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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
bbm.org: Comprehensive listing of RAF personnel and service records
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
bel-memorial.org: Comprehensive site on Belgian aircrew

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1101 HamillJohn WarrenPlt OffNZ/40909RNZAFNew Zealander299 Sqd

HurricaneSurvivedKIFA

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1940-12-24Pilot, Killed ferrying aircraft. Wells Cemetery Age 24 Born 16 March 1916 Hamilton, Waikato - Died 24 December 1940 Hamilton, Waikato John Hamill was the son of John Edward and Ruth Myrtle Hamill, of Rotorua Educated at Wanganui Collegiate School. Acting Pilot Officer 9 July 1938 Pilot Officer 16 May 1939 Flying Officer 3 September 1940. (Info courtesy AM New Zealand)


1102 HamiltonAlexander LewisPlt OffAustralian248 Sqd

Blenheim
1103 HamiltonArthur CharlesPlt Off78543RAFBritish141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1940-07-19 Age 28Air Gunner in Defiant L7009 he was shotdown by Bf 109s and crashed at Dover pilot Flt Lt I.D.G Donald was also killed. Gunner in Defiant (L7009) flown by Flt/Lt I.D.G.Donald. Shot down by Bf 109 of JG 51 near Dover 1940-07-19 at 12:45 hrs. Hawkinge Cemetery England

Born in July 1911. Son of George Albert and Alice Nellie Mary Hamilton, of North Harrow, Middlesex. Grave inscription: 'To The Dear Memory Of "Arch" He That Giveth His Life Shall Find It'.


1104 HamiltonCharles BlackleySgt174685RAFVRBritish219 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimKIA1945-04-13Navigator in 1945 Hamburg Cemetery Germany Age 23
1105 HamiltonClaud Eric 'Hamish'Plt Off90964RAFBritish234 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-05-14Pilot, Malta Capuccini Nava, Cemetery Age 20

1106 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


1107 HamiltonJames SutherlandSgt754020RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-12-13Runnymede Age 22
1108 HamlynRonald Fairfax 'Ronnie'Sgt (later W/C)45277British610 Sqd

DFM

AFC
Spitfire11Survived warRonnie Hamlyn was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire in 1914 and educated in the county. He joined the RAF as a direct-entry Airman u/t Pilot in 1936. He carried out his intermediate and advanced training at 8 FTS, Montrose and passed out as a Sergeant-Pilot. Hamlyn was with No 72 Squadron at Church Fenton at the outbreak of war. Hamlyn was attached to No 610 Squadron at Gravesend on 6 June 1940, an attachment that later became a posting. In later life Hamlyn would explain that he made a wheels-up landing during this period and was charged with damaging His Majesty’s property. The charge was dismissed because of his achievements in the Battle of Britain.

Joined 610 Sqd 6 June 1940 at 23 years old. Destroyed two enemy aircraft before the 24 August. On 24 August he destroyed a Ju 88 and four Bf 109's. Hamlyn then destroyed Bf 109s on the 26, 27, 28 and 30 August. DFM 13 September 1940 and AFC 1 January 1943. Wing Commander.
,br>DFM on 13 September. Broadcast anonymously on the BBC about his experiences. Commissioned in January 1941, posted to No 242 Squadron at North Weald on 13 June 1941. On a Blenheim escort to Bethune on 4 July he destroyed a Bf 109 and on the 27th he shot one down into the sea. Flight Commander in late July and remained with the squadron until 15 October 1941, when his tour ended. Formed and command 275 Squadron at Valley, operating with Lysanders and Walruses in the Air Sea Rescue role. Hamlyn was later given command of another ASR squadron, No 276 at Harrowbeer. AFC on 1 January 1943 for his work on air sea rescue and went to the staff of Bomber Command as ASR Officer. Air Chief Marshal Harris, was passionate about ASR. In 1944 Hamlyn was Tactics Liaison Officer with the 9th Air Force, USAAF in Normandy and later he was posted to Air Ministry on Air Staff Policy. In 1945 he served at OTUs and in September he became Station Commander RAF Maiduguri, West Africa.


1109 HammertonJackSgt745227RAFVRBritish3 Sqd

615 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-11-06Pilot. Slough Stoke Rd Cemetery
1110 HammondDerek JohnPlt Off42601British253 Sqd

245 Sqd

Hurricane
1111 HampshireCyril EdwardSgt49529British85 Sqd 111 Sqd 249 SqdHurricaneCommissioned in 1942
1112 HanburyBruce AlexanderPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)C/1329RCAFCanadian1 Sqd

? I Sqd RCAF?
HurricaneKIA1942-03-27Scopwick Church Burial Ground
1113 HanburyOsgood Villiers 'Pedro'Plt Off (later Sqd Ldr)81357RAFVRBritish602 Sqd

DSO

DFC
SpitfireKIA1943-06-03Flew with 602 Sqd during the Battle of Britain in Spitfire (X4882). Missing in transit to North Africa Runnymede Age 25
1114 HancockErnest LindseyPlt Off70278British609 Sqd

