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The Battle of Britain clasp (worn on the 1939-45 Star – or a silver gilt rosette if medal ribbons only are worn) is restricted to aircrew from 71 defined units
of RAF Fighter Command, Coastal Command or the Fleet Air Arm, who flew at least one operational sortie between 00:01 July 10 1940 and 23:59 October 31 1940.

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VintageWings.ca: comprehensive listing of artworks
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Wikipedia: Life stories of leading pilots and crew
AircrewRemembered Paradie Canadian Archive Database: 45,000 Service Records of RCAF personnel
AircrewRemembered Allied Losses and Incidents Database: Covering 120,000+ Allied aircrew 1939 - 1945
AircrewRemembered Archiwum: specialist database with details of Polish personnel (in Polish)
AircrewRemembered Kracker Luftwaffe Archive: 31,000 Luftwaffe pilot and crew details
AircrewRemembered LOST: Rob Philips Memorial Archive: Dutch losses in Europe
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1 BashfordHarrySgt141156British248 Sqd

Blenheim
2 BroadhurstHarry 'Broady'Wg Cdr24035RAFBritish1 Sqd

GCB

KBE

DSO & Bar

DFC & Bar

AFC

Hurricane13Died1995-08-29Born in 1905 in Frimley, Surrey, England. Transferred from Army to RAF. Joined 11 Sqd in India in 1928 on Westland Wapiti and Hawker Hart over the North West frontier. To the United Kingdom in 1931, joining 41 Sqd on Bristol Bulldog. By the mid-1930s, Broadhurst was an accomplished pilot, flying fighters and doing acrobatics at air shows, gaining a reputation as an aerial daredevil with a flair for aerial acrobatics. In 1936, as a Flight Lieutenant, he was personally congratulated by the king on his aerobatic showing in the Gloster Gauntlet. Awarded an Air Force Cross in 1937, he served at the RAF Staff College in Andover. In January 1939 he was posted as Officer Commanding No. 111 Squadron. In December 1940 he was posted to command the Hornchurch Sector of No. 11 Group Fighter Command, and continued to fly on operations, even as a group captain. On 4 July 1941, leading 54 Sqd, he was involved in a dogfight with Bf 109s, claiming two shot down before he was hit and his aircraft badly damaged. Hit by flak over Cap Gris Nez, he managed to return to base, belly landing his crippled Spitfire. On 7 July 1941 his Spitfire was hit and damaged by Hauptmann Josef Priller of JG 26. In May 1942 he became Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO), No. 11 Group, although he continued to fly operationally where possible. His final kill claims were made on 19 August 1942, bringing his total to 13 destroyed, seven probables and 10 damaged.

Flew Hurricanes with 85 Sqd in France. Hurricane painted with the letters 'H B' on either side of the fuselage and often flew at night to intercept enemy bombers until he was hit by flak on 1940-06-27 whilst chasing a Heinkel 111. He landed safely at Coltishall. He was the C/O of Wittering Sector Station during the Battle of Britain.


3 ChalderHarry HutchinsonPlt Off43691British266 Sqd

41 Sqd

SpitfireWIA1940-11-10Seriously wounded. Born Newcastle upon Tyne 1915. Died of wounds 10 November 1940, RAF Halton Hospital.
4 CharnockHarry WalpoleSgt147902British64 Sqd

19 Sqd

DFC

Order of Leopold (Belgium)

SpitfireDiedCommissioned on graduation from RAF College Cranwell, December 1925; cashiered by General Court Martial for low flying, December 1930. Re-joined RAFVR as NCO pilot, September 1939. Crashed Spitfire I (K9903) near Ternhill, Shropshire 1940-09-06 at 08:30hrs. Unhurt but the aircraft was a write off. re-commissioned January 1943; relinquished commission, January 1955; Also awarded Belgian Knight in the Order of Leopold. Born Chorley, Lancashire, 20 June 1905.
5 ComerfordHarry Alfred GeorgeFlt Lt24051British312 SqdAFC

Hurricane
6 CookHarrySgt126096British66 Sqd

266 Sqd

SpitfireCrash landed Spitfire I (X4543) at RAF Hornchurch after battle damage 1940-10-13 at 16:10hrs. He was not injured. Commissioned June 1942, demobilised 1946. Born Grimsby, 31 August 1920.
7 CopemanJack Harry HamiltonPlt Off41257British111 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-11Shot down in Hurricane I (P3105) and killed in combat 1940-08-11. Shot down in Hurricane P3105 in combat off Margate. He is buried at Middelkerke near Ostend Belgium. Aged 27.


