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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
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1201 HiggsThomas Peter KingslandFg Off36165RAFBritish111 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-07-10On patrol in Hurricane I (P3671) off Folkestone when he collided with Dornier Do17 10 July 1940 at 13:00hrs. Higgs baled out but was drowned. Noordwijk General Cemetery Holland Age 23
1202 HightCecil HenryPlt OffNZ/41924RNZAFNew Zealander234 Sqd

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15 August 1940 at 18:15hrs he crashed near Bournemouth after combat in Spitfire I (R6988). Killed in the crash. Bournemouth East Cemetery England Age 22. Born 6 September 1917 Stratford, Taranaki - Died 15 August 1940 Bournemouth, England. Enlisted 16 January 1939 aged 21

1203 HilesArthur HerbertPlt Off (later F/O)85008RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1942-03-15Runnymede Age 25
1204 HilkenClive GeoffreySgt745482RAFVRBritish74 Sqd
Air Efficiency Award

SpitfireWIAPoW Survived war30th June 2005 bronchial pneumonia and heart failureWounded 20 October 1940. Baled out Spitfire II (P7426) after combat with Bf 109 over South London at 15:00hrs. PoW 27 June 1941 when he was shot down over St Omer.

Born 14 September 1919 Hull England. Joined RAFVR March 1939 as a pilot under training. Called up 1 September that year. Training at 5 FTS and 6 OTU. Posted to 74 Sqd on 21 August 1940 as a Spitfire pilot. Mid-October 1940 the squadron moved from Kirton-in-Lindsey to Biggin Hill. Shot down on 20 October over south London and he baled out, wounded, his aircraft P7426 coming down at Cowden, Kent. After parachuting into an orchard, the pilot was confronted by a farmer armed with a shotgun who thought he was a German. Orpington Hospital for treatment. Baled out from Spitfire P7614 shot down by Me109s on 21 April 1941 over Ashford. On 27 June 1941 he was shot down near St. Omer and taken prisoner. The squadron CO, JC Mungo-Park, was also lost on this sortie, being killed when his aircraft came down in Belgium. Badly wounded, he landed in a field and was just about to be rescued by French villagers when he was set upon by enemy soldiers. Hilken remembers: 'Having twice survived being shot down….I swore that no enemy would get on my tail again without my knowledge. This resolution held good until 27 June 1941 when I flew to France as top cover, escorting a bombing sortie to the Lille district. The chap who should have been behind me had not taken off because of engine trouble, leaving me as the back man of my section. At 2,500 feet over France our squadron became separated on a weaving turn from the other squadrons of the Wing. Our CO applied full throttle in an attempt to regain his place in the formation but in the process the rest of us found ourselves spread over the sky up to two miles behind the main formation. Now, to weave and watch your tail meant losing the formation. The only way to catch up was to do what our CO had done – go full bore. We did this – then cannon shells whipped into my Spitfire. No warning. Nothing seen. Wireless dead, glycol streaming out behind. Elevator stuck and a piece of metal in my ankle which was bleeding at full speed. I bailed out only to find my parachute pack waving about by my side. I pulled it in and undid the snap fasteners, letting the chute out a yard or two before the wind caught it and it opened to let me down, cursing my fate yet again, to France, hospital and a POW camp.' Released from the RAF 1945 as Warrant Officer. After the war Hilken turned to teaching.

1205 HillArchibald EdmundPlt Off (later Flt Lt)42125RAFBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-04-15Haugesund Rossebo Var Frelsers Cemetery Norway
1206 HillArnold MauriceSgt121333British25 Sqd

1207 HillCharles RichardSgt112518British141 Sqd


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1208 HillGeoffreySgt61046British65 Sqd

SpitfirePoWEscaped injury when Spitfire I was shot down on the 24 August 1940 off Margate at 15:35hrs. Later crashed and captured
1209 HillGeorge EdwardPlt Off (later Flt Lt)42126RAFBritish245 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1944-03-31 Age 28Nuneaton Attleborough Cemetery England

1210 HillHoward PerryPlt Off41847RAFNew Zealander92 Sqd
Spitfire4.5KIA1940-09-20Born in Christchurch, New Zealand 17 April 1920. Attended Marlborough College 1932 to 1936. In 1938 short service commission in the RAF, and sailed from Auckland in mid-December. After training, posted to 92 Sqd 24 October 1939 on Blenheims. Re-equipped with Spitfire I in March 1940. Moved from Croydon to Duxford later in the month to fly patrols over the Dunkirk beaches. Sorties over French coast until mid-June, when it rested at Pembrey in South Wales. On convoy patrol 26 July 1940, shared in the destruction of a Ju 88. 8 September 1940 Squadron moved to Biggin Hill. 15 September 1940 Do 17 bombers engaged over the Thames Estuary. Hill shot 3 down. 18 September 1940 Hills section of 4 Spitfires attacked twenty Ju 88'. The German formation split up. Hill chased one through cloud and out to sea. His final burst stopped both engines and the enemy aircraft ditched, seven miles off the coast. Hill directed a rescue launch to the scene and the crew were picked up. 19 September 1940 Hill claimed the probable destruction of Bf 109. 20 September 1940 he was one of the 10 squadron pilots to join up with Spitfires of 41 Sqd to patrol over Gravesend at 5000 feet. The rendezvous missed, 92 Sqd climbed to 20,000 feet to be vectored south to 27,000 feet. North of Dungeness the Spitfires were attacked from above and behind by a force of Bf 109s. A warning from 92 Sqd leader was too late to prevent the rear section being attacked. Hill's Spitfire I (X4417) was one of the first hit and he went down in flames to crash into high trees at West Hongham in Kent. The aircraft lodged high in the branches and was not discovered until a month later. Hill was the victim of one of the Luftwaffe's leading aces, Werner Mölders from JG 51. Hawkinge Cemetery Age 20

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1211 HillJohn Hamar 'Johnnie'Sqd Ldr32172British87 Sqd

