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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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AircrewRemembered Paradie Canadian Archive Database: 45,000 Service Records of RCAF personnel
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1001 GoodwinCharlesSgt754024RAFVRBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-09-30Hull Northern Cemetery Age 21
1002 GoodwinRoy DanielSgt120495British64 Sqd

SpitfireDied
1003 GoodwinStanley AlbertSgt172607British266 Sqd

66 Sqd

SpitfireDied
1004 GoodwinHenry MacdonaldF/O90269RAF AAFBritish609 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-14 Age 25Shot down and killed in Spitfire I (N3024) 14 August 1940 over Bournemouth at 17:30hrs. Chaddesley Corbett St Cassian Churchyard England


1005 GoordRobert LesliePlt Off83996British151 Sqd

1006 GordonJohn Arthur GeraldSqd Ldr36075RAFCanadian151 Sqd

HurricaneWIAMIA1942-06-01He took command of 151 Sqd 1940-08-05. Shot down a Bf 109 on 14 August 1940. On patrol on 15 August wounded in combat with a Bf 109 over Dover but landed Hurricane I (P3941) safely at North Weald. Shot down 18 August 1940, baling out of Hurricane I (P3940) after being shot down by Bf 110 over Rochford at 17:30hrs. Badly burned. MIA 1942-06-01. Runnymede
1007 GordonStanleySgt939014RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-05-28 Age 20Born Heaton, Yorkshire England. Joined the RAF in October 1939. Joined 235 Sqd on 25 October 1940. Killed on 28 May 1941 in Blenheim Mk IV V5453 LA-O shot down off Texel, Frisian Islands, Holland by fighters. The pilot, F/Sgt. HT Naughtin, and Sgt. R Oldroyd were also lost. Runnymede
1008 GordonWilliam Hugh GibsonPlt Off42120RAFBritish234 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-06Killed 1940-09-06 at 09:10hrs. Shot down in Spitfire I by a Bf 109 over Hadlow Down in Kent. Mortlach Parish Churchyard Scotland Age 20

1009 GoreWilliam ErnestFlt Lt90279RAF AAFBritish607 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneMIA1940-09-28In France with 607 Sqd flying Hurricanes. Lead a section which intercepted and shot down three He 111s over France during May. DFC 1940-05-31. Joined 54 Sqd on 6 August. After a month returned to 607 Sqd. Shot down by Bf 109 over Selsey and crashed Hurricane I (P3108) into the Channel MIA on 1940-09-28 at 15:00hrs Runnymede Age 25
1010 GorrieDavid GeorgePlt Off80542RAFBritish43 Sqd

Hurricane2KIFA1941-04-04Joined 43 Sqd early July. Shot down a Heinkel 111 on July 12, and a Bf 109 on 6 September. KIA (KIFA?) 1941-04-04. Brechin Cemetery Age 23
1011 GorzulaMieczysław Stanisław 'Mick'Plt Off (later Flt Lt)76695PAFPolish607 Sqd

302 Sqd Polish

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Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane1Died2005-12-06Born Kracow in 1919. After training served in 615 Sqd and 87 Sqd RAF until October 1940. (31/10/1940 actively participated in 229 Sqd RAF in the Battle of Britain. 1944 Commander of the Squadron (Flight) in 302 Sqd, and later in 315 Sqd. Towards the end of the war he shot down an Me 262 for which he was awarded the Polish Cross of Valor. In 1948 went to Pakistan with a small group of Polish pilots who helped train the air force of that newly independent nation. Afterwards, he emigrated to Australia. Died Air 86 He had three children (Stefan, Halina and Genufa) and three grandchildren (Stefania, Michael and Josef).
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1012 GoslingReginald ClivePlt Off85245British266 Sqd
SpitfireSurviving aircrew
1013 GöthVilémPlt Off81945RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

501 Sqd

Hurricane2KIA1940-10-25Born 22 April 1915. Joined 310 Sqd. at Duxford 10 July 1940. On September 7 he shot down two Bf 110s over Southend but his Hurricane V6643 was damaged, forcing him to land at Whitmans Farm, Purleigh. Joined 501 Sqd at Kenley in October 1940. Killed 1940-10-25 when Hurricane I (P2903) collided with P/O K.W.Mackenzie's Hurricane (V6806) during combat with Bf 109s over Tenterden, Kent at 15:25hrs. Sittingbourne Cemetery Age 25

1014 GothorpeECSgtBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimService details unknown
1015 Göttel (Goettel)WladysławFlt LtP-1115PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Krzyz Walecznych

Srebrny Krzyż Zasługi

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

AFC

Hurricane1966-08-31After training in 5 OTU (VII-VII 1940). In the Battle of Britain, he fought in 302 Sqd (August-November 1940), from where he was transferred to 1 AACU (December 1940-V 1941), and later to Polish aviation education. Died Canada Age 58
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1016 GouldDerrick LeslieFg Off41173British98 Sqd

226 Sqd

32 Sqd

607 Sqd

601 Sqd

213 Sqd

33 Sqd (CO)

274 Sqd (CO)

DFC
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.
1017 GouldGordon LeslieSgt939718RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war8th April 1984 in Droitwich EnglandBorn 28 January 1920 in Droitwich England. Joined the RAFVR in October 1939 as an Aircrafthand. As an Airman u/t WOp/AG, he completed his wireless training and was posted to 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton in August 1940. He had a total of six flying hours in his logbook! Gould flew with P/O H H Crawford on bomber-escorts, offensive sweeps over enemy-occupied territory and convoy and anti-U boat patrols. On a sweep over Denmark a Do 18 flying boat was destroyed. March 1941 they shared in the destruction of a He111. Posted to the RAE at Farnborough for experimental flying duties November 1941. Gould left the RAF in 1946 as a Warrant Officer.
1018 GouldstoneRonald JosephSgt812360RAF AAFBritish29 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-25Pilot (RA Rhodes) and crew (R Gouldstone. N Jacobson) shot down and killed 1940-08-25. Their Blenheim I (L1330) was shot down by an enemy aircraft off Wainfleet, Lincs while on night patrol at 22:00hrs. Crashed into the sea. Of the other two crew members one missing and one killed.
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Ryash St Martin Churchyard Age 19

1019 GoutGeoffrey KennethPlt Off41918RAFBritish234 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-07-25St Eval Churchyard England Age 24

1020 GowersArthur Vincent 'Gus'Fg Off (later Sqd Ldr)40166RAFVRBritish85 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneWIAMIA1943-10-24Wounded 1940-09-01 at 14:15hrs. Baled out of Hurricane I (V7343) after combat with Bf 109 over Oxted, Kent. Badly burned, hospitalized at Caterham Mental Hospital. MIA 1943-10-24 Runnymede Age 30
1021 GracieEdward John 'Jumbo'Flt Lt (later W/C)29090RAFBritish56 Sqd

DFC
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.




