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1 AitkenSir John William Maxwell 'Max'; 2nd Baron BeaverbrookSqd Ldr90128British601 Sqd (CO)


HurricaneDied30 year-old elder son of Lord Beaverbrook, Minister for Aircraft Production.
2 AldwinckleAylmer James MartinusPlt Off83288British601 Sqd

Hurricane1Survived war5th April 2005 EnglandBorn 29 March 1911 Mendoza, Argentina. British parents. Educated in South Africa and College of Aeronautical Engineering at Chelsea and Brooklands. Imperial Airways, working on DH86s, Empire flying boats and DH and Bristol aero engines. 25 August 1936 he joined RAF Reserve as an Airman u/t Pilot. December 1937 transferred to the RAFVR. Bristol Flying School at Filton, 15 E&RFTS Redhill from 12th January to 3rd December 1938 and then at 3 E&RFTS Hamble from 8th February 1939. Full-time service 4 September 1939. Posted to 6 EFTS Sywell 8 March 1940. To 9 FTS Hullavington on 13 May. 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 19 August. Converting to Hurricanes, joined 601 Sqd at Exeter on 11 September. 25 September probably destroyed a Me110. 7 October the probable destruction of a Do215. Posted away from 601 on 2nd November 1940 and four days later joined 605 Sqd at Croydon. On the 15th he attacked a Me109, which dived through low cloud and was not seen again. Later learned that it was from 3/JG26, had landed at Eastchurch with the pilot, Lt. R Schiffbauer, being captured. On another patrol later the same day he probably destroyed a Me109. Posted to 55 OTU at Ouston on 1st June 1941 as an instructor. In October 1941 Calshot in charge of the overhaul of Sunderland flying boats and self-sealing fuel tanks, for use on convoy patrol duties. This move came about because of his pre-war experience with Imperial Airways. September 1942 transferred to the Technical Branch (Engineering) and remained in it until his release from the RAF in 1946 as a Wing Commander. Features in documentary

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3 BarclayRichard George ArthurPlt Off74661RAFVRBritish249 Sqd

601 Sqd (CO)

238 Sqd (CO)



Hurricane7MIA1942-07-17 Age 22Hurricane and Spitfire pilot George Barclay, from Cromer, earned the DFC for his contribution. His father, the Rev Gilbert Barclay, was once vicar at Cromer, where there are two memorials to George. Wounded over England and shot down over France, George escaped by parachute, survived crash landing in enemy territory and, with the help of many French people, made his way safely home.

He kept a diary. His first entry in September of that year begins: ‘Yesterday evening we were told we were to move to North Weald, Essex, today to relieve the war-weary and much shot up 56 Squadron. We grabbed beds in the hut and slept soundly, wondering what the morrow held in store.’ Just six days later, on September 7, Barclay’s plane suffered a direct hit as he duelled with a group of German Me109 aircraft. But remarkably, his stricken plane landed ‘wheels up’ in a field near his airfield. Of the 12 British planes in his patrol that day, one pilot died and four – including Barclay – were injured. He wrote afterwards: ‘The odds today have been unbelievable (and we are all really very shaken!). There are bombs and things falling around tonight and a terrific gun barrage. Has a blitz begun?’ After being shot down a second time on November 29 at 22,000ft he recalled: ‘I was shot down today – a most novel experience... ‘As I fell out and down on my back one of my boots fell off, apparently to me falling upwards as I left it behind.’ He was shot down for a third time on September 20, 1941, after being ‘jumped’ by five Me109s as he flew over France in a Spitfire. His parents, Reverend Gilbert Barclay and wife Dorothy – who lost another son, Charles, in the war – received a letter reporting that he was missing. It stated: ‘He was very popular in the Officers’ Mess and his cheerful personality will be greatly missed.’ Remarkably, however, Barclay had survived, and ended up in a French field. He turned his uniform inside out to hide the insignia that would reveal his identity, and pretended to be a farm worker as Nazis came looking for him. He was helped by many French civilians and managed to escape through Spain over a three-month period. His diary entry on September 26 describes how he was given shelter by a French woman called Madame Salingue. He wrote: ‘I was given a very friendly welcome. Immediately we arrived Madame cooked us two eggs and chips each. 'Apparently that is what the troops asked for before Dunkirk. Burbare had quite a large number of British troops billeted there and wherever I went I was shown photos of them. The French liked them very much.’ After returning home to Cromer, Norfolk, Barclay was put in charge of battle-weary 238 Squadron.

'It was hard when word came in that one of your mates was missing, another pilot may have given a graphic account of how he saw someone go down in flames and hadn't a chance to bale out. You sort of somehow found a big hole in your stomach momentarily. But you could not afford to think of such matters, you put your mind to other things, you got drunk or whatever. You train yourself to think of only one thing, and that is the job that lies ahead.'

But his luck ran out in the summer of 1942 when he was shot down and killed, aged 22, by German fighters over the desert of North Africa, near El Alamein. Mr Barclay and his wife also lost another son, Charles, in the war. Commemorated El Alamein Cemetery

4 BeamishRonaldSgt41819RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived warJoined the RAFVR in July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. 1 EFTS Hatfield for his elementary flying training. 13 May 1940 to 10 FTS Ternhill, on No. 20 Course. 6 OTU on 17 August, converting to Hurricanes. Joined 601 Sqd at Exeter on 11 September. Possibly moved to 213 Sqd at Tangmere in early November 1940. Commissioned from Warrant Officer June 1942. No fiurther details till his release in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

5 BernardFrantisek AntoninSgt (later Flt Lt)787543 120209RAFVRCzech238 Sqd

601 Sqd

238 Sqd

32 Sqd

313 Sqd Czech

310 Sqd Czech

Hurricane2Died1980-07-17Died New Zealand
6 BisdeeJohn Derek 'The Bish'Plt Off76575RAFVRBritish609 Sqd



Spitfire9Survived war2000 Age 85Born Weston-super-Mare 1915. RAFVR 1937. Short service commission in December of 1939, joined 609 Sqd, fighting over Dunkirk in support of Operation DYNAMO, and in the Battle of Britain. Rested as an instructor at 61 OTU, and then in command of 601 County of London Sqd. He led twelve 601 Squadron Spitfires off the deck of the USS Wasp en route to the Siege of Malta. Shot down a Ju 88 and then was himself shot down into the sea. Bailed, inflated his dinghy and paddled 6 miles back to Malta. In Malta until the end of June, when he went with 601 to the war in the Western Desert. Left 601 Sqd to become the Military Governor of Lampedusa (an island not far from Malta). Retired as a Group Captain.

7 BlandJohn WellburnPlt Off90895RAFBritish601 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-18 Age 30Shot down and killed on 1940-08-18 at 13:35hrs in a Hurricane I (P3208). One of four Hurricanes from the Squadron shot down over Canterbury by Gerhard Schöpfel of III Gruppe of JG 26 flying a Bf 109. Hurricane P3208 crashed following attack by a JG26 Pilot. Gravesend Cemetery England

8 BranchGuy RawstronFlying Off90137RAF AAFBritish145 Sqd
Empire Gallantry Medal

Later replaced by George Cross
Hurricane2KIA1940-08-11Branch was born on 27 October 1913. Educated at Eton Branch went up to Balliol College, Oxford. Guy Branch joined 601 Sqd, AAF in late 1936 and was commissioned in May 1937. Branch went to France with ‘A’ Flight of 601 on 17 May 1940. On the 20th he destroyed a Do 17. The flight rejoined the squadron at Tangmere on 22 May. Branch was posted to 145 Sqd, also based at Tangmere, on 1 June. On 15 July 1940 shared in the probable destruction of a Do 17 and on 8 August he claimed the destruction of two Ju 87s. He failed to return from an engagement south of Swanage on 11 August. His Hurricane, P 2951, crashed into the sea and his body was later washed up on the French coast. In 1937 as a student pilot, involved in a crash on take-off. He escaped from the blazing wreckage but, realizing his instructor was still trapped, went back into the flames to pull him out. For this he received the Empire Gallantry Medal (precursor to George Cross). Empire Gallantry Medal Citation: On 9th January, 1938 an aircraft in which Pilot Officer Branch was a passenger crashed at Upavon, Wiltshire, and immediately burst into flames. Having extricated himself from the burning aircraft this officer found that the pilot was trapped in the cockpit by his legs. Despite the danger of the petrol tank exploding, Pilot Officer Branch returned to the blazing wreckage and, whilst actually standing on burning debris, succeeded in extracting the pilot. There is little doubt that this prompt and gallant act saved the pilot's life. The aircraft was completely destroyed by fire.