81 Sqd

504 Sqd (CO)

222 Sqd (CO)


Spitfire1Survived war1998Born 28th December 1912 . Educated at Dover College. He joined the RAF 1st April 1932. Flying training 3 FTS Grantham. Joined 19 Sqd at Duxford on 21st August 1933. Posted to 800 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron at Upavon on 26th September 1934. Air Staff at 21 Group Sleaford on 1st December 1938. With 85 Sqd on Ops Room duties. Sent to France to prepare Boos near Rouen, to receive 85 and 87 Hurricanes. Joined 87 Sqd on 17th November 1939 as CO. 26th February 1940 Hill was posted to command of 81 Sqd at Amiens-Mountjoie, where it was flying Tiger Moths on communications duties. Joined the squadron on 5th March, remaining with it only until 16th May 1940 when he took command of 504 Sqd at Lille-Marcq. On the 19 May he was shot down by a Me110 in Hurricane I P3351 and baled out. Within a few hundred feet of the ground he was fired on by French peasants with shotguns. After landing he was able to convince them that he was not German. As he was about to be driven away in a French Air Force car, a British Army patrol arrived and he was arrested as a fifth columnist. Reaching for his identity card Hill was fired on by one of the British soldiers. When he ducked below the windscreen, all the others fired. Hill rolled out of the car into a ditch and when firing had ceased he convinced the officer-in-charge of his identity. Having seen all this the French peasants were sure that Hill was a German. They beat him savagely, rendering him unconscious while the soldiers stood by and watched. Evacuated from Lille by ambulance train. En route, between Le Touquet and Boulogne, Ju87's dive-bombed it and the driver and fireman fled. Hill and another officer finally mastered the engine's controls and drove the train to Boulogne. Evacuated from Dunkirk, Hill landed at Dover and was put on to an ambulance train. When he asked the engine driver to change some French francs, so that he could telephone his wife, he was again arrested as a fifth columnist. Fortunately a Wing Commander that he knew came along and he was released. He was given command of 222 Sqd at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 31st July 1940 and he joined the squadron on 5th August. Damaged a Me109 on 30th August, got a Me109 on 1st September and probably destroyed a Me110 on the 3rd. January 1941 he was posted to 57 OTU Hawarden to be CFI. To New Zealand in July 1942 for Air Staff duties and did not return to the UK until 1945. Hill joined SHAEF and in 1948 he went to Paris, on the staff of the British Air Attache. He was made a CBE
1212 HillMichael RowlandPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)72467RAFVRSouth African266 Sqd
1213 HillSydney JenkynPlt Off77795RAFVRBritish609 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-06-18Hawkinge Cemetery England Age 23
1214 HillaryRichard HopePlt Off74677RAFVRBritish603 Sqd

SpitfireWIAKIFA1943-01-08Shot down by Bf 109 on the 29 August 1940 at 19:00hrs. Crash landed Spitfire I (L1021) at Lympne unhurt. Wounded 3 September 1940 in combat with Bf 109s of JG 26 off Margate at 10:04hrs. Rescued by the Margate lifeboat but severely burned. Recovered from wounds and returned to combat but died later Night training flight. His book 'The Last Enemy' is a classic. Golders Green Crematorium Age 23

Memorial near Charterhall
1215 HillcoatHarry Bryan LillieFlt Lt90256RAF AAFBritish1 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-09-03Killed 3 September 1940. Hurricane I (P3044) was lost in action at 11:30hrs over Kent. Runnymede Age 25
1216 HillmanRalph WalterSgt (later Flt Sgt)643257RAFBritish22 Sqd

235 Sqd

22 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-04-06Born Edmonton in London England 1918, Educated Latymer Secondary School. Joined RAF in May 1939 as an Aircrafthand. Later remustered as a Wop/AG. Posted to 22 Sqd Coastal Command, the first unit to operate the Bristol Beaufort. Attached to 235 Sqd on Blenheims 1 August 1940 to 31 August, when he returned to 22 Sqd. In late March 1941 two German capital ships, the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau, arrived at the French port of Brest. RAF bombing raids left them undamaged but in order to remove an unexploded bomb from a dry dock the Gneisenau was re-berthed in a more exposed position. 22 Sqd briefed for the first attack and at 0420 in the on 6th April three torpedo-armed Beauforts flown by F/O K Campbell, F/O J Hyde DFC and Sgt. H Camp took off independently from St. Eval in Cornwall. They intended to rendezvous near Brest. Very poor weather resulted in the aircraft of F/O Campbell, N1016 OA-X, arriving alone. F/Sgt. Hillman was the aircraft's gunner, the other crew being the observer Sgt. JP Scott RCAF and the wireless operator Sgt. WC Mulliss. Just after 0600 the Beaufort flew through the entrance of Brest harbour, descending to 50 feet to line up the Gneisenau, 500 yards ahead within the inner harbour. Dropping the torpedo at minimal operating distance, the Beaufort made a climbing turn to clear the surrounding hills and reach low cloud. Aircraft suffered multiple hits, went out of control and came down into the waters of the harbour. There were no survivors from the crew, whose bodies were recovered and buried at Kerfautras Cemetery in Brest. The torpedo struck home below the waterline. The Gneisenau may well have sunk if not for the proximity of a dry dock to which it was rapidly moved. It was under repair and out of action for the rest of 1941. F/O Campbell was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross (gazetted 13th March 1942). Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Brest Kerfautras Cemetery France

1217 HillockFWPOCanadian1 Sqd (RCAF)

1218 HillwoodPeterSgt120107British56 Sqd

Hurricane1DiedDestroyed Ju 87 early in Battle. 13 August 1940 shot down over the Channel in a Hurricane(R4093) at 16:20 hrs. Baled out safely over Sheppy and swam two miles to shore. DFC 1944-11-24.
1219 HimrJaroslavPlt Off later Sqd Ldr)81891RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

79 Sqd

56 Sqd

601 Sqd

313 Sqd Czech


1220 HindrupFredrick GeorgeSgt40284RNZAFNew Zealander600 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-04-20Felixstowe New Cemetery Age 23

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1221 HineMerrik Hubert EricSgt745148RAFVRBritish65 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1940-12-12 Age 24Born 27 October 1916 Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire England. March 1939 joined RAFVR Pilot under training. Called-up on 1 September 1939. Posted to No.5 OTU at Aston Down in Gloucestershire at the beginning of August 1940. Sunday 11th August when after landing at nearby Kemble airfield in Spitfire N3106, a wheel of his aircraft hit a stump in the ground. Aircraft was damaged, the pilot unhurt. Monday 19 August posted to join 65 Sqd ‘East India’ at Hornchurch. Since moving to Hornchurch on Wednesday 5 June 1940, 65 Sqd had lost eight pilots including two Squadron Commanders. Tuesday 27 August Squadron ‘rested’ and were to head north to Turnhouse in Scotland. hine was held at Hornchurch awaitin an aricraft. Thursday 29 August flew direct from Hornchurch to Turnhouse in a recorded flight time of one hour and fifty-five minutes. Thursday 5 September that Merrik took off for his first Sector Recce in Spitfire N3161, and leading the way was the recently promoted Flying Officer Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane, who was later to become an RAF legend. Wednesday 16th October in the company of five other Squadron members to fly the short distance east to Drem, where they all landed at 1:40pm. Forty minutes later Sergeant Pilot Hine took off again in K9789 and in Section formation with the experienced Sergeant Pilot Joseph ‘Dick’ Kilner and Pilot Officer Emanuel Lyons for an Operational Patrol – his first and ultimately only Battle of Britain ‘war’ sortie. On Sunday 8th December each Section of the Squadron took turns to conduct an Operational Patrol and first away this day was Red Section led by Flight Lieutenant Gordon Olive [Red One] in company with Pilot Officer Ernest ‘Dave’ Glaser [Red Two] and Sergeant Pilot William Oldnall [Red Three]. Moments after taking off at 1:20pm the Section of three Spitfires were vectored towards Portsmouth and soon spotted a very rare sight – an enemy aircraft. Chasing after their quarry, Red Section went into line astern formation and as Flight Lieutenant Olive closed in, he identified the Luftwaffe aircraft to be a Messerschmitt Me110 evidently on a lone reconnaissance mission. Within range, Red Section Leader fired a full burst at the twin-engine German machine which erupted in flame and fell towards the sea. As Red Leader broke away, Red Two followed in to fire his guns at the doomed enemy, more for experience than to deliver a coup-de-grâce to the Me110 which seconds later dived into the sea. Elated at this first success for the Squadron since arriving at Tangmere, their colleagues were eager to hear of the action. [The victim of Red Section had come from 4 Staffel, Fernaufklärungsgruppe 14, a long-range reconnaissance unit. The crew of Feldwebel Otto Mercier and Oberfeldwebel A. Schönewald were listed ‘missing’]. Killed Thursday 12th December 1940 during a squdron pursuit of a Ju 88. It is unclear if he was shot down by return fire from the Ju 88 or he collided with P/O Franklin Near Selsey 12 December 1940 at 14:20hrs flying Spitfire R6982. Runnymede Panel 15