Spitfire
1115 HancockNorman EdwardPlt Off83266RAFVRBritish65 Sqd

152 Sqd

128 Sqd

198 Sqd

56 Sqd

276 Sqd (CO)

DFC
SpitfireSurvived war17th December 2008Born 12 May 1920 in Burgess Hill England. Joined RAFVR July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. To No. 1 ITW at Cambridge on 5 September. To 12 EFTS Prestwick on 26 March 1940 and then to 5 FTS Sealand on 26 May. To 7 OTU Hawarden on 11th August for Spitfire conversion. Joined 65 Sqd at Turnhouse on 2 September. To 152 Sqd at Warmwell on 11th October. Probable Me110 off the Isle of Wight on 28 November. To 56 OTU Sutton Bridge on 22 October 1941 as an instructor and went to 55 OTU Usworth on 2nd February 1942. To Northern Ireland on 11 July 1941 to instruct the 52nd Pursuit Group USAAF on Spifires. Returned to operations on 18 October 1942 in 128 Sqd at Hastings, Sierra Leone, as a Flight Commander. Back in the UK, to 198 Sqd at Matlask on 27 April 1943. 15 July to 56 Sqd at Martlesham Heath as a Flight Commander. 31st May 1944 to 85 Group. DFC 23rd June 1944. In May 1945 he took command of 276 Sqd Air Sea Rescue at Knocke. Then Squadron Leader Admin at RAF Cranfield. Released from the RAF in March 1946.
1116 HancockNorman Patrick WatkinsPlt Off42122RAFBritish1 Sqd

OBE

DFC

MiD

Hurricane3Died 2003-02-23Born 4 August 1919 in Streatham, south London. Educated at Croydon High School and Wimbledon Technical School. Joined the RAF on a short service commission and began training in February 1939. On 7 November he joined the recently reformed 266 Sqd at Sutton Bridge. Posted to 1 Sqd in France on 12 May 1940. Detached to 501 Sqd but did not fly. Rejoined 1 SQd 18 May. 6 June he probably destroyed a He 111. Withdrawn from Nantes to Northolt. 30 August 1940 30 he damaged a He 111. Posted away to 85 Sqd, moved to 615 Sqd in January 1941 and rejoined 1 Sqd at the end of the month. 14 April he embarked on HMS Argus at Greenock and sailed for Gibraltar, where, on the 24th, pilots and aircraft were moved to HMS Ark Royal. Hancock led seven Hurricanes off to Malta on the 27th, to join 261 Sqd at Hal Far. ‘B’ Flight Commander in 185 Sqd when Flight Lieutenant I B Westmacott, another Battle of Britain veteran, was wounded. Probable He 111 6 June 1941 shared a BR 20 on 25 July and shared a SM 79 on the 27th. Mention in Despatches for a dawn attack on Italian launches that were bringing frogmen to Grand Harbour, Valletta. Posted away to Air HQ, Cairo on 17 September and became an instructor at Gordon’s Tree, Sudan. There were further postings before Hancock did a refresher course and was attached to a South African Air Force Squadron before joining 250 Sqd as a Flight Commander. Damaged a Ju 88, a Bf 110 and a Mc 202 on the ground on 20 July 1942, shot down a SM 79 on the 27th and damaged a Mc 202 on the 31st July 1942.

Took command of 250 Sqd. Immediate DFC for an operation where he led 12 Kittyhawks of 250 and six from 405 Sqd to Benina airfield. Intelligence had reported that converted bombers from Crete were delivering petrol for the Afrika Korps. After a flight through bad weather and low cloud, the Kittyhawks arrived as seven enemy bombers were still in the circuit and five others had already landed. 250 Sqd accounted for the bombers still in the air, Hancock destroying a He 111. The Kittyhawks then strafed the airfield, destroying three SM 79s on the ground and also a He 111, destroyed by Hancock. All the Kittyhawks returned safely. Secondments with the Turkish and Egyptian Air Forces. Returned to the UK in January 1946 and became Station Commander at RAF Aberporth and CO of 595 Sqd. Commanded 11 Sqd in Japan from November 16 1946.

Born 4 August 1919. Joined RAF on a short service commission 6 February 1939. Joined 266 Sqd at Sutton Bridge 7 November 1939. Sent to Berry-au-Bac in France to 1 Sqd. August 16 1940, flying from Northolt, in combat with an Me 110 over the South Downs. Hurricane damaged but he returned to his base. 30 August Squadron scrambled to intercept a raid over Essex at about 16:30hrs. He claimed a probable He 111.


1117 HannanGeorge HenryPlt Off79237RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-12-21Air Gunner. Bayeux War Cemetery France Age 30
1118 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
1119 HanušJosef JanPlt Off (later W/C)82546RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

