663) and crashed at Ongar, Essex on his return.
Yajima, Kaz
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Yajima, Kaz

6 Squadron Hurricane ground attack Pilot 1944-1946
Young, B. P.
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Young, B. P.

Pilot Officer B.P.Young of No.615 Squadron was flying in Hurricane (P2577) on May 16th 1940 when he was shot down near Brussels, Young was badly burned.
Yuile, A. McL.
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Yuile, A. McL.

Flight Officer A.M.Yuile a Canadian joined No 115 (Auxiliary) Squadron on September 15th 1939 for flying training, he flew solo on September 23rd 1939. After joining No 1 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron he was shot down whilst in combat on September 1st 1940, he baled out of his Hurricane I (R4171) and was uninjured. On September 15th he was shot down again South of London in his Hurricane I (L1973) and wounded in the shoulder. On September 13th 1944, as a Squadron Leader, he resigned his commission and went on to complete his University degree.
Yule, Raymond Duncan
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   Died : 11 / 9 / 1953
Yule, Raymond Duncan

Pilot Officer Robert Duncan Yule from New Zealand joined No 145 Squadron, a newly reformed fighter unit on Blenheim's, in September 1939. In March 1940 the unit received its first Hurricanes and during May its pilots found themselves ferrying Hurricanes to France and assisting the Squadrons there. Yule took part in No 145 Squadron's first action of the war on May 18th. The squadron flew daily patrols during the evacuation from Dunkirk and Yule claimed a Bf 110 destroyed in early June 1940. His next victory was a month later when he shared in the destruction of a Do 17 near Brighton. During the Battle Yule destroyed a Ju 88 and damaged three more, probably destroyed a Bf 110 and shared in the destruction of two Do 17's. On the 25th of October he was shot down in a combat near Kent and admitted to hospital with leg wounds after making a forced landing which completely wrote off his Hurricane I (P3926). While rehearsing for the Battle of Britain fly past over London on September 11th 1953, Yule collided with another jet aircraft. Faced with a densely-populated area, Yule steered his aircraft towards Woolwich Arsenal and crash-landed between rows of buildings. Some workers were injured and Yule was killed. His selfless action undoubtedly saved many lives.
Zak, W.
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Zak, W.

Flight Officer W.Zak from Poland of No 303 Squadron was wounded on September 27th 1940. He baled out of his Hurricane I (V7289) with burns over Horsham.
Zavoral, A.
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   Died : 31 / 10 / 1941
Zavoral, A.

Sergeant A.Zavoral of No.607 Squadron was killed on October 31st 1941. His Hurricane (BE403) was taken down by flak. He was 24.
Zenker, P.
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   Died : 24 / 8 / 1940
Zenker, P.

Pilot Officer P.Zenker from Poland was with No 501 Squadron. He shot down a Bf 109 on August 18th 1940 Whitstable. He was reported 'Missing' on August 24th 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (P3141) during combat near Dover.



Squadrons :
No.249 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
G. A. Stroud
Historical Notes :
05-12-1940 - Shot down by Bf109s Sgt. Stroud baled out wounded, north of Rye.

Known Individual Aircraft : Hurricane :

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Hurricane IIB

BD696

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BD697

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Hurricane IIB

BD698

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Hurricane IIB

BD699

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Hurricane IIB

BD700

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Hurricane IIB

BD701

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Hurricane IIB

BD702

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BD703

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Hurricane IIB

BD704

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Hurricane IIB

BD705

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BD706

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Hurricane IIB

BD707

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BD708

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BD709

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BD721

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BD722

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BD723

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BD724

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BD725

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BD726

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BD727

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BD728

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BD729

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BD730

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BD731

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BD732

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BD733

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BD734

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BD735

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BD736

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BD737

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BD738

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BD739

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BD740

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BD741

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BD742

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BD743

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BD744

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BD745

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BD759

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BD761

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BD763

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BD767

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BD768

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BD769

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BD770

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BD771

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BD772

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BD773

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BD774

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BD775

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BD776

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BD777

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BD783

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BD789

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BD790

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BD791

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BD792

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BD793

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BD818

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BD819

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BD820

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BD821

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BD822

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BD823

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BD824

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BD825

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BD826

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BD827

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BD828

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Squadrons for : Hurricane
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No.1 SAAF

Country : South Africa

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No.1 SAAF

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No.1 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 13th May 1912