1222 HirdLeonardSgt (later Flt Sgt)936364RAFVRBritish604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-06-28Air Gunner Hamburg Cemetery Germany Age 23
1223 HithersayArthur James BeaumontSgt749366British141 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
1224 HlaváčJaroslavSgt787542RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

79 Sqd

56 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-10Killed in Hurricane I (P3421) when shot down by a Bf 109 over Wareham 1940-10-10 at 12:20hrs. Warmwell Holy Trinity Churchyard Age 26

1225 HlobilAloisPlt Off (later W/C)82547RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

1226 Hoare-ScottJames HammondPlt Off87673RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

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

1227 HobbisDudley OrmstonPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)42709RAFBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1943-11-25Runnymede Age 33
1228 HobbsJoseph BedoPlt Off41926RAFBritish3 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-12-07Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery Egypt Age 26
1229 HobbsSydney JohnSgt742901RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-08-14 Age 25

Born on 15th July 1916 in Wandsworth, London England. RAFVR January 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Posted to 5 OTU Aston Down 6 May 1940. Converted to Blenheims, posted to 235 Sqd in late May. His flight posted to RAF Aldergrove 19 November 1940 where it combined with a flight from 236 Sqd to reform 272 Sqd. 21st 1940 December Blenheim IVF L9415 XK-T became lost in bad weather and ran out of fuel. Crew baled out safely and came down at Lough Swilly, County Donegal in the Irish Republic. The aircraft came down at Sladran, near Buncrana in County Donegal. The pilot Hobbs, Sgt. H W Ricketts and Sgt. D V Newport (all Battle veterans) were interned in the Curragh Camp but later returned to RAF service either by escaping or being released. Hobbs escaped in June 1941. Killed 14 August 1941 as a Sergeant with 143 Sqd, a Beaufighter coastal reconnaisance unit. Beaufighter IF T4648 crashed and burst into flames on the approach to Dyce. Sgt. A Handley was also lost.On night Patrol 1940-08-17 in Blenheim I (N3540). Overshot on landing at Thorney Island and crashed. Written off but all the crew (S J Hobbs H W Ricketts & T A Maslen) were unhurt. 1941-08-14 Killed. Brookwood Military Cemetery

Crash of L9415 in Ireland

1230 HobbsWHSgtBritish25 Sqd

1231 HobsonColin AnthonyPlt Off42566RAFBritish600 Sqd

Blenheim IVF L4095 BQ-MKIA1940-10-03Born on the 25th October 1918 at Monxton. Awarded his wings on the 03rd November 1939. Son of George Colin and Mary Victoria Hobson, of Monxton, Hampshire. Grave inscription: 'Son Of May & Colin Hobson Brother Of Olive & Guy. Never Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few - Churchill'.

Courtesy Oleg Marin

1232 HobsonDesmond BoganFlt Lt37736British64 Sqd

1233 HobsonWilliam Francis CrippsSqd Ldr26180British601 Sqd

HurricaneTook command 601 Sqd 17 July 1940, posted away 10 August 1940.
1234 HoddsWilliam HenrySgt908359British25 Sqd

1235 HodgeJohn Stephen ArthurSgt (later Flt Sgt)812278RAF AAFBritish141 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1942-07-15El Alamein Memorial, Egypt North Africa
1236 HodgkinsonArthur John 'Hodge'Plt Off45353British219 Sqd


1237 HodgsonWilliam Henry 'Ace'Plt Off36269RAFNew Zealander85 Sqd

Hurricane6KIFA1941-03-13Born at Frankton Junction, New Zealand 30 September 1920. Later moved to Dunedin. Radio station technician and also joined the Civil Reserve of Pilots in October 1938. RNZAF on a short service commission and sailed for Britain to transfer to the RAF. Converted to Hurricanes at OTU. Joined 85 Squadron in May 1940. Commanded by Squadron Leader Peter Townsend, 85 Squadron was reforming after heavy losses of pilots and aircraft in France. 18 August squadron first took part in the Battle of Britain. With 3 other Hurricane units intercepted large force of German bombers and escorting fighters. Hodgson destroyed a Bf 109, probably destroyed one Do 17, and damaged a Bf 110. 26 August he shared in the destruction of two Do 17s. 28 August chased a Bf 109 down from 17,000 feet to sea level and then across the Channel. Bursts of fire caused pieces to fly off the enemy aircraft and only a small section of the rudder remained when, due to a shortage of ammunition, Hodgson had to turn back. The destruction of the Bf 109 was confirmed the following day. 30 August 1940 the Squadron ordered to intercept enemy bombers and fighters approaching the coast. In head-on attack Hodgson damaged He 111 and destroyed two Bf 110s with another as a probable. 31 August 1940, intercepting Do 17s with a Bf 109 escort, he damaged a bomber and destroyed a Bf 109. Immediately Hurricane was hit by cannon shell which damaged oil lines and glycol tanks and set engine on fire. He was half way out when he realized that he was over a heavily populated area of Thames Haven with its nearby oil storage tanks. He stayed with his aircraft side slipping violently to keep the flames under control and made a forced landing into a field, narrowly missing wires and anti- glider obstacles. Got out unhurt. 3 September 1940 the Squadron went north for rest. DFC. On 13 March 1941 as a passenger in a Havoc on a routine flight for air experience. The pilot, Flt Lt Geoffrey Allard, was one of Fighter Command's leading aces with more than 20 victories in France and the Battle of Britain. The Havoc took off and all seemed normal until suddenly the aircraft appeared to lose speed, banked to the left, went into a spin and crashed. Allard, Hodgson and another passenger were killed. It is believed that a nose panel was not secured properly and came off, jamming the rudder and causing the aircraft to become uncontrollable. Saffron Walden Cemetery Age 20
Courtesy Auckland Library Heritage Collection

