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J. B. Kendal
Name : J. B. Kendal
Service Number : 83268
Air Victories : 3.00
John Bedford Kendal, of Chepstow, was born on 29th September 1920 and educated at Ardingly. He joined the RAFVR about April 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September, he went to No.1 ITW, Cambridge, did his elementary flying at 22 EFTS, Cambridge and then completed his training at 5 FTS, Sealand. Kendal converted to Spitfires at 7 OTU, Hawarden and was posted to 616 Squadron at Coltishall on 2nd September 1940. He passed four non-operational weeks and then went to 66 Squadron at Gravesend on 29th September, his 20th birthday. He claimed a Me109 destroyed on 2nd October. Kendal was himself shot down on the 5th in combat with Me109's over Tenterden. He is believed to have made a forced-landing at Detling, slightly injured, On 29th October he destroyed a Me109.( which is likely to have been Pilot of Bf 109E-4 (3724) of 5/JG26. Oblt Kurt Eichstadt He was flying escort cover when attacked from above, his a/c, 12+-, broke up in the air throwing Eickstadt clear. His parachute failed to open and he fell to his death at Shovers Green. ) In 1941 Kendal volunteered for the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit. He was in the first Camship to sail in a Russian convoy, the Empire Morn. Convoy PQ15 sailed from Hvalfjord, lceland on 26th April 1942 and arrived at Murmansk on 6th May, having lost three ships to He111 torpedo-bombers. The convoy, now numbered QP12, sailed from Murmansk on 21st May. Four days later Kendal was launched to attack enemy aircraft around the convoy. He destroyed a Ju88. Later, at the limit of his fuel, Kendal baled out but his parachute did not function properly and he sustained serious injuries when he struck the sea. He was quickly picked up from the icy water but died soon afterwards. Kendal was the first MSFU pilot to destroy an enemy aircraft and he was the only one to die after an operational launching. His final action had been to radio the position of the dinghy of the Ju88 crew. Kendal was buried at sea. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 67. He received a Mention in Despatches. Killed May 25th 1942**
Known Service Details :
Start of Service
End of Service
29th September 1940
29th October 1940
66 Squadron at Gravesend on 29th September, his 20th birthday. He claimed a Me109 destroyed on 2nd October. Kendal was himself shot down on the 5th in combat with Me109's over Tenterden. He is believed to have made a forced-landing at Detling, slightly injured, On 29th October he destroyed a Me109.made a forced-landing at Detling, slightly injured, On 29th October he destroyed a Me109.( which is likely to have been Pilot of Bf 109E-4 (3724) of 5/JG26. Oblt Kurt Eichstadt He was flying escort cover when attacked from above, his a/c, 12+-, broke up in the air throwing Eickstadt clear. His parachute failed to open and he fell to his death at Shovers Green. )
|Aircraft for : J. B. Kendal|
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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 : J. B. Kendal|
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No.66 Sqn RAF
Country : UK
Founded : 24th June 1916
Fate : Disbanded 20th March 1969
Cavete praemonui - Beware, I have given warning
|No.66 Sqn RAF|
Stations during the Battle of Britain : Coltishall from29th May 1940, Kenley 3rd September 1940, Gravesend 11th September 1940, West Malling 30th October 1940.
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