111 Sqd Pilots 1940. L-R: Sgt Ralph Carnall: P/O Ronald Brown: P/O Jack Copeman:F/O David Bruce:P/O Peter Simpson


8 DeaconArthur HarrySgt49756British85 Sqd 111 SqdHurricaneBaled out of Hurricane I (N2340) safely 1940-08-18 at 13:20hrs, after combat with Do 17 over Kenly while he was on patrol. His aircraft crashed at Oxted, Kent.
9 EdwardsHarry DaviesPlt Off41837RAFCanadian92 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-09-11 Age 24Killed 1940-09-11 at 19:00hrs. Spitfire I (P9464) had been in combat with Bf 109s. Crashed Smeeth in Kent. Hawkinge Cemetery England. Paradie Archive Database


10 ElsdonHarry Donald BuchananSgt743044RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-07-17Born Southend-on-Sea. Joined the RAFVR February 1939 as an Airman u/t Aircrew. Called up on 1st September 1939. Joined 236 Sqd in November 1939 as an Air Gunner. On 18th July 1940 he was reported ‘Missing’ when his Blenheim, L6779, captained by F/O CRD Thomas, failed to return from a photo-reconnaissance sortie over Le Havre. The weather was bad and intense anti-aircraft fire was met over Cap de la Hague. It is believed that the Blenheim was shot down by Major Schellmann Bf 109 from JG 2 at 12:15hrs 1940-07-18. The body of Thomas was recovered and is buried in Quiberville churchyard. Elsdon, age 28, was not found. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 14.

11 FrippJoffre HarrySgt (later Flt Lt)120212RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived warJune 1973 in Birmingham.Born 27th May 1915 Smethwick, Staffordshire. Joined RAFVR August 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939. Training at 10 FTS Ternhill on No. 13 Course. Joined 248 Sqd 6th June 1940, Commissioned in April 1942. Released from RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. Commissioned in RAFVR in September 1949.
12 GrettonReginald HarrySgt754187British266 Sqd 222 SqdDFC
SpitfireJoined 266 Sqd late May 1940. Posted to 222 Sqd mid-September. On patrol 1940-09-27 bounced by Bf 109s and shot down, crashing Spitfire (R6720) near Rainham, Essex at 12:00hrs. Spent five months recovering from a fractured pelvis and spine. Returned to operational flying in November 1941 for three months before being posted for a further two months treatment and rehabilitation in February 1942, when he was also awarded the DFC. He returned to duty in April with the Aircraft Delivery Flight, where he remained for the duration.
13 GroveHarry CyrilSgt580202RAFBritish3 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-11-08Whyteleafe St Luke Churchyard Age 29

14 HamiltonHarry RaymondFlt Lt39316RAFCanadian85 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-2930th July he shared in the destruction of a Bf110, on 18th August he claimed a Bf110 destroyed and shared a He111. 29th August. Flying Hurricane V6623 VY-L Hamilton destroyed a Bf109 and was then himself shot down and killed over Winchelsea. Hamilton's aircraft, crashed near the ruins of Camber Castle.

Shot down and killed 1940-08-29 at 18:15hrs. Hurricane I (V6623) shot down by a Bf 109 near Rye. Hawkinge Cemetery England Age 23


15 HansonDavid Harry WellsteadFg Off33363RAFBritish17 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1940-09-03Hurricane P3539, shot down near Foulness after destroying a Do17; Killed 3 September 1940 at 10:55hrs. Baled out of Hurricane I (P3673) after shooting down a Do 17. Struggled to get out of his Hurricane, he was too low and his parachute failed to deploy. Foulness Island. Mappleton All Saints Churchyard Age 22
16 HardmanHarry GordonFg OffAustralian111 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived warMarch 1995 High Wycombe Age 79Born 4th May 1915 Arncliffe in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (his famikly returned to UK shortly after and he was bapstised in England. At varioius stages he was declared to be Australian or British). Educated at Cottingham Commercial College in Bexleyheath, Kent. Learned to fly at his own expense at Brooklands. Joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1937, posted to 5 FTS Sealand on 5th March 1938. Then joined 111 Sqd at Northolt on 17th September 1938. 13th August claimed a Do17 as damaged. On the 18th his section attacked a Do17 that was flying so low that they witnessed strikes on the ground from their own fire. Posted away in early September 1940 for instructor duties, rejoined 111 on 6th November 1940. Released from the RAF in 1945 as a Squadron Leader.

