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



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

To see a larger database covering the entirety of WWll, refer to our Allied Losses and Incidents database. This database is the result of research into all known sources of information on the crews which fought the Battle of Britain on the Allied side. It is surprising that for the most significant air battle of WW2, and even after 80+ years, there remains any uncertainty at all about who took part and in some cases, what they did. We have made it our objective to develop this database into a most comprehensive and accurate record which brings to life those heroic deeds. You can help: send corrections and additional information via our Helpdesk.
We believe this database to be among the most useful records extant in terms of its searchability: for example, it is easy to determine all Blenheim crews, or losses on a specific date or the members of a particular squadron.

Readers are referred to the following sites which we have used to cross-check information and we acknowledge and thank them as respected sources for some of the material in this database:
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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1401 JohnsonCharles EdwardPlt Off79241RAFVRBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1940-08-28 Age 35P/O C.E.Johnson of 264 Sqd and pilot P/O P.L.Kenner were killed on the 28 August 1940 at 08:55hrs. Defiant I (L7026) shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 26 over Thanet. Hawkinge Cemetery England
1402 JohnsonGerald BruceSgt391859RNZAFNew Zealander23 Sqd

BlenheimKIFA1941-05-28Climping St Mary Churchyard Age 21
1403 JohnsonJames Edgar 'Johnnie'Plt Off83267British616 Sqd

Order of the Bath

CBE

DSO & 2 Bars

DFC

SpitfireSurvived warBorn in Melton Mowbray on the 9 March 1915, a police inspector's son. Joined 616 Sqd in Spitfires on the 2 September 1940. Went on to become the RAF's leading ace.
1404 JohnsonJoseph Inkerman 'Joe'Sgt520406RAFBritish222 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-30Shot down and killed in Spitfire I (R6629) by Bf 109 at Bishopsbourne, Kent on the 30 August 1940. Towcester Cemetery England Age 26

1405 JohnsonR ASgt116721British43 Sqd

Hurricane
1406 JohnsonReginald BernardSgt126859British222 Sqd

SpitfireWIAInjured 3 September 1940 when Spitfire I (L1010) had a Glycol leak. Baled out over Burnham on Crouch at 07:30hrs. Shot down 14 September 1940, baled out of Spitfire I (X4249) after combat with a Bf 109 over Aveley, Essex at 16:20hrs. Unhurt.
1407 JohnsonRichard Kenneth HowardSgt (later W/C)102084RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

DFC

BlenheimKIA1945-01-31 Age 25Born Belper, Derbyshire England March 1918. Joined RAFVR October 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1 September 1939. Joined 235 Sqd in mid-October 1940. Commissioned in July 1941. DFC 7 July 1944 as an Acting Squadron Leader with 272 Sqd. Killed on 31st January 1945, aged 25, as an Acting Wing Commander with 272 when Beaufighter X NV570 dived into the sea whilst recovering from a dive during a Rocket Projectile firing practice. P/O Harold Roe was also lost. Beaufighter NV570/S (272 Sqdn) T/o at 15:15hrs for Armed Recce patrol. Missing 31.1.1945 Crew: S/Ldr (102084) Richard Kenneth Howard JOHNSON DFC (pilot) RAFVR - killed P/O (187509) Harold ROE ( nav.) RAFVR - killed. Malta Memorial
1408 JohnsonSydney Frederick FarquharPlt Off (later Flt Lt)91005RAF AAFBritish600 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-02-26Flying Belnheims in Battle. Killed 26 February 1941, aged 25 flying Defiant I (N3520). Cliveden War Cemetery Age 25
1409 JohnstonJames ThomasPO43037RAFCanadian151 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-15Posted to 151 Sqd 13 July 1940 without ever having flown a Hurricane. A pilot of 56 Sqd, Pilot Officer F.B.Sutton, who was non-operational due to being wounded in France, was assigned to convert him and another pilot, P/O J.L.W.Ellacombe. 15 August 1940 Johnston's Hurricane ( P3941) shot down by Bf 109s off Dymchurch at 19:15hrs and crashed into the Channel. He was dead when picked up. He was 26. Hawkinge Cemetery Age 26
1410 JohnstoneAlexander Vallance Riddell 'Sandy'Sqd Ldr90163British602 Sqd(CO)

DFC
Spitfire Died
1411 JollIan Kenneth SeftonPlt Off90951British604 Sqd

DFC
Blenheim5Survived war1977Joll's mother received a telegram telling her that her son, Sqd Ldr Joll, was 'missing believed killed' after he crash-landed his plane on a Dutch beach during a strafing attack on a German aircraft in 1940. However Joll had survived the crash and after trekking miles along a beach and persuading a ship to take him back to England, he had dropped in on his parents to say hello. He turned up at his mother's house ten minutes after she received a telegram saying he was missing and believed killed. She fainted, believing she must have seen a ghost. Joll had been involved in a strafing attack on German aircraft on May 10, 1940, when his plane was hit by ground fire and he was forced to crash land his Bristol Blenheim light bomber. At an earlier briefing all crew had been told that under no circumstances should they allow the plane's secret interception radar to fall into enemy hands. After several unsuccessful attempts to set his Blenheim on fire, Sq Ldr Joll decided the only thing to do was to shoot into the plane's fuel tank. Joll and his gunner then trekked for miles where they met a Dutch fisherman, who they persuaded to take them to England. Their journey to England took place just 16 days before the start of the evacuation of 300,000 Allied troops a few miles down the coast at Dunkirk. The vessel docked in Harwich, Essex, and Joll travelled to his parents' house in Gravesend in Kent. Joll later rejoined his squadron at Manston. He served with 604 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain, flying under the command of newly appointed Flight Commander, John 'Cat's Eyes' Cunningham. Just a few months later in November 1940 he had his second near death experience. His Blenheim aircraft iced up at 4,000ft and went into a spin. Two crewmen bailed out leaving Joll to pull the plane out of the spin and land it safely. The squadron later upgraded to Beaufighter planes and just a year later in May 1941 he survived a third close shave, when his aircraft was attacked by a German Heinkel, seriously injuring his radar operator. Joll nursed his comrade and took the stricken Beaufighter plane back to base. Sq Ldr Joll went on to five 'kills', and was awarded the prestigious DFC. In April 1942 Joll was posted to 153 Sqd at Ballyhalbert where he helped the unit convert to Beaufighters. He later returned to 604 Sqd, promoted to Flight Commander. In November 1943 Joll worked alongside Lord Louis Mountbatten on planning the parachute landings for D-Day and also helped develop the giant panjandrum - a huge cable-laying drum powered by rockets intended to destroy German mines on the Normandy beaches. However this too almost ended in tragedy. Joll helped organise a demonstration of the pajandrum for top military officials only for the weapon to veer out of control and head straight towards the assembled generals, admirals and air marshals, prompting them to flee. Joll's final posting was to New Delhi, working for the Directorate of Combined Operations. This time he was involved in the planning for the invasion of Burma. After the war he married wife Eileen who served as an ambulance driver during the Second World War and was no stranger to dangerous situations herself. In 1941 she helped transport a new false leg that was dropped over a Luftwaffe base in France so it could be given to disabled flying legend Douglas Bader, who was being held prisoner.