32 Sqd

245 Sqd

600 Sqd

125 Sqd

68 Sqd

DFC

Czech War Cross

Croix de Guerre (France) with Palme

Hurricane5Died1992-04-21 in UK14 July 1939 escaped to Poland. Between 28 July and 1 August, he and other Czechoslovaks, including the future fighter ace Alois Vašátko, sailed from Gdynia to France aboard the Polish ocean liner Chrobry. 17 November, one source claims that Hanuš began pilot training in October. Here he proved to be more experienced and skilled than the French pilot who was supposed to be his instructor. Trained on the Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 fighter and then posted to Groupe de Chasse III/1 at Le Plessis-Belleville airfield in the Oise département of northern France. Commanded a flight of three aircraft, in which the other two pilots were also Czechoslovaks. Hanuš scored his first victory, as one of a patrol of seven aircraft that shot down a Luftwaffe Henschel Hs 126 reconnaissance aircraft near Herbécourt. On 10 May 1940, Germany invaded France, and on 22 June France capitulated. Hanuš escaped via Casablanca in Morocco to Gibraltar. There he embarked on the British-India Steam Navigation Company ship Neuralia, which reached Liverpool, England on 12 July. On 2 August 1940, Hanuš joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve. He was re-trained at No. 6 Operational Training Unit and then on 15 October was posted to a Czechoslovak-manned unit, 310 Sqd at RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire. The squadron was operating Hawker Hurricane I fighters and engaged in the final days of the Battle of Britain. By the end of 1940, Hanuš had been promoted, first to flying officer and then to flight lieutenant. From April 1942 Hanuš flew Bristol Beaufighter night fighters. 32 Sqd until 18 September, then 245 Sqd until 1 April 1942. From 5 to 21 February 1942, he received a fortnight's training in night flying at No. 54 Operational Training Unit. From April 1942, he flew twin-engined, twin-seat Bristol Beaufighter night fighters equipped with AI Mk IV airborne interception radar. He spent the first half of April with 600 Sqd and the second half with 125 Sqd, before returning to 600 Squadron on 30 April. On 1 September 1942, posted to 68 Sqd a Beaufighter night-fighter squadron whose "B" Flight consisted overwhelmingly of Czechoslovak airmen. But Hanuš got on badly with the flight commander, Squadron Leader Vlastimil Veselý. On 10 January 1943 Hanuš and his radar operator, Pilot Officer Ernest Eyles, were posted to take part in the North African Campaign. Later Hanuš had a different radar operator, Flying Officer H. Finlay. In 1943 in North Africa, Malta and Italy, Hanuš shot down four Junkers Ju 88 aircraft. In his service in North Africa, Malta and Italy, Hanuš flew 79 combat sorties and amassed 225 flying hours. He shot down four Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88 aircraft and damaged a Dornier Do 217. On 23 October, he was promoted to squadron leader and on 1 November he was given command of "A" Flight.
1120 HanzlíčekOttoSgt787697RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

Hurricane2KIA1940-10-10Drowned. Killed 10 October 1940. Hurricane I (L1547) caught fire in the air and he baled out but died. His Hurricane I crashed into the River Mersey off Ellsmere Port. Liverpool West Derby Cemetery Age 29

1121 HardacreJohn ReginaldFg Off41405RAFBritish504 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-30Killed 30 September 1940. Hurricane I (P3414) shot down in combat off Weymouth, Dorset at 17:00hrs. Fawley All Saints Churchyard Age 24

1122 HardcastleJackSgt627887RAFBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIFA1940-10-28Wireless Operator. Leeds Whitkirk Cemetery England

1123 HardieGSgt754673British232 Sqd

Hurricane
1124 HardingNoel DouglasSgt116522British29 Sqd

Blenheim
1125 HardingNelson MaxwellFO (later Flt Lt)39519RAFBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1944-09-16Runnymede
1126 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.

Battle of Britain London Monument

1127 HardwickWRHSgtBritish600 Sqd

Blenheim
1128 HardyRPOBritish234 Sqd

SpitfireIn combat with Bf 109 15 August 1940 at 18:30hrs. Force landed Spitfire I (N3277) at Cherbourg and was made a PoW Aircraft captured intact .
1129 HardyOASgtBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
1130 HareMaxwell TempletonSgt758138RAFVRBritish245 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-06-30Killed June 1941 flying off HMS Furious. Gibraltar North Front Cemetery Age 19
1131 HargreavesFrederick NormanPlt Off42502RAFBritish92 Sqd
Spitfire I K9793MIA1940-09-11

Archive report

Runnymede Memorial. Panel 8. Born on 19th April 1917 in Whitefield, Lancashire. Joined the squadron on the 22nd March 1940. Son of James Frederick Raymond Hargreaves and Annie Hargreaves, of Manchester, England.


1132 HarkerASSgtBritish234 Sqd

Spitfire
1133 HarknessHillSqd LdrIrish257 Sqd

Hurricane
1134 HarnettTPFOCanadian219 Sqd

Blenheim
1135 HarperWJFlt LtBritish17 Sqd
Hurricane
1136 HarrisPatrick ArthurPO86328RAFVRBritish3 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-06-17Runnymede Age 20
1137 HarrisonAnthony Robert JamesSgt812347RAF AAFBritish219 Sqd

Blenheim1941-07-02Brest Kerfautras Cemetery France Age 20
1138 HarrisonDavid StewartPO83290RAFVRBritish238 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-28Killed 28 September 1940 at 14:50hrs. Hurricane I (V6778) shot down by Bf 109 over the Solent. Tangmere St Andrew Churchyard Age 29

1139 HarroldFrederick CecilPlt Off42707RAFBritish151 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-28Killed 28 September 1940 at 10:10hrs. Hurricane I (P3417) was shot down by a Bf 109 near Deal in Kent. Cherry Hinton St Andrew Churchyard Age 23

1140 HartJohn StewartFg Off41696RAFCanadian602 Sqd

54 Sqd

67 Sqd (CO)

DFC
Spitfire1.5Survived war2019-06-18 Age 102Born in Canada in 1916 and went on to serve in modern-day Myanmar and Italy, where he won the DFC for gallantry. Learnt to fly at Halifax Flying Club in Canada before joining the RAF in January 1939. The following year he joined 602 Sqd at RAF Westhampnett in West Sussex and he was scrambled on a daily basis. During his service, Sq Ldr Hart helped shoot down a Ju88 fast bomber off the East Sussex coast and a Me109 during a duel in the skies over Kent. There were also several close calls, including one incident when a Ju88 put a hole in his radiator at 20,000ft over the English Channel and he somehow limped back to base. Sqd Ldr Hart said: ‘You didn’t have time to be scared. You’re thinking about what’s going on. ‘I know I have the Battle of Britain medal with a star on it, but I really didn’t have that much to do with it. You were posted to a squadron and you did your job.’ Hart then had a stint as a flying instructor, before commanding 67 Sqd in Burma (Myanmar) in 1943 and 112 Sqd in Italy in March 1945. He led a formation of fighter planes in a successful attack on a railway line that ran from Italy into Yugoslavia and later a sortie that destroyed 11 transport locomotives.