1022 GrahamEdward 'Ted'Flt Lt37449British72 Sqd

Spitfire0.5Survived warDied in AustraliaBorn 21st June 1911 Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire Wales. Wellington School, Somerset from 1923 to 1929. July 1934 RAF Reserve, flying training at the Bristol Flying School at Filton as an Airman u/t Pilot. Posted to 4 FTS Abu Sueir on 23rd November. Joined 41 Squadron at Sheik Othman, Aden on 24th April 1936. 22nd March 1937 Graham posted to 72 Sqd. April 1939 the squadron exchanged its Gladiators for Spitfires. Appointed ‘B’ Flight Commander on 1st September 1939. Christmas 72 at Drem, moved to Acklington early 1940. From 1st to 6th June 1940 based at Gravesend to support the Dunkirk evacuation. 1st July Graham shared in destroying a He59 seaplane. On 15th August 1940 the squadron intercepted a large force of bombers of Luftflotte 5, flying from Norway and escorted by Me110’s, 40 miles east of the Faroe Islands. This force was broken up and forced to retire, seeking cover in the large masses of clouds. 72 Squadron moved south to Biggin Hill on 31st August, the day the station was devastated by several major raids by the Germans. He damaged two Do17’s. Moved to Croydon the next day and Graham damaged two Me109’s. On 2nd September Graham damaged a Me110. His Spitfire was hit by return fire in the vicinity of the fuel tank and he made a forced-landing at Lympne. Night on 7th September Graham’s propeller stopped at the end of the runway at Croydon as he was landing, out of fuel. On the 11th he damaged a Me109. 72 returned to Biggin Hill on the 12th. Took command of 72 on 21st September as an Acting Squadron Leader when the CO, S/Ldr. AR Collins, was posted away as non-effective sick. He led it until early March 1941, when he was posted to Catterick as Senior Sector Operations Officer. In 1942 he became Station Commander at Acklington. To HQ 13 Group at Newcastle in early 1945 and at the end of the year he was posted to India, to command RAF Ranchi. In 1946 he was serving with the UK Mission to Australia and New Zealand, planning the setting up of forces in Japan. Retired with the rank of Group Captain.

Uninjured when shot down over Lympne 1940-09-02 at 16:10hrs

1023 GrahamJamesSgt47909RAFBritish236 Sqd

DFM

BlenheimKIA1942-06-26Runnymede
1024 GrahamKenneth Alfred GeorgePlt Off78737RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

111 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1941-02-08Posted from 600 Sqd to 111 Sqd 1940-08-24. KIA 1941-02-08 in Whirlwind 263 Sqd. Runnymede Age 20
1025 GrahamLeslie WilliamPlt OffSouth African56 Sqd

HurricaneWIAJoined 56 Sqd 1940-07-29. Shot down in flames when bounced by Bf 109s 1940-08-16, at 12:05hrs and baled out of Hurricane I (V7368) slightly injured. Posted away three days later.
1026 GrandyJohnSqd Ldr32078British249 Sqd (CO)HurricaneC/O 249 Sqd 1940-08-21. 1940-09-06 at 08:45hrs wounded. Baled out of Hurricane I (R4229) after combat with a Bf 109 over Maidstone. Grandy later rose to Chief of the Air Staff.
1027 GrantEdwin John ForganSgt749872RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-12-01KIA. on the 1st of December 1941. Runnymede Age 21.
1028 GrantStanley BernardFg Off33417RAFBritish65 Sqd

601 Sqd

249 Sqd 9CO)

CB

DFC & Bar

MiD (x2)

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.


1029 GrantIan Allan CharlesSgtNZ/391351RNZAFNew Zealander151 Sqd

HurricaneSurvivedMIA1943-02-13
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Born 21 November 1915 - Died 13 February 1943 Hardelot, France Ian Grant was the son of William Edward and Gertrude Isabella Grant (nee Rowntree), of Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. Brother of Veronique. Student of Mount Albert Grammar School Three brothers died in service: William Edward Grant, died of illness on the 2 February 1932 while serving with the Royal Air Force; Ian Allan Charles Grant (NZ391351) was killed on 13 February 1943 and Reginald Joseph Cowan Grant (NZ421969) was killed on the 28 February 1944. He was flying under the command of his brother, Squadron Leader R.J. Grant (NZ421969
See Archive Report), in the Tangmere sector of No 20 Fighter Group. In their first patrols from Tangmere the New Zealanders saw little action, but early in February there was a lively engagement with German fighters over Abbeville. Shortly after crossing the French coast the Spitfires were directed by their ground control towards a formation of some fifteen FW190's which they soon sighted and attacked. But while they were engaged with this force a further twenty Focke-Wulfs suddenly swept down out of the sun, and in the hard fighting that followed three New Zealand Spitfires were shot down. In the midst of the battle Squadron Leader grant, who was leading No. 485 that day, had the distressing experience of seeing his younger brother (Flying Officer I.A.C Grant (NZ391351) shot down before he could intervene to save him. He did, however, succeed in destroying the German fighter which made the attack. (Info courtesy AM New Zealand) Runnymede Age 27