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Courtesy Pippa Ettore

L-R: DFC, 1939-1945 Star (with Battle of Britain Bar), Air Crew Europe Star, Defence and War medals and an Air Efficiency Award.
1412 JonesCyril Arthur TrevorPlt Off43693British611 Sqd

312 Sqd Czech

616 Sqd

79 Sqd (CO)

DFC
Spitfire2Survived war2000s in AustraliaBorn in Burnley England 1914. Joined RAF in January 1936 as a direct-entry Airman u/t Pilot. With 66 Sqd at Duxford when commissioned on 1 April 1940. Joined 611 Sq at Digby on 17 April. 2nd June a probable Me109 over Dunkirk. On the 4 June detached to AFDU Northolt for an Air Fighting course. On 29 August 1940 posted to 312 Sqd as a Flight Commander. Moved to 616 Sqd at Kenley on 4th September again as a Flight Commander. Badly wounded in the right elbow by return fire from a He111 off Spurn Head on 5 November 1940. Returned safely to Kirton-in-Lindsey and was admitted to Scunthorpe Hospital. The enemy crashed into the Humber. From February 1942 until February 1944 Jones commanded 79 Sqd, mostly in India. On 15 December 1942 he destroyed a Japanese Army Type 99 bomber and damaged another. DFC 14th April 1944. Released from the RAF in 1946 as a Wing Commander.


Ft Lt Jones of 616 Sqd climbs out of his Spitfire (QJ-A) while a member of the ground staff refuels the aircraft, Fowlmere, September 1940. © IWM CH 1358


1413 JonesDenys Allan EvanFg Off40119RAFBritish3 Sqd


501 Sqd
Hurricane2Survived war10th May 1965 in PontypriddBorn 1918 in Knighton England. Joined RAF on a short service commission. Initial training course on 12th July 1937 at the Bristol Flying School, Yatesbury. To 11 FTS Wittering on 18th September. 5 ATS Penhros then a staff pilot to 8 Armament Training Station, Evanton, Rossshire, arriving 7 May 1938. With 32 Squadron June 1939. Detached to RAF Hawkinge on 11th December 1939 for co-operation with the Royal Navy. Posted to 3 Sqd at Merville in France on 14 May 1940. On 15 May he shared a Me109. On the 17th the squadron engaged Dorniers of 5/KG76 but were then 'bounced' by Me109s of I./JG3, Jones in Hurricane I L1609 was shot down. He baled out near Merville and returned to the squadron that evening. 3 Sqd withdrawn to Kenley on 20th May and moved to Wick on the 23rd. On 25 July Jones shared a He111 off Kinnaird Head. Posted to 501 Sqd at Kenley on 26 September 1940 as ‘A’ Flight Commander. Two days later crashed on landing after a combat with Me109s over Deal in Hurricane P3605. On 4 October forced-landed at Great Bentley Farm, Cuckfield, in Hurricane V6733 because of deteriorating weather during a routine patrol. Damaged a Me109 on 27th October and destroyed a Me109 on 8th November. He was posted away from 501, then based at Filton, in March 1941 to be an instructor. March at 57 OTU Hawarden, going on to 58 OTU Grangemouth, where he served until September 1941. Returned to operational flying with 65 Sqd at Tangmere, serving with them until January 1942. Advanced instructing course at 2 Flying Instructor School detachment, Dalcross before a posting to 6 Service FTS at Little Rissington where he instructed from March 1942 until January 1943. Resigned his commission on 13th January 1943 after being taken on by Portsmouth Aviation as a test pilot.
1414 JonesEdwinSgt523574RAFBritish29 Sqd

BlenheimKIFA1940-12-19Barrow in Furness Thorncliffe Crematorium and Cemetery Age 27
1415 JonesHerbert Daniel BayntonSgt (later Flt Sgt)517897RAFBritish504 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-07-06Penn Field St Philip Churchyard England Age 25
1416 JonesJohn Sinclair BucknallPlt Off33467RAFBritish152 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-11Shot down and killed in Spitfire I (R6614) by Bf 109 11 August 1940 over the Channel at 11:00hrs. Ste Marie Cemetery Le Havre France Age 21

1417 JonesJoseph TrevorPlt Off78855RAFVRBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1940-08-24Pilot P/O J.T.Jones 264 Sqd and gunner (W.A.Ponting) killed on the 24 August 1940 at 12:40hrs off Ramsgate. Defiant (L6966) shot down in combat with a Ju 88 and a Bf 109s of JG 3. Runnymede Age 21
1418 JonesRobert EricSgt (later Plt Off)81362RAFVRBritish605 Sqd

Hurricane1.5WIASurvived war1994Joined RAFVR October 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Commissioned and joined 605 Sqd at Drem in late June 1940. Claimed a He111 destroyed on 15th August and shared another on 11th September. Four days later he was shot down during combat with Do17s and Me109s over Croydon. He baled out, slightly injured, while his Hurricane L2122 came down at Dux Farm, Plaxtol. Jones was shot down on 15th November 1940 over North Foreland by Me109s in Hurricane P2560 and baled out unhurt. Released in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. Injured 15 September 1940 at 11:40hrs. He had scrambled at 11:15hrs to meet a formation of 30 Do 17s and 70 Bf 109s. Hurricane I (L2122) was hit and he baled out, his aircraft came to rest at Plaxtol, Kent.

1419 JonesRichard LeolinePlt Off83981British64 Sqd

19 Sqd

Spitfire2012Born in 1918 in Grazeley, Berkshire. Christ Church Cathedral Choir School, Oxford. In 1938, joined the RAFVR to train as a pilot. Called up on 1 September 1939, he was commissioned in July 1940. He converted to Spitfires and joined 64 Sqd, moving to 19 Sqd in September. On the 28th of the month he was shot down and received a flesh wound but found that his hood was jammed. He managed to crash land at Hawkhurst in the Kentish High Weald. He was treated by a local doctor, given lunch by the Army and returned to the squadron’s base at Fowlmere. Went back to 64 Squadron in November. Joined de Havilland as a test pilot in 1941 and spent the rest of the war in that capacity. He was a Flight Lieutenant when he left the RAF in 1946 and later served again in the Volunteer Reserve.

Surviving aircrew. Fought throughout the Battle of Britain with 64 Sqd and 19 Sqd in Spitfires. Later he became a test pilot with De Havilland.