On 1940-08-08 he destroyed two Ju 87s. KIA on 1940-08-11, in Hurricane I (P2951) when he crashed into the sea off Swanage, at 10:30hrs. Buried at Quiberville Churchyard France Age 26

9 Chaloner LindseyPatrickPlt Off41036RAFBritish601 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-07-26Shot down in Hurricane I (P2753) by a Bf 109 of JG 27 1940-07-26 at 10:00hrs, 2 miles off St Catherines Point. Buried at Wimereux, France Age 20.Wimereux Cemetery Age 20

10 CleaverGordon Neil S 'Mouse'Fg Off901935British601 Sqd

Hurricane9DiedOfficial Ace . With 601 Sqd in France. Shot down 3 before 601 withdrawn to England. Shot down further three before the 8th of August, and three more afterwards. 1940-8-15 Hurricane cockpit was shattered by cannon shell and his eyes were filled with perspex splinters. Returned to base and was rushed to hospital. Sight saved, but he never flew operationally again. DFC 1940-09-13.
11 ClowesArthur VictorPlt Off (later W/C)44780British1 Sqd





Hurricane12.5Died1949-12-07 from cancerBorn in New Sawley, Derbyshire on 16th August 1912. Educated at Long Eaton Council Elementary School. Joined the RAF in January 1929. Serving with 1 Sqd at Tangmere at the outbreak of war. Sent to France. 23rd November 1939, shared a He111, his Hurricane was struck by a French Morane, losing one of his elevators and most of the rudder. Successful landing back at Vassincourt. 29th March 1940 destroyed two Me110's, on 14th May a Me109 and a Ju87, on the 23rd he shared a He111 and on 14th June he shot down a Me109. The squadron was withdrawn to Tangmere on the 18th and was fully operational again by the end of July. He claimed a He111 and a Ju88 destroyed on 16th August, a Me110 and a He111 damaged on the 30th, two Do17's and a Me110 probably destroyed on the 31st, a Me110 shot down on 7th September and a Do17 shared on 24th October. DFM for his work in France, commissioned in September, promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant and given command of A' Flight on 10th October 1940. He led 1 Sqd first offensive sortie on 1st January 1941, strafing German installations between Calais and Boulogne with two other pilots. Posted to 53 OTU Heston on 29th April 1941. DFC 13th May 1941. Commanded 79 Sqd at Baginton from December 1941 to February 1942, 601 Sqd in the Western Desert from 21st August to 22nd November 1942 and 94 Sqd in the Eastern Mediterranean from June to September 1943.

Hurricanes in France and during the Battle of Britain. In France he shot down a Bf 109, 2 Bf 110's and a Ju 87. Commissioned in September 1940 and went on to become Wing Commander and was awarded DFM (in June 1940) DSO (in May 1941)

12 ClydeWilliam Pancoast 'Billy'Fg Off90154British601 Sqd

Hurricane9USA on 26 March 1985Born in Kent. Eton and Oxford University, lived in Switzerland, becoming an outstanding skier. He served with 601 Sqd in the Auxiliary Air Force. Went to France on 17 May 1940, with ‘A’ Flight of 601. On 19 May he destroyed a He 111. The flight returned to Tangmere on the 22nd. On the 27th claimed two Bf 110s destroyed in the Gravelines/Dunkirk area. DFC on 31 May. 6 June Clyde claimed a Do 17, on the 7th he destroyed a Bf 110, on 7 July he shared in the destruction of a Do 17, on 13 August he claimed three Bf 110s destroyed, a Ju 88 probably destroyed and a Bf 110 damaged, on the 15th a probable Ju 88 was added to his score with another shared, on the 16th, a Ju 87 destroyed and another damaged and on the 31st a Do 17 destroyed. Appointed ‘B’ Flight Commander on 7 September. He shot down a Bf 110 on 7 October. He was posted to HQ No 10 Group on 13 December 1940. Left the RAF as a Group Captain in 1945 and later lived in Mexico. His ashes were scattered over the Bay of Acapulco.

Official Ace. Part 601 Sqd Hurricanes in France. Shot down a Bf 110 in the two weeks he was in France. DFC 1940-05-31. 2 more kills before the 8th of August, and a further 6 kills before the end of the Battle.

13 CoussensHerbert WilliamSgt120161British601 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived warMarch 1996 in Henley-on-ThamesBorn 18th May 1920 London. Educated at the Catford Central School for Boys in London. Joined RAFVR in March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1st September 1939. 9 FTS Hullavington on No. 19 Course till 17th August 1940. 6 OTU Sutton Bridge 18 August, converted to Hurricanes. Joined 601 Sqd at Exeter on 11 September. To 73 Sqd in November 1940. Embark for the Middle East. Commissioned March 1942. On 26 June 1942 a large force of Ju87s and Me109s attacked the airfield at Mersa Matruh. 73 Sqd had been scrambled to intercept them and in the ensuing dogfight Coussens was shot down in Hurricane II BE280. Bailing out, he landed in a minefield. Served with 607 Sqd in Italy then in Burma in June 1944. Released from the RAF in 1946. Rejoined RAFVR in 1947 and went back into the RAF in 1949. Retired 18 May 1963 as a Flight Lieutenant.

14 DavisCarl RaymondFg Off90131RAF AAFAmerican601 Sqd

Hurricane10KIA1940-09-06US citizen born in South Africa of American parents. Sent to England at 13 to be educated at Sherbourne School, later Trinity College, Cambridge and McGill University. Became a mining engineer. 1936 Davis joined 601 Sqd AAF, commissioned in August 1936. Full-time service 601 Sqd flying Hurricanes on 1939-08-27. He shot down a Bf 110 on the 11th of July 1940, added two more Bf 110's on the 11th of August 1940, then three more Bf 110's on the 13th. DFC 1940-08-30. 5 more kills. Shot down and killed 1940-09-06. 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. St Mary's Churchyard, Storrington, Sussex. England Age 29

15 DemetriadiRichard StephenFg Off90145RAF (A)British601 Sqd

Hurricane I R4092KIA1940-08-11

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Born 14 August 1918, educated Eton. Also remembered at St. Martin Churchyard, Westmenston, Sussex. Born 16th August 1918. in Chelsea. Son of Sir Stephen Demetriadi, K.B.E., and of Lady Gulielma Norah Mabel Demetriadi (née Bates), of Westmeston, Sussex. Attached to the King's Estate at Sandringham. Ditchling Beacon owned by Sir Stephen Demetriadi, is the highest spot on The South Downs and a significant part of it was donated to the National Trust as a permanent memorial to his son. Grave inscription: "Never In The Field Of Human Conflict Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few".

16 DickieWilliam GordonPlt Off80541RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane I L2057MIA1940-08-11

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Joined 601 Sqd in June 1940. Shot down a Do17 on the 7 July. After combat 1940-08-11 in Hurricane I (L2057) off Portland was posted M.I.A., Runnymede Age 24. Son of William Bruce Dickie (died 25th March 1951 in Dundee) and Euphemia Dickie, of Dundee. Scotland.

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17 DixonChristopher Alexander WilfredSgt124628British601 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived war23 July 1977 Saskatchewan CanadaBorn 1919 in Northampton England. Joined the RAFVR June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939. 7 OTU Hawarden in mid-August 1940. Converted to Hurricanes, joined 601 Sqd at Debden on 4th September. Commissioned in April 1942 but nothing else recorded until he left RAF early 1944.
18 DoultonMichael DukeFlying Officer90235RAF (AAF)British601 Sqd

Hurricane4MIA1940-08-31 Age 31Tallest pilot in RAF at the time. Initially posted to 604 Squadron in November 1935 and experimented with 'Cat's Eyes' Cunningham in night-fighting techniques when the squadron converted to Blenheims. Moved to 601 Squadron on 11th June 1940. On the 11th July he shared a Do17 and on the 20th a He59. On 13th August his Hurricane, P3884, was damaged in combat over Portland but he was able to return to Tangmere unhurt. On the 15th August he shared a Ju88 and the next day destroyed a Ju87. In August he scored 2 more kills. Shot down in Hurricane (R4215) on 1940-08-31 at 13:35hrs. Listed as MIA. However an aircraft excavated south of Wennington Church, near Romford, Essex on 27th April 1984 proved to be Hurricane R4215 and Doulton’s remains were still in the cockpit. He was cremated in a private ceremony at Hastings in June 1984 and his ashes interred in Salehurst churchyard, East Sussex. Also commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial: Panel 5.

Son of Orrok Mills Doulton and of Catherine May Doulton (Nee Duke); husband of Carol Doulton (nee Duke); husband of Carol Doulton (nee Christie), of Vinehall, Sussex.

A letter written by Doulton's grieving wife Carol to her father would allow his unborn son to read about his acts of heroism. Flying Officer Doulton, who was 31 at the time of his final flight, took off in his Hurricane never to return and it was 44 years before the wreckage and his body were found during an excavation. His son Paul was born in April 1941 and thanks to his mother's letter, which he still has in his possession, he was able to read about the 18 months his parents spent together. Mr Doulton said: "My mother told me a great deal about my father, it was all very warm hearted, because that was the nature of my mother. They were desperately in love which is lovely to hear. I still read it over and over again. I find it so moving, rejoicing in a way in the marriage my mother had with my father. She was a realist and she was prepared for the fact it might not be if but when he was killed." The couple had met while skiing in Switzerland and married in March 1939. By the summer of 1940 Officer Doulton was flying full time from Tangmere in West Sussex. His squadron, 601, based at RAF Tangmere in West Sussex, was nicknamed the millionaires' squadron. They had a reputation for the high life but were also formidable fighters.On 31 August 1940, Mrs Doulton's world fell apart with news her husband had gone missing during a mission. In her letter, dated 2 September, she described the moment a squadron member visited the cottage they shared in Fontwell, West Sussex, and she immediately knew something was wrong. While the letter has been shared among historians interested in the 601 squadron, it is the first time it has been publicised further afield. Mrs Doulton wrote: "Although I shall wait another 24 hours before telling his family and leaving here, I am sure that he is dead. "I pray that he came down into the sea and that he will just vanish. I have no desire for the horror of bodies and funerals to come between me and my last happy memories of Michael young and strong and confident. "Don't waste grief on me. Remember that I have a child to look forward to and that I've had eighteen months of wonderful happiness. And I am too proud of Michael to be unhappy in a petty way."Mrs Doulton moved to the US after her husband's death and their son was born there but they returned to the UK, settling back in Sussex and she remarried in 1949. She was forced to relive her grief when her first husband's remains and the wreckage of his Hurricane were discovered at Rainham Marshes in Essex in 1984.