Courtesy Auckland Library Heritage Collection


1030 GrassickRobert DavidsonFg OffCanadian242 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneDFC. 1941-07-15.
1031 GravesEdward ArthurSgt632826RAFBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-30 Age 21Joined the RAF February 1939 as an Aircrafthand. Trained as Air Gunner. May 1940 with 22 Sqd on torpedo-bomber duties. 23 August 1940 Graves attached to 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton. 30 August with P/O JS Priestley as pilot on a non-operational flight , both men were killed when Blenheim IVf L9262 spun and crashed at Barwick Farm near Bircham Newton. Eastbourne Langney Cemetery
1032 GravesRichard CourtneyPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)83289RAFBritish253 Sqd

Hurricane1WIAWounded 1940-09-29 at 18:30hrs. Shot down in Hurricane I (V6621. In combat with Me109s over Weybridge on the 29th, Graves' aircraft was set alight in an attack by another Hurricane. He baled out, burned, and was admitted to Brockley Park Hospital, Haywards Heath. His Hurricane crashed and burned out on Longridge Farm, Chailey. Later in war Graves was flying one of twenty-four Hurricanes which flew off HMS Ark Royal to reinforce Malta on 27th April 1941. He joined 261 Sqd and went to the Middle East when the squadron was disbanded in May. He then joined 30 Sqd and served with it in Egypt, the Western Desert and later in Ceylon in 1942. Graves was released from the RAF in 1947 as a Squadron Leader.
1033 GrayAnthony PhilipFlt Lt90155British615 Sqd
HurricaneDied
1034 GrayClifford KempsonPlt Off81370British43 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneJoined 43 Sqd on 1940-08-02. Gray scored kills on the 16 and 18 August. Shot down on 1940-08-26 at 16:45hrs over Portsmouth . Baled out of Hurricane I (P3202) with a wound to the arm. Later in the war he flew from Malta. DFC 1945-08-17
1035 GrayColin FalklandPlt Off (later Grp Cpt)RAFNew Zealander54 Sqd
DSO

DFC & 2 Bars
Spitfire16Died1995-08-02Gray and his twin brother Kenneth were born in Christchurch, New Zealand on 9 November 1914. Kenneth was accepted for RAF shiort service commissions but Colin failed the medical. He failed again in January 1938 but finally passed in September before sailing for the UK in December 1938. 20 November 1939 Gray joined 54 Sqd at Rochford, to fly Spitfires. He shared in the destruction of a Bf 109 on 24 May 1940 and returned with his aircraft badly damaged, without brakes, flaps, airspeed indicator or guns. Destroyed a Bf 109 on 13 July, two more on the 24th, a probable Bf 109 on the 25th, two Bf 109s on 12 August and two Bf 109s on the 15th. Awarded the DFC. 18th August shot down a Bf 110, shared another, damaged two more and damaged a Do 17. He shot down a Bf 110 on the 24th and Bf 109s on the 25th and 31st, another Bf 109 and a probable He 111 on 1 September, a Bf 109 and a Bf 110 on the 2nd and a Bf 109 and a shared Bf 110 on the 3rd. December 1940 posted to 43 Sqd as ‘B’ Flight Commander, with the rank of Acting Flight Lieutenant. Rejoined 54 Sqd on 16 January 1941, to be ‘A’ Flight Commander. To 1 Squadron Sqd on 12 June, as ‘B’ Flight Commander, and shared a He 59 on the 16th June 1941. With 41 Sqd on 2 August 1941 he shot down a Bf 109, which crashed on its own airfield at Le Havre. Bar to the DFC in September 1941. 28 September 1941 in command 403 Sqd. 3 days later took command of 616 Sqd. ook command of the 64 Sqd on 1 November 1942. HQ 333 Group at Algiers in January 1943. Joined 81 Sqd at Gibraltar, as CO, on the 24th and on the 27th the squadron flew across to Tingley airfield, SW of Bone. On 22 February 1943 probably destroyed a Bf 109, on 2 March shared in the probable destruction of another, on the 23rd destroyed a Mc 202, on the 25th and 27th two Bf 109s, on 3 April a Bf 109, on the 18th a probable Bf 109, on the 20th a Bf 109 and another shared and two more Bf 109s on the 23rd and the 28th. He was awarded the DSO on 15 March.

On 1 June 1943 Gray was made Wing Commander Flying 322 Wing at Ta Kali, Malta. He shot down a Bf 109 on 14 June, a Mc 202 on the 17th and a Bf 109 on 10 July. The Wing moved to Lentini airfield. On 25 July Gray led the Wing to attack a large force of Ju 52s, landing supplies on beaches near Milazzo. A large number were destroyed, two by Gray, and four enemy fighters were also shot down. In September Gray went to Cairo and returned to the UK in October. In the following month he received a second bar to the DFC. In January 1945 he was sent to Cranwell for a Senior Commanders’ Course, after which he became Station Commander at RAF Skeabrae. Granted a Permanent Commission in April 1945, Gray stayed on in the RAF and held a series of appointments and commands before retiring, at his own request, on 31 March 1961, as a Group Captain. He had served as Secretary of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association. He returned to New Zealand and worked for Unilever, holding a major personnel post before retiring from the company in November 1979. Colin Gray died on 2 August 1995.

Came to England in December 1938. Gray joined the RAF in January 1939 then moved to 54 Sqd on 20 November 1939 to fly Spitfire I on fighter sweeps over France. His score rose quickly twice getting two kills in a day and on 1940-08-18 he destroyed four Me 110s. During the Battle of Britain he shot down two enemy aircraft in a day on several occasions to give him a personal total at the end of the Battle of 16 confirmed and eight probables.