1238 HodsonClaude GordonSgtBritish229 Sqd

1 Sqd

1239 HoganHenry Algernon Vickers 'Harry'Sqd Ldr26181British501 Sqd (CO)
HurricaneHurricane (V6620) on patrol 18 September 1940 when he baled out safely following combat at 12:30hrs over West Malling.
1240 HoggDouglas WilliamPlt Off77977RAFVRBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-09-03Killed 3 September 1940 at 11:15hrs. Blenheim I (L1512) shot down by a Hurricane over North Weald. The Gunner Sgt W.Powell baled out safely. Glasgow Eastwood New Cemetery Age 23
1241 HoggEdward SydneyFg Off70312British152 Sqd

1242 HoggJohn HenrySgt751642RAFVRBritish141 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1942-07-23Alamein Memorial, Egypt North Africa Age 22
1243 HoggRobert DudleySgt754041RAFVRBritish17 Sqd

257 Sqd

56 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-11-11Killed 11 November 1940 in Hurricane I (P2794) off Burnham, Kent at about mid-day. Crashed following combat with Ju 87s and Bf 109s Bedford Cemetery England Age 22

1244 HoggRichard MalzardPlt Off33486RAFBritish152 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1940-08-25Shot down and killed in Spitfire I (R6810) 25 August 1940 off Portland at 17:30hrs. Runnymede Age 21
1245 HoggRalph VincentSgt754794RAFVRBritish616 Sqd

41 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1940-12-10 Age 24Born West Hartlepool, 1916; son of James W. & Mary C. Hogg of West Hartepool, Co. Durham. Runnymede Panel 15
1246 HoldenEustace 'Gus'Flt Lt (later W/C)37970RAFBritish501 Sqd
Hurricane8WIABorn in Doncaster on 28 December 1912. Commissioned in the RAF in 1936. In May 1940 in France he shot down a Ju 88, Do 7 and an He 111. Later from Croydon he damaged a Do 17 but was himself wounded later on July 22 1940. He was awarded the DFC on 16/8/40. In Sept./Oct he shot down two 109s, a 110, 2 more 109s, damaged a Ju 88 and damaged two more 109s. As C/O of 501 Sqd, he took them to West Africa in June 1941 and then became a Staff Officer (Fighter Training) at the Air Ministry. In 1944 he was posted to HQ Far East, Kandy, staying in the RAF until 1964.
1247 HoldenKennethPlt Off (later W/C)90705British616 Sqd

Spitfire7.5Died1991Older brother of Eustace. Flying Off., later Wing Commander with 616 Sqd. Only Jewish brothers who flew in the Battle. He joined the AAF in 1939 and was called up at outbreak of war. On May 28 to June 1 1940 over Dunkirk he shot down three 109s and in September damaged two more and shot down another. In May 1941 he was made Squadron Leader and later shot down three more 109s, damaged two more and shared another. DFC on 15 July 1941, he later moved to Staff HQ of 12 Group. Retired from the RAF in 1950, he died in 1991.
1248 HolderGerald ArthurSgt81688British236 Sqd

BlenheimSurviving aircrew. Just 18 years old when he joined No 236 Squadron as an observer in Blenheims.
1249 HolderRobertSgt391356RNZAFNew Zealander151 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-26Bidford on Avon Burial Ground England Age 23
1250 HoldernessJohn BrowningFlt LtRAFVRSouthern Rhodesian1 Sqd

229 Sqd

Hurricane1Survived war2008-0-15 Age 96Officer in the 1st Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment (Territorial Force). On 13 November 1935 he was attached to the Air Section of the Battalion. Transferred to the Air Section of the Southern Rhodesia Defence Force in July 1936 and this became the Southern Rhodesian Air Unit on 1 April 1938. Awarded his wings on 13 May 1938. Travelled to England with a draft of Southern Rhodesians in July 1940, landing in Liverpool on 13 August. He was commissioned in the RAFVR and he arrived at 5 OTU, Aston Down on 20 August. Converting to Hurricanes, joined 1 Sqd at Northolt on 4 September. Destroyed a Do 17 three days later. He moved to 229 Sqd at Northolt on 17 October. Rejoined the Southern Rhodesian Forces in August 1945, returned to Rhodesia and farmed there until 1971. He sold his farm and worked in the family law business. Killed in a road traffic accident near his home in South Africa.
1251 HollandArthur LawrenceSqd Ldr5204British17 Sqd

501 Sqd
65 Sqd (CO)


HurricaneSurvived war1993Born 4 May 1909. Educated at Wellington College and Magdalene College Cambridge to read Engineering in October 1928. Joined the University Air Squadron in January 1930 and trained in Avro 504s and Bristol Fighters. Later in the year he began training with the RAFO at Hatfield and was commissioned in the RAFO in March 1931. 24th October 1931 granted a permanent commission in the RAF as a University Entrant. Posted to 3 FTS Grantham 24 October 1931. Joined 17 Sqd at Upavon on 27 March 1932. To RAF Henlow in August 1934 for a two-year Officers Engineering Course. Then to RAF Gosport in August 1936 as Officer i/c Aircraft Repair Squadron, servicing the Torpedo Training Squadron and the FAA on board HMS Furious and Courageous. March 1938 promoted to Squadron Leader and sent to Air HQ India as Command Engineering Officer. Returned to the UK in December 1939. In January 1940 to Air Ministry on Engineering duties, in the Directorate of Repair and Maintenance, firstly at Harrogate and later in London. 8 July 1940 posted to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge for a refresher course and Hurricane conversion. 5 August 1940 attached to 501 Sqd at Gravesend as a supernumerary to gain combat experience. Forced-landing outside Dover on 12 August after combat with Me109s off Westgate, during which he had a probable Me109. Posted to Rochford on 13 August to command 65 Sqd. He converted himself to Spitfires and damaged a Me110 on the 26th. Next day the squadron flew north to Turnhouse Scotland. 30 October 1940 Holland admitted to Edinburgh Infirmary with a suspected tumour behind the right eye. Grounded for four months. Transferred to the Technical Branch and in April 1941 he became Chief Technical Officer at 58 OTU Grangemouth. He moved to 51 OTU Cranfield in February 1942 and in July 1943 went to the Ministry of Aircraft Production. September 1944 joined the Directing Staff at RAF Staff College Bracknell as an Acting Group Captain. He held a number of commands in India, the Canal Zone and the UK in the post-war RAF. CBE 1 January 1955. Retired on 25 October 1960 as a Group Captain.