Battle of Britain historian Andy Saunders said: ‘The debt that the nation and the free world owes to those heroes of the 'Few. can never be underestimated and it is terribly sad that the 'Few' are yet fewer. ‘They are our last living link to those desperate days of 1940, but the debt we owe does not lessen or diminish with their passing. ‘In their day, they were a band of brothers.’

David Brocklehurst MBE, chairman of the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, said in 2011: ‘John was the archetypal Battle of Britain pilot; very modest and self-effacing – the epitomy of what they stood for. ‘He should be remembered for his bravery. Many of these men said they were not heroes, just doing their duty, but we see them all as heroes. ‘Sadly they are a dying generation and there are only four of The Few still living. ‘It makes it all the more important that we carry on their legacy as there will be a time when they will no longer be able to do so. ‘What they achieved must never be forgotten.’

Paradie Canadian Archive Database

1141 HartKenneth GrahamPO (later Sqd Ldr)42222RAFVRBritish65 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1944-12-28Attacked by Bf 109 20 August 1940 over the Thames Estuary at 15:30hrs. Spitfire I (R6818) badly damaged and written off but he escaped injury. Coriano Ridge War Cemetery Italy Age 23


1142 HartNorrisPO81879RAFVRCanadian242 Sqd

Hurricane1940-11-05Runnymede Age 25
1143 HartasPeter McDonnellFg Off41407RAFBritish616 Sqd

603 Sqd

421 Recon/Flt
SpitfireKIA1941-02-10Hawkinge Cemetery Age 21
1144 HarveyLeslie WalterSgtBritish54 Sqd

245 Sqd

601 Sqd

94 Sqd

567 Sqd

695 Sqd

595 Sqd

290 Sqd (CO)

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)


1145 HastingsDouglasPO42406RAFBritish74 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-10-08Killed in collision with P/O Buckland. Tynemouth Preston Cemetery England

1146 HattonSgtBritish604 Sqd

Blenheim
1147 HavercroftRalph E 'Titch'SgtBritish92 Sqd
Spitfire3Flew Spitfire I (N3249) in Battle
1148 HavilandJohn KennethPlt OffRAFVRAmerican151 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneDiedBorn 19 January 1921 in Mount Kisco, New York. Early life in England, starting school there at the age of five. John went to Nottingham University at 17. He obtained his 'A' Licence and joined the RAFVR. Called up at the outbreak of war and was posted to ITW at Pembroke College, Cambridge in November 1939. After completing his flying training he went to the No 1 School of Army Co-operation, Old Sarum. Volunteered for Fighter Command. Posted to 6 - O.T.U. Sutton Bridge in August 1940. Converted to Hurricanes joined 151 Sqd at Digby 23 September 1940. 24 September collided with another Hurricane during formation practice and made a forced-landing in a paddock at Waddington. DFC 16 February 1945, as a Flight Lieutenant with 141 Sqd
1149 HavilandRichard HavilandPO76571RAFVRSouth African248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-28Aberdeen Crematorium Age 27
1150 HawCharltonSgt (Later Sqd Ldr)RAFVRBritish504 Sqd

81 Sqd

611 Sqd (CO)

129 Sqd (CO)

65 Sqd (CO)

DFC

DFM

Order of Lenin
DFM
Hurricane3Died 1993 UKBorn 8 May 1920 in York. Aged 10 joy-ride with Sir Alan Cobham's Flying Circus which set him on the road to flying. Joined RAFVR in February 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot and began his training at 4 E&RFTS Brough. Called up on 1 September 1939, posted to 4 ITW Bexhill in October and in Decembe 1939r he went to 5 FTS Sealand. On No. 45 Course 11 December 1939 to 10 June 1940. Posted to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge but went directly to 504 Sqd. at Wick. On 27 September 1940 He destroyed a Bf110 but was shot down in Hurricane P3415 over Bristol, landing at Gammons Farm, Kilmington near Axminster, unhurt. In late July 1941 'A' Flight of 504 was renumbered as 81 Sqd and posted to Leconfield. Flown to Abbotsinch in Harrows and embarked on the aircraft carrier HMS Argus for Russia, with a cargo of crated Hurricanes. On 1 September 1941 flew off in sixes for Vaenga airfield, near Murmansk. A convoy carrying crated Hurricanes sailed on to Archangel, 400 miles to the east, as did the Llanstephan Castle, a liner bearing some 500 wing personnel. Fifteen aircraft were assembled at Archangel and then flown to Vaenga. At first the Rolls-Royce Merlins performed poorly, owing to the lower-octane Russian fuel. The British company Broquet Fuel corrected the problem by adding a catalyst. On 12 and 17 September 1941 destroyed two Bf109s and a third later in the month. Operations continued until mid-November, when pilots of the squadron began converting Russian pilots to Hurricanes. 81 Sqd left Russia on 29 November 1941, leaving all equipment behind and returned in HMS Kenya, landing at Rosyth on 7 December. Awarded DFM 23 January 1942 and the Order of Lenin on 31 March 1942), one of four given to RAF pilots by the Russians. 81 Squadron went to Turnhouse, where it received Spitfire Vbs. Commissioned in March 1942 and posted to 122 Sqd at Hornchurch. On 17 February 1943 given command of 611 Sqd at Biggin Hill. On 21 April 1943 sent on a tour of factories, speaking to workers. In July he was posted to the Fighter Leaders School at Milfield. In November 1943 he returned to operations when he took command of 129 Squadron at Hornchurch. In April 1944 129 converted to Mustangs. After covering the D-Day landings, Haw led the squadron in July and August in an offensive against flying bombs. Finally, as leader of a wing of long-range Mustang fighters, he escorted Allied bombers on daylight raids. In July 1944 he returned to the Fighter Leaders School. DFC gazetted 17th October 1944. Posted to Wittering in October 1944, to a unit which became the Central Fighter Establishment and moved to Tangmere in December 1944. Commanded 65 Sqd from 1946 to 1948. Permanent commission in 1948, he later lost his flying category because of an eyesight problem and retired from the RAF on 19th September 1951 as a Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader.