1036 GrayDonald McIntoshPlt Off83255RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireKIFA1940-11-05 Age 21He was shot down by an Me109 in combat over Dover, receiving multiple superficial wounds to his hands, face and legs from shrapnel. He was killed 3 months later. Chevington Cemetery England

1037 GrayKenneth WilliamSgt (later F/O)127525RAFVRBritish85 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1944-06-09Runnymede Age 23
1038 GrayMalcolm 'Mabel'Sgt741816RAFVRBritish72 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-05 Age 20Born 7th January 1920. Joined RAFVR July 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939. Joined 72 Sqd at Church Fenton on 12th September 1939. 29th June 1940 shared a Do17 100 miles east of the Isle of May in the outer Firth of Forth. 1st and 2nd September he claimed probable Do17s. Shot down and killed in Spitfire N3093 on 5th September 1940, the aircraft came down in flames in Elham Park Wood. Two brothers attempted to get through the flames to save him. P/O RD Elliott recorded 'Sergeant ‘Mabel’ Gray was seen to catch a terrific packet from a Me110, apparently being killed instantly, his aircraft dived vertically into the deck'. Fulford Cemetery England Age 20

1039 GrayTrevorPlt Off85236RAFVRBritish64 Sqd

Spitfire0.5Survived war21st January 2012.Born 10 July 1916. Joined the RAFVR July 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Commissioned at the end of his course in August 1940. Converting to Spitfires at 7 OTU Hawarden, joined 64 Sqd at Leconfield on 16 September. On 21 December 1940 Gray shared a Do17 over the English Channel. Posted to 58 OTU at Grangemouth on 3rd April 1941 as an instructor. No further service details until his release from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.



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1040 GrayD McLBritish610 Sqd

Spitfire
1041 GraysonCharlesFlt Sgt46769RAFBritish213 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1945-07-08Lewes Cemetery Age 32
1042 GreenAlexander William ValentinePlt Off78082RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-09-11 Age 21Born Craigavad, County Down Northern Ireland 1919. Joined RAFVR as an Airman u/t Observer June 1939. Called up 1 September 1939. Training at 4 BGS West Freugh. Commissioned March 1940 and joined 235 Sqd on 19 March. On 11th September 1940 Green was in Blenheim IV L9396 QY*E escorting Albacores of 826 NAS Sqd (Fleet Air Arm) attacking a convoy off Calais. Shot down into the Channel by Me109s of 1./JG52 and III./JG53. Green, P/O PC Wickings-Smith and Sgt. RDH Watts were all lost. Runnymede
1043 GreenFredrick William WoolridgeSgt747797British600 Sqd

BlenheimSurviving aircrew
1044 GreenGeorge GrahamSgt902540RAFBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimJoined the RAF in September 1939. Trained as a WOp/AG, serving with 236 Sqd in early July 1940. No further information is to hand. Please contact us via Helpdesk if you can provide information.
1045 GreenHerbert EdwardSgt (later Sqd Ldr)50679RAFBritish141 Sqd

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2003-01-22 at St. NeotsBorn at Edgbaston on 6th May 1914 . Educated at the Oratory School, Birmingham. Apprenticeship at BSA in 1932. November 1934 and joined the RAF as an Aircrafthand. Applied for pilot training, elected in late 1937. Elementary flying at 2 E&RFTS Filton, 3 FTS South Cerney. June 1939 passed with distinguished. To 9 Armament Training School in June 1939 as a staff pilot. October joined 141 Squadron at Turnhouse on Gladiators. Defiants from early 1940 escorting North Sea convoys. On 3rd July Green was one of a section which intercepted a Ju88 near Holy Island. After a long chase the Defiants could not catch it. Very high losses of 141 Squadron on 19th July 1940 it moved to Prestwick to reform as a night-fighter unit. The Defiants exchanged for Beaufighters in August 1941. Promoted to Warrant Officer on 1st April 1941 and posted to CFS Upavon in January 1942 to take an instructors course. Commissioned in November 1942, Green was a QFI at various flying schools until April 1945, when he was seconded to the Air Mission to Turkey. Returned from there to England in November 1945, posted to No. 1 FTS Spitalgate. Green stayed in the RAF concerned with photographic intelligence. MBE (gazetted 31st May 1956). He retired from the RAF on 1st May 1965 as a Squadron Leader.


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1046 GreenMaurice DavidPlt Off78363RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

Blenheim L9453MIA1940-10-201940-10-20 on a recce sortie off the Norwegian coast flying Blenheim IVf (L9453) when shot down and killed. The other members of the crew were SR Gane & N.J.Stocks. Runnymede

Three Blenheims from 248 had been sent out to look for a shot-down German crew in a dinghy, an intercepted radio message indicated that a Luftwaffe floatplane was on its way to pick them up. Off Ballen Hemnefjord, L9453 was intercepted by two Me109s from 4./JG77 and shot down. The pilot Gane was able to bale out but P/O MD Green and Sgt. NJ Stocks were still aboard when the Blenheim went into the sea. Gane managed to parachute from the Blenheim but was then machine-gunned by the Me109s as he descended. His body was recovered by Norwegian civilians and buried nearby at Stamnes Farm. In 1945 he was re-interred at Stavne Cemetery, Trondheim.

1047 GreenWilliam James 'Bill'Sgt (later Flt Lt)135002RAFBritish501 Sqd
Air Efficiency AwardHurricaneWIASurvived war2014-11-07Less than 200 hours’ flying time, and just seven hours in the Hurricane, when he joined 501 Sqd and was pitched into the fighting at the height of the Battle of Britain in August 1940. On August 24, flying from Hawkinge in Kent, his squadron was scrambled to intercept a raid against the nearby airfield at Manston. Green closed in to attack an enemy dive-bomber when his aircraft was hit by the airfield’s anti-aircraft fire. His Hurricane was badly damaged and the engine stopped – but he managed to glide to Hawkinge, where he discovered half the undercarriage had been shot away. He crash-landed and scrambled from the wrecked aircraft. Five days later his squadron was orbiting over Deal at 20,000ft when a large force of Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters attacked the formation. The windscreen of Green’s aircraft was shattered and the engine damaged. With no control, he was forced to bail out. His parachute failed to stream correctly and the main canopy became entangled around his legs. He fought to release it and fell thousands of feet before it finally opened fully. Within seconds he hit the ground. He had been wounded in the leg and his days in the Battle were over. Surviving aircrew. Baled out of Hurricane I (R4223) 1940-08-29 in the Channel off Folkstone at 19:20hrs. Rescued.
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1048 GreenshieldsHenry la ForeSub Lt (FAA)FAABritish266 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-08-16Born Hawkchurch in east Devon 1918. He is commemorated on the war memorial there and on a plaque in the parish church. Attached to RAF in June 1940 and sent to the Operational Training Unit at Hawarden to convert to Spitfires. He joined 266 Sqd at the beginning of July. He probably destroyed a Bf 110, as well as damaging two, on 12 August, and destroyed a Bf 109 south east of Dover on the 15th. Next day he failed to return from a combat with Bf 109s which he had pursued out over the Channel. He was shot down and killed by Leutnant Müller-Duhe of JG 26. Spitfire N3240, crashed in the suburbs of Calais at the side of the St Omer canal. Local people were convinced that Greenshields had remained at the controls of the aircraft to steer it away from buildings and streets. The Germans mounted a guard as his body was removed. Buried in Calais Southern Cemetery next to Flying Officer Laurence Pyman of 65 Sqd, who was killed on the same day. The pair were accorded German military honours.