Courtesy son Chris Jones

1420 JonesWilliam RPlt Off44635British266 Sqd
AFC

Spitfire0.5Shared in He 115 off Dunkirk 15 August. In 1944 and 1945 he carried out many Special Operations Executive to southern France, Belgium, Holland and Germany carrying secret agents. AFC January 1946.
1421 JonesFOBritish616 Sqd

Spitfire
1422 JoubertCharles Cecil OlivierPlt OffBritish56 Sqd

HurricaneWIAIn combat 13 August when the radiator on Hurricane I (P3479) exploded as he was attacked by a Bf 110. Baled near Rochford, Essex at 16:15hrs out slightly injured.
1423 JowittLeonard 'Joey'Sgt562160RAFBritish85 Sqd

MiD

Hurricane1KIA1940-07-12Born in Failsworth, Lancashire in1911. Joined the RAF in January 1928 to be an aircraft apprentice at Halton. In December 1931 Jowitt passed out as a fitter airframes/engines and from January 1932 to March 1934 he served with No 20 (Army Co-operation) Squadron in India on the North-West Frontier. Mohmand Clasp to the India General Service Medal. Applied for pilot training and was accepted. Sergeant-Pilot on 20 August 1938, posted to 85 Sqd. Flew to France six days after war was declared. 'Joey' was one of several pilots who took off to intercept He 111s attacking the airfield at Lille-Seclin on 19 May 1940. At 7,000 feet he attacked a bomber which had broken away from its formation. It caught fire and he followed it down to see it crash and explode in the fork of a railway junction. Withdrawn to Northolt on 20 May and moved to Debden. On 12 July 1940 Sergeant Jowitt was shot down flying in defence of Convoy Booty and crashed into the sea off Felixstowe. Flying patrol 12 July 1940 in Hurricane I (P2557). He crashed into the sea off Felixstowe at 08:50 after attacking a Heinkel He 111 of II Gruppe of KG 53 and was killed. Celebrated for a sketch he performed with Woody Woods-Scawen featuring a French General awarding medals, along with much kissing. His body was never recovered. Runnymede Age 28. He received a Mention in Despatches on 1 January 1941.


1424 JuleffJohn RushworthPlt Off82717British600 Sqd

Blenheim Died
1425 KahnArthur Harold EvansPlt Off (later Flt Lt)85010RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1944-06-15Observer with 248 Sqd. Born in Sutton Surrey son of Joseph and Mai, husband of Helen Margaret. Joined the RAFVR in May 1939 and fought throughout the Battle. He was killed in action on June 15 1944 with 172 Sqd, aged 25 years, . Runnymede Panel 202 Age 25
1426 Kaña (Kania)JozefFlt Sgt (later W/O)794087RAFVRCzech303 Sqd Polish

315 Sqd Polish

309 Sqd Polish

Hurricane
1427 KaneTerence MichaelFg Off41185RAFBritish234 Sqd

Spitfire1.5PoW5 August 2016, aged 95.Born in September 1920 in London. Finished school at Varndean County Grammar School, Brighton. Joined the RAF on a short service commission and began training in July 1938. He joined 9 Air Observer School, Penrhos on 27 September 1939, as a staff pilot. Period at RAF Farnborough undertaking high-altitude tests. He became an instructor. Converted to Spitfires and joined 234 Sqd at St Eval on 18 September. He shared in the destruction of a Ju 88 on the 22nd. The next day Kane did not return from a patrol. His Spitfire was damaged in combat off the French coast, after he had shot down a Bf 109, and he baled out at 6,000 ft. He was rescued and taken prisoner by the Germans. He was in several PoW camps, including Stalag Luft 3 in Lower Silesia. Freed in May 1945 and stayed in the RAF until 1950, when he went on to the Reserve of Air Force Officers. Rejoined in April 1954, in the Fighter Control Branch and retired on 29 May 1974 as a Wing Commander. PoW 23 September 1940 after crashing Spitfire I (R6896) off the coast of France at 11:00hrs after shooting down a Bf 109.


Signed envelope. Painting of Bob Doe's Spitfire by Ross Wardle

Obituary


Plate from 'Men Of The Battle Of Britain' by Ken Wynne

1428 KarasekLaurence RobertSgt581460RAFBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-09-25He was part of the crew of Blenheim L8369 when it stalled and crashed on approach to landing near Stourbridge. Over Wallop St Peter Churchyard
1429 KarubinStanisławSgt793420PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

DFM

Wound Badge
Hurricane7KIA1941-08-12Injured crash landed Hurricane I (V7290) 6 September 1940 at 09:15hrs. Crashed near Pembury after combat with a Heinkel He 111. 30 September 1940 in Hurricane (V7504) he shot down a Bf 109 flown by Karl Vogl off Beachy Head. 7 confirmed kills. Posted on to No 58 OTU and then on to 55 OTU. Hylton Castletown Cemetery Age 25
Archiwum Database


1430 KarwowskiWłodzimierz EugeniuszPlt OffP-1284PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane2Died1978-05-29Sent to 302 Sqd at RAF Leaconfield. - took active part in the Battle of Britain. On January 27, 1942, instructor course at the Central Gunnery School in Sutton Bridge. In June 1942 pilot instructor at 58 OTU at Balado Bridge. In December 1942, he assigned to 306 Sqd, which he commanded until March 14, 1944. In 1947 to Auckland, New Zealand and died there. Age 66Archiwum Database
Died Auckland New Zealand Age 66
1431 KauckyJanSgt (later Flt Lt)787976 117615RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

Hurricane2Died1970-07-23Died UK
1432 KawaleckiTadeusz WilhelmPlt Off76698PAFPolish151 Sqd

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane1971-04-19Joined the RAF after escaping Poland. Posted to 151 Sqd 8 August 1940. From 01.07.-31.10.1940, he actively participated in the Battle of Great Britain in the 151DM RAF. During operational break he flew as a pilot in 1 AACU until November 1941, then as a pilot instructor in airport education. until May 1943. Staff May 1944 to May 1946. After demob. Canada. Tragford ON Canada died Age 56
Archiwum Database
1433 KayArchibaldSgt647610RAFBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-09-13Pilot WJ Garfield Killed along with crew (B.W.Mesner & A.Kay) September 1940-09-13 at 19:00hrs. Blenheim IVf (L9451) went missing during sortie off the Norwegian coast. Runnymede
1434 KayDesmond Hayward SidleyPlt Off42006RAFBritish264 Sqd

DFC
Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1944-10-19Adinkerke Military Cemetery Belgium Age 25
1435 KayJack KininmonthPlt Off83730British111 Sqd

257 Sqd

HurricaneDied
1436 Kay-Shuttleworth (see Shuttleworth)Richard Ughtred PaulFg Off70356RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-08-08Runnymede Age 27
1437 KayllJoseph Robert 'Joe'Sqd Ldr90276British604 Sqd