Excavation of Doulton's plane 1984

Courtesy Doulton family

19 Dunning-WhitePeter WilliamFg Off90543RAFBritish145 Sqd

Hurricane6DiedDied 27th December 2008 aged 93Born Hadley Wood near Barnet on 16th April 1915. Educated at Harrow from 1929 to 1933. Jesus College Cambridge. Gained his pilot's licence and obtained his own aircraft. Full-time service 24 August 1939. Posted to 6 FTS Little Rissington. Then 5 OTU Aston Down on 6 May 1940. Converted to Blenheims in 29 Sqd at Drem on the 27 May 1940. Converted to Hurricanes and posted from 29 to 145 Sqd on 2 July, joined the squadron at Tangmere on the 5 May. 2 kills before downing a Bf 110 and a Ju 87 on the 8th of August and a Bf 109 on the 11th of August. He also shot down another enemy aircraft on the 27th of October 1940. 18 July he shared a He111, on 22 July shared a Do17, on 8 August destroyed a Ju87 and a Me110 and damaged a Me109, on 1 August probably destroyed a Me109 and probably another on 29 October. On 10th January 1941 Dunning-White shared in the probable destruction of a Ju88. To 615 Sqd at Kenley on 13 March 1941 as a Flight Commander. Shot down a Me109 over Dungeness on 15 April 1941, but Hurricane IIa Z2410 was severely damaged and he baled out over Dymchurch. Picked up by an ASR launch. DFC (6 June 1941). Attached to 409 Sqd RCAF in early 1942 for night-flying experience and in March went to 255 Sqd at High Ercall. Went to North Africa. March 1943 promoted to Acting Squadron Leader and made a Flight Commander. Released from the RAF on 8th October 1945 as a Wing Commander. He was re-commissioned in 601 Sqd in 1946 DFC 1941-06-06.


20 EdgleyAlwynSgt135393British601 Sqd 253 SqdHurricaneWIAWounded 1940-09-29 at 16:25hrs. Shot down in Hurricane I (P2677) during combat with a Bf 109 over the Newhaven and baled out.
21 ElkingtonJohn Francis Durham 'Tim'Plt Off44184British1 Sqd

Ushakov Medal (Russia)

Hurricane2WIASurvived warBorn 1920 in Warwickshire. RAF College, Cranwell in September 1939, as a Flight Cadet. 14 July 1940 Elkington received a permanent commission, and the next day he joined 1 Sqd at Northolt. Training with the Northolt Sector Training Flight during the second half of the month and on 27 July made his first operational flight. Got a Bf 109 on 15 August. His combat report for that event read: “I was Green 2 of Squadron 1. When patrolling due east from Martlesham at 10,000 feet, an Me 109 approached me from head-on and to the left 1,000 feet below. The e/a started to climb and turn to the left but I turned sharp left and came in behind him and gave him one short burst with no known effect. I again fired at the e/a from astern as it straightened out and went into a steep climb. I gave it a 2 second burst from astern and above. The engine of the e/a belched fumes and it turned over on its back, staying there for about 2 seconds. I then circled round and saw no one get out.” The next day he was in Flight Sergeant Berry’s section when the squadron was ordered to patrol Portsmouth. A large force of enemy aircraft was encountered and his Hurricane was hit by a cannon shell in the starboard fuel tank and burst into flames. Baled out near the Nab light, east of the Isle of Wight. Berry followed him and with his slipstream he blew Elkington over land at West Wittering. Elkington was taken to hospital at Chichester; his aircraft crashed and burned out at Manor Farm, Chidham. Flight Sergeant Berry, DFM was killed in action on 1 September. He rejoined 1 Sqd on 1 October. He probably destroyed a Ju 88 on the 9th and shared a Do 215 on the 27th. Instructor in April 1941 but joined 601 Sqd in late May, moving in July to 134 Sqd, re-forming for service in Russia. Embarked on HMS Argus and on 7 September flew to the airfield at Vaenga, near Murmansk. During September and early October, 134 took part in bomber escorts and airfield defence. In mid-October it began training Russian pilots on Hurricanes, which were handed over at the end of the month. While in Russia Elkington shared in the destruction of a Ju 88. In mid-November 1941, the squadron pilots began the journey home, making their way in three minesweepers to Archangel and sailing from there in HMS Berwick. Elkington returned in the MV Empire Baffin, carrying minerals as part of Convoy QP 3. He was escorting an injured pilot. Further operational postings, including in India. Returned to the UK in October 1946 and retired from the RAF in December 1975 as a Wing Commander. In 2014 Elkington received the Ushakov Medal from the Russian Ambassador in London.

Injured 1940-08-16 at 13:05hrs when Hurricane I (P3173) shot down over Thorny Island. Surviving aircrew Born 1920

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22 FearnsFrancisSgtBritish601 Sqd

Service details unknown
23 FenwickSamuel GreenPlt OffBritish601 Sqd

Buried with RAF honours in Devon 2007
24 FiskeWilliam Meade Lindsley 'Billy'Plt Off78092RAFVRAmerican601 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1940-08-17On 12 July 1940, Fiske joined 601 Squadron RAF, a Hawker Hurricane unit, at RAF Tangmere, West Sussex, the so-called "Millionaires' Squadron", carrying out his first sorties with the squadron on 20 July, when he flew two patrols. On 16 August 1940, in the midst of the Battle of Britain, 601 Squadron RAF were scrambled to intercept a squadron of German dive-bombers. Fiske was flying Hurricane serial number P3358. The Squadron destroyed eight Junkers Ju 87 Stukas, but after just 15 minutes of flying time, a German gunner put a bullet through Fiske's fuel tank. With his aircraft badly damaged and his hands and ankles burnt, instead of bailing out, Fiske nursed his Hurricane home, gliding over a hedgerow to the airfield. Although he landed his aircraft safely back at Tangmere, Fiske had to be extracted from the aircraft by ambulance attendants. Shortly after, his fuel tank exploded. Fiske was taken to the Royal West Sussex Hospital in Chichester for treatment, but he died from surgical shock shortly afterwards, on 17 August. Fiske was 29 years old. Fiske's Flight Commander, Sir Archibald Philip Hope, 17th Baronet, added: 'Unquestionably Billy Fiske was the best pilot I've ever known. It was unbelievable how good he was. He picked up so fast it wasn't true. He'd flown a bit before, but he was a natural as a fighter pilot. He was also terribly nice and extraordinarily modest, and fitted into the squadron very well.'Born 1911-06-04 in Brooklyn, New York. Olympic gold medal. Joined RAF September 1939. 1940-07-11 posted 601 Sqd (County of London) at Tangmere. Shot down Ju 88 1940-08-13. 1940-08-16 after combat with Stukas over Bognor, landed seriously damaged Hurricane I (P3358) at Tangmere during a Stuka raid on the airfield. Aircraft burst into flames on coming to rest and Fiske badly burned. Royal West Sussex Hospital in Chichester, but died 48 hours later from shock. Regarded by C/O as 'finest pilot he had seen'. He was 29 years old. Boxgrove Saints Mary and Blaise Churchyard England

Bily Fiske funeral
25 GilbertHumphrey TrenchFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)40530RAF RAFOBritish504 Sqd

601 Sqd

1442 Flight

71 Sqd (Eagle)

222 Sqd (CO)

65 Sqd (CO)

HurricaneWIAKIFA1942-05-02 Age 22 See Allied Losses & Incidents DatabaseBaled out Spitfire I (V7260) 31 August 1940 at 13:40hrs. Shot down by a Bf 109 over the Thames Estuary but was not hurt. 1940-09-06 wounded in combat with Bf 109 over Mayfield at 09:30hrs. Baled out of Spitfire I (V6647).

>Educated at Durnford School and was at Cheltenham College from January 1934 to July 1937. RAF on a short service commission in early December 1937.Ab-initio course at 7 E&RFTS, Desford on February 18th 1938, to No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge. To 9 FTS, Hullavington on March 5th. Pilots wings June 1st 1938. 73 Sqd at Digby on September 17th. CFS, Upavon on October 23rd and qualified as an instructor on December 22nd 1938. To 504 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force as Flying Instructor. On 3rd August 1940 he was posted from 9 FTS to 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge. Converting to Hurricanes joined 601 Squadron at Debden on the 16th. Gilbert shared in the destruction of a Ju87 on August 15th, shared a He111 on the 30th, destroyed a Me110 on the 31st and was himself shot down over the Thames Estuary, in Hurricane V7260. He baled out, unhurt. Destroyed a Me110 on September 4th. Two days later he was shot down by a Me109 over Mayfield. Again he baled out but this time he was wounded. He landed at Pembury and his Hurricane, V6647, crashed at Kippings Cross, near Pembury. April 1941 Gilbert 'B' Flight Commander. Temporarily attached to 1422 Flight at Heston for night sorties in a Hurricane, accompanying a Havoc in what were early tests on Turbinlite aircraft. Posted to 71 (Eagle) Squadron at Martlesham Heath on September 3rd 1941 as a Flight Commander. CO 222 Squadron at North Weald on November 1st and on December 23rd 1941 he moved to Debden CO 65 Squadron. When the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau made their Channel Dash on February 12th 1942, the squadron was involved in combat with the German fighter cover. Gilbert destroyed a Me109 and damaged another. On a Boston escort to Hazebrouck on April 12th, he shot down a Fw190.