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1151 HawkePSSgtBritish64 Sqd

Spitfire
1152 HawkeStanley NelsonSgt804142RAF AAFBritish604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-05-29Streatham Park Cemetery Age 25
1153 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

1154 HawleyFrederick BarnardSgt748286RAFVRBritish266 Sqd
Spitfire1MIA1940-08-15Joined 266 Sqd in early July 1940. Destroyed Heinkel He115 floatplane 15 August off Dunkirk then he is believed to have crashed Spitfire(N3189) into the sea off Deal, Kent at 17:15hrs and was reported MIA Runnymede Age 23
1155 HaworthJoseph Frederick JohnFO39734RAFBritish43 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-07-20In Hurricane I (P3964), killed baling out at 18,000ft after combat on the 20 July 1940 at 18:00hrs. Runnymede Age 23
1156 HayBDEFOSouth African611 Sqd

Spitfire
1157 HaydenLHSgtBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
1158 HayesAFO19 Sqd

Spitfire
1159 HayesThomas NormanFg Off90095British600 Sqd

DFC
Blenheim2010F/L T.Norman Hayes and his gunner (G.H.Holmes) flew one of six Blenheims from 600 Sqd which attacked Rotterdam airfield in daylight 10 May 1940. His aircraft was the only one of the six to return to base. DFC 24 May 1940. Holmes was also later awarded the DFM
1160 HaylockRobert ArthurSgtRAFVRBritish236 Sqd

Air Efficiency

BlenheimSurvived warBrighton 17th March 2006Born Bury St Edmunds England 20 July 1921. Educated at East Anglian School and Culford School. Joined the RAFVR June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Joined 236 Sqd at St. Eval September 1940 escorting Fleet Air Arm torpedo aircraft attacking enemy shipping in the Channel, and reconnaissances of German submarine bases and the Channel ports, plus searching for the long range Focke Wulf Condors harassing convoys. Plus convoy-escorts out into the Atlantic. Early 1941 converted to Beaufighters at RAF Chivenor and joined 272 Sqd. In May the squadron flew to the Middle East via Gibraltar and Malta. Initially based at Abu Sueir, 272 later moved to Mersa Matruh. Its main duty was to strafe enemy airfields but it also covered Tobruk convoys and made occasional operational visits to Malta. On 29th September 1941, flying from Malta, Haylock damaged two E-boats and two Cant Z501 flying boats. Late 1941 returned to the UK and was posted as a test pilot to Boscombe Down. Commissioned in early 1942. Test duties at Boscombe Down until his release from the RAF in December 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.



1161 HaysonGDLFlt LtBritish79 Sqd

Hurricane
1162 HayterJames Chilton Francis 'Spud'Fg OffNZ/36207rNZAFNew Zealander605 Sqd

615 Sqd

DFC & Bar

Hurricane9DiedBorn in Timaru, New Zealand 18 October 1917. Nelson College from 1928 to 1934. Working on farms and sheep stations, flying lessons with the Marlborough Aero Club as money and time allowed. 1938 he joined RNZAF, training at Wigram. To UK in July 1938 to join 98 Sqd a light bomber unit with Fairey Battles. November 1939 posted to 103 Sqd in France, flying Battles on reconnaissance. 12 May 1940 flew one of three Battles sent to attack river bridges and roads near Sedan. After shaking off some attacking Bf 110s, the three aircraft flew along the River Meuse in line astern to attack a German pontoon bridge with their gunners firing at enemy troops along the banks. The successful bombing of the bridge held up the advance of German tanks for some hours. Shot down 16 June 1940 by a Bf 109 as he was about to land and later on the same day the unit was withdrawn to England. In early September Hayter volunteered for Fighter Command and joined 615 Sqd moving two weeks later to 605 Sqd. October 1940 damaged a Ju 88 and two Bf 109s. 26 October 1940 he was attacked at 25000 feet and Hurricane I set on fire. Slightly wounded, Hayter baled out of his Hurricane I (P2916) after combat with a Bf 109 at 15:45hrs. Landed in the grounds of a house where a cocktail party was taking place. Invited to join it and was later picked up by his fiancée, who lived not far away. DFC October 1941, Bar to the DFC in January 1945. Returning to New Zealand in September 1945 to resume farming.