1252 HollandDennis FrederickP/O77269RAFVRBritish72 Sqd

Spitfire7KIA1940-09-20Holland was the youngest man to qualify as a pilot in the whole of the country. Born in 1917. At the age of just fourteen, Dennis took up civilian flying – he must have been the envy of many of his contemporaries. Mostly flying from the airfields at Woodley and Southampton, he was the youngest in England to qualify for his A and B certificates, at 15 and 17 years old respectively. Obtaining his Instructor’s licence at 18 made him the youngest Air Guard instructor in the whole of Britain, travelling around the country to train other pilots. When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Dennis had completed around 3,000 flying hours, and immediately volunteered to man fighter aircraft. In 1940 he was described as “the best type of British manhood, well- built, full of vigour and always in high spirits”. He was by all accounts popular, making friends wherever he went. His fellow pilots nicknamed him “Dutch”. As a Spitfire pilot, young Dennis was confirmed as bringing down seven enemy aircraft, and was the likely source of several more “possibles”. During the London Blitz he was engaged in aerial dog-fights almost daily. The average life expectancy of a fighter pilot in 1940 was a matter of a few weeks - only a lucky few survived the war. Dennis’ luck ran out on 20 September 1940. Based at Biggin Hill, he was flying over Maidstone, engaged in a fight with a Messerschmitt when another, unseen from below, attacked his Spitfire and he was forced to bale out. His parachute landed safely, but he was badly wounded from the gunfire, and died in hospital shortly after admission. He was 23 years old. His last reported words were to the doctor: “I’m alright, old pal, Dutchy can take it”. Members of the RAF acted as bearers at Dennis’ funeral at Chaddleworth Church, which attracted a large attendance. The wreath on his coffin bore the inscription “In affectionate memory of Pilot Officer Dennis Holland, RAF, known to us as Dutch, a very gallant officer whom we all loved”. In September 2011, a memorial bench was unveiled at Chaddleworth Church in Dennis’ memory.

Baled out Spitfire I (X4410) 20 September 1940 badly wounded, after combat over Canterbury at 10:20hrs. Died of his wounds that day. Chaddleworth Churchyard Newbury England

'He died in glory fighting for freedom'
1253 HollandKenneth ChristopherSgt754503RAFVRAustralian152 Sqd

Spitfire Ia N3173KIA1940-09-25Born in Sydney, New South Wales in 1920. Joined the RAFVR in June 1939. He was called up on the outbreak of war and, on 1 August 1940, became operational as a Spitfire pilot with 152 Sqd at Warmwell, Dorset. During September shot down one Ju 88 and shared in the destruction of another. On the 25th September he attacked a He 111, which caught fire. A parachute appeared and he went in for a closer look but was shot down by a gunner in the Heinkel. The Spitfire crashed near Church Farm, Woolverton, Somerset. Holland was found to have been shot in the head. The Heinkel crashed at Church Farm. Four of the crew were killed, only the pilot baling out and being captured. Cremated at Weymouth Crematorium. Mr Toby Ripley, who had acted as his guardian in England, had a memorial stone placed near the site of the crash. In 1976 the stone was moved by the farmer. It is now on a grass verge opposite the Red Lion Inn, Woolverton, close to the village war memorial.

Killed 25 September 1940 at 12:00hrs. Spitfire I (N3173) was shot down while he was attacking a He 111 West of Bristol. Weymouth Crematorium Age 20

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1254 HollandRobert Hugh 'Bob'Fg Off33487British92 Sqd
Spitfire4DiedClaimed 2 Me 110 fighters destroyed and a Ju 88 damaged over France on 23 May 1940, followed by a Do 17 destroyed on the following day and an Me109 downed and a He 111 damaged near Dunkirk on 2 June. In combat with a Bf 110 15 September 1940 at 14:50hrs near Ashford. Baled out of his Spitfire I and was injured on landing.

Wimpy Wade - Bob Holland (on his left) - Josephine Wade
1255 HollandRobert MeredithSgt56029British600 Sqd

1256 HollisErnest JamesSgt970073British25 Sqd


1257 HollowaySydney VictorSgt121329British25 Sqd


1258 HollowellKenneth BruceSgt113338British25 Sqd

1259 HolmesEric LeonardSgt (later Flt Sgt)740063RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-06-12Runnymede Age 25
1260 HolmesFredrick HenryPlt Off (later Flt Lt)76583RAFVRBritish152 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1944-12-04Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Germany Age 31

1261 HolmesGSgtBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimService details unknown
1262 HolmesGeorge HenryPlt Off84682RAFVRBritish600 Sqd


BlenheimWIA KIA1940-12-25Flew as gunner with F/O T.N.Hayes in a Blenheim during the attack on Rotterdam airfield on 10 May 1940. Under intense fire and handicapped by fumes from a burst tank, Holmes directed his pilot through the necessary evasive manoeuvres and was largely responsible for the aircraft surviving to be the only one to return safely to base. DFM 24 May 1940. 20 December 1940, during a searchlight co-operation exercise, R/T contact was lost and his Blenheim crashed into a hillside. The pilot was killed instantly and Holmes died of his injuries on 25 December 1940. DFC 24 May 1940. Catterick Cemetery
1263 HolmesRaymond Towers 'Ray' or 'Arty'Sgt68730RAFVRBritish504 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived war2005Joined RAFVR 1936. By the time of the Battle of Britain was already a highly trained and experienced pilot and held the rank of a sergeant. With the 504 Sqd September 15, 1940. That day Holmes rammed a Dornier. The Dornier 17 took off from France and at the height of 15,000 feet, headed straight towards central London. One of its engine started malfunctioning causing it to drop away from the main force. Attacked by fighters near Battersea just as it was nearing its target andc set on fire by the Hurricanes of 310 Sqd (Czech) Squadron. 2 of the German plane’s crew baled out. Holmes attacked the bomber. The onslaught he brought caused the enemy’s aircraft to break up forcing its pilot to bale out. A big piece of the Dornier fell in the Victoria Station’s forecourt. Ray Holmes, when asked about the event, described it as such: “There was no time to weight up the situation. His airplane looked so flimsy, I didn’t think of it as solid and substantial. I just went on and hit it for six. I thought my aircraft would cut right through it, not allowing for the fact that his ‘plane was as strong as mine!”