DSO

DFC
Hurricane4DiedJoined 604 Sqd in 1934 and flew with them until he became leader of 615 Sqd in May 1940 while in France. DFC and DSO 27 June 1940. In the Battle of Britain he accounted for 2 Bf 109s a Do 17 and a He 111. Shot down and captured in July 1941 whilst leading the Hornchurch Wing.
1438 KeardJohn AlexanderPlt Off82700RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1944-05-04 Age 23Born Sidcup, Kent England 26 December 1920. Joined RAFVR March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September. Joined 235 Sqd on Blenheims, on 27 September 1940. Killed on 4 May 1944 as a Flight Lieutenant with 101 Sqd on Lancasters from Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire. Allied Losses Database: Lancaster ME564 SR-Z came down at Aubeterre, 14km NNE of Troyes on a sortie to Mailly-le-Camp. See Allied Losses Database. Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery Hautot sur Mer France

1439 KearseyAlbert WallaceSgt60518British152 Sqd

Spitfire
1440 KearseyPhilip JamesPlt Off85239RAFVRBritish607 Sqd

213 Sqd

Hurricane I V7121KIA1941-02-26

Archive Report

Born on 23rd July 1920 at Cheltenham. Son of Frederick James Kearsey and Emma Gertrude Kearsey, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. His brother, Albert Wallace Kersey also served in the Battle of Britain, survived the war and died in October 1993 in Weymouth, England age 77.

Courtesy Oleg Marin


1441 KeastFrancis JohnSgt801399RAF AAFBritish600 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-08Air Gunner 1940-08-08 at 11:55hrs in Blenheim (L8665), shot down in flames by Oberleutnant Sprick of III Gruppe of JG 26. Flew his burning aircraft clear of Ramsgate, crashing into the sea. Pilot DN Grice and two crewmen F.J.Keast and J.B.W.Warren killed. Blenheim L8665 was shot down in flames into the sea near Ramsgate, Kent.
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Whitstable Cemetery Age 31

1442 KeatingsJohn 'Bugs'Sgt591611British219 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war18th February 2010.Born Neston, Cheshire 8th July 1916. Service in Egypt and Palestine with Army. Early 1935 joined the RAF as an Aircrafthand. Posted to Northolt. His skill as a marksman meant he joined the RAF team at the shooting championships at Bisley. September 1935 joined 45 Sqd at Helwan, Egypt and started training as an Armourer/Air Gunner, making his first flight on 11th October. Posted to 6 Sqd at Ismailia. In December 1936 returned to the UK, posted to 21 Sqd at Lympne. He took part in the 1937 Hendon Air Display, flying in the mass formation of 250 aircraft. He went to No. 1 Air Armament School at Eastchurch in November 1937 to convert to Fitter-Armourer. Joined 269 Sqd at Abbotsinch in March 1939, a general reconnaissance unit with Ansons, on armament and flying duties. October 1939 posted to 219 Sqd, a night-fighter unit at Catterick. On 15th August 219 was scrambled to intercept 40+ He111's and Ju88's off Flamborough Head. Seven were shot down, with only one Blenheim damaged. It was a remarkable result. In December 1940 posted to CGS Warmwell as a gunnery instructor. He did not fly operationally again and he later became a Senior Armament Instructor at No. 1 AAS.


Signed envelope

1443 KeeErnest Harold ClarkeSgt69441RAFVRBritish253 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneKIA1944-04-20Pilot. Belgrade War Cemetery
1444 KeelGeorge ErnestSgt751079RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-10-09 Age 20Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Shot down by Me109s over the Channel and killed along with the pilot P/O J.C.Kirkpatrick and crew P/O R.C.Thomas 9 October 1940 at 17:30hrs. They were flying aerodrome protection duty South of Thorny Island in a Blenheim IVf (N3530). Portsmouth Highland Road Cemetery England
1445 KeelerRob Roy GibbonsSgt126143British236 Sqd

Blenheim
1446 KeighleyGeoffreyPlt Off90677British610 Sqd

OBE

SpitfireWIAFormer pre-war member of 610 Sqd, he rejoined them in May 1940. 1940-5-31 shot down by defensive gunfire from a Dornier 215 and baled out of his Spitfire into the Channel. Picked up by a trawler then transferred to Naval pinnacle. He baled out again on the 20 July 1940 when his tail was shot off by Oberfeldwebel Schmid of I Gruppe of JG 51. Spitfire (N3201) crashed at Wootton, Kent at 18:30hrs. Keighley wounded.
1447 KellettMichaelFg Off86630British111 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane
1448 KellettRonald GustaveSqd Ldr90082British249 Sqd

303 Sqd Polish (CO)

96 Sqd

Virtuti Militari

DSO

DFC
Hurricane5WIADied1998-11-12Slightly wounded 6 September 1940 when part of his Hurricane's starboard aileron shot away, also fabric torn away from the tail plane. Both ammunition boxes had exploded ripping huge holes in the wings, but the Hurricane continued to fly, landed at Biggin Hill. 5 confirmed 2 probable and 1 damaged.

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1449 KellittWilliam HenrySgt122985British236 Sqd

BlenheimDied
1450 KellowRaymond AlanFlt Lt39615British213 Sqd

HurricaneDied
1451 KellsLionel George HosfordPlt Off70806RAFBritish29 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1941-02-21Runnymede
1452 KellyDillon Piers Denis GerardFlt Lt33168British74 Sqd
DFC
SpitfireDiedJoined 74 Sqd 15 July 1940.
1453 KelseyEric NormanSgt741557RAFVRBritish611 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1941-01-19Malta Memorial Age 20

1454 KempJohn LesliePlt Off70862British54 Sqd

SpitfireBaled out Spitfire I (N3184) because of engine failure 21 July 1940 East of Clacton and was rescued by the Navy.
1455 KempJohn RichardPlt Off41850RAFNew Zealander141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
MIA1940-07-19

Archive Report

Killed at 12:45hrs 19 July 1940 along with his crewman Sgt R.Crombie in Defiant (L6974) on convoy patrol. Shot down off Dover by a Bf 109 from JG 51. Runnymede Age 25

Born on the 14th August 1914 at Napier. Worked as a clerk for Turnbull and Jones and Company. On the 16th February 1938 applied and was accepted for a short-term commission in RAF. Promoted to P/O on the 21st October 1939. Awarded pilots badge on the 15th July 1939. Son of Thomas Simpson Charles and Ethel Cordella E. Kemp (nee Curgenven), of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand. 303 flying hours logged

Courtesy AWMM


1456 KempNigel Leslie DigbyPlt Off84941British242 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneDFC 7 October 1941.
1457 KendalJohn BedfordPlt Off83268RAFVRBritish66 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1942-05-25Runnymede Age 21
1458 KennardHugh CharlesFg Off40396British66 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireDied
1459 Kennard-DavisPeter FrankPlt Off42348RAFBritish64 Sqd