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17 HillcoatHarry Bryan LillieFlt Lt90256RAF AAFBritish1 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-09-03Killed 3 September 1940. Hurricane I (P3044) was lost in action at 11:30hrs over Kent. Runnymede Age 25
18 HoganHenry Algernon Vickers 'Harry'Sqd Ldr26181British501 Sqd (CO)
DFC
HurricaneHurricane (V6620) on patrol 18 September 1940 when he baled out safely following combat at 12:30hrs over West Malling.
19 HumphreysPeter HarryFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)84961RAFBritish152 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireKIFABournemouth Crematorium England Age 27

20 JeffcoatHarry JeffreyPlt Off79240RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-12-13Runnymede Age 32
21 KingFrederick HarryPlt Off43845RAFBritish264 Sqd

DFM

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
9KIA1940-08-24With Leader of 264 Sqd (PA Hunter) shot down a total of 9 and 1 shared. On 24 August 1940 at 12:40hrs went missing after chasing a Ju 88 out to sea in Defiant (N1935). Runnymede
22 LaceyJames Harry 'Ginger'Sgt60321RAFBritish501 Sqd
Croix de Guerre (France)

DFM & Bar

MiD

Hurricane28Survived war1989-05-30Qualified flying instructor. Born at Whetherby February 1 1917 . Flew Hurricanes with 501 Sqd. During the Battle for France shot down 5 enemy between May 10 and June 19, 1940. DFM and Croix de Guerre. MiD. Shot down 18 between July 10 and October 31 1940. Bar to DFM. Highest scoring RAF pilot during the Battle. Landed his Hurricane on 30 August 1940 with a shattered radiator and 87 bullet holes in the wing and fuselage. 13 September 1940 baled out of HurricaneI (P2793) after being hit by return fire from a He 111 over Maidstone. On this day Buckingham Palace bombed, but the He 111 did not get away, it was shot down by Lacey. 4 victories in 1941 and his last in 1945. Assessed Exceptional as a pilot. A brilliant marksman. A natural leader, he inspired those under his command by example, quiet authority and professional ability.


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23 LeylandReginald HarrySgt52003RAFBritishFIUBlenheimReleased from the Royal Air Force in 1946 as a Flying Officer
24 MacRoryHarry IanSgt801456RAF AAFBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-01-03Runnymede Panel 48 Age 21
25 MitchellHarry ThornePlt OffCanadian87 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane
26 NewtonHarry SnowSgt134750British111 Sqd