“Spud” Hayter was born in the port town of Timaru, South Island, New Zealand—in 1917. He took private flying lessons at Marlborough, and joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in 1938 on a short service commission. While flying as an “observer” in a Vickers Vildebeest, he crashed on two occasions, but avoided major injury. With war looming, he sailed for England in July 1939, and was posted to 98 Sqd at RAF Hucknall, flying the Fairey Battle. In November, he crashed again after some low flying, but escaped injury for the third time. He was posted to 103 Sqd in France. During the Battle of France he was shot down on 16 June, attempting to land. Shortly thereafter, the squadron and the hapless Battles were withdrawn to England. He volunteered for Fighter Command, joining 605 County of Warwick Sqd (after a brief assignment to 615 Sqd) in September. By the end of the month, he had been shot down again—this time, descending from 25,000 feet by parachute, he landed on the grounds of an estate where a cocktail party was in progress—and was invited forthwith. After 605, he was rested as a flying instructor starting 1 May 1941. However, he was on board during two separate crash landings (by the same student pilot) and he was made operational again (finding no rest in instructing!) He joined 611 Sqd, continuing to increase his score, but crash-landing his damaged Spitfire yet again (his eighth crash). He was awarded his first DFC and was given command of 247 Sqd in North Africa. Following this he instructed Turkish pilots on the Hurricane then joined 74 Sqd in Iran and Egypt, then back to France, leading the “Tigers” against the Germans until the end of 1944. When Cuthbert Orde sketched his portrait in 1941, he said this of Hayter: “... tough, steady and a damn good type. He is one of the chaps who make me grin when I meet them.” He survived the war and eight crashes and died in 2006 in the small farming town of Takaka, New Zealand near the southern shores of Golden Bay.


1163 HaywoodDouglas 'Haybag'Sgt46222British151 Sqd

HurricanePOWShot down and captured during Ramrod to St Pol, France. Released 1945 and continued in RAF, retiring in June 1955. Born London, 9 June 1913.
1164 HaywoodDSgtBritish504 Sqd

Hurricane
1165 HayworthHSqd LdrBritish79 Sqd

Hurricane
1166 HeadFredrick Arthur PercySgt902546RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-08-01Killed 1 August 1940 along with the pilot of the Blenheim IV (N3601) (B.M.McDonough) during an attack on Querqueville, France at 17:15hrs. Runnymede Panel 15
1167 HeadGeoffrey MonsSgt42224RAFBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-02-08Woking St Johns Crematorium Age 22
1168 HealPhilip William DunstanFlt Lt90220British604 Sqd

AFC

Blenheim
1169 HealyTerence William RichardSgt (later Flt Lt)100609British41 Sqd

611 Sqd

266 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1944-03-02With 266 Sqd Commissioned June 1941, aged 23 Born Islington, London, 1 May 1920 son of Lt Col Christopher Healy MC, CdG B & Mabelle Healy of Edgware, Middlesex. buried in Grave XXVIII. H. 24 of War Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Age 23

1170 HeathBarrieFg Off90818British611 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireDied
1171 HebronGeorge StephenPlt Off78252RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

233 Sqd

SOE Duties
BlenheimSurvived war1994Born 3 June 1916. Joined RAFVR in March 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer. To 9 AONS Squires Gate till the end of 1939 then completed his training at 5 B&GS Jurby for the first three months of 1940. Commissioned in March 1940 and joined 235 Sq at North Coates on 1 April 1940. Served with 235 till March 1941. Posted to 2 (Coastal) OTU at Catfoss as an instructor till November 1942. Joined 233 Sqd at St. Eval in November 1942. On 29 November 1943 he was interviewed by S/Ldr. J A de Laszlo of SOE (Special Operations Executive) and entered the service on the same day. His function was recorded only as 'Pinpointing' which may well refer to the selection of landing sites and drop zones for inserting agents and supplies in Occupied Europe. RAF Staff College in September 1944. January 1945 Hebron posted to the Air Ministry on intelligence duties. He was released from the RAF in June 1946 as a Wing Commander.

1172 HedgesAlan LindsayPlt Off76578British245 Sqd

257 Sqd

HurricaneDied

1173 HeimesLeopold 'Pol'Sgt1299983Belgium235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war26 June 2009This man led an extraordinary life. Read the Obituary for details

Leopold Heimes was born on 30 August 1916 at Merbes-le-Château, near Thuin. At the start of the war on 10 May 1940, F/S (gunner) Heimes is posted to 5th Squadron, III Group, 2nd Aero Regiment based at Nivelles which operates Hispano (engined ?) Fairey Foxes. The squadron moves to the emergency landing grounds at Vissenaken (just west of Tienen/Tirlemont) and then Aalter (between Brugge and Gent), flying from the latter a recce. mission with Adjt. Renard. On 15 May the squadron falls back to France, first to St Omer and then successively to Dreux, Tours and eventually Maugio, near Montpellier. On 21 June he joins a party of pilots and gunners who wish to convert to twin-engined aircraft at Bordeaux. But the instructors have scampered away! Meanwhile France has signed an armistice. The Belgians desperately wanting to continue the fight in England embark on the M.V. ‘Ettrick’ in St Jean-de-Luz, together with Poles and Czechs, they reach Plymouth on 27th June. A little later in early July, 124 airmen and candidates are grouped together in England. Only 29 among them are deemed combat-ready. 15 pilots are spread among Fighter Command squadrons flying Hurricanes. The others – pilots, observers and gunners – go to Coastal Command.Leopold Heimes is posted on 25 August to 235 Squadron as a gunner operating on Blenheims. He flies with Lejeune (pilot) and Michiels (observer). In the same unit, he mixes with Dejace, Dieu DFC, Demoulin, Gonay DFC, Javaux, Kirkpatrick, Lascot, Prévot DFC, Roman DSO DFC, Van Waeyenberghe and Venesoen DFC. He takes part in the Battle of Britain while engaged in numerous convoy escort missions and patrols over the Atlantic and the Channel. On 20 September, he is transferred to 272 Squadron at Aldergrove, Northern Ireland, from where he continues flying until April 1941, by which time he is part of a batch of trainee-pilots with Venesoen and Michiels. They receive their ‘wings’ in July 41.