Crashed on May 2nd 1942, attempting to take off from Debden in a Spitfire BL372 YT-Z with Flight Lieutenant David Gordon Ross the Controller on his lap. They were said to have been going to a party. Both men were killed.

Saffron Walden Cemetery England

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26 GillanJamesFg Off37675RAFBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane I P3783MIA1940-08-11

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Joined 601 Sqd 1940-08-05. Combat 1940-08-11 at 10:50hrs off Portland in Hurricane (P3783) posted MIA Runnymede Age 26. Born on the 24th January 1914. Son of William Murphy (died 20th September 1925, age 43) and Mary Taylor Gillan (née Scorgie, later Scullion - died 28th December 1957. aged 75), of Aberdeen. Scotland.

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27 GouldDerrick LeslieFg Off41173British98 Sqd

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Hurricane1Survived warJanuary 2002 in TorbayBorn Exmouth, Devon 28 May 1919. Educated at Bristol Grammar School. Joined the RAF on a short service commission 25th July 1938. Joined 98 Sqd from the School of Air Navigation, Manston on 14 August 1939 on Fairey Battles. To France with the squadron on 16 April 1940. Moved to 226 Sqd in France with Battles 19 May 1940. Withdrawn to Thirsk, Yorkshire on 16 June. Joined 32 Sqd at Acklington on 3rd September 1940. Moved to 607 Sqd at Tangmere 22 September and to 601 Sqd at Exeter on 5 October. With 213 Sqd at Tangmere by 6th November. Me109 destroyed on 15 November. Posted to the Middle East in 1941. Attached to 274 Sqd at Gerawala in August. Then to 33 Squadron October 1941 as a Flight Commander. Commanded squadron in December 1941 and led it until May 1942, when he went to HQ Middle East. DFC 18th September 1942. Commanded 274 Sqd from July until October 1943. Released from the RAF in 1946 as a Squadron Leader.
28 GracieEdward John 'Jumbo'Flt Lt (later W/C)29090RAFBritish56 Sqd

HurricaneWIAKIA1944-02-15 Age 321940-07-10 Hurricane was damaged in combat with Bf 110s. Crash landed with a seized engine at Manston. Destroyed 4 enemy before 8 August 1940, and a further 3 before the 30 August 1940. 1940-08-30 destroyed a Heinkel He 111 but was himself shot down at 16:45hrs, crash-landing Hurricane I (R2689). Next day discovered he had a broken neck, requiring admission to hospital! DFC 1940-10-01. He scored 6 more kills flying from Malta. Later flew Mosquitos on night escort for heavy bombers. KIA 1944-02-15 Hanover War Cemetery Germany

“Jumbo” Gracie was born in 1911 in Acton, England and joined the RAF on a short service commission at the age of 19. He left the RAF for a short period (a dismissal following a court martial), then rejoined in 1937 and was called up in 1939 at the outset of the war. Following his training on Hurricanes, he was posted to 79 Squadron in early 1940 and then, as a flight commander, to 56 Squadron at the beginning of the Battle of Britain. He was an ace by the end of August. At that time, he himself was shot down in his Hurricane, breaking his neck in the process. He was awarded the DFC in October and then rejoined 56 Squadron until rested in January of 1941. In March of 1941, he was given command of 23 Squadron for a brief period before moving to 601 Squadron—at that time the only P-39 Bell Airacobra-equipped unit in the Royal Air Force. These aircraft never saw combat however. He left that unit in December, converted to Spitfires and in March of 1942 was leading a flight of Spits flying off of the Royal Navy carrier HMS Eagle for delivery to the embattled island of Malta. Following their safe delivery, he took over command of 126 Squadron on Malta, flying the very aircraft he delivered. He was later flown back to England to lead 601 (finally rid of the Airacobras) and 603 Squadron from the deck of USS Wasp for a similar delivery to Malta. Once back on the island, he was made Wing Commander, commanding RAF Takali and proved to be a courageous and much-admired leader for his coolness under attack. By mid-summer 1942, he was sent back to England, briefly in command of 32 Squadron. After transition to de Havilland Mosquitos, he joined 169 Squadron. In February of 1944, he failed to return after an attack on Germany.

29 GrantStanley BernardFg Off33417RAFBritish65 Sqd

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Spitfire6.5 (?)Survived war4th July 1987Born 31 May 1919. Educated at Charterhouse. RAF College Cranwell January 1937 as a Flight Cadet and graduated in December 1938 with a permanent commission. September 21939 with 65 Sqd at Hornchurch. Over Dunkirk on 26 May he got a Me110, on the 27 May a probable Me110 and a Do17 shared. Me109 probable on 9 July 1940. 31 July to 5 OTU Aston Down next day as an instructor. Rejoined 65 Sqd at Tangmere on 24 February 1941, Flight Commander in August. To 601 Sqd at Duxford in December. February 1942 to Gibraltar in the carrier HMS Eagle, with sixteen Spitfires for Malta, the first to be allocated to the defence of the island. He led fifteen of them off the carrier on 7 March, leaving one behind with engine trouble. Joined 249 Sqd at Ta Kali as a supernumerary squadron leader. Took command of 249 Sqd 14 March 1942. Probable Me109 on 11 March, damaged a Me109 on 17 March, got a Ju87 and a Me109 on 25 March, a probably Ju87 and damaged a Ju87, a Ju88 and a Me109 on 1 April, shared a Ju88 on 21 April, and destroyed a Regianne 2001 on 10th June. DFC 5 June 1942. Citation DFC: "“Acting Squadron Leader Stanley Bernard GRANT (33417), No.249 Squadron. This officer is an excellent fighter pilot. On one occasion he led a force of fighter aircraft over many miles of sea into Malta. On the same day, after his aircraft had been refuelled, he took off and destroyed a Junkers 88. For the rest of the day he remained at the head of his squadron in a series of fierce battles over the island. He has destroyed at least 4 enemy aircraft and damaged many more.”

Posted to the Middle East on 30 June 1942. Returned to Malta later in the year and took command of the Spitfire Wing. He shared a Me110 and destroyed a Ju52 on 11th December. Bar to the DFC 29th January 1943. Citation to DFC Bar: "“Acting Wing Commander Stanley Bernard GRANT, D.F.C. (33417). In December, 1942, this officer flew the leading aircraft of a formation acting as escort to a force of fighter bombers. During the flight, 63 enemy air transports escorted by 5 twin-engined fighters were intercepted. Leaving the fighter bombers to attack the transports, Wing Commander Grant led his formation in an attack on the enemy fighters, all of which were shot down. This officer, who displayed great dash, destroyed 2 of them. He has participated in many sorties and as a result of his outstanding work, much success has been achieved. He has at all time's proved himself to be an inspiring and courageous leader.”

Later to 203 (Training) Group in the Middle East and in 1944 was at Advance HQ Mediterranean Allied Air Force in Italy as Command Training Officer. Served at the Air Ministry in 1946/47, with Flying Training Command from 1948 to 1954, with Fighter Command in 1955/56, after which he went to SEATO as a Group Captain. Returned to Fighter Command in 1960. After two years with NATO, 1963/64, as an Air Commodore, he was appointed to the staff of the IDC remaining there until 1968. Commander of the British Forces in the Persian Gulf. Created a CB in 1969, Grant retired from the RAF on 6 June 1970 as an Air Vice-Marshal.