Originally rejected by RAF with defective eyesight before the war, joined RNVR. Among FAA pilots loaned to the RAF 1940. Joined 266 Sqd 1 July 1940. 1940-08-15 shot down a Bf 109. The following day in pursuit of Bf 109s over the Channel in Spitfire I (N3240) shot down and killed at 12:40hrs by Lieutenant Mueller-Duhe of JG 26. Aircraft crashed in Calais. Mueller-Duhe was himself shot down and killed two days later by pilots of 32 Sqd. Greenshields is buried at Calais Southern. Age 22


1049 GreenwoodJohn Peter BowtellPlt Off41920British253 Sqd

Hurricane3Survived war31st December 2014.Born 3 April 1921 in Stratford, East London England. Educated at Tiffins School, Kingston-on-Thames. Short service commission in the RAF in February 1939. Training at 11 E&RFTS Perth. In April to 2 FTS Brize Norton. Joined 253 Sqd at Manston on 30 October 1939. 253 Squadron was formed at Manston in Kent in November 1939 from part of the course of 2FTS Brize-norton, nearly all the pilots have been trained on Airspeed Oxfords, and had no fighter training at all as they were supposed to be equipped with Bristol Blenheims as bomber pilots. They eventually received Hurricane 1 aircraft in January 1940, and began to learn how to use them as fighters. They were very old planes as each existing Hurricane squadron gave them two of their aircraft, so of course they were the worst they had. 253 Sqd moved to Northolt, then Kenley and when the Germans invaded France, 253 were split into two flights, one went to Vitry and the other to Lille. Greenwood was in 'B' flight and went to Lille, the CO and Adjutant remained in England. 'B' flight was the only flight without armour plating and mirrors, also had the inferior single blade wooden airscrew. They were in France for four days in which they lost half their pilots including the flight commander. Only 3 aircraft flew back to the UK, the rest were broken up with axes. In four days John shot down a Bf109 and a Dornier 215, and a week later another Bf109 on escort duties over Merville. With their CO posted as missing 253 Squadron was without any leaders since the other flight at Vitry had lost its Flight Commander and half the pilots. 253 Squadron reformed in the north of the UK moving several times and changing COs, until eventually they entered the Battle of Britain, flying their first sortie from Kenley on 30 August 1940. 30 August destroyed a He111 attacking Farnborough. Posted to 5 FTS Sealand in December 1940 as an instructor. In February 1941 to Turnhouse, where 59 OTU was being formed. Volunteered for the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, joined the unit at Speke on 20 May 1941. Onboard Empire Flame on 18 June. One Atlantic and one Russian convoy without launching his Hurricane. Following November he was posted to 55 OTU Usworth. To 615 Sqd at Fairwood Common in February 1942. To India in March. Flew its first operation on 5 December 1942. In January 1943 posted to 17 Sqd at Alipore as a Flight Commander. He went to 151 OTU Risalpur in April. Caught malaria and dengue fever in October. Posted to 223 Group at Peshawar. Joined 9 Sqd (Indian Air Force) February 1944 and in July went to a job in the War Room at 221 Group.


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1050 GregoryAlbert EdwardSgt (later Sqd Ldr)133005RAFVRBritish141 Sqd

219 Sqd

23 Sqd

605 Sqd

275 Sqd

278 Sqd

52 Sqd

DFC

Air Efficiency

BlenheimSurvived war12th November 2010Born in Derby England 9 May 1917. Joined the RAFVR April 1939 as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. Called up 1 September. To Aldergrove in October for an air gunnery course. December joined 141 Sqd at Grangemouth to fly in Blenheims. When 141 began to convert to Defiants in April 1940 he was too tall for the turret so joined 219 Sqd still using Blenheims. As radar-equipped Beaufighters began service from September 1940, retrained as a Radio Observer. Assisted in the destruction of a He111 in March 1941. In May to No. 2 Radio School at Yatesbury for a wireless operators course. Joined 23 Sqd at Ford in December 1941. He flew from Tangmere in Boston IIIs on intruder patrols over France, Belgium and Holland, bombing and strafing airfields, marshalling yards and other targets. On 2nd April 1942 he damaged two Do17s. July 1942 to a Gunnery Leaders course at CGS Sutton Bridge, completed in August then commissioned. To 605 Sqd at Ford on intruder duties. Posted to 275 Sqd (Air Sea Rescue) at Valley in Wales in March 1943. DFC 13th July 1943. Served with 278 Sqd (Air Sea Rescue) and was released from the RAF in November 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. He rejoined in July 1947, did a radio refresher course and in February 1948 he was posted to 52 Sqd at Changi, Singapore engaged in anti-terrorist operations, supporting the Army in Malaya. Late 1950 returned to the UK and became a signals instructor. Retired from the RAF in May 1955.


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1051 GregoryAlfred HenrySgt758172RAFVRBritish111 Sqd

HurricaneKIFA1941-07-23 Age 24Born Hulland, Derbyshire England 20. June 1917. Joined RAFVR July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Training at 6 EFTS and 10 FTS Tern Hill. To 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 11 September 1940. Converted to Hurricanes, posted to 111 Sqd at Drem on the 28 September. On 22 February 1941 intercepted a He115 of 1./KuFlGp106 off Peterhead with P/O GSP Bain. They shot it down with the loss of the crew. Killed on 23 July 1941. During coordinating the escort duty for a Blenheim his Spitfire P7750 collided with Sgt TR Caldwell in Spifire P7848. Gregory was killed, Sgt. TR Caldwell unhurt. Hulland Ward Christ Church Churchyard England

1052 GregoryFelix StaffordPlt Of81044RAFBritish65 Sqd

Spitfire1KIA1940-08-13 Age 21Born Potters Bar, England 1919. Joined RAFVR July 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Commissioned on 15 June 1940. 5 OTU Aston Down for Spitfire conversion on 23 June 1940. Joined 65 Sqd at Hornchurch on 6 July 1940. Destroyed a Me109 on 12 August. Killed 13 August when he baled out too low during a night-flying practice, for reasons unknown. His Spitfire, R6766, crashed at Eastry, Kent. Cremated at Enfield Crematorium, Middlesex.