SpitfireWIA KIA1940-08-10Posted to 7 OTU, Hawarden in July 1940 and, after converting to Spitfires, he joined 64 Squadron at Kenley on August 3rd. Five days later his aircraft caught fire during combat with Me109’s over Dover and he baled out, seriously wounded with fragments of metal in his head, body, right arm and right leg. He was admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital and died there on August 10th. His Spitfire, L1039, crashed and burned out. Kennard-Davis was 19

Shot down in flames in Spitfire I (L1039) 8 August 1940 in combat with a Bf 109 of JG 51. Aircraft crashed at West Langdon, Kent at 12:05. P.F.Kennard-Davis died of his wounds on the 10 August 1940. Brookwood Cemetery England Age 19





1460 KennedyJohn ConnollyFlt Lt40052RAFAustralian238 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1940-07-13 Age 23On patrol in Hurricane (P2950) 13 July 1940, shot down a Do 17 off Chesil Beach at 15:20hrs but he was killed when he crashed while trying to avoid some High Tension cables. Warmwell Holy Trinity Churchyard England


1461 KennedyRonald WilliamP/O162542RAFVRBritish604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1944-03-26Wierhuizen Protestant Cemetery de Marne Holland Age 28
1462 KennerPeter LewisPlt Off73032RAFVRBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1940-08-28 Age 21P/O C.E.Johnson of 264 Sqd and pilot P/O P.L.Kenner were killed on the 28 August 1940 at 08:55hrs. Defiant I (L7026) shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 26 over Thanet. Brentwood London Road Cemetery England
1463 KennettPeterPlt Off82685RAFVRBritish3 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-04-11Malta Capuccini Naval Cemetery Age 21
1464 KensallGeorgeAC1052337RAFVRBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1943-12-20Air Gunner. Rheinberg War Cemetery Age 22
1465 KentJohn Alexander 'Johnnie'Sqd Ldr (later Grp Cpt)RAFCanadian303 Sqd

92 Sqd

Virtuti Militari

DFC

AFC
Hurricane13Died1985-10-07Born in Canada, Johnnie Kent spent most of his life in the United Kingdom. Became a pilot at 17 and held a commercial licence when he was 19. Joined the RAF in n1935 and flew Gauntlets with 19 Sqd. In September 1939 he joined 212 Sqd in France. His first victory was when a Bf 109 attacked him but could not pull out of its dive and went into the River Seine. There were no witnesses so he could not claim it. He became flight commander on Hurricanes with 303 Sqd Polish. So highly did the Poles regard Kent that they made him an honourary Pole and called him 'Kentowski'. He then commanded 92 Squadron on Spitfire I. In October 1940 he scored up his Squadron's 100th wartime victory.





1466 KentRaymond DugdalePlt Off77358British235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war26th September 1948 in LondonBorn on 5 July 1905 in China. Commissioned in RAFVR in February 1940 as a direct-entry Air Gunner. Joined 235 Sqd at North Coates in late March 1940 after training at No. 1 Air Armament School Manby. Detached to CGS Warmwell on 13th May 1940 for a Gunnery Leader course, rejoining 235 on 14th June. Released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.
1467 KeoghVernon Charles 'Shorty'Plt Off81620RAFVRAmerican609 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1941-02-15Surname also spelled Keough. Had a civil pilots licence in America. He had been a professional parachute jumper with over 500 jumps. He was the smallest pilot in the RAF and had to use two cushions in his Spitfire to see out of the cockpit. Signed originally to fight for Finland against Russia, but arrived in Europe too late for that war. After a spell in France, he came to England on the last ship from the port of St Jean-de-Luz and joined the RAF. Accepted by the RAF and on July 5 he went to 7 OTU Hawarden. Sent to 609 Sqd 8 August 1940. Operational 16 August on his first patrol encountered the enemy. Shared in the destruction of a Do 215 on the 15 September 1940 before transferring on 18 September 1940 to the to help form 71 Sqd 'Eagle' at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire. Last seen spinning into the sea off Flanborough Head during the chase of a Heinkel. Runnymede Age 29
1468 KeprtJosefSgt (later Flt Lt)787695 68138RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

96 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane4Died1976-07-29Hurricane I (L1644) caught fire near Cambridge 10 September 1940. Died Brno
1469 Ker-RamsayRobert GeraldFlt Lt37321British25 Sqd

FIU
MBE

BlenheimPoWBlenheim Z5721 of FIU crashed in Channel off Calais during night patrol circumstances unknown; Ker-Ramsay, W/Os George Dixon, and 'Paddy' Byrne baled out and were captured.

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1470 KershawAnthonyPlt Off91191RAF AAFBritish1 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-03-19Manchester Crematorium Age 21
1471 KerwinJohn WilliamFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)C/922RCAFCanadian401 Sqd RCAF

Hurricane2WIAKIFA1942-07-16Pre-war member of the RAF. Joined No 1 RCAF Squadron in August 1940. 31 August he destroyed a Do 215. 1 September he destroyed another Dornier and a Bf 110. He was then shot down and he baled out of his Hurricane I (P3963) over Shipbourne at 14:25hrs, with burns. KIFA in KIA in the Aleutians on the 16 July 1942. Canada. Fort Richardson Post Cemetery Age 24

John Kerwin Medals

1472 KestlerOldrichSgt987527RAFVRCzech111 Sqd

605 Sqd

Czech Military Cross

HurricaneKIA1941-04-07Born Cizice 18 March 1920. Joined 111 at Dyce 19 October 1940. Joined 605 Sqd. On 7 April 1941 he collided in Hurricane Z318?, with Spitfire P8315 (Sgt Martinec, Czech) and both were killed. Awarded Czech Military Cross – buried Market Drayton Cemetery Age 28

1473 KeymerMichaelSgt748504RAFVRBritish65 Sqd

Spitfire0.5Murdered after parachuting from aircraft1940-08-2218 August at around 13:30hrs helped to shoot down a He 111 flown by R.Ahrens from I Gruppe of KG 1. Shot down in Spitfire I (K9909) 22 August 1940 off Dover at 19:35hrs. Attacked by Bf 109 of JG 26. Murdered by German officer. Bazinghen Churchyard France Age 24

Sergeant Michael Keymer, 24, British pilot of 65 Sqd, Spitfire Mk.Ia registration number K9909, coded FZ-O, is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 of Jagdgeschwader JG 26. He parachuted, and broke both legs when he arrived on the ground near Bazinghen, in Pas-de-Calais. Murdered by a German officer.