30 GrierThomasFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)40907British601 Sqd

Hurricane14MIA1941-12-05Joined 601 Sqd early July 1940. Scored 3 kills that month, 4 more on 13 August 1940, plus another 7 during the Battle. DFC 1940-10-01. MIA 1941-12-05 on Ramrod, attacking shipping off Le Havre as a member of 32 Sqd flying a Hurricane II (Z3237). He had been promoted to Squadron Leader. Runnymede Age 23
31 GuyLeonard Northwood 'Len'Sgt758223RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane7MIA1940-08-18Joined 601 Sqd in early July 1940. 2 kills on the 11 August, plus 2 more on the 13 August, another one on the 15 August, and another two on the 16 August. Shot down and killed in Hurricane (R4191) by Bf 109 off the Sussex coast on 18 August 1940 at 14:15hrs Runnymede Age 25
32 HarveyLeslie WalterSgtBritish54 Sqd

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SpitfireSurvived warNovember 2002Born in 1920. Joined RAFVR October 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1 September 1939. Training at 8 EFTS and 10 FTS before going to 5 OTU Aston Down in early August 1940. He crashed in Master N7781 on the 6 August, unhurt. Joined 54 Sqd at Hornchurch on 22 August. To 245 Sqd at Aldergrove on 22 September. Broke leg in a motorcycle accident and did not return to flying till July 1941 Posted as an instructor to 56 OTU. August 1941 posted to 601 Sqd on Airacobras at Duxford. In November posted to 94 Sqd on Hurricanes in North Africa on sweeps and top cover escort to bombers. As top cover on a sweep by 260 Sqd on 14th January 1942 bounced by Me109s over Agedabia and set alight by cannon fire. Baled out with burns at 1,000 feet and was picked up by Army unit 11th Hussars. May 1942 posted to a Aircraft Delivery Unit. Commissioned from Warrant Officer in April 1944 and posted back to UK the following month. Posted to 567 Sqd an AA Co-Op unit. During July and October he received a number of postings to 695 and 595 Squadrons. In January 1945 he was posted to 290 Sqd and took command in October 1945. Released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Signed by Ken Wilkinson (616 Sqd), Vivian Snell (501 Sqd), Ken Mackenzie (501 Sqd), Les Harvey (54 Sqd)

33 HawkingsRedvers PercivalSgt748627RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1940-08-18Joined 601 Sqd in June 1940. He scored 1 kill 17 July 1940. KIA on patrol over Sussex 18 August 1940 at 14:50hrs in Hurricane I (L1990), shot down by Bf 109 from JG 27. Filton St Peter Churchyard England Age 22

34 HetheringtonErik LawsonSgt (later Flt Lt)102091RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane3.5KIFA1942-10-31Born Northumberland. Joined RAFVR July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Training at 7 EFTS and 10 FTS, Tern Hill. Arrived 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge on 17 August 1940. Converted to Hurricanes and posted to 601 Sqd at Exeter on 11 September. Commissioned in July 1941, posted to 611 Sqd at Homchurch. April 1942 embarked on the carrier USS Wasp and flew off in a Spitfire on 10 May for Malta, where he joined 249 Sqd. Got a Me109 on 10 May. Mc202 destroyed on 12th July, a Ju88 damaged on the 23rd, a Me109 damaged on 27th August, shared a Mc202 on 2nd September, damaged a Me109 on the 16th, damaged a Ju88 on 13th October, probably destroyed a Ju88 on the 14th, damaged another Ju88 on the 16th and destroyed a Me109 on the 17th. Crash landings on July 7 and 14 after combat. Flight Commander in July. DFC 3rd November 1942. Tour-expired, Hetherington was on his way back to the UK in a Liberator on 31st October 1942. While attempting to land at Gibraltar, Liberator II AL516 of No 511 Squadron crashed into the sea and broke in half. Trapped in the rear half, Hetherington was drowned. Also lost were: Sgt DWJ Spencer, P/O JW Williams DFC RCAF , F/Lt EH Glazebrook DFC RCAF, WO2 RH Davey RCAF, WO2 CE Mutch RCAF Gibraltar Memorial North Front Cemetery Age 24

35 HimrJaroslavPlt Off later Sqd Ldr)81891RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

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36 Hoare-ScottJames HammondPlt Off87673RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

KIA1940-11-20 Age 29Born on 18 June, 1911Chislehurst in Kent England. Cambridge University. Joined the Cambridge University Air Squadron, but when war broke out was in a reserved position as a director of Scott’s Shipbuiliding. In September 1940 owing to the shortage of trained pilots, James was allowed a 6 month leave from the firm to become a fighter pilot in the RAF. 5 OTU Aston Down on 17 August 1940. Converting to Hurricanes he joined 601 Sqd at Debden on 1st September. Shot down and killed on 20 November near Exeter. Frensham St Mary Churchyard England

37 HobsonWilliam Francis CrippsSqd Ldr26180British601 Sqd

HurricaneTook command 601 Sqd 17 July 1940, posted away 10 August 1940.
38 HopeSir Archibald PhilipFlt Lt90127RAFBritish601 Sqd (CO)

Hurricane5Survived war12 July 1987Born in 1912. Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. Flew with the University Air Squadron. In 1924 he became the 17th Hope of Craighall Baronet, succeeding his father. Held commissions successively in the Reserve of Air Force Officers and the Auxiliary Air Force. Served with 601 Squadron, AAF, called to full time service with the squadron on 24 August 1939. On 28 November he flew one of 601’s Blenheims in an attack on the German seaplane base at Borkum. Appointed ‘A’ Flight Commander on 16 May 1940 and led his flight, by now equipped with Hurricanes, to Merville the same day. On the 18th, while sharing in the destruction of a Do 17, he was shot down by return fire and made a crash-landing in a field near Grevillers. On the 20th his aircraft was again damaged and he made another forced landing, this time at Merville. On the 27th, flying from Tangmere, Hope was leading 601 when he was attacked by Bf 110s and shot down about five miles off the coast between Calais and Dunkirk. He headed for land and flew as far east as possible, away from the advancing Germans. Hope crash-landed on a beach, set fire to his Hurricane and was then taken by a French farmer to Bergues, where there was a British Brigade HQ. He was transported by lorry to Dunkirk, spent a night on the dunes and boarded the destroyer HMS Wakeful the next day. After landing at Dover, Hope phoned 601 and a Magister picked him up at Hawkinge. He was still carrying his parachute. Added significantly to his score during the Battle of Britain. On 19 August he was promoted to acting Squadron Leader and took command of 601. DFC in October. His later postings included command of the RAF stations at Exeter and Peterhead in the rank of Group Captain. In 1945 he was made OBE and left the RAF.
39 HubbardThomas EdwardFlt Lt90138RAF AAFBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane4Survived war10th April 1985.Born 27 December 1911. Educated at Eton. Joined 601 Sqd 1937. Commissioned 7th May. Full-time service 25 August 1939. Attacked the Luftwaffe seaplane base at Borkum on 28 November 1939. Twelve Blenheims took off from Bircham Newton, six from 25 Sqd and six from 601 Sqd. All aircraft returned safely to Debden. Three Heinkel 115s destroyed and three more damaged. It was the first fighter attack of the war on a target in Germany. 16 May 1940 Hubbard with 'A' Flight of 601 to France, to reinforce 3 Sqd. On 19 May he destroyed a He111 and was then himself shot down. Forced-landing at Noyelles, south of Arras, set his Hurricane on fire and then made his way back to 601 at Merville. On 27 May he destroyed a Me110 west of Dunkirk. Withdrawn to Middle Wallop on 1st June. On 7 June 1940, on a patrol over France, Hubbard shot down a Me109 and was himself shot down, in Hurricane P3484, and reported ‘Missing’. Next day he was reported safe by No. 8 Port Detachment. When Max Aitken took command of 601 on 7th June Hubbard was made 'B' Flight Commander and promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant. He reverted to Flying Officer when F/O WH Rhodes-Moorhouse took over 'B' Flight. Shared in the destruction of a Ju88 off St. Catherines Point on 16th July and shared in destroying a He59 and damaging a Do17 south of Selsey Bill on the 20th. With Pilot Officers MD Doulton and T Grier, he had attempted to escort the floatplane back to land but it was abandoned by its crew of four, who baled out too low for their parachutes to open. The aircraft went into the sea. Transferred to the Administrative and General Duties Branch on 24th September 1941. Released from the RAF in mid-1943, as a Squadron Leader.

40 HulbertFrank Horace RaymondSgt123641RAFVRBritish601 Sqd


HurricaneSurvived war2004-09-19Born on 5th January 1917. Joined the RAFVR in December 1938. Flying training at 14 E&RFTS Castle Bromwich. At the outbreak of war, posted to 3I TW at Hastings. In March 1940 he went to 18 EFTS Fairoaks, moved to 10 EFTS Yatesbury in May and finished his training at 8 FTS Montrose. In early August Hulbert was posted to 5 OTU Aston Down, converted to Hurricanes and then joined 601 Squadron at Exeter late in August. In an interview he said "You have to remember that we had no training in warfare either. The first time I shot at an enemy plane was the first time that I had ever used the guns. The noise of the 8 machine guns, the vibration and the smoke from the wings made me think that I'd been shot down myself. I was with 601 squadron until May 1941. I became an instructor and test pilot and was commissioned in 1942. Between February 1943 and March 1944 I was with a Typhoon squadron which involved shipping strikes and low level attacks on airfields and other targets in France. After leaving 193 Squadron I was CO of a Communications Squadron for 6 months. I finished the War as a chief instructor and test pilot which involved a lot of Spitfire flying."
41 JankiewiczJerzyFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)83698PAFPolish601 Sqd

303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari


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Hurricane4MIA1942-05-25Flew with 601 Sqd. Wounded 4 September 1940 at 13:45hrs. Hurricane I (R4214) damaged in combat with Bf 110 over Worthing. Later joined 303 Sqd and in July 1941 took over command. First Polish pilot to command a British manned Squadron and was also the first to lead a British manned wing on operations. Killed 25 May 1942 during 'Rodeo 51' over Gravelines in Spitfire VB (AD233). 4 confirmed. Polish Memorial Northolt Age 29
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42 LawsonRichard ChesterPlt Off43006RAFBritish601 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-02-10Runnymede Age 21
43 le Roy du VivierDaniel Albert Raymond Georges 'Boy'P/O79370Belgian229 Sqd