Wooden Plaque in remembrance of Pilot Officer Felix Stafford Gregory
1053 GregoryWilliam James 'Sticks'Sgt115577British29 Sqd

DSO

DFC
BlenheimDiedEarly morning 1940-08-18 flying with R.A.Rhodes they chased a Ju 88 intruder for 35 minutes and shot it down. He finished it off with his Vickers machine gun in a long burst.
1054 GrellisHorace EustacePlt Off82501British23 Sqd

Blenheim
1055 GrestyKenneth GastonSgt552727RAFBritish219 Sqd

MIA1941-04-17Runnymede Age 19
1056 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.
1057 GribbleDorian GeorgeFlt Lt40695British54 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire12MIA1941-06-04On patrols over France downed Bf 109s on 23 and 24 May 1940. 25 May 1940 shot down and force-landed on a beach near Dunkirk. Returned to England by ship. 24 July 1940 Gribble shot down two Bf 109s, and added more Bf 109s on 15 August 1940, 18 August (plus a Bf 110), 24 August, 28 August (two) and one on the 31 August 1940. DFC 1940-08-13. Following a dogfight with Bf 109s over the Channel his engine failed. Crashed into sea and drowned on the 4th of June 1941-06-04 Runnymede Panel 29
1058 GriceDennis NeveFg Off70266RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimKIA1940-08-081940-08-08 at 11:55hrs in Blenheim (L8665), shot down in flames by Oberleutnant Sprick of III Gruppe of JG 26. Flew his burning aircraft clear of Ramsgate, crashing into the sea. Pilot DN Grice and two crewmen F.J.Keast and J.B.W.Warren killed.
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Charing Kent County Crematorium Age 28


1059 GriceDouglas Hamilton 'Grubby'Fg OffBritish32 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane8WIAShot down 3 times during 6 weeks of fighting in 1940. On 15 August, having already notched up 8 victories, an incendiary bullet flashed over his left wrist and into the instrument panel, piercing the fuel tank and setting the aircraft on fire. Falling out when his aircraft turned over, he spent a prolonged dip in the sea that aided the healing process of the burns he had suffered to the face and the wrists Wounded 1940-08-15 when Hurricane I (P3109) attacked by Bf 109 south of Harwich at 15:25hrs. Baled out badly burned and rescued by a motor torpedo boat.


1060 GridleyRobert VictorSgt (later P/O)46124RAFBritish22 Sqd

235 Sqd

69 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1942-01-13 Age 20Born April 1921 Rochford England. Joined RAF April 1939 as an Aircrafthand, transferring later to Wop/AG. 22 Sqd in May 1940, to 235 Sqd on 3 August, on attachment. Commissioned June 1941 with 69 Sqd in Malta. 13 January 1942 in Maryland AH721, captained by W/Cdr. J Dowland (who won the GC during this incident), on a reconnaissance sortie to the Pantelleria/Cape Bon/Kerkenal Island area. Just off Tigne Point, the aircraft was attacked and damaged by two Me109s, one of which Gridley certainly damaged, firing from a turret. Dowland got the aircraft back over Malta and ordered the crew to bale out but only the observer was able to do so. Dowland ditched just offshore and the aircraft sank immediately. A watching soldier, Gunner W Izett, dived into the sea, searching in vain for twenty minutes before being dragged out, exhausted. Dowland's body was later recovered but Gridley's was never found. He left a young widow, a Maltese girl, who gave birth to a son very soon after his death. Malta Memorial


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1061 GrierThomasFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)40907British601 Sqd

DFC
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
1062 GriffinJohn JamesSgt (later W/O)742304RAFVRBritish73 Sqd

HurricaneWIAKIA1942-04-07Wounded 1940-09-14. Baled out Hurricane I after combat over Maidstone, Kent at 16:05hrs. KIA 1942 Trincomalee War Cemetery Age 32
1063 GriffithsCSgt754960British32 Sqd

Hurricane
1064 GriffithsGlynSgt135394British17 Sqd
Hurricane
1065 GroganGeorge JacquesPlt OffIrish23 Sqd

Blenheim
1066 GroszewskiBernardFg OffP-0544PAFPolish43 Sqd

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

Wound Badge
HurricaneKIA1941-12-08Assigned to 307 Sqd then 43 Sqd RAF. 01.07.-31.10.1940 actively participated in the Battle of Britain. From RAF Northolt in Spitfire BL323 - took part in sweep over France. In the Le Touquet - Beck area met with German fighters. Shot down during a fight and fell into the sea. The sea washed the body ashore. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery Age 32
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1067 GroveHarry CyrilSgt580202RAFBritish3 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-11-08Whyteleafe St Luke Churchyard Age 29

1068 GrubbErnest GeorgeSgt123639British219 Sqd

Blenheim
1069 GrubbHenry FrankSgt123640British219 Sqd

Blenheim
1070 GruszkaFranciszekFg Off76785PAFPolish65 Sqd

Medal Lotniczy

SpitfireKIA1940-08-18On patrol 1940-08-18. Shot down and killed in Spitfire I (R6713), at Stodmarsh near Canterbury, at 13:30hrs. Spitfire with his body still inside was recovered 35 years later in July 1975.
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Buried at Northwood Cemetery with full military honours. Age 30



