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HAROLD JOHN Akroyd
Name : HAROLD JOHN Akroyd
Born : 6th September 1913
Died : 7th October 1940
Service Number : 86360
Air Victories : 1.00
Akroyd was serving as a Sergeant Pilot with 152 Sqn at Acklington at the start of The Battle Of Britain. The squadron to Warmwell in Dorset. On August 15th 1940 Akroyd claimed a Ju 87 destroyed. On the same day he returned to Warmwell in the late afternoon after combat over Portland, damaged and with a jammed rudder, In Spitfire R6910. In combat with enemy fighters over Lyme Regis in the afternoon of October the 7th Akroyd was shoot down. His aircraft, Spitfire MK1 N3039, crashed and burned out at Shatcombe Farm, Wynford Eagle which is situated approximately 10 mile to the west of Dorchester. He was severely burned and died the next day October 8th 1940 . He is buried in the Holy Trinity, Church at Warmwell.
Known Service Details :
Start of Service
End of Service
7th October 1940
P/O Akroyd of 152 sqd was shot down and made a forced landing force-landed Worthy Down but died the following day
Known Individual Aircraft :
|Aircraft for : HAROLD JOHN Akroyd|
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Manufacturer : Supermarine
Production Began : 1936
Retired : 1948
Number Built : 20351
Royal Air Force fighter aircraft, maximum speed for mark I Supermarine Spitfire, 362mph up to The Seafire 47 with a top speed of 452mph. maximum ceiling for Mk I 34,000feet up to 44,500 for the mark XIV. Maximum range for MK I 575 miles . up to 1475 miles for the Seafire 47. Armament for the various Marks of Spitfire. for MK I, and II . eight fixed .303 browning Machine guns, for MKs V-IX and XVI two 20mm Hispano cannons and four .303 browning machine guns. and on later Marks, six to eight Rockets under the wings or a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lbs. Designed by R J Mitchell, The proto type Spitfire first flew on the 5th March 1936. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in August 1938, with 19 squadron based and RAF Duxford. by the outbreak of World war two, there were twelve squadrons with a total of 187 spitfires, with another 83 in store. Between 1939 and 1945, a large variety of modifications and developments produced a variety of MK,s from I to XVI. The mark II came into service in late 1940, and in March 1941, the Mk,V came into service. To counter the Improvements in fighters of the Luftwaffe especially the FW190, the MK,XII was introduced with its Griffin engine. The Fleet Air Arm used the Mk,I and II and were named Seafires. By the end of production in 1948 a total of 20,351 spitfires had been made and 2408 Seafires. The most produced variant was the Spitfire Mark V, with a total of 6479 spitfires produced. The Royal Air Force kept Spitfires in front line use until April 1954.
|Squadrons for : HAROLD JOHN Akroyd|
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No.152 Sqn RAF
Country : UK
Founded : 1st October 1918
Fate : Disbanded 15th November 1967
|No.152 Sqn RAF|
Operated from Warmwell during the Battle of Britain.
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