AFC

HurricaneCrash landed Hurricane I (P3548) 11 August 1940 near Boyton in Oxfordshire, ran out of fuel after combat. Aircraft was a write off but he survived. Baled out of burning Hurricane I (P3943) safely on the 18 August 1940 during an attack on a Do 17 of KG 76 near Kenley, at 13:15hrs. Landed landed near Tatsfield Beacon in Surrey.
27 OwenHenry 'Harry'Sgt56204RAFBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war2007-10-19Born 4 June 1921 at Durham, England. Educated at Osborne Grammar School, West Hartlepool. Joined RAF in 1938 as a boy entrant. To No. 1 Electrical and Wireless School at Cranwell where he passed out as Aircraftman 1st Class in September 1939. After qualifying as an Air Gunner at No. 1 Air Armament School at Manby the following month. Joined 219 Sqd at Catterick. Promoted Leading Aircraftman in February and Sergeant in May 1940, serving as an Air Gunner on Blenheim light bombers. In July 1940 squadron converted to Beaufighters and all Wireless Operators and Air Gunners were allocated to new units. He transferred to 235 Sqd flying long-range fighter version Blenheim Mk. IV.F., armed with four .303 inch machine guns in a special gun arrangement beneath the fuselage. Here he paired-up with Sergeant Kenneth ‘Skipper’ Naish, a 1936 direct entrant himself and newly transferred from Thorney Island. The morning of the 24th August 1940 offered a gentle sunrise and relative calm over the aerodrome at Detling: ‘Despite the chaotic conditions and increasing threats, outside ground crew filled sandbags and played an impromptu game of cricket using the spade as a bat as someone tossed a cricket ball. Elsewhere on the station new panes of glass were being fitted. The smell of cut grass mingled with the stench of 100 percent high-octane fuel and oil, interspersed with the salty sea breeze’ (Coastal Dawn, Blenheims in Action, refers). At 15.40 p.m. Ventnor RDF reported a large enemy formation approaching the Isle of Wight and upon notification, controllers at 11 Group ordered Sqd Ldr Ernest McNab to scramble his fledgling Canadian pilots of 1 Sqd RCAF, some of whom had less than 20 hours of flying experience and only a limited period on aircraft recognition. At around the same time, three Blenheim fighters were scrambled from Detling to give protection over Portsmouth, Fighter Command being at full stretch. Chaos ensued. Rather than engage the enemy force of approximately fifty Ju. 88s of Lehrgeschwader 1, escorted by Bf 110s of a similar number, the British and Canadian pilots intercepted one another, the Canadians coming down from the 11 o’clock position and despatching Blenheim T1804 - piloted by David Woodger - into the Channel at Bracklesham Bay, near Chicester. This ‘friendly fire’ incident cast a long shadow over the two pairs of crew who managed to escape. Naish and Owen in Blenheim Z5736 managed to return to base, but both had been slightly injured and the aircraft damaged. In the late afternoon the body of an airman was found by a boat off West Wittering. It was Woodger’s gunner, Sergeant Daniel Wright: ‘The Gunner’s body was riddled with bullets. The limp body was wrapped in blankets and placed on a stretcher.’ The medical orderlies bowed their heads as the Adjutant, Flying Officer Charles Pinnock said: “I can’t give you a hand; You’re for the promised land, My comrade good and true.”

The death of the 18-year-old Gunner, and those of further friends and comrades, would have significant implications on Owen in later life. He left 235 Sqd in July 1941 and was sent on a flying boat instructor course, later joining 413 Sqd in October on Catalinas. In February 1942 went to 240 Sqd and served in the Mediterranean and South-East Asia. Rested in December, he later served as Wireless Operator and Air Gunnery Instructor on Vengeance aircraft at Peshawar, moving in May 1943 to instruct at the Gunnery School in Bhopal. In late 1944 he joined 356 Sqd flying operationally in Burma, Malaya and Siam until May 1945. He retired from the R.A.F. as a Flight Lieutenant on 15 July 1955, working in the U.K. on flight simulators, before emigrating to New Zealand in 1962. According to a first-hand account compiled by a friend in the late 1990s, Owen never got over the war: ‘At some stage after he left the RAF Harry became very depressed. During this time he burnt his log books, photo albums and newspaper cuttings as he wished to have nothing to do with the war. Fortunately he saved his medals and badges which he gave me in 1998. Sometime after he arrived in NZ his wife became ill and eventually died of cancer. While she was ill, she was nursed by Shirley who later became Harry’s second wife.’ A man who was always reluctant to discuss the war, Owen died on 19 October 2007 at Whareama Hospital, Nelson, New Zealand, as a result of complications arising from Parkinson’s Disease. He is buried at the Nelson City Council Cemetery.



Nelson Wakapuaka Cemetery
28 PerryHarry ThomasSgt770435RAFVRBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-10-30Saffron Walden Cemetery Age 23
29 PoultonHarry Robert GodfreyPlt Off84925British64 Sqd

DFC
SpitfirePoWCaptured and taken prisoner
30 ProudmanDouglas HarrySgt (later Flt Sgt)635790RAFBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimWIA KIA1941-04-27Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Devizes Cemetery
31 ProwseHarry Arthur RobinPlt Off42358British256 Sqd

603 Sqd

Spitfire1921-2010
32 RiseleyArthur Harry 'Rufus'Sgt106080British600 Sqd

DSO

MiD

BlenheimTrained as Air Gunner and served through the Battle of Britain with 600 Sqd in this capacity. Finally selected for Pilot training in 1941. On 16 August 1943 his Boston shot down during a daylight raid on France. He and his gunner traveled from the Pas de Calais to Paris and then to Brest. They got on a fishing boat and after thirty-six hours at sea arrived at Penzance 25 October 1943. DSO 14 January 1944. also received a Mention in Dispatches.
33 ShirleySidney Harry JamesSgt (later Flt Sgt)804422RAFBritish604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-07-24Air Gunner. Angles Community Cemetery France Age 32
34 SilkFrank HarrySgt111979British111 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneDied
35 SumpterClaude Harry SidneyAC327457British604 Sqd