1071 GrzeszczakBogdanFg OffP-1391PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Krzyz Walecznych (x2)

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIFA1941-08-2801.07.-31.10.1940 he actively participated in the Battle of Britain. He died in an aviation accident in 1941 at RAF Grangemouth in Master T8581 during flight with a student simulating air combat. At an altitude of about 600m he made a sudden move and entered a sharp turn and spin, from which he could not recover. Crashed into Polmont, near Grangemouth. Both airmen were killed. Northwood Cemetery Age 33
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1072 GuerinCharles PaulAdj (Free French)French232 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1941-05-03
1073 GuestThomas FrancisPlt Off42985British79 Sqd 56 SqdHurricaneShot down & captured 26 April 1941
1074 GundryKenneth CradockPlt Off81371RAFVRBritish257 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-05-22Flying with 112 Sqd. Alamein Memorial Egypt Age 25

1075 GunnHarold RaymondPlt Off43067RAFBritish74 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1940-07-31Shot down and killed over Folkestone 1940-07-31 at 16:00hrs in Spitfire I (P9379). after combat with Bf 109 from IV Gruppe of JG 51. Oostende New Communal Cemetery Belgium Age 27

1076 GunningPeter StackhousePlt Off43474RAFBritish46 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-15Killed 1940-10-15 in Hurricane I (N2480) shot down by a Bf 109 of over the Thames Estuary at 13:05hrs. North Weald Bassett St Andrew Churchyard

1077 GunterEdward Maurice 'Paddy'Plt Off83988RAFVRBritish43 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-27Advertiser & Times 15 September 2020: THE memory of an RAF pilot from Barton killed in action aged 20 has been honoured as this year marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. New Milton Town Council paid tribute to Pilot Officer Edward Gunter on Tuesday for Battle of Britain Day – so named because RAF Fighter Command claimed what proved to be a decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe on 15th September 1940. Edward – known to family and friends as Paddy – was born at Holmsley on 23rd January 1920 and lived at Barton with his brothers, sister and parents. His father was the Rev. W. H. Gunter, who had served at Milton Parish Church while the family lived in the area. Having signed up to the RAFVR on 17th May 1939, Edward was awarded his flying badge on 20th June 1940. He joined various squadrons before being posted to 501 at Kenley on 22nd September. On Friday 27th September at 12.25pm, his Hurricane V 6645 aircraft was shot down, and he was killed when his parachute failed to open. The plane crashed near Teynham Court in Sittingbourne. A town council spokesperson said: 'Let’s remember all those brave pilots and RAF crews who bravely defended this country, and especially Paddy, who sacrificed his short life.' The A&T included a report of Edward’s death in an edition published 80 years ago. 'Pilot Officer Gunter, who was only 20 years of age, had just secured his wings and joined his squadron,' the report said. 'He was killed flying a Hurricane in the fight over London.'

Killed 1940-09-27 at 12:25hrs. Baled out of Hurricane I (V6645) after he had been in combat over Sittingbourne. Parachute failed to open. Aldeby St Mary Churchyard Age 20

1078 GurteenJohn VinterPlt Off81918RAFVRBritish504 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-15Shot down and killed 1940-09-15 at 13:00hrs over South London in Hurricane I (N2481). Aircraft crashed at Hartley in Kent. Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium England Age 24

1079 GuthrieNHSgtBritish604 Sqd

Blenheim
1080 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
1081 GuymerEric Norman LaurenceSgt119503British238 Sqd

Hurricane
1082 HackwoodGerald HenryPlt Off42217RAFBritish264 Sqd

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KIA1940-11-20Newtown Saints Mary and John Churchyard Oxford England Age 20
1083 HaigJohn Galloway EdwardPlt Off90189British603 Sqd

Spitfire
1084 HaighCyrilSgt566171RAFBritish604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-25On night patrol 1940-08-25, crashed in Blenheim I (L6782) near Exeter. Pilot (J.G.B.Fletcher) and the other crew members (C Haigh, A.L.Austin) were killed. Crashed near Witheridge, Exeter, cause unknown.
1085 HaineRichard CumminsPlt Off43147RAFBritish25 Sqd

600 Sqd

488 Sqd RNZAF (CO)

OBE

DFC

Blenheim2Survived war30 Sep 2008Born in Gloucester on 1 October 1916. Crypt Grammar School. Joined the RAF in 1936 and qualified as a fighter pilot. 25 Sqd flying the Hawker Fury. Flew in the first night patrol of the RAF in the war, in a Blenheim from RAF Northolt on 4 September 1939. These night flights rarely intercepted any aircraft, primarily due to the absence of onboard radar. On 28 November 1939, Haine flew one of six Blenheims of 25 Sqd to attack a seaplane base at Borkum, the first fighter attack of the war on German territory. He may have destroyed a Heinkel He 59 on the water. On 10 May 1940, Haine led six Blenheims of 600 Sqd against a key airfield at Waalhaven against an incipient landing by German Junkers Ju 52 transport aircraft and parachute troops. The raid was a disaster; five of the six aircraft were shot down upon arrival. Only one Blenheim returned safely to base. Haine and his gunner destroyed a Messerschmitt Bf 109 in the air and two Ju 52s on the ground before being shot down. They evaded capture and returned to England aboard HMS Hereward, the same Royal Navy destroyer that was evacuating the government of Norway and Queen Wilhelmina. DFC for the action. He served as the commanding officer of 488 Squadron RNZAF, flying the de Havilland Mosquito, until the end of November 1944. Haine and his squadron flew beachhead patrols on D-Day. Over Normandy on the night of 4 August he destroyed a Junkers Ju 88. On a patrol of Caen, during the night of 1 September, the squadron intercepted and shot down another. However, his claim for having made two kills while flying the Mosquito was reduced when the second Ju 88 was not credited to him.


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1086 HainesLeonard ArchibaldFg Off40297RAFBritish19 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire Ia14KIA1941-04-30Pilot. Hounslow Cemetery England


Three Spitfire pilots discuss an aerial combat at Fowlmere, September 1940. Left to right: Flying Officer Francis 'Fanny' Brinsden; Flying Officer Leonard 'Ace' Haines; Pilot Officer Philip 'Zeke' Leckrone

Education at Dorchester and Wimborne Grammar Schools in Dorset. Son of Archibald and Bertha Haines of Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset, England. Husband of Marguerita Lilian Lepere.