Called up 1st September 1939. To 65 Squadron at Hornchurch 7th August 1940. Share in Me109. 22nd August shot down in Spitfire K9909 YT-O. and it had been assumed until 2004 that he came down in the sea, his body being washed ashore and buried in Bazinghen churchyard, NE of Ambleteuse. However it now seems that Keymer had engaged Me109s in fighting over the convoy 'Totem', the battle drifting inland over Ambleteuse. In 2004 Jacques Mahieu bought a home in Bazinghen. He was intrigued to find a wooden memorial to Michael Keymer nearby. He met Mme. Colette Dorer who had been an eye-witness of the loss of Keymer and who gave him in 2006 the following account (translated from French): "On the 22nd August 1940 at about 5 or 6pm, I had gone to milk the cows with my mother and Mme Noel when suddenly we saw two aircraft quite close together. They were flying in circles at low altitude, firing their guns. They were so low that for a moment I could see the helmeted head of the British pilot with his thick goggles. The German aircraft was a little higher and in the end had the upper hand on his opponent. Within seconds the British plane disintegrated. We saw a part of it go down by the river in a marsh that we called ‘Ledquent meadows’. We sheltered under a tree. Once it was quiet again we did not run straight home but towards the river where we saw the propeller. Then we went home to find the aircraft tail 50 metres away from our house". A part of the engine had fallen a little further down the meadow on a path to the Grande Maison. The main wreckage and wings were further on in the same direction followed by the pilot who came down close to the farm of Mme. Caron. The spot was very close to the camouflaged railway used to bring ammuntion to the big cross-Channel guns on the coast. The main part of the engine came down near the village of Colincthun. Keymer had been seen to bale out but his parachute was only partially developed, due to the low altitude, when he hit the ground. "The house of my grandparents had been requisitioned by the Germans to set up a hospital. The German commander, an officer by the name of Damberger, had set off with other men to find the pilot. I saw him come back with a string of bullets (presumably a belt of ammunition from the Spitfire’s wings). He then tied up his dog and shot him. He was a strange man, an evil man, I was scared of him since he had tried to lock me in a cupboard when I was 7 years old, I had failed to salute him in the street. My father saw that the unfortunate pilot was still alive but with two broken legs, his parachute lay opened around him. Damberger shot and killed him. My father and other men wrapped the pilot in his parachute and buried him on the spot. A few days later my father made a coffin and the pilot was exhumed and then reburied in it. A fence was made to keep animals away and I would go back often to lay flowers". The following year, 1941, Keymer was reburied in the churchyard.

Son of Bernard William Keymer, and of Ellen Constance Keymer, of Farnham, Surrey. His brother John Gilbert Keymer also fell.





1474 KeynesJohn DouglasSgt88419RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimWoundedMIA Spitfire IX EN5321943-06-04Malta Memorial, Panel 6, column 1 Age 29

Born in London on 12th December 191. Son of William John and Muriel Audrey Keynes, of Thornton Heath, Surrey

Courtesy Portsmouth Grammar School


1475 KidsonRudalPlt Off41297RAFNew Zealander141 Sqd

Defiant

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MIA1940-07-19

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Shot down and killed along with his gunner (F.P.J.Atkins) in Defiant (L7015) off Dover by a Bf 109 of JG51 19 July 1940 at 12:45hrs. Runnymede Age 26

Born on the 7th May 1914 at Wellington. joined the Auckland Aero Club where he obtained his 'A' License in February 1938, left for England at his own expense where was accepted for a short-term commission in the RAF. Son of George Rudal Kidson and Norah May Kidson of New Zealand. 303 flying hours logged.

Courtesy AWMM


1476 KillickPeterSgt144792British245 Sqd

Hurricane
1477 KillingbackFrederick William GeorgeSgt46560British249 Sqd

HurricaneWIAWounded 7 September 1940 at 17:05hrs. Hurricane I (R4230) shot down by a Bf 109 over Maidstone, Kent. He baled out.
1478 KilmartinJohn Ignatius 'Killy'Fg Off39793Irish43 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane13Survived war1998Despite the animosity many Republican Irishmen felt for the British, there were many who fought alongside them in the Second World War, and ten who fought in the Battle of Britain. John Kilmartin was born in 1913 in Dundalk, Ireland near the border with Northern Ireland. His father died when he was nine and he was shipped to Australia as part of a scheme to resettle poor and disadvantaged children. One can only imagine how he felt as he sailed to Australia where he worked on a cattle farm and later, in Shanghai, as a bank clerk and part-time jockey. He joined the RAF in 1937 and after training, was posted to 43 Sqd at RAF Tangmere in January 1938. With the war declared, he was posted to 1 Sqd and sent to France. During the Battle of France, flying Hawker Hurricanes, he quickly built up a score and was a double ace by the middle of May. The spent pilots of 1 Sqd were withdrawn to England at the end of May and 'Killy' was sent to train others for the coming Battle of Britain. He rejoined 43 Sqd at the beginning of September 1940, increasing his score during the Battle of Britain. He was awarded a DFC and gazetted on 8 October. In the spring of the following year, he was sent to command 602 Sqd, but that was short-lived. Instead, he went to West Africa, taking command of 128 Sqd in Sierra Leone to defend that country in the event that the Vichy French attacked from their bases in Dakar, Senegal to the north. He returned to Great Britain in August of 1942 to command 504 Sqd on Spitfires and then eventually the whole wing at RAF Hornchurch. In 1944, Kilmartin led the Typhoon wing of the Tactical Air Force. He was made an OBE in January 1945, went on to serve in Burma on P-47 Thunderbolts and then to Sumatra. The breadth of his war service spanned 6 years of the war and three continents. He remained in the RAF after the war, and held staff positions at NATO. He died in 1998.

Joined RAF before the war. Went to France with 1 Sqd at the start of hostilities. Score in France was 11 of which 6 were Bf 110s, 4 Bf 109s and a Ju 88. Flew with 43 Sqd during the Battle, shooting down a Bf 110 and a Bf 109 in September 1940.




1479 KilnerJoseph RichardSgt63783British65 Sqd

DFC

MiD
4 (minimum, some records at 7)Survived war11th May 1986Sent to Canada to instruct & brought his wife & child with Instructed at Medicine Hat, Alberta. DFC Citation London Gazette #36686 dated 1 September 1944: 'This officer has completed very many sorties and has shot down seven and assisted in the destruction of four more enemy aircraft. He has displayed great skill, courage and tenacity, qualities which were well illustrated on a recent occasion when he pressed home a most determined attack on an ammunition train in a railway siding. Considerable anti-aircraft fire was directed at his aircraft which was hit and an engine rendered useless. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Kilner flew to an airfield in this country and effected a safe landing.'