Obituary by David Mole

1174 HelckeDenis ArnoldSgt745320RAFVRBritish504 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-17Baled out after losing control of his Hurricane I after a dummy attack on his aircraft by RAF fighters over Faversham, on the 17 September 1940, at 16:00hrs. Hit his aircraft tail whilst baling out and fell dead. Herne bay Cemetery England Age 24
1175 HellyerRichard OwenFlt LtBritish616 Sqd

Spitfire
1176 HemingwayJohn AllmanFg OffRAFIrish43 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneOne of 36 Irish pilots in the Battle of Britain. In 2019 he was the last surviving RAF pilot from Ireland to have fought in the Battle of Britain. Born in Dublin in July 1919, educated at St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir School and later attended St Andrew’s College in Dublin. In December 1938, offered a four-year short service commission in the RAF in April 1938 and joined 85 Sqd in December of the same year. Posted to France when war against Germany was declared to provide air support for the British ­Expeditionary Force, part of the Advanced Air Striking Force, and claimed a “share” in a Do. 17 on 11 May 1940. Forced-landing on the same day, when he was slightly wounded after his Hurricane was hit by flak. During the frantic days of the Battle of Britain he was twice compelled to take to his parachute - firstly on 18 August 1940, when his Hurricane was hit by the return fire of JU 88s over the Thames Estuary and again on the 26 August, when shot down by a Me109 over Eastchurch. On the former occasion he was fortunate to be fished out of the sea by a passing ship, 12 miles east of Clacton. Under the leadership of Peter Townsend, 85 converted to a night fighter role in Havocs (Douglas A-20). His final wartime appointment was as C.O. of 43 Sqd 'Fighting Cocks' Squadron, in Italy in 1945, where he had the misfortune to undertake his third parachute descent when his Spitfire was hit by ground fire on 23 April. Continued to serve in the RAF before retiring as a group captain in September 1969.One of the survivors from the Battle for France. On patrol 18 August 1940. Baled out Hurricane I (V7249) safely after combat off Southend afteer being attacked by a Bf 110 of ZG 26 while he was attacking a He 111, at 17:45hrs. Picked up by boat from a lightship after landing in the sea.


Interview with John Hemingway

1177 HendersonJames Alan MacDonaldFlt Lt74719British257 Sqd

HurricaneWIA1940-08-31Wounded 31 August 1940 at 09:00hrs. Hurricane I (V6601) in combat with a Bf 110 over Clacton. Baled out with burns.
1178 HendryDavid OswaldAC129121British264 Sqd

DFC
DFC
1179 HendryDDSgtBritish219 Sqd

Blenheim
1180 HennWilliam BryanSgt137301British501 Sqd
HurricaneDied
1181 HennebergZdzisław KarolFg OffP-1393PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

DFC

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane8MIA1941-04-12303 Sqd Polish based at Northolt during August and September 1940. He flew Hurricane No V6605 'YO-N. On 5 October 1940 he shot down a Bf 110 whilst flying Hurricane No V6684. On August 31, 1940, he shot down Bf-109 and then on September 7, Bf-109, September 11 He-111 and Bf-109, September 15 Do-17 and Bf-109, and September 27 Bf-110. Commanded of 303 Sqd twice, the first time October 22, 1940, the second time February 20, 1941. Died in a combat flight Spitfire P8029- over France. During the return flight, the aircraft was damaged by fire, the pilot ditched in Channel 20 km from Dungeness, sank before help could reach him. 8 kills 2 shared and 1 probable.
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1182 HenningSgtBritish501 Sqd
Hurricane
1183 HensonBernardSgt742563RAFVRBritish32 Sqd

257 Sqd

Hurricane2KIA1940-11-17Joined 32 Sqd 2 July 1940. Shot down two bombers during Battle. 18 August 1940 wounded by return fire from a Do 17 when he attacked in Hurricane I (V6536). Shot down and killed by Adolf Galland ten miles east of Harwich on the 17 November 1940. Wisbech Mt Pleasant Cemetery
1184 HenstockLawrence FrederickFlt Lt37751British64 Sqd

SpitfireDied
1185 HeronHugh Michael TurretinPlt Off41700British266 Sqd

66 Sqd

AFC

Spitfire1Joined 266 Sqd early July 1940, moved to 66 Sqd September 1940. After leaving 66 rest of the war as an instructor. AFC on the 7 September 1945.
1186 HerrickBrian HenryPlt OffNZ/42003RNZAFNew Zealander236 Sqd

BlenheimSurvivedMIA1940-11-24
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Brother of Michael Herrick. One of 5 brothers in the war. Runnymede Age 25.Born 1 February 1915 Hastings, Hawkes Bay - Died 24 November 1940 (Info courtesy AM New Zealand)



1187 HerrickMichael JamesPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)33566RAFNew Zealander25 Sqd

DFC & Bar
Blenheim10+MIA1944-06-16 Age 23Born 1921 in Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Learned to fly at a local civilian flying club. RAF College, Cranwell in England. Fast-tracked to fly night fighters, joining 25 Squadron in Bristol Blenheims. He was 18 years old. By September of 1940, he was first successful night fighter pilot of the war with three victories and a DFC. In October 1941, posted back to New Zealand as an instructor. Posted to 15 Sqd RNZAF. To Tonga, where they acquired the P-40 fighters from USAAF. Commanded 15 Sqd on Guadalcanal. Shot down the first enemy aircraft by a RNZAF fighter in the Second World War. Double ace at Guadalcanal and then took care of 300 Kiwi aircrew trainees as they sailed for Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. To UK where he joined 302 Polish Squadron as a Flight Commander on Mosquitos, flying night ops. In May of 1944, the squadron began Day Ranger operations and on the first of the unit’s such operations, Herrick’s Mosquito was shot down near Jutland. Herrick was killed after five years of operational flying. He was one of five brothers who fought in the second world war—himself and two others being killed—Brian, lost in the Battle of Britain flying 272 Sqd Blenheims and Dennis, flying Hurricanes with 53 Squadron—shot down off the coast of France in June 1941. Frederikshavn Cemetery Denmark
Portrait by Eric Kennington