Holmes spotted a formation of three Dornier Do 17 bombers of Kampfgeschwader 76 heading for central London, to make a bombing attempt. As he made an attack on one of the bombers, the bomber fired a flamethrower at him, and Holmes' windscreen was covered in oil. The flamethrower, obviously intended for use on the ground, was not working properly at 16,000 feet, giving a jet of flame only some 100 yards long. The oil had not caught fire, and it was this that had found its way onto the Hurricane. Knowing that the airflow would clear the oil away, Ray Holmes waited for his view to be restored. As his windscreen cleared Ray realised that he was dangerously close to the Dornier, and ramming the stick forward, passed beneath the bomber. 'I made my attack on this bomber and he spurted out a lot of oil, just a great stream over my aeroplane. blotting out my windscreen. I couldn't see a damn thing. Then, as the windscreen cleared, I suddenly found myself going straight into his tail. So I stuck my stick forward and went under him, practically grazing my head on his belly.' He attacked the second Dornier, causing a crew member to bail out. 'I got to the stern of the aeroplane and was shooting at him when suddenly something white came out of the aircraft. I thought that a part of his wing had come away but in actual fact it turned out to be a man with a parachute coming out. I was travelling at 250 miles per hour, it all happened so quickly, but before I knew what had happened this bloody parachute was draped over my starboard wing. There was this poor devil on his parachute hanging straight out behind me, and my aeroplane was being dragged. All I could do was to swing the aeroplane left and then right to try to get rid of this man. Fortunately, his parachute slid off my wing and down he went, and I thought, Thank heavens for that!' Holmes then spotted the third Dornier still heading onwards, making directly for Buckingham Palace. Avoiding the bomber's machine gunfire, Holmes quickly climbed ahead of it, then swung around to make a head-on attack on the Dornier. However upon firing discovered his machine guns failed. Holmes decided to ram the bomber hoping his plane could withstand the impact and cut through it. He flew his plane into the top-side of the German bomber, cutting off the rear tail section with his wing. 'As I fired, my ammunition gave out. I thought, Hell, he's got away now. And there he was coming along and his tail looked very fragile and very inviting. So I thought I'd just take off the tip of his tail. So I went straight at it along him and hit his port fin with my port wing. I thought, That will just take his fin off and he'll never get home without the tail fin. I didn't allow for the fact that the tail fin was actually part of the main fuselage. Although I didn't know it at the time, I found out later that I had knocked off the whole back half of the aircraft including the twin tails.' The downing of the German bomber by Ray Holmes became one of the most celebrated events in the Battle of Britain not just because in the eyes of many, it was a heroic act from a RAF pilot but also because the fall of the plane happened in a very public place without any English casualties. Additionally, the said occurrence was also captured on film. Holmes Hurricane also went down that day forcing him to bale out over Chelsea. He landed on Hugh Street, led to the Orange Brewery some hundred yards down Pimlico Road and drank brandy before he was dispatched to Chelsea Barracks. A taxi transported him back to RAF Hendon where he took off earlier that day. Holmes went on to fly throughout the Second World War and later on, went on to become a flight instructor for the Russians teaching them how to fly the Hurricane. He also did photo-reconnaissance at high altitudes – from 30,000 feet above Germany – aboard a specially prepared Spitfire. Holmes shares his exciting and very interesting aviation experiences to the whole world through his autobiography SKY SPY. 64 years later the plane Ray Holmes flew during that fateful day was excavated. One particular piece of the Hurricane that stood out among the wreckage was the control column or the “joy stick” which appropriately was set to FIRE. It was in 2004 when the remains of the Hurricane Ray Holmes piloted during the Battle of Britain was excavated. That was 64 years from the time he flew it. The aged former RAF pilot and WWII veteran even had the chance of being reunited with that joy stick after more than six decades.

Baled out Hurricane I (P2725) after combat with a Do17 over Chelsea 15 September 1940 at 12:15hrs. The Dornier which he shared with A.K. 'Skeets' Ogilvie crashed in the forecourt of Victoria Station. Its crew parachuted down to the Oval cricket ground. Holmes landed on a roof in Chelsea, he slid down the roof and ended up in a dustbin! Buried Rake Lane Cemetery, Wallasey England

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1264 HolroydWilfred BarwellSgt101040British501 Sqd
151 Sqd
1265 HoltonArthur Gerald VaughanSgt755479British141 Sqd


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1266 HomerMichael GilesFg Off33409RAFBritish242 Sqd

1 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-27Born in Swanage, Dorset. Wellington College from 1933 to 1936. Flight Cadet at the RAF College, Cranwell, in January 1937. Join 106 Sqd at Thornaby. Homer with 44 Sqd by 10 February 1940 on Hampden bombers from Waddington. On 12 April carried out a high-level bombing attack on German warships in Kristiansand Bay, Norway. He maintained bombing run in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire and attacks by enemy fighters, one of which his air gunner shot down. Homer then got his damaged aircraft back to base. For this operation, Homer was awarded an immediate DFC. In August, Michael Homer volunteered for Fighter Command. He was sent to 5 OTU, Aston Down, converted to Hurricanes and was posted 1 Squadron at Northolt, arriving on 2 September. After damaging a Do 17 near Tilbury on the 7th, Homer was posted to 242 Squadron at Coltishall on 21 September. He was shot down and killed on the 27th, when he crashed in flames at Bluetown, Mintching Wood, Milstead, near Sittingbourne. Homer was 21. There is a memorial plaque at the crash site, dedicated on 27 September 1990.

Killed 27 September 1940 at 12:25hrs. Hurricane I (P2967) shot down over Sittingbourne in Kent by a Bf 109. Swanage Godlingston Cemetery Age 21

1267 HoneDouglas HaroldPlt Off (later Flt Lt)80816RAFBritish615 Sqd

41 Sqd

501 Sqd

Hurricane0.5WIASurvived warOctober 2003Wounded crash landed at Rochford 26 August 1940 at 15:40hrs. Hurricane I (V6564) had been shot up by a Bf 109.

Born Purley, England 30 September 1917. Joined RAFVR in September 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Training at 19 E&RFTS Gatwick. Posted to No. 1 ITW Cambridge on 11 November 1939. On 30 December to 12 FTS Grantham. 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 3 June 1940 for conversion to Hurricanes. Joined 615 Sqd at Kenley on 6 July. First operation on 19 July. Shared a He59 on 27 July, a Do17 destroyed on 29 July. Attacked by a Hurricane on 14 August but managed to land at Kenley. On 20 August shared a Do17. Fighting a formation of Do17s on 24 August his glycol tank was damaged by return fire he had to crash-land in a field at Meopham, uninjured but. 26 August wounded in the leg and thigh by cannon shell splinters when attacked by a Me109. To Southend Hospital. 20 September back with the squadron at Prestwick. 26 February 1941 was shot down by Me109s and crashed at Tenterden, suffering concussion and bleeding eyes. Posted to 56 OTU Sutton Bridge on 9 July as an instructor. Wheels-up landing on 14 August near River Nene after a bird-strike on a goose. 61 OTU Rednal in April/May 1942. Joined 41 Sqd at Merston. In the Dieppe operation on 19 August he damaged a Fw190. Posted to 501 Sqd at Hawkinge on 1 September 1943 followed by a posting as a Controller on 3rd January 1944. Released from the RAF in April 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant. After serving as a Controller in the RAFVR he rejoined the RAF in July 1950, serving in the Fighter Control Branch. He retired on 30th September 1975.