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DFC & Bar

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Ordre Leopold
Hurricane3WIA1981-08-02 traffic accident USA1940-07-07 arrives in UK. 12 days at 7 OTU. 1940-8-04 joins 43 Sqd. August 16 he downs his first aircraft , a Junkers 87. September 2 during a melee above Sidcup pursues a German fighter under 3000 feet but is shot down in flames. Bail out with his parachute and arrives in a young girls school. He was wounded with leg injuries when he crash landed his Hurricane I (P3903) near Old Romney after combat with a Bf 109, at 13:20hrs on the 2nd of September 1940. September 2 to October 22 in treatment at the Casualty Clearing Station of Tenderen. Rejoins 43 Sqd in which he will remain during 27 months , first as a Pilot Officer and later as a Flight Commander and after 18 months as a Squadron Leader making him the first foreigner to take command of a RAF squadron. May 1941 he gets his second victory ( a Junkers 88) and downs 3 others in collaboration with his comrades. 1942-01-03 DFC with following citation : 'Has proven to have excellent qualities as a commanding flight-officer, succeeding in to maintain a high level of offensive value to his pilots during daytime and nightly operations he has undertaken. Has destroyed 4 enemy aircraft to this day.' Croix de Guerre with bronze palms plus additional palm with 3 lions. Distinction of which the valour was especially understated by the Belgian Minister Of National Defense. Dieppe Operation August 1942. He undertakes 4 attacks on heavily defended enemy positions coming back time after time with a damaged aircraft. Bar to DFC. Rested. 1943-04-13 attached to he Middle East Command Headquarters. Takes command of 239 Fighter Bomber Wing Tunis-Sicily composed of the 1 Sqd SAAF , the 3 Sqd RAAF and 450 Sqd RAAF, 112 Sqd RAF and 260 Sqd RAF. Then Superior Officer responsible for the operations at the 324 Fighter Wing composed of the 43 Sqd 72 Sqd 93 Sqd 111 Sqd and 601 Sqd.

Belgium Aircrew Losses

Besides his ww2 related decorations, Daniel Le Roy Du Vivier also received the Officier de la Légion d'Honneur Française (September 20th, 1950), the Croix de guerre avec palme, Française (September 20th, 1950), the Croix d'Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne (April 8th, 1951), the Croix de Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Couronne (April 8th, 1955) and the Croix de Commandeur de l'Ordre de Léopold (November 15th, 1955) of which is not certain if there is a relation to World War Two

44 LeggRJPOBritish601 Sqd

45 LeggeBrian PauncefootePlt Off41936British601 Sqd

46 MacDonaldAlexander StewartSgt741080British601 Sqd

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Hurricane/Blenheim1UnknownJoined RAFVR December 1937 as Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939. Joined 604 Sqd at Northolt March 1940. 10 May 604 escorted Blenheims to bomb German transport aircraft on the beach at Wassenaar, Holland. 3 Blenheims, piloted by MacDonald, F/O JB Selway and P/O IKS Joll, shared in the destruction of three Ju52's. Posted to 601 Sqd at Middle Wallop 11 June 1940 on Hurricanes. First flight with the squadron on the 14th, a sector recce. First patrol sortie 6 July, a patrol. 13th August probably destroyed a Me110. Last flight with 601 was made on 4th September 1940 after which no further reference is made to him. It is unknown what his subsequent service was.
47 MayLeonard DawsonSgtBritish601 Sqd

48 MayersHoward ClivePlt Off77976RAFVRAustralian601 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1942-07-20 Age 32Shot down over Portland 13 August 1940 at 12:15. Baled out of Hurricane I (P2690) with slight shrapnel wounds, escued by a Motor Torpedo Boat. 7 October 1940 injured when force landed Hurricane I (R4218) at 14:05hrs after combat with a Bf 110 over Portland. DFC After the Battle in what was called the 'Shooting Season' he was shot down again. This time by famous German fighter ace Werner Mölders of JG 51 off Deal, Kent on the 4 May 1941. Baled out of Hurricane II (Z3087), picked up unhurt. Alamein Memorial Column 247

49 McCannThomas AndrewSgt116980RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-07-27 Age 23El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt North Africa

50 McGrathJohn Keswick Ulick BlakePlt Off90967British601 Sqd

HurricanePart of 601 Sqd detachment in France flying a Hurricane. 3 kills up to 8 August 1940, he shot down two Bf 109s on that day, added two Bf 110s 11 August. 13 August shot down a Ju 88 and a Bf 109. DFC 27 August 1940.
51 McInnesArchiePlt Off84920British601 Sqd 238 SqdHurricane

52 MilburnReginald AlanSgt742926British601 Sqd

53 Mills-SmithFrankSgt754054RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

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54 NivenHugh Glen 'Nuts'Plt OffRAF AAFCanadian601 Sqd

602 Sqd

Hurricane/SpitfireDied2008-04-08Born in Toronto, Canada in 1919. Moved to Scotland in June 1937. Joined 602 Sqd, Auxiliary Air Force at Abbotsinch on 7th May 1939 and began his training in Avro Tutors. Posted to 11 EFTS Perth on 25th October 1939. 15 FTS Lossiemouth on 23rd March 1940. 5 OTU Aston Down on 17th August to convert to Hurricanes. Rejoined 602 Sqd at Westhampnett, on 1st September 1940 but, having had no Spitfire experience, posted to 601 Sqd at Debden three days later. After much complaining he rejoined 602 Sqd on 21st September. Spitfire, X4603, was damaged in combat with Me109s over Maidstone on 29th October. Apart from a few days with 603 Squadron in late July 1941, Niven was serving with 602 until 23rd September 1941. Admitted to Horton Emergency Hospital on the 24th, suffering from TB. He was invalided out of the RAF on 12th March 1942 as a Flying Officer. He spent some years in hospital. When 602 Squadron was reformed in June 1946, Niven rejoined as a civilian clerk.

'Nuts' Niven found an aircraft filling his sights on 29 October 1940 and opened fire only to find out that it was fellow Glaswegian, F/L Donald MacF Jack, in his Spitfire Mk Ia. During the same sortie, Niven's port wing tip and aileron were damaged over Maidstone and, as he spiralled down, said his prayers, 'Our Father, which art in heaven, get this sod off my tail'. He continued to drop until he reached 5,000ft and managed to land at his airfield.

55 O'ByrnePeterSgt740334British73 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneDied1998-06Born in Coventry 7 August 1917. Joined RAFVR on 12 June 1937, as an Airman u/t Pilot. May 1940 on Hurricanes, he was sent to France. 28 May joined 73 Sqd. Returned to the UK in June. In combat with Bf 110s on 27 September, O’Byrne’s Hurricane suffered engine damage and he made a wheels-up landing in a Surrey wood, tearing his wings off. 25 October O’Byrne was posted to 501 Sqd at Kenley. Four days later he made a crash-landing near Leatherhead, during a routine patrol, but again escaped unhurt. Moved to 601 Sqd on 21 December but the stay was short. Embarked on HMS Furious on 1 March. After a period in the Middle East Pool and at HQ Abu Sueir, posted to 112 Sqd in Crete. 4 days later withdrawn as the Germans advanced. Returned to the Middle East and rejoined 73 Sqd. Served with Met Flight and was promoted to Warrant Officer. Posted to 267 Squadron at Bari, Italy on Dakotas, supply drops to partisans in Yugoslavia. Returned to the UK, then served in Burma. In 1946 he left the RAF as a Warrant Officer. Joined Aer Lingus as a pilot. He went on to fly with Jersey Airlines, as a Captain, until his retirement.

Crashed Hurricane I (V7595) near Leatherhead 29 October 1940. Safe

56 O'NeillJohn AnthonyFlt Lt37117British601 Sqd

238 Sqd

HurricaneDied2008.Born in 1915 Joined the RAF with a short service commission at 19. Served with 99 and 58 Sqds. With 58 he flew a Whitley over Germany on the night of 3/4 September 1939 on a sortie to drop leaflets. On the return flight the aircraft suffered engine trouble and landed in a French cabbage field. Squadron transferred to Coastal Command and then returned to Bomber Command. DFC for his service with 58. In September 1940, O’Neill fulfilled a long held ambition to become a fighter pilot. He joined 601 Sqd, quickly moving to 238 Sqd, another Hurricane outfit, as a Flight Commander. Took up a training post, served at No 10 Group HQ and in 1942 went to India, where he held various operational appointments but was invalided home at the end of 1943. Station Commander at West Malling and Bradwell Bay. His post-war appointments included air attache in Israel and at NATO headquarters. He retired from the RAF in 1957 as a Wing Commander, retaining the rank of Group Captain
57 OglivieDonald BrucePlt Off83287British601 Sqd

HurricanePOWCaptured November 1943 and made POW
58 PageVernon DouglasSgt65502British610 Sqd

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59 PickeringTony Garforth 'Pick'Sgt114471RAFVRBritish32 Sqd

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Air Efficiency

Hurricane1Survived war24th March 2016Shot down 11 September 1940 at 15:45 in his Hurricane X (P5200) over Maidstone in Kent. No injuries. True, genuine and a modest hero to Britain. Died Aged 70 years.