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No.1 Sqn RAF

On 13 May 1912, with the establishment of the Royal Flying Corps, No. 1 Company of the Air Battalion was redesignated No. 1 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. No. 1 Squadron was one of the original three Royal Flying Corps squadrons. Maitland continued as the new squadron's Officer Commanding and he was promoted to major several days after the establishment of the squadron. It retained the airships Beta and Gamma, adding Delta and Eta, as well as kites and a few spherical balloons. However, in October 1913 a sudden decision was made to transfer all the airships to the Naval Wing of the RFC (which became the Royal Naval Air Service by Admiralty dictat, not Cabinet decision, on 1 July 1914). While retaining kites 1 Squadron was reorganised as an 'aircraft park' for the British Expeditionary Force. On 1 May 1914, Major Charles Longcroft was appointed as the new squadron commander. Apart from a few weeks as a supernumerary in August and September 1914, Longcroft continued as the squadron commander until January 1915. The squadron returned to the UK from France in March 1919, being formally disbanded on 20 January 1920. On the next day it reformed at Risalpur in the North West Frontier of India (now part of Pakistan), flying the Sopwith Snipe. and from January 1920. It moved to Hinaidi near Baghdad in Iraq in May 1921, to carry out policing duties, retaining its Snipes, although it also received one Bristol Jupiter engined Nieuport Nighthawk for evaluation. It remained in Iraq, carrying out strafing and bombing against hostile tribal forces until November 1926 when it was disbanded. In early 1927 it was reformed at Tangmere, Sussex as a Home Defence Fighter Squadron, equipped with the Armstrong Whitworth Siskin. After receiving the Hawker Fury Mk.1 in February 1932, the squadron gained a reputation for aerobatics, giving displays throughout the United Kingdom and at the Zurich International Air Meeting in July 1937, where its display impressed but it was clear that it was outclassed by the German Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Dornier Do 17 also displayed at Zurich. The squadron re-equipped with the Hurricane Mk.I in October 1938 By the outbreak of the Second World War the Squadron had worked up sufficiently to deploy to France as part of 67 Wing of the Advanced Air Striking Force. In October it flew over enemy territory for the first time and on the 30th of that month claimed its first victory, a Dornier DO17. Further occasional combat took place and the successes mounted. However, the situation developed significantly in April 1940, and 10th May was the date on which No 1(Fighter) Squadron became fully operation in every sense of the word. Fighting was intense and a week later the Squadron was bombed out of its base at Berry-au-Bac; then began a series of retreats ending finally in a return to the UK. The Squadron was back at Tangmere by 23rd June and operational the following month. In August it marked its entry into the Battle of Britain by destroying 2 Messerschmitt BF110s; there was no let up in the fighting until 9th September when the Squadron moved North to Wittering for a rest. It returned South for the New Year when it engaged in fighter sweeps and carried out bomber escort duties. In February, it started Rhubarb and night flying; during the month the first of its Hurricane 11As arrived. This heralded a period of change for the Squadron whose strength now included both Czechs and Poles; the emphasis increasingly focused on night flying. In July the Squadron returned to Tangmere and, having achieved night operational status, this became its main task. The Squadron continued to conduct night intruder patrol until re-equipping with Hawker Typhoons in July 1942;it then moved North to Acklington where it reverted to daytime operations. The Unit exchanged its Typhoons for Spitfire X1s in April 1944 and with these continued its bombing raids. In June the Squadron began anti-V patrols (Divers) and this became its exclusive occupation, eventually tallying 39 hits. In the autumn it reverted to carrying out bomber escorts; to extend its range it sued the airfield at Haldegham on the Continent as an advanced landing ground. In May 1945 it converted to Spitfire F21s but these were only used operationally to cover the Channel Island landings. In 1946 the Squadron returned to Tangmere and took delivery of its first jet aircraft, Gloster Meteors. These aircraft were followed by Hawker Hunter F5s, which were flown from Cyprus during 1956 Suez crisis. In June 1958 No 1(Fighter) Squadron was disbanded but was reformed almost immediately on 1st July, to fly Hunter F6s from Stradishall, by renumbering No 2683 Squadron. It then moved to Waterbeach from where, flying Hunter FGA9s, it operated in the ground attack role as part of 38 Group. The Squadron continued in this role for the next 8 years, operating out of Waterbeach and then West Raynham. July 1969 heralded a move to Wittering to commence conversion to the Harrier and become the first operational squadron in the world to fly this unique vertical/short take off and landing aircraft. Since this time No 1(Fighter) Squadron has served in many parts of the globe, including Belize and most notably, the South Atlantic during the Falklands War in 1982, where it undertook the air defence role in Ascension Island before deploying for aircraft carrier based operations over the Falkland Islands equipped with Sidewinder air to air missile. Aircraft flew for 9 hours, direct to Ascension Island which set a new distance/duration record for the Harrier. Some aircraft then flew direct to the South Atlantic, where they operated from HMS HERMES. During this conflict, over 130 sorties were flown against heavily defended targets on the Islands; 3 aircraft were shot down by enemy fire. All 3 pilots ejected successfully, although one, who sustained shoulder injuries, was captured and became the only prisoner of war; he was later repatriated to the UK. The Squadron moved to RAF Stanley in the Falkland Islands at the end of hostilities and took on air defence duties until the latter part of the year when it returned to Wittering.