Born in Beckenham, Kent England 11 October 1916. Educated at Christs College, Finchley and then Torquay Grammar School. Attended the de Havilland School of Flying at Hatfield from 24th August 1936 until 11th December 1937. The reserve scheme was subsumed into the RAFVR just as he left Hatfield for 5 ERFTS Hanworth. To 19 ERFTS Gatwick on 30 November 1938 and then 22 ERFTS Cambridge on 22 February 1939. Full-time service on 1st May 1939. To 65 Sqd at Hornchurch. 26 May 1940 Kilner shared a probable Ju88 near Calais. 28 May shared a Do17 near Dunkirk. 5 July he shared a He111, on 5th, 12th and 13th August got Me109 probables. 16 July got two Me109s and damaged another and on the 20th he got a Me109, probably another and damaged a Do17. 8 December 1940 to CFS Cranwell for an instructors course. Instructing at 14 SFTS Cranfield on 10 January 1941. 18 August 1941 he embarked on the 'Olaf Fostenes' with his wife, daughter and son. Arrived Montreal, Canada 28 August. To 34 SFTS, Medicine Hat, Alberta, instructed there until 30 October 1943 when he took up another post at 36 OTU Greenwood, Nova Scotia. After arriving back in UK at Liverpool on the 31 January 1944, posted to 1 Personnel Despatch Centre, West Kirby before 13 OTU Bicester on the 15 February for Mosquito conversion. To 21 Sqd at Hunsdon on 28 March 1944. Posting ended on 31st July 1944 with a staff position at HQ AEF in France. DFC 5 September 1944 credited with seven enemy aircraft destroyed and four shared. Released from the RAF on 31st July 1946 as a Squadron Leader.


1480 KinderDouglas SteelePlt Off42611British73 Sqd

WIABadly burned 23 September in Hurricane I (P3226) in combat over the Thames at 11:05hrs with a Bf 109.
1481 KinderMaurice CraigPlt OffBritish607 Sqd

AFC

Hurricane

1482 KingEric BruceSqd Ldr32199British249 Sqd

151 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-30Flew with 249 Sqd until 21 August 1940, then transferred to 151 Sqd. Shot down and killed in Hurricane I (V7369) by Bf 110s 30 August 1940 at 11:50hrs near Strood, Kent.
1483 KingFrederick HarryPlt Off43845RAFBritish264 Sqd

DFM

Defiant

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9KIA1940-08-24With Leader of 264 Sqd (PA Hunter) shot down a total of 9 and 1 shared. On 24 August 1940 at 12:40hrs went missing after chasing a Ju 88 out to sea in Defiant (N1935). Runnymede
1484 KingLeonard Frank DouglasFg Off42612RAFBritish64 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1945-03-19Runnymede Age 26
1485 KingMartyn AurelPlt Off42845RAFBritish249 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-16His brief operational career ended on 16 August 1940. He was shot down and baled out over Southampton during the action that earned Flight Lieutenant Nicolson the Victoria Cross. King’s parachute, however, collapsed during the descent and he was killed on landing. Born in Essex but attended Chefoo School in northern China, where he was captain of boats and played football in the 1st Xl. Joined the RAF on a short service commission just before the outbreak of war and was posted to 249 Sqd in June 1940. A large crowd attended King’s funeral at All Saints’ Church, Fawley, near Southampton. Although his headstone states that he was 19, his birth certificate shows that he was born on 15 October 1921 and was therefore 18 when he was killed, making him one of the youngest pilots to fly in the Battle of Britain.

Killed 16 August 1940 at 13:55hrs. Shot up by a German fighter over Southampton and he baled out of his Hurricane I (V7369) but his parachute collapsed. Fawley All Saints Churchyard Age 18


1486 KingPeter James ChristopherFg Off41298RAFBritish66 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-05Killed 5 September 1940 at 16:00hrs. Baled out of Spitfire I (N3060) after combat with a Bf 109 over the Medway. Parachute failed to open. Farnborough St Botolph Churchyard England Age 19

1487 KingWilliam LawrencePlt Off (later Flt Lt)77359RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1943-01-22Langlebury St Paul Churchyard Age 31
1488 KingRPOBritish238 Sqd

Hurricane
1489 KingabyDonald ErnestSgt (later Grp Cpt)112406British266 Sqd

92 Sqd
DSO

AFC

DFM & 2 Bars

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

DFC (USA)

Spitfire22.5DiedJoined 266 Sqd. Posted to 92 Sqd at the end of September, he destroyed 4 before the end of the Battle. 27 October force landed Spitfire I (R6721) near Leatherhead, Surrey. Between the end of the Battle and the 2nd of July 1942, he destroyed 12 Bf 109s and was described in the press as '109 specialist'. DFM on 6 December 1940. 27 October 1940 force landed Spitfire I (R6721) near Leatherhead, Surrey. Between the end of the Battle and the 2nd of July 1942, he destroyed 12 Bf 109s. Citation: 'This airman has displayed great courage and tenacity in his attacks against the enemy. He has destroyed at least nine hostile aircraft, four of which he shot down in one day.' Bar to DFM 29th July 1941. Citation: 'This airman pilot has continued to prove himself a very able section leader who fights with coolness and courage. He has now destroyed at least 14 enemy aircraft and damaged others.' Destroyed 3 more Bf 109s up to 3 October 1941. Second Bar 11 to DFM November 1941, only man to receive two Bars during the war. Citation: 'This airman leads his section, and occasionally the Flight, with great skill and courage. He has participated in 36 operational sorties during which he has destroyed 17, probably destroyed six, and damaged a further seven enemy aircraft. F/Sgt Kingaby has at all times displayed the greatest determination and sound judgement, combined with a high standard of operational efficiency.' Commissioned. DSO 9 March 1943, CdeG (Belgium) in October 1944, DFC (USA) 15 May 1945, AFC 5 June 1952. 22 ½ enemy aircraft.
1490 KingcombeCharles Brian FabrisFlt Lt33319British92 Sqd
DSO

DFC & Bar

Spitfire11WIADied1994-02-14Cranwell. Flew with 65 Sqd before the Battle of Britain. Stanford Tuck requested his transfer to 92 Sqd as his flight commander and described him as knowledgeable and immensely popular in his book (Fly For Your Life). Officially credited with 11 kills. Shot down 15 October 1940 in Spitfire I (X4418) at 11:45hrs, as he was gliding back to Biggin Hill after using up his ammunition. His aeroplane was filled with holes and he baled out safely with a wound to the leg. DFC Citation: 'This airman has displayed great courage and tenacity in his attacks against the enemy. [Many sources spell his name as Kingcome]
1491 KingsRobert AustinPlt Off82953RAFVRBritish238 Sqd

Hurricane12013-05-01Baled out Hurricane I (P3830) over the Isle of Wight 26 September 1940 after combat with a Bf 110 at 16:35hrs. Injured 30 September 1940 at 14:00hrs. Baled out after Hurricane I (L1702) collided with the Hurricane I (N2474) of P/O V.C.Simmonds near Shaftsbury.