Born at Foxton, Leicestershire England 25 August 1920. Educated at Market Harborough Grammar School. April 1939 joined RAFVR at Coventry as an Airman u/t Pilo. Flying training at 9 E&RFTS Ansty. Called up on 1 September 1939. 3 ITW Hastings. To 15 EFTS Redhill on 23 November and then to 5 FTS Sealand on 27th April 1940. Posted from Sealand direct to 32 Sqd at Biggin Hill on 27 July and arrived there with two other newly-trained pilots, Sergeants RJK Gent and SAH Whitehouse. The CO, S/Ldr. J Worrall, concerned at their inexperience, sent them to 6 OTU on 3rd August. Having converted to Hurricanes they rejoined 32 later in August. Squadron was ordered north to Acklington for a rest. The CO, now S/Ldr. Crossley, said that Pickering, Gent and Whitehouse were not in need of a rest and they were posted to 501 Sqd at Gravesend on 27 August. In an action with Me109s over Caterham on 1st September Pickering was shot down in Hurricane P5200. He baled out, unhurt, and landed in the Guards Depot there, where he was initially suspected of being German. His aircraft crashed at Happy Valley, Old Coulsdon. 29 October a Me109 destroyed. Posted to 601 Sqd at Northolt on 20 December. On 14 February 1941 to 57 OTU Hawarden to be a test pilot at the MU there. Commissioned December 1941, Pickering became an instructor at 57 OTU on the 20th of the month. Returned to operations on 19 February 1943 joined 131 Sqd at Castletown as a Flight Commander. 7th January 1944 various appointments in the Exeter Sector, as Controller and Gunnery Officer among other things. On 11 February 1945 P posted to the Middle East and became a Squadron Commander at the B&GS, El Ballah. Returned to the UK in December 1945 and was released from the RAF later in the month as a Squadron Leader.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, HRH The Prince of Wales, patron of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, commissioned the series of drawings by alumni and faculty of the Royal Drawing School. Drawing by Susan Wilson
60 PondArthur Herbert Dorrien 'Bill'Flt Sgt51845British601 Sqd

AFC MiDHurricane1Joined 601 Sqd 9 June and Scored 1 kill. Hearing problems, ceased to fly operationally in December 1940. Pond was Mentioned in Dispatches on the 29 September 1940.
61 Rhodes-MoorhouseWilliam HenryFlt Lt90140RAFBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane12KIA1940-09-06 Age 26Son of the first airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross (posthumously) in the First World War. Part of 601 Sqd detachment to France. Scored two kills before they came back to England. 3 more kills in the early part of the Battle of Britain. DFC 30 July 1940. On 11 destroyed two Bf 109s. Then added five more to his total. KIA. on 6 September 1940 while on patrol, shot down over Tunbridge Wells by a Bf 109 at 09:30hrs in Hurricane I (P3363 'W'). Parnham Private Cemetery Beaminster England

62 RiddleChristopher John Henry 'Jack'Fg Off90143British601 Sqd

Hurricane2DiedScored one kill before and one kill after joining 601 Sqd during the Battle of Britain. Younger brother of H.J.Riddle they were promoted to Squadron Leader on the same date, 1 December 1941.
63 RiddleHugh JosephFg Off90141British601 Sqd

HurricaneDiedOlder brother of CJH.Riddle they were promoted to Squadron Leader on the same date, 1 December 1941.
64 RipponAnthony JohnPlt Off (later Flt Lt)42262RAFBritish601 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1944-08-25Ouroux sur Saône Communal Cemetery France. Gravestone reads 'Who wounded stayed with his aircraft so his navigator could escape' Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

65 RobinsonMichael ListerFlt Lt (later W/C)37300British610 Sqd

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Spitfire/Hurricane19.5MIA1942-04-10 Age 25Wing Commander M L Robinson, Tangmere Wing Leader, at Westhampnett, Sussex. During the Battle of Britain he flew with Nos. 601 and 238 Squadrons RAF, and commanded No. 609 Squadron RAF until July 1941. He arrived at Tangmere having shot down 16 enemy aircraft, and led the Wing until the end of March 1942, when he replaced Wing Commander A G Malan as wing leader at Biggin Hill. He added a further 3.5 victories to his score before he was killed in action on 10 April

Robinson was born in Chelsea, England in 1917, the son of an aristocrat. He joined the RAF in 1935 on a short service commission in September of 1935 and joined 111 Squadron at RAF Northolt a year later, flying the Bristol Bulldog and Gloster Gauntlet. 111 Squadron would become the first operational Hawker Hurricane squadron of the Royal Air Force. He flew Hurricanes in the Battle of France with 87 Squadron of the British Expeditionary Force, but was injured in a crash of the unit’s Miles Master. Upon recovery, he was posted to 601 County of London Squadron at RAF Tangmere. Six weeks later, having achieved ace status, he moved briefly to 238 Squadron, before taking command of 609 Squadron at RAF Middle Wallop in early October of 1940. He was awarded the DFC by the end of November, the DSO in August 1941 followed by the Belgian Croix de Guerre. By the end of August 1941, he was leading the Biggin Hill wing. After a short rest and assignment as aide to the Inspector General of the RAF, he returned in January 1942 to lead the wing at RAF Tangmere. Leading his wing, he failed to return from a fighter sweep in April of 1942. Runnymede Panel 64

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66 RobinsonPeter BeverleyFlt Lt90462RAF AAFBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane3Survived war4th October 1991Born on 22 January 1915. Joined 601 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force in 1934. 601 Sqd was mobilised August 1939. Robinson who was in a play on Broadway USA. He booked a passage on the Acquitania and sailed on 30th August, finding that two 601 colleagues, Billy Clyde and Billy Fiske, were also aboard. Active list on 8th December 1939, rejoining 601 Sqd. Leader of Red Section 601 Sqd flying Hurricanes. One kill before and 2 during the Battle of Britain and forced a Bf 109 to land in a field South of Maidstone. No further details known till be transferred to the Administrative Branch on 23 May 1941 for unknown reasons. Released from the RAF in 1945 as a Wing Commander.
67 RoháčekRudolf BohumilPlt Off (later Flt Lt)81910RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

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HurricaneKIA1942-04-27Killay St Hilary Churchyard Age 27

68 RothwellJohn HedleyPlt Off33576RAFBritish601 Sqd

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HurricaneKIA1941-02-22Poynings Cemetery Sussex England Age 20
69 RowleyRichard Michael BernardPlt Off90142RAF AAFBritish601 Sqd145 SqdHurricaneDied1952-09-19Educated at Eton and New College, Oxford where he read History. University Air Squadron. Joined 601 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in late 1937 and was commissioned in February 1938. Called up 25 August 1939. 601 Squadron by January 1940. Detailed to stage from Tangmere to Hawkinge on 11 May 1940 from where they flew an uneventful patrol over Belgium and Holland. 17 May a number of 601 pilots flew to Merville in France to reinforce 3 Squadron. Returned to Tangmere on 22 May 1940. Posted to 145 Sqd at Tangmere on 1 June 1940 and served with them for the rest of the Battle. Resigned his commission on 16 September 1941 because of ill-health. Died of a brain tumour on 19 September 1952. He is buried at St. Mary the Virgin churchyard at Madresfield, Worcestershire

70 SeabourneEric WilliamSgt (later Sqd Ldr)105162RAF AAFBritish238 Sqd

Hurricane3.5KIASurvived war21st March 2005Born 26th August 1919. Joined 601 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force June 1935 as an Aircrafthand/Air Gunner. In 1938 applied to RAFVR for pilot training. August 1938 to 15 E&RFTS Redhill, training on DH60s, Magisters, Harts and Audaxes. Posted to 9 FTS Hullavington in December 1939 to repeat his flying training course. Posted direct from 9 FTS to 151 Sqd at Martlesham Heath in May 1940. With no experience in Hurricanes he did not fly with the squadron. To 238 Sqd at Tangmere in June. After 3 hours on Masters went solo on the Hurricane. After 7 hours he was declared operational, without even having fired the guns. On 13th July shared a Me110 and damaged two more in his first encounter with the Luftwaffe. 8th August got a Me109 and on the 13th two more. He was shot down himself in Hurricane I P3764, engine seized up after a cannon shell in radiator. Then attacked by three Me109's and set on fire. Tried to bale out but his hood jammed, then the aircraft turned on its back and he fell out, taking the hood with him. After a delayed drop of 16,000 feet he opened his parachute, blew up his Mae West and went into the sea about seven miles south of the Isle of Wight. Picked up by the destroyer HMS Bulldog and taken to the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar. After a week, moved to Park Prewitt Hospital at Basingstoke, where he remained for seven months undergoing plastic surgery by Harold Gillies. (Some reports he was shot down in flames 13 August 1940 in Hurricane I (P3764) by a Bf 109 at 07:30hrs and body was recovered from the sea. This report of his death was exaggerated!) In May 1941 posted to 2 Delivery Flight at Colerne. Commissioned in August and in October joined 276 (ASR) Squadron as a Flight Commander. DFC 23rd June 1942. December 1942 was given command of 275 (ASR) Squadron at RAF Valley and led it until February 1945, when it was disbanded. From then to June 1945 he was at HQ 10 Group as Ops 1. Seabourne stayed in the RAF postwar and retired on 2nd December 1960 as a Squadron Leader.