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1087 HairsPeter RaymondPlt Off76316RAFVRBritish501 Sqd

276 Sqd

MBE

Air Efficiency

MiD

Hurricane1.5Survived war24th August 2014 Age 99Born 10 July 1915 in Thornton Heath, Surrey England. Joined RAFVR January 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Training at 19 E&RFTS Gatwick. To 6 FTS Little Rissington October 1939. Commissioned. On 28 December 1939 posted to 11 Group Pool St. Athan. Converted to Hurricanes. Joined 501 Sqd at Tangmere on 25 January 1940. Flew to France on 10 May. 14 May damaged a Do17 and shared in destroying another on the 15 May. Me109 destroyed on 5 September. Acquired the final polish at RAF Hawkinge by August 1940. With a shared victory scored in France, he was a case in point when no sooner pilots had taxied in than they slumped forward in their cockpits, as dead to the world as men under morphia. 'After eight scrambles in a day, you came up to write up your log book, and you just couldn't remember, beyond putting down the number of times you'd been up ... you couldn't remember at all.' He was posted to 15 EFTS Kidlington on 13 October 1940 as a flying instructor. To 2 CFS Cranwell for an instructors course on 23 February 1941 after which he moved to 11 FTS Shawbury on 14 April to instruct. 10 EFTS Weston-Super-Mare in May. Posted to Canada on 13 June as an instructor and assistant CFI. Mid-December 1943 returned to the UK and joined 276 Sqd Air Seaa Rescue at Harrowbeer. 5 May 1944 to 19 OTU Kinloss as OC Bomber Defence Training Flight. To India on 18 July 1945 on administrative duties. Released from the RAF on 30 October 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. Mention in Despatches 14 June 1945. MBE 1 January 1946.


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1088 HallNoel MudieFlt Lt33166RAFBritish257 Sqd

AFC

HurricaneKIA1940-08-08Shot down in Hurricane I (P2981) and killed over the Channel by a Bf 109 of JG 27 1940-08-08 at 12:00hrs. Off St. Catherines Point. Criel sur Mer Communal Cemetery Age 24.

1089 HallRosswell CliffordPlt Off42964British219 Sqd

BlenheimCashiered by sentence of Court Martial 1942
1090 HallRoger Montague DickensonPlt Off43009British152 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireVolunteered for Fighter Command after Army training in a tank Regiment. Flew over 40 sorties in Spitfires
1091 HallWilliam CliffordPO (later F/O)78264RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-04-14Vlissingen Northern Cemetery Holland Age 30
1092 HallPeter FrankSgt742837RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war29 March 1995 Hinckley EnglandBorn 1 May 1916. Joined RAFVR January 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1 September 1939. Training on No. 44 Course at 2 FTS Brize Norton. Stalled and crashed Harvard P5836 while landing on 27 March 1940 on the Advanced Training Squadron of 44 Course but was unhurt. 5 OTU Aston Down on 6 May 1940. Converting to Blenheims, posted to 235 Sqd at Brize Norton on 26 May. First operational sortie 25 June 1940. Posted away from 235 in May 1941 and commissioned on 30th December 1941. In 1943 he was serving with 1409 Flight at Oakington. On 9th May 1943 he took off in Mosquito DZ316 for a meteorological flight over Holland but was shot down by Fw190s. He and his navigator P/O WC Woodruff baled out unhurt and evaded capture but later gave themselves up to avoid implicating civilian helpers. Sent to Stalag Luft 3 and took part in the forced march in the winter of 1944/45, ending up at Marlag naval camp where they were liberated.

1093 HallRobertSgtBritish29 Sqd

BlenheimAir Gunner - No 29 Squadron RAF. Hall joined the RAFVR in October 1939. He was with 29 Squadron at Wellingore for part of the Battle of Britain. He made his first operational sortie with the squadron on September 15, 1940, and his final sortie, as an Air Gunner, on December 12, 1940. The squadron began receiving its first Beaufighters about this time. Hall retrained as a Radar Operator and flew his first Beaufighter sortie on March 29, 1941, and his last on October 3, 1941. On October 7, 1941, Hall was flying with Flying Officer C R Miles, in Beaufighter T3355, the aircraft hit high ground at Westfield Sole, Kent, and both men were killed
1094 HallamIan Lewis McGregorFg Off39730British222 Sqd

DFC
SpitfirePoWCrashed and captured August 24th 1942
1095 HalliwellAntony BurtonPlt Off77354British141 Sqd

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1096 HallowesHerbert James Lempriere 'Darkie'Sgt45010British43 Sqd

DFM & Bar

Hurricane17DiedJoined RAF as apprentice. Joined 43 Sqd in early 1940. Shared He111 3 February 1940. 4 April 1940 damaged another. Shot down 2 fighters 1 June 1940. On 7 June he was about to bale out of his burning Hurricane (N2585) when a Bf 109 overtook him. He sat back in his cockpit, and shot the Bf 109 down, then baled out, dislocating his ankle on landing. On the 8th of August, Hallowes shot down two Bf 109's. On the 13th he shot down three bombers. He scored another 8 kills before the end of the month. His total score was 17 confirmed and 2 shared. Commanded 222 Sqd, 165 Sqd and 154 Sqd. DFM and Bar 1940-09-06.


43 Sqd Pilots April 1940 L-R: Sgt J Arbuthnot : Sgt R. Plenderleith: Sgt Herbert James Lempriere Hallowes: Flt Lt James William Charles Simpson: S/Ldr Peter Wooldridge Townsend: P/O Hamilton Charles Upton
1097 HaltonDerrick WaltonSgt748212RAFVRBritish615 Sqd
HurricaneMIA1940-08-15Shot down and killed in Hurricane I (P2801) by Bf 109 1940-08-15 at 12:05hrs. Runnymede
1098 HamarJack RoystonPlt Off70898RAFBritish151 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-07-24Knighton Cemetery England Age 25
1099 HamblinRichard KayeWg Cdr16223British17 Sqd
CBEHurricane1906—1988
1100 HamerRussel Chapman 'Lofty'Sgt566261RAFBritish141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
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