1268 HoodHilary Richard Lionel 'Robin'Sqd Ldr26110RAFBritish41 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1940-09-05Killed 5 September 1940 at 15:25hrs. Spitfire I (P9428) in mid air collision with Spitfire I (R6635) of F/Lt J.T.Webster during combat over Basildon in Essex. Hood's aircraft disintegrated in the air. F/Lt J.T.Webster's aircraft crashed at Laindon, near Basildon. Born Paddington, London, 13 May 1908; son of John & Helene Hood. Graduated RAF College, Cranwell, January 1929 41 Sqn CO Remembered on Panel 4 of the Runnymead Memorial Age 32
1269 HookArchieSgt647887RAFBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-12-13Runnymede Age 18
1270 HookwayDouglas NewcombePlt Off82691British234 Sqd

1271 HooperBeresford GwynneFg Off40707British25 Sqd

1272 Hooper-SmithLawrence Edward (Laurence ?)Flt LtRAFVRBritish234 Sqd

559 Sqd

Air Efficiency Award
SpitfireSurvived war9 February 2008 JerseyBorn 1918 as Smith, changing to Hooper-Smith at an unknown time. Joined RAFVR at Kidlington on 11 November 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Full-time service in September 1939. Posted to 3 ITW Hastings in December, moved to 4 EFTS Brough on 3 March 1940. Finished training at 14 FTS Cranfield from 12 May to 28 September. Posted to 7 OTU Hawarden on the 29 September. Converting to Spitfires joined 234 Sqd at St. Eval on 15 October 1940. Posted to 53 OTU Llandow on 8 July 1941. Commissioned in October, attached to CFS Upavon for an instructors course from 17 November and then returned to Llandow. 10 March 1942 moved to 59 OTU at Crosby-on-Eden. 11 August posted to 559 Sqd at Brunton. He continued instructing at various units and specialised in refresher flying training. Stanford Tuck was his pupil after his return from PoW. Released from the RAF in late 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. Rejoined RAFVR in May 1947 and was instructing at Nottingham University Air Squadron. Smith joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, serving with a fighter control unit until November 1963.
1273 HopeSir Archibald PhilipFlt Lt90127RAFBritish601 Sqd (CO)

Hurricane5Survived war12 July 1987Born in 1912. Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. Flew with the University Air Squadron. In 1924 he became the 17th Hope of Craighall Baronet, succeeding his father. Held commissions successively in the Reserve of Air Force Officers and the Auxiliary Air Force. Served with 601 Squadron, AAF, called to full time service with the squadron on 24 August 1939. On 28 November he flew one of 601’s Blenheims in an attack on the German seaplane base at Borkum. Appointed ‘A’ Flight Commander on 16 May 1940 and led his flight, by now equipped with Hurricanes, to Merville the same day. On the 18th, while sharing in the destruction of a Do 17, he was shot down by return fire and made a crash-landing in a field near Grevillers. On the 20th his aircraft was again damaged and he made another forced landing, this time at Merville. On the 27th, flying from Tangmere, Hope was leading 601 when he was attacked by Bf 110s and shot down about five miles off the coast between Calais and Dunkirk. He headed for land and flew as far east as possible, away from the advancing Germans. Hope crash-landed on a beach, set fire to his Hurricane and was then taken by a French farmer to Bergues, where there was a British Brigade HQ. He was transported by lorry to Dunkirk, spent a night on the dunes and boarded the destroyer HMS Wakeful the next day. After landing at Dover, Hope phoned 601 and a Magister picked him up at Hawkinge. He was still carrying his parachute. Added significantly to his score during the Battle of Britain. On 19 August he was promoted to acting Squadron Leader and took command of 601. DFC in October. His later postings included command of the RAF stations at Exeter and Peterhead in the rank of Group Captain. In 1945 he was made OBE and left the RAF.
1274 HopeRalphFg Off90257RAF AAFBritish605 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-14Born in Birmingham on 18th July 1913. He was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. Rowing blue in 1935 and rowed bow in the University Boat Race. Aero Certificate 16007 at Reading Aero Club on 26th June 1938 and joined 605 Sqd, Auxiliary Air Force at Castle Bromwich. Full-time service on 24th August 1939. On 9th May 1940 Hope shared a Do17 off Dunnet Head. Shot down on 28th September by Me109's over Ticehurst and baled out, unhurt. His Hurricane, P3828, crashed at Bewl Bridge, Lamberhurst. 14th October Hope flew into the Inner Artillery Zone during a patrol. He crashed and was killed, either by striking a balloon cable or shot down by anti-aircraft fire. His Hurricane, P3107, crashed in Tennison Road, South Norwood.Baled out Hurricane (P3828) safely 28 September 1940 at 14:20hrs. Shot down by a Bf 109 over Ticehurst in Sussex. Died on patrol in Hurricane I (P3107) 14 October 1940. Either he was hit by AA fire or hit a balloon cable while chasing a He 111. Crashed at South Norwood at 12:50hrs. Woking St John's Crematorium Age 27

1275 HopewellJamesSgt (later W/O)516702RAFBritish616 Sqd

66 Sqd


SpitfireKIA1942-01-21Bingley Cemetery England Age 27

1276 HopgoodCharles LeonardSgt745559RAFVRBritish64 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-12-05Shot down and killed 5 December 1940 by a Bf 109 in Spitfire II No P9450. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery France Age 22

1277 HopkinWilliam Pelham 'John Willie'Plt Off42606British54 Sqd

602 Sqd

Spitfire6Joined 54 Sqd in July 1940. 3 kills before posted to 602 Sqd in September 1940. 3 more kills during the Battle. DFC 9 September 1941. After the war, he spent a period as Hon Secretary of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association.
1278 HoptonBernard WalterSgt745034RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

Hurricane/SpitfireKIA1941-08-06Posted to 615 Sqd 17 August from 600 Sqd. Then posted to 66 Sqd. Shot down a Bf 109 14 November 1940. Ladywell Cemetery London England Age 21
1279 HornbyWilliam HenrySgt60513British234 Sqd

SpitfireWIAWounded 6 September 1940 at 09:10hrs. Shot down in Spitfire I (X4183) by a Bf 109 over Northiam in Sussex.
1280 HornerFrank GeorgeSgt100034British610 Sqd

1281 HorroxJames MichaelPlt Off85268RAFVRBritish151 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-11-16After flying off HMS Argus. Runnymede Age 20
1282 HorskyVladimirSgt787554RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

238 Sqd

Hurricane1MIA1940-09-26Killed 26 September 1940 at 16:30hrs. Shot down in Hurricane I (P3098) over the Solent by a Bf 110. Runnymede

1283 HortonPatrick WilmotFg Off42128RAFNew Zealander234 Sqd


SpitfireMIA1940-11-16Crashed on landing after a night patrol 6 August 1940 at St Eval in Spitfire I (P9366). Survived the crash. MIA after flying off HMS Argus. Runnymede
1284 HoughHarold Basil LincolnPlt Off79548RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-08-168 September 1940 with 600 Sqd became lost during night patrol. Plane's R/T had failed. Crew and he (E.C.Barnard & A.Smith) were forced to bale out once their fuel ran out. KIA as an instructor 1941 Leeds Lawnswood Crematorium Age 23
1285 HoughtonCyril GeorgePlt Off84912British141 Sqd


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1286 HoughtonOliver VincentSgt745437RAFVRBritish501 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1940-09-06Joined 32 Sqd 10 July 1940 from 615 Sqd. Then posted to 501 Sqd 27 August. KIA in Hurricane I (V6646) during combat over Ashford Kent 6 September 1940 at 09:00hrs, aged 19. Allesley All Saints Churchyard Age 19
1287 HowardGWg CdrBritish609 Sqd

1288 Howard ?SgtBritish235 Sqd

Service details unknown
1289 HowardJohnPlt Off86628RAFVRBritish54 Sqd

74 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-05-06Marquise Communal Cemetery France Age 22