71 SeddonJohn WilfredPlt Off (later F/O)74711RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-03-31 Age 23Painswick Cemetery England

72 SmithersJulian Langley 'Jakes'Plt Off90540RAF AAFBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane I P3885KIA1940-08-11 Age 24

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Born in Knockholt, Kent England 17th December 1915. Educated at Eton, where he became Captain of the House. Joined 601 Sqd Auxiliary Air Force. Full-time service 24th August 1939. 5 OTU Aston Down on 6th May 1940 to convert to Hurricanes. Back to 601 in late May. On 11th August he was shot down and killed during a combat off Portland and crashed into the sea, in Hurricane P3885. Smithers was 24. His body washed up in Eletot, north of Fecamp in France and buried in the local churchyard by the villagers. Since reinterred in Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France. commemorated by plaque in St. Katherine's Church Knockholt, with his brother, 2/Lt. Alfred John Langley Smithers, was killed in action in Royal Armoured Corps on 25th November 1941, commemorated on the Alamein Memorial. Joined 601 Sqd in June 1940. Shot down into the sea and killed off Portland in Hurricane I (P3885) on the 11 August 1940 Buried at Ste Marie, Le Havre, France.

Son of Langley and Mabel Lily Smithers, of South Kensington, London. His brother Alfred John Langley Smithers also died on service. Grave inscription: 'The Battle Of Britain" "And How Can Man Die Better Than Facing Fearful Odds'.

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74 StraightWhitney WillardPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)90680RAF AAFAmerican. Became British citizen601 Sqd




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Hurricane2Died1979-04-05Born on 6 November 1912 in New York. After her husband's death in 1918 Straight's mother married again and went to England. After education at Dartington Hall he went to Trinity College, Cambridge. Flew his own aeroplane and was a well-known racing driver, in his black-and-silver Maserati. In 1935 he married and became a British subject

Born in New York in 1912. Came to England in 1925. Educated at Dartington Hall and Trinity College, Cambridge. He flew his own aeroplane. He became a British citizen. Joined 601 Sqd, AAF in March 1939 and was called to full-time service on 24 August. He spent periods on Special Duties under Air Ministry orders. Sailed with a naval force to Norway on 15 April 1940, with the temporary rank of Squadron Leader, tasked with finding frozen lakes from which aircraft could operate. Organised the clearing of Lake Lesjaskog in time for 263 Sqd to arrive on the 24 April. The Germans bombed the lake on the 25th and destroyed most of the squadron’s Gladiators. Straight was injured in the attack and evacuated to Britain by the Navy. He was temporarily deaf and grounded. Rejoined 601 at Exeter on 28 September. Destroyed a He 111 on 12 December south of Start Point, south Devon. MC on 1 January 1941 for his services in Norway. Flight Commander in 601 in early 1941. Destroyed a Bf 109 over the Channel on 2 February. Later in the year he commanded 242 Sqd. DFC. During an attack on a destroyer on 31 July Straight was shot down by light flak. He made a forced-landing in a field, tried, without success, to fire the aircraft and first ran and then walked as far and as fast as he could from the scene. He slept in a barn and caught a train for Paris the next day. He went to the American Embassy but it was closed. He managed to obtain 12,000 francs from the caretaker.

Imprisoned in Vichy as a British Army officer. Interned but escaped on 22 June 1942. With the help of the Resistance, he reached a beach near Perpignan, from where he was rowed out to a trawler, which took him and other fugitives to Gibraltar. He reached No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge on 21 July 1942. Posted to the Middle East as an Acting Air Commodore and, back in the UK, held a senior appointment in Transport Command. He was released from the RAF in November 1945, as a Group Captain, retaining the rank of Air Commodore. He had been made CBE. Straight became its Deputy Chairman and Managing Director BEA 1946. Deputy Chairman of BOAC 1947. Joined 601 Sqd AAF early 1939. Full-time service on 24 August 1939. Went to Norway with a naval force on 15 April 1940, with the temporary rank of Squadron Leader. Injured in bombing raid on a frozen lake on the 25 April and evacuated to Britain by the Navy. Rejoined 601 Sqd at Exeter on 28 September 1940 and flew in Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain. 1 January 1941 he was awarded the MC for his work in Norway , the Norwegian War Cross (18.12.42), Mention in Dispatches on 1 January 1943, was made a CBE on 8 August 1944 and an Officer of the US Legion of Merit on the 15 March 1946. He became Managing Director of BOAC in 1947.

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76 TaylorNormanSgt82733British601 Sqd


7.5KIFA1948-04-29Born in Chellaston near Derby in 1919. Attended schools in Melbourne, Ashby. In January 1939 enlisted in the RAF as an Airman under training as Pilot. Called up 1st September 1939, completed training at 12 EFTS and 10 FTS Tern Hill and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 6 July 1940. Converting to Hurricanes he joined 601 Sqd Tangmere on 7 August 1940. Ace. First kill 18 August. Baled out Hurricane (P3735) on 31 August 1940 at 13:30hrs after combat with a Bf 109 over Gravesend. Damaged a Ju88 on the 15 August, destroyed a Ju87 on 18 August and shared a He111 on the 30 August. Destroyed Bf 109 on the 31 August. Hit in the gravity petrol tank, baled out, unhurt.Hurricane, P3735, crashed and burned out. Damaged a Do17 on 6 September 1940. On 25 May 1941 destroyed Bf 109 and damaged another, on 13 June destroyed 2 more Bf 109s and on 16 May 1941 damaged another. Commissioned in June 1941, posted away in July. DFM (gazetted 29th July 1941). In 1942 he volunteered for the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, based at Speke, operating catapult launched Sea Hurricanes from specially converted merchant ships called Camships. These were deployed to counter the long-range four-engine Fw200 Condor bombers attacking Allied convoys. Sailed in several uneventful convoys until 1 November 1942 when he was launched from the Camship Empire Heath, to engage a Condor. He intercepted it and drove it off before it could attack any of the ships. In the face of strong return fire he then shot it down from close range. After orbiting the convoy to make sure a second Condor was not there, he baled out and was picked up by the corvette HMS Sweet Briar. For this awarded the DFC (gazetted 15th December 1942). In 1943 he transferred to Rolls Royce at Derby as a test pilot. End of war he stayed in RAF and joined 222 Sqd equipped with Meteor jets. Took part in the 1946 Victory fly past over Buckingham palace. Killed on 29 April 1948 flying Harvard T Mk. 2B KF569 of the Station Flight RAF Wunstorf which spun into the ground at Wunstorf on the final GCA approach during instrument flying practice. F/Lt. RL Sims was also killed.
77 TopolnickiJuliusz JarosławFg Off76722PAFPolish601 Sqd

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HurricaneKIFA1940-09-21Wounded 6 September 1940 at 09:30hrs. Baled out of Hurricane I (P3382) over Mayfield after combat with a Bf 109. From RAF Exeter in Hurricane L1894 during take-off 3 aircraft simultaneously the engine stopped working. Exeter Higher Cemetery Age 30
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78 WadhamJohn VictorSgt741598RAFVRBritish145 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-12Educated at Ryde School and Newport Grammar School on the Isle of Wight. Joined the RAFVR in November 1938, as an Airman u/t Pilot. Completed his training and went to 7 OTU, Hawarden, where he converted to Hurricanes. Joined 145 Sqd on 30 July 1940. Attached to 601 Sqd for a brief spell during which time he made several training flights. Rejoined 145 at Westhampnett. Shot down and killed by Bf 109s over Hastings at about 10.40 in the morning of October 12 in Hurricane, V7426, crashed at Courseham Farm, Chittenden, near Cranbrook, Kent.

Joined 601 Sqd 3 August 1940. Then to 145 Sqd. KIA by a bullet to the head on the 12 October 1940, at 10.30hrs by a Bf 109 in Hurricane I (V7426), Pilot of Hurricane V7426 which was shot down by BF 109s over Hastings and crashed near Cranbrook. Carisbrooke Cemetery Age 21.

79 WardThe Hon Edward FrederickSqd Ldr32144British601 Sqd

Hurricane2DiedRejoined 601 Sqd 28 July 1940. Took command 10 August 1940. Posted away 19 August 1940. Son of a doctor, born in Whangarei, New Zealand 31 July 1917. Pilot's licence April 1937, joined RNZAF. Sailed to Britain in April of 1938 to serve with RAF. June 1938 posted to 151 Sqd. 6 days after German blitzkrieg on 10 May 1940 Ward and five other pilots delivered new Hurricanes to 87 Sqd in France. Casualties had been high and Ward and the others, with no definite orders, decided to stay with 87 Sqd. On 18 May he destroyed a Henschel 126 and damaged a Do 17 the next day. On 20 May the Squadron was ordered back to England, the pilots to fly any aircraft still serviceable. During the Battle 87 Sqd was in action on 15 August 1940 and in a battle he claimed a Bf 110 destroyed. Posted overseas in September 1941. DFC October 1941.
80 WoolleyArthur WilliamSgt67602British601 Sqd

HurricaneWIAJoined 601 Sqd 5 July 1940 from 604 Sqd, where he had been since tSeptember 1939. On patrol in Hurricane (P3681) off Selsey 11 July 1940 at 18:20hrs. Baled out over the Isle of Wight after an attack on a Heinkel 111. Aircraft a write off, he survived but was burned and wounded. In another Hurricane (V7238), on 26 August 1940 at 16:00hrs, he crashed at Great Totham, Essex. He survived the crash. He was shot down three times during the Battle.

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