Blenheim
36 TewPhilip HarryFlt Sgt49065British54 Sqd

AFC

Spitfire3DiedShot down Bf 110 over Dunkirk in May. On 8 August 1940 Tew shotdown a Bf 109 and a Bf 110. AFC on the 10 June 1948.
37 WaghornPeter HarrySgt745800RAFVRBritish249 Sqd111 SqdHurricaneKIA1941-04-11Malta Capuccini Naval Cemetery Age 21
38 WhittickHarry GeorgeSgt116055British604 Sqd

Blenheim
39 SteereHarrySgt (later Flt Lt)46016RAFBritish19 Sqd

DFM

Spitfire8.5KIA1944-06-09Born 7th February 1914. Educated at Oldershaw Secondary School, Wallasey. RAF Halton September 1930 as Aircraft Apprentice. Selected for flying on 25th November 1935. He passed out as a Sergeant-Pilot on 22nd August 1936. 16th March 1937 he was confirmed as a Sergeant Metal Rigger Group 1. An RAF tradesman who had trained as a pilot was expected to serve on flying duties for three years before returning to his basic trade. At the outbreak of hostilities at 19 Sqd at Duxford. 11th May 1940 Steere shared in the destruction of a Ju88, the squadron's first victory. Over Dunkirk on the 26th he destroyed a Ju87, on the 27th shared in probably destroying a Do17, on the 28th destroyed a Me109 and on 1st June he probably destroyed a Do17 and shared in the destruction of a Me109. DFM (gazetted 25th June 1940). On 19th August Steere shared in the destruction of a Me110, on 9th September he claimed a Me110 probably destroyed, on the 15th a Do17 and a Me109 destroyed, on the 18th he shared in the destruction of a He111 and a Ju88, on the 27th he destroyed a Me109 and on 28th November he destroyed another Me109. 8th December 1940 Steere posted to CFS Upavon for an instructors course, after which he instructed at 8 FTS Montrose. Commissioned in June 1941, joined 627 Sqd at Oakington in Mosquitos on Pathfinder duties. Killed on 9th June 1944 as a Flight Lieutenant with 627 Squadron, aged 30. Mosquito IV DZ353 AZ-B came down near Orgeres during a raid against railway targets at Rennes. F/O KW Gale RAAF was also killed. DFC after his death. Younger brother of Jack Steere, who flew with 72 Sqd in the Battle.

St Erblon Communal Cemetery France Age 30

Aged 30. Son of Ernest and Bessie Steere, of Wallasey, Cheshire; husband of Joan Margaret Steere, of Wallasey.
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'A beloved husband of Joan and father to Robin. He died that we might live'

40 SteereJackFSgt47746RAFBritish72 Sqd

AFC
Spitfire4Survived war1998Brother of Harry Steere 19 Sqd.

Born 16th January 1911. Educated at Wallasey Grammar School. RAF Halton in September 1927 as an Aircraft Apprentice. In August 1930 he was posted as a rigger to RAF Felixstowe. In 1932 served aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious. He applied for pilot training and in 1934 was posted to 4 FTS Abu Sueir. Joined 23 Squadron at Biggin Hill in 1935. Served with 41 Sqd at Sheik Othman, Aden in 1936 and joined 72 Sqd at Tangmere on 22nd March 1937. On 7th December 1939, shared in the destruction of two He111's SE of Montrose. Squadron operations over Dunkirk in May/June 1940. On 1st July shared in the destruction of a He59, on 31st August he damaged a Do17, on 1st September he probably destroyed a Me109, on the 2nd he destroyed a Me110 and damaged another, on the 23rd he probably destroyed a Me109, on the 29th he damaged another, on 11th October he destroyed a Me109 and on 9th November he shared in destroying a He111. From 26th November until 24th December 1940 Steere was at CFS Upavon for an instructors course on Masters and Tutors. Promoted to Warrant Officer on 1st April 1941 and commissioned in January 1942. He later instructed at CFS and was awarded the AFC (gazetted 13th June 1946). Retiring on 16th July 1961 as a Squadron Leader.

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