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NOTE: KIA = Killed In Action. WIA = Wounded In Action. KIFA = Killed in Flying Accident. = Jewish as per
Fate In Battle is date of incident between July 10 1940 and October 31 1940. Fate After Battle is date of death after the Battle

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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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)
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AircrewRemembered LOST: Rob Philips Memorial Archive: Dutch losses in Europe Comprehensive site on Belgian aircrew

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#Name (↑)First NamesRankService No.Air ForceCountry of Origin* (↑)SquadronsAwardsAircraft (↑)VictoriesFate in BattleFate After BattleDateOfDeathNotesPhoto
1 BeytaghMichael Leo ffrenchSqd Ldr39057British23 Sqd

73 Sqd (CO)

602 Sqd (CO)


Hurricane5Survived war2th August 1952 Age 36 in Pemba, Zanzibar.Biography: Shoulder The Sky by Gil Thomas (Arthur Barker Ltd 1959)

Born Shanghai in 1916. Adopted at 13 by Mr Morton, a wealthy American and taken to the US. After a few years he returned to England. Joined RAF June 1936. Trained at 8 FTS Montrose. Joined 23 Sqd at Wittering on 24 April 1937. To 73 Squadron at Church Fenton on 24 July 1940. Me109 probably destroyed on 6th September, a Me110 destroyed the next day and another damaged on 11th September. November 1940 sailed for the Middle East in HMS 'Furious'. Flew off to Takoradi and then in stages flew overland to Heliopolis. In December the pilots of 73 were attached to 274 Sqd in the Western Desert. 5 January destroyed a CR42 near Tobruk. 5 April destroyed a Ju87. Ona ferry flight, after forced-landing in the jungle and walking 72 miles in two days and three nights, eventually got at the Firestone Rubber Plantation, 35 miles from Monrovia, Liberia. To UK in November 1941 and 55 OTU Annan, as CFI. On 2nd October 1942 to 602 Sqd at Skeabrae as CO, defending Scapa Flow. In January 1943 602 flew south to Perranporth. On 19 August damaged a Fw190 over Amiens/Glissy airfield. DFC 1st October 1943. Various staff jobs. In March 1949 he was posted to Pemba, an island off the East African coast, north of Zanzibar as District Commissioner. Died Pemba cerebral thrombosis. Buried at sea off Pemba.

2 GilJózefPlt Off76765PAFPolish43 Sqd

229 Sqd

145 Sqd

315 Sqd Polish

306 Sqd Polish

Hurricane2 + 2 probablesMIA1942-12-31Born on 30th January 1914 in Poland. Commissioned in RAFVR then to No. 1 School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum for flying assessment. 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 1st September 1940 to convert to Hurricanes. Posted to 43 Squadron on the 21st Septemeber 1940. To 229 Squadron on 19th October and then 145 Squadron on the 30th September. Injured 29th December 1940 in crash at East Dean, Sussex, flying low after dark looking for Tangmere. 12th March 1941 Gil posted to 53 OTU at Heston. To 315 (Polish) Squadron at Speke on 13th April 1941. From Northolt probably destroyed a Me109 on 9th August and another destroyed on the 14th. KW (gazetted 10th September 1941). 24th October 1941 he probably shot down a Me109. Bar to the KW (gazetted 15th February 1942). 13th June 1942 joined 306 (Polish) Squadron at Northolt. He destroyed a Fw190 and damaged a Me109 on 9th October, second Bar to the KW (gazetted 15th November 1942). Flying high cover over Abbeville on 31st December 1942 he was shot down by a Fw190 in Spitfire BS455. Last seen heading towards the Channel and almost certainly he crashed into the sea. His body was not recovered. VM (5th Class) (gazetted 20th February 1943). 315 Sqd (Polish) (1941-42) and squadron commander in 306 Sqd Polish. In Spitfire-BS455 he was on a combat sweep in the Abbeville region of France. During the fight with German fighters he was attacked by 6 FW-190. Seen to be damaged he flew off towards the English Channel. Possibly wounded, he crashed in the sea.

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