1188 HeslopVictor WilliamSgt51508British56 Sqd

Hurricane
1189 HessAlexanderSqd Ldr81888RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech (CO)

DFC
Hurricane2Died1981-08-10At 41 one of the oldest pilots in the Battle. On patrol 15 September 1940, baled out of Hurricane I (R4085) safely over the Thames Estuary, at 14:45hrs. The aircraft crashed south of Billericay, in Essex. Died Brooksvill USA


Hess with Douglas Bader outside Duxford Officer's Mess
1190 HetheringtonErik LawsonSgt (later Flt Lt)102091RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

DFC
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

1191 HewettGordon ArthurSgtBritish607 Sqd

HurricaneSurviving aircrew
1192 HewittDuncan AlexanderPlt Off76579RAFVRCanadian501 Sqd
HurricaneMIA1940-06-12Shot down and killed 12 July 1940 in Hurricane (P3084) while attacking a Dornier Do 17 off Portland at 15:45hrs. Runnymede Age 20
1193 HewlettColin RoySgt (later Flt Lt)69438British65 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1942-12-12 Age 22Frenchay St John The Baptist Churchyard England

1194 HewsonJohn MinchinFlt Lt39083British616 Sqd

DFC
DFC
1195 HeycockGeorge Francis WheatonSqd Ldr26138British23 Sqd (CO)

Blenheim1909-1983
1196 HeywoodNorman BagshawPlt Off41923RAFBritish32 Sqd

607 Sqd

257 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-22KIA 1940-10-22. Hurricane I (R4195) hit by A.A. fire during combat with Bf 109s over Folkestone at 16:45hrs. Crashed South of Lydd in Kent. Stretford Cemetery
1197 HeyworthJohn HarveySqd Ldr32079British79 Sqd (CO)
AFC

Hurricane1.5+Survived war1959-09-21Born in 1910 in Derbyshire. Educated at Rugby School. Outstanding sportsman, particularly at rugby and cricket. Won a place at Edinburgh University to study medicine. However, in 1931 joined the RAF on a short service commission. In 1932 he was posted to 54 Sqd. 2 years later part of the squadron’s aerobatic display team at the Hendon Air Pageant. In November 1934 Heyworth posted to 504 Sqd (AAF) at Hucknall, as Officer Commanding ‘B’ Flight. He went on to Class ‘A’ of the Reserve of Air Force Officers in September 1936 and joined Rolls-Royce as a test pilot. Recalled to the RAF on 25 August 1939, posted to 22 (Army Co-operation) Squadron. 5 OTU Aston Down for a refresher course on 21 May 1940. Next day he went solo on a Spitfire Mk l, but crashed on landing. Unhurt and the aircraft was repairable. 9 July he joined 222 Sqd at Kirton-in-Lindsey. Commanded 79 Sqd at Acklington three days later. On 15 August he shared in the destruction of a Bf 110 and a Do 17 and on the 31st he probably destroyed a Ju 88. Moved to Biggin Hill on 27 August. On 6 September Heyworth damaged a Ju 88, on the 7th he probably destroyed another and on the 27th he shared in the destruction of a He 111 and also in the probable destruction of another. He achieved further success in the spring of 1941. Posted away from 79 Sqd and attached to Rolls-Royce in June 1941 for test pilot duties. He flew many different types of aircraft before testing jets. Seconded from the RAF to Rolls-Royce in 1942. He was awarded the AFC in 1946. After release from the RAF in 1945, as a Wing Commander, Heyworth re-joined Rolls-Royce, as a test pilot. He became Chief Test Pilot in 1951. 22 January 1954 he crashed in Dart Lancaster NG465, on Holmwell golf course, because of fuel starvation affecting all four engines. The purpose of the flight was to test de-icing equipment. Three Rolls-Royce staff, acting as flight observers, were uninjured, but his own injuries meant the end of Heyworth’s test-flying career.
1198 HickDavid ThornhillSgt748104British32 Sqd

HurricaneDied
1199 HigginsWilliam BurleySgt741927RAFVRBritish32 Sqd

253 Sqd

Hurricane5KIA1940-09-14Joined 32 Sqd 2 July 1940. First success, a Do 17 3 July. 4 more victories, all fighters. Also flew with 253 Sqd. Shot down and killed in Hurricane X (P5184) near Faversham, Kent 1940-09-14 Whitwell St Lawrence Churchyard Age 26

1200 HigginsonFrederick William 'Taffy'FSgt (later W/C)44630British56 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane14DiedJoined RAF as 15 year old apprentice. After 3 years posted to a Bomber Squadron as air gunner. Later a Sergeant pilot and joined 56 Sqd in France with "B" Flight. Short campaign but destroyed 4 aircraft. Added another in the early stage of the Battle. DFM 30 July 1940. Between the 12 August and 30 September he accounted for a further 9 enemy. Force landed Hurricane I (P3547) on the 16 August 1940 at 17:15 after damage from Dornier Do 17. 18 August 1940 Hurricane I was damaged in combat off the Essex coast at 17:30. Shot down over France in June 1941. Escaped o England, rejoined 56 Sqd in October 1942. DFC 9 February 1943. Rose to Wing Commander.

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