Born 22nd October 1914. Joined RAFVR July 1938, training at 29 E&RFTS at Luton. Called up 1st September 1939. Posted to 3 ITW Hastings 13th December. To 14 FTS Kinloss 12th March 1940. To 6 OTU Sutton Bridge 7th August, convert to Hurricanes, posted to 238 Squadron at St. Eval on the 31st. August 1940. Damaged a He111 on 25th September, shot down by a Me110 in combat over the Isle of Wight on 26th September. Baled out, unhurt. His Hurricane, P3830, is thought to have crashed on Colemans Farm, Porchfield. He destroyed a He111 in the action. Four days later he baled out again, after colliding with P/O VC Simmonds during a routine patrol. Kings was injured in a heavy landing because of a damaged parachute, which had ripped on the tail of his aircraft. His Hurricane, L1702, crashed near Shaftesbury. Admitted to hospital and did not rejoin 238 until 15th November 1940. However he was judged to be not fully fit and he was put on administrative duties and did not return again to 238 until 22nd December, now fit to fly. 238 Squadron embarked on HMS Victorious on 17th May 1941, en route for the Middle East. Disembarked when Victorious added to the task force chasing the Bismarck. After returning to Scotland to refuel, it set off again for the Mediterranean. On 14th June 1941 flew off south of Majorca, heading for Malta. Refuelled, the squadron flew to Egypt the next day and on the 19th was attached to 274 Squadron in the Western Desert. On 16th September 1941 the 238 pilots were flown to Takoradi, to fly back Hurricane 11cs. On 26th November shot down in a sweep over Sidi Rezegh and made a forced-landing in the desert. Picked up by 22nd Armoured Brigade and finished up in Tobruk. Posted to the ADU in the Delta on 30th April 1942 and remained with it until 17th May 1945 when he returned to the UK. In November 1945 he was posted to India, served at RAF Poona and Calcutta and returned to the UK in November 1947. Later trained in Air Traffic Control and Radar duties, retired from the RAF on 27th October 1964 as a Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader. Died on 1st May 2013. RAF Sqn.Ldr and Battle of Britain pilot, died peacefully on 1st May 2013, aged 98. Beloved husband of the late Sonia, loving father of Nikki and Patti and devoted grandfather and great-grandfather. Funeral at Rockbeare Parish Church on 14 May 2013 at 2.00 pm.


Plate from 'Men Of The Battle Of Britain' by Ken Wynne





Rockbeare Parish Church, Devon
1492 KirkThomas BrianSgt808416RAF AAFBritish74 Sqd
SpitfireWIA1941-07-22Baled out Spitfire II (P7370) badly wounded after combat with Bf 109s over Maidstone, Kent 20 October at 14:55hrs. Died in July 1941. East Harlsey St Oswald Churchyard England Age 22

1493 KirkpatrickJames CharlesPlt Off81630RAFVRBelgian235 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-10-09Escaped to England in June 1940. Commissioned in RAF in July, then posted to 235 Sqd on Blenheims. 'Missing' 9 October 1940 in Blenheim N3530, operating from Thorney Island. Shot down by Me109s over the Channel. Kirkpatrick's body never found. The bodies of the other crew members, P/O R C Thomas and Sgt. G E Keel, were recovered. Shot down over the Channel and killed along with crew P/O R.C.Thomas 9 October 1940 at 17:30hrs. They were flying aerodrome protection duty South of Thorny Island in a Blenheim IVf (N3530). Runnymede and a memorial grave at the Pelouse d'Honneur in Brussels.

Belgium Aircrew Losses


1494 KirkwoodMark TyzackPlt Off39287RAFBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1940-11-08Runnymede
1495 KirtonDavid IanSgt550500RAFBritish65 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-08Killed when shot down over Manston in Spitfire I (K9911) by Bf 109 from 9 Gruppe of JG 26 at 11:40hrs 8 August 1940. Dover St James's Cemetery England Age 21

1496 KitaSzymonSgt (later W/O)781003PAFPolish85 Sqd 253 SqdKW (x2) ML Wound BadgeHurricane1980-09-2901.07.-31.10.1940 actively participated in the Battle ofBritain - he died in Zielona Góra Poland
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1497 KitsonThomas RoyPlt Off (later Flt Lt)41934RAFBritish245 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-04-13Blackpool Carleton Crematorium
1498 KleczkowskiStefanPlt Off76717PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish

Hurricane1992-02-14After 6 OTU, he fought from September 23, 1940 in the Battle of Britain in 302 Sqd. Transferred in February 1941 as pilot to 10 BGS. He returned to combat flying in 303 Sqd from November 1944 to June 1946. Died Age 75 in Sittingbourne Kent - ashes in the family grave in Poland
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1499 KleinZygmunt 'Joe'Sgt780685PAFPolish234 Sqd 152 SqdKrzyz Walecznych (x2)

Medal Lotniczy

Spitfire2MIA1940-11-28Born on 24 August 1918 in Koronowo. Joined PAF in 1936, to 142 Sqd, and flew against the Luftwaffe in Poland in 1939-40, escaping via France to Britain. Joined RAF in February 1940. Joined 234 Sqd at St Eval 6 August 1940 - was shot down but bailed out on August 15, 1940. Went to Warmwell with 152 Sqd He shot down one Bf109 and shared a Bf110 and damaged another Bf110. Crash landed Spitfire P9427 out of fuel near Torquay on November 26 1940. In a Channel 4 TV Programme, 'Spitfire Ace' LAC Joe Roddis described how his groundcrew most admired the Polish flyers as they were determined to kill Germans, not just shoot down aircraft; their country was occupied and they hated the enemy with a vengeance. He named Klein as one of the bravest and described how on one very foggy day they were all ordered to be grounded. But Klein heard a German aircraft patrolling over the aerodrome and against orders took off and brought it down in very dangerous flying conditions. He was declared Missing on November 28 1940, believed killed in action in his Spitfire in the Isle of Wight area, by Bf109s. Shot down and killed by Bf 109 off Dorset Coast 29 November 1940. On patrol in Spitfire I (P9427). Age 22 Polish War Memorial Northolt England
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1500 Klodziński (Klosiński?)WojciechSgt780465PAFPolish54 Sqd

Krzyz Walecznych (x2)

Wound Badge
Spitfire1WIAFormer bomber pilot and instructor with the Polish Air Force. Klozinski joined 54 Sqd 2 June 1940. Destroyed Bf 109 12 August. 15 August 1940 Spitfire I (R7015) shot down after combat over Dover with a Bf 109 at 11:45hrs, it crashed near Hythe. Severely wounded. Return to duty October 1942 but never medically fit to fly again, served as ground instructor until war's end. Awarded the KW. and Bar on 15 July 1941.
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