1290 Howard-WilliamsPeter IanPlt Off33569British19 Sqd

610 Sqd

118 Sqd

276 Sqd

Spitfire4.5Survived warMarch 1993.Born in Cowes, Isle of Wight England 27 December 1919. Educated at Felsted School. RAF College Cranwell on 27 April 1939 as a Flight Cadet. After the outbreak of war Cranwell cadets who had not completed their course were enlisted in the regular RAF on 7 September 1939 as Airmen u/t Pilots. Graduated on 7 March 1940 with a permanent commission. Joined 19 Sqd at Duxford on 17 March. With 610 Sqd in early 1941. February joined 118 Sqd. Moved to Pembrey in March and became operational on the 28 March 1941 on convoy patrols. Moved to Ibsley on 18 April 1941. 6 August destroyed a Me109, on 12 October he destroyed a Me109 and probably another and on the 15 October shared a Me109. DFC 4 November 1941. Flight Commander in early 1942. On 2 February 1942 he got a Me109 destroyed and two others damaged. Posted to 276 Squadron at Fairwood Common on air-sea rescue duties in March 1942. May 1942 he joined 2 Delivery Flight at Colerne, staying with it until February 1943. Rejoined 610 Sqd at Westhampnett. 11 March he shot down a Fw190 over the Channel. From April 1943 attached to 2 Squadron at Fowlmere on fighter-reconnaissance duties. He rejoined 610 Squadron in June 1943 at Perranporth. In November 1943 posted to 11 APC, moved to 11 FIS in March 1944, went to 57 OTU Eshott in April as an instructor, and then to 27 OTU Lichfield where he remained until March 1945, when he was posted to HQ 91 Group Abingdon. Retired from the RAF on 11 June 1958 as a Squadron Leader, retaining the rank of Wing Commander.

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1291 HowarthEric FrancisSgt741519RAFVRBritish501 Sqd
1292 HoweBernardSgt (later F/O)33427RAFBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-04-20Kitchener Scholar at Cranwell, 1937–39. Wittering All Saints Churchyard Age 22
1293 HoweDonald CharlesPlt Off78253RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived warJoined RAFVR April 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Later transferred as an Airman u/t Observer. Called up 1 September 1939. Trained at 5 B&GS Jurby. Commissioned and joined 235 Sqd at North Coates on 1 April 1940. Transferred March 1941 but no further details till his release from RAF as Flight lt in 1946. Rejoined RAFVR on 6 September 1948.
1294 HowellFrancis VincentSgt47751British87 Sqd

1295 HowellFrank JonathanFlt Lt39612British609 Sqd

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Spitfire7MIA (PoW) KIFA1948-05-08Posted to 609 Sqd at Drem on 14 November 1939. Near Dunkirk on 31st May 1940 Howell shared in the destruction of a Ju88 and on 1st June he damaged a He111. He was appointed 'A' Flight Commander on this day. On patrol in Spitfire (R6634) near Poole in Dorset 18 July 1940. 15:15hrs in combat with a Ju 88, he baled out and was picked up by the Navy. 5 kills in Battle, Ju 87, Ju 88, and 3 Bf 110's. The last one a Bf 110 15 September 1940 near Hastings while flying Spitfire I (R6691). 12 July he shared in probable He111, 18 July shared a probable Ju88. In this engagement, off Swanage, Howell was shot down in Spitfire R6634 by return fire. He baled out and was rescued by the Navy. 13 August destroyed a Ju87, 15 August a Ju88, 25 August a Me110 and damaged another, 7 September he got a probable Me110 and a probable Ju88, September 15 destroyed a Do17 and damaged another, 7 October he shot down a Me110. On 21 October Howell shared a Ju88 with P/O SJ Hill, the squadron's 100th victory. DFC (gazetted 25 October 1940). 21 February 1941 he commanded 118 Sqd, which became operational at Pembrey on 28 March 1941. Scored Squadron's first victory, a He111 in the early hours of 8 July over Southampton. 15 October 1941 shared the destruction of a Me109 near Le Havre. Bar to DFC (gazetted 4th November 1941). 23 October 1941 Howell relinquished command. Given command of 243 Sqd, then at Kallang in the Far East. Sailed in the battleship HMS Prince of Wales, arrived Singapore on 2 December 1941. 243 Sqd Buffalos no match for the Japanese fighters. Shot down an Army Type 97 on 16 January 1942 but by the time that Singapore fell on 15 February the squadron had virtually ceased to exist. 12 February Howell was reported 'Missing, believed PoW', he had been captured by the Japanese while trying to reach Sumatra by boat. After repatriation 1945 and recovery went to 54 Sq at Odiham 2 January 1948 as a supernumerary and then took command on the 12th as an Acting Wing Commander. 9 May 1948 Howell was making a cine film of Vampires of the squadron taking off and landing at Odiham. He was struck on the forehead by the wing tip of one coming in to land, suffering a severe injury and died of a cerebral haemorrhage.

1296 HowesHarold NormanSgt740896British85 Sqd

605 Sqd


Hurricane11KIFA1940-12-22Flew with 85 Sqd in France and shot down 4 Do 17s on 20 May 1940. In August and early September he shot down 3 more enemy aircraft. Transferred to 605 Sqd where he shot down 4 more enemy. On the 22 December 1940 he was killed in a flying accident.
1297 HowesPeterPlt Off74332RAFVRBritish54 Sqd

603 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-18Joined 54 Sqd 8 July 1940. Posted to 603 Sqd 11 September 1940. Shot down and killed over Ashford, Kent in Spitfire (X4323) by a Bf 109 on 8 September 1940, aged 21. Woking St John's Crematorium England Age 21

1298 HowittGeoffrey LeonardPlt Off81037British615 Sqd

245 Sqd


1299 HowittIsaac EdwardSgt47172British41 Sqd

SpitfireCommissioned October 1941. Released from RAF, 1945. Born 24 December 1911, Grantham, Lincolnshire,
1300 HowleyRichard AlexanderPlt Off41705RAFNewfoundlander141 Sqd


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Only Newfoundlandler known to have flown in the Battle of Britain. Educated in Newfoundland and the UK. Flying lessons at the Sir Alan Cobham Flying School at Shoreham, Sussex. Joined the RAF on a short service commission. One of the first pilots to be posted to 141 Squadron, reforming at Turnhouse, Edinburgh with Gladiators and later Blenheims. Squadron switched to Defiants and moved to West Malling, Kent, often operating from the forward airfield at Hawkinge. On the morning of 19 July 1940, Howley was the pilot of one of nine Defiants attacked by Bf 109s off Dover. His aircraft was among six lost and he and his gunner, Sergeant A G Curley, were reported missing. Newfoundlander (but born in Victoria, Canada) in Defiants of 141 Sqd. 19 July 1940 he and his gunner (A.G.Curley) were on convoy patrol in Defiant (L6995), shot down off Dover, both killed by a Bf 109 of JG 51 at 12:45hrs. Runnymede

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