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||Shepperd||George Edward||Sgt||523887||RAF||British||219 Sqd||Blenheim||KIA||1940-09-30||Air Gunner. Catterick Cemetery Age 23||
||Sheppherd||Edmund Eric||Sgt||566529||RAF||British||152 Sqd||Spitfire||4||KIA||1940-10-18||Born in Binstead Isle of Wight, and educated in Binstead and Ryde. Joined the RAF as an apprentice in 1935. During the Battle of Britain, as a Sergeant Pilot with 152 Sqd, he was credited with the destruction of an Me109 on 25 July 1940, two Junkers 88 aircraft on the 12 August 1940, and 7 October 1940; and a Junkers 87 Stuka on the 18 August 1940. Killed instantly when his Spitfire (serial R6607) crashed (cause unknown) as he was returning to his base at RAF Warmwell, Dorset. Ryde Binstead Cemetery England Age 23||
||Sherrington||Thomas Baldwin Aloysius||Plt Off||42082||British||92 Sqd||Spitfire||Died|| ||
||Shipman||Edward Andrew 'Shippy'||Plt Off||43364||British||41 Sqd||AFC||Spitfire||Died||Commissioned April 1940. retired December 1959 retaining Wg Cmd. Born Stathern, Melton Mowbray 9 December 1909||
||Shirley||Sidney Harry James||Sgt (later Flt Sgt)||804422||RAF||British||604 Sqd||Blenheim||KIA||1941-07-24||Air Gunner. Angles Community Cemetery France Age 32||
||Shorrocks||Norman Basil||Plt Off||78265||RAFVR||British||235 Sqd||Blenheim||MIA||1940-09-11||Flying escort to Fairey Albacores 1940-09-11 in Blenheim IV-f (L9396). Albacores from the Fleet Air Arm on a raid on Calais at 17:30hrs. Blenheim IV-f (L9396) was shot down by a Bf 109. F/Lt F.W.Flood and his crew all died on the mission (N.B.Shorrocks & B.R.Sharp). Runnymede Panel 10||
||Sibley||Frederick Albert||Sgt||458073||British||238 Sqd||Hurricane||MIA||1940-09-25||Force landed Hurricane I (N2597) at Glastonbury 25 September 1940 at 15:40hrs after combat. KIA on 1 October 1940 when Hurricane I (P3599) shot down over Poole Harbour at 11:10hrs.||
||Sika||Jaroslav||Sgt (later FO)||787382 158967||RAFVR||Czech||43 Sqd|
313 Sqd Czech
310 Sqd Czech
||Silk||Frank Harry||Sgt||111979||British||111 Sqd||DFC||Hurricane||Died|| ||
||Silver||William Gerald||Sgt||563391||RAF||British||152 Sqd||Spitfire Ia P9463||KIA||1940-09-25||Educated at Portsmouth Technical school. Joined the RAF in 1939. Flying Spitfires throughout the Battle. On September 25 1940 he did not return from a dogfight over the Portsmouth area in Spitfire P9463 at 1115 hrs., and is buried at Milton Rd Cemetery, Portsmouth, Plot U, Row 23a, Grave 13. He was 27 years old. |
Courtesy Oleg Marin
||Silvester||George Frederick||Sgt||113838||British||229 Sqd||DFC||Hurricane||
||Sim||Roderick Forbes||Sgt (later Flt Sgt)||748347||RAFVR||British||111 Sqd||Hurricane||KIA||1941-11-06||Crieff Cemetery Scotland||
||Simmonds||Vernon Churchill||Plt Off||42653||British||238 Sqd||Hurricane||Died||Baled out after Hurricane I (N2474) collided with Hurricane I (L1702) of P/O R.A.Kings near Shaftsbury on the 30 September 1940 at 14:00hrs.|
||Simpson||Geoffrey Mervyn||Plt Off (later F/O)||41841||RAF||New Zealander||229 Sqd||Hurricane||3.5||MIA||1940-10-26||Born Christchurch, New Zealand in 1919. Attended Christ’s College. Accepted for an RAF short service commission and sailed to the UK. Wings on 6 May 1939. 6 Octobern 1939 joined 229 Sqd on Blenheims, replaced by Hurricanes. On 16 May ‘A’ Flight went to France. On the 18th he got a Bf 110 and on the 21st shot down two He 111s. Squadron then took part in operations over Dunkirk, based at Biggin Hill and using Manston as its forward base. On 29 May Simpson damaged a Bf 109 and on the 31st he probably destroyed a Do 17. On the 15 September, with 229 now based at Northolt, Simpson shared in destroying a He 111. On 15 October he damaged a Bf 109. On 26 October Hurricanes of 229 and 302 Sqd Polish chased Bf 109s across the Channel. They lost them and started to return. Leading Blue Section of 229 he saw a He 59 flying low off the coast in the vicinity of Boulogne. He went down, accompanied by Sergeant Ommaney and Pilot Officer McHardy. After two bursts from Ommaney, the floatplane landed on the sea, with three of its four crew killed. The Hurricanes were then attacked from the rear by Bf 109s as well as ground fire. Ommaney returned safely, but McHardy and Simpson were seen to be heavily engaged by Bf 109s. They did not return. McHardy became a PoW but Simpson was not heard of again. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 6.|
Hurricane I (W6669) was shot down off the French coast by a Bf 109 after he attacked a He 59 at 11:30hrs. Runnymede Panel 6 Age 21
||Simpson||John William Charles||Flt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)||37642||British||43 Sqd|
245 Sqd (CO)
|DFC||Hurricane||12||Survived war||12 August 1949 by his own hand||On patrol 19 July 1940 in Hurricane I (P3140) when he was shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 27. Baled out near Selsey slightly wounded at 17:15hrs. |
43 Sqd Pilots April 1940 L-R: Sgt J Arbuthnot : Sgt R. Plenderleith: Sgt Herbert James Lempriere Hallowes: Flt Lt James William Charles Simpson: S/Ldr Peter Wooldridge Townsend: P/O Hamilton Charles Upton
"In the cockpit of his Hawker Hurricane Mark I, W9145 'DX-L', at Aldergrove, County Antrim, on the day before he shot down his twelfth enemy aircraft 4/5th May 1941 © IWM CH 2686)"
||Simpson||Leslie William||Plt Off||76471||141 Sqd|
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||Simpson||Peter James||Plt Off||41875||111 Sqd|
|Hurricane/Spitfire||Died||18 August 1940 force landed Hurricane I (P3399) after being hit by the return fire from a Do 17 from KG 76. He landed on Woodcote Park Golf Course near Epsom at 13:40hrs. Also flew with 64 Sqd in Spitfire I during the Battle of Britain. |
111 Sqd Pilots 1940. L-R: Sgt Ralph Carnall: P/O Ronald Brown: P/O Jack Copeman:F/O David Bruce:P/O Peter Simpson
||Sims||Ivor Reginald||Sgt (later Flt Lt)||120223||RAFVR||British||248 Sqd||Blenheim||KIA||1945-01-13||Gloucester Coney Hill Cemetery Age 34||
||Sims||James Ayscough||Plt Off||43944||British||2 Sqd 232 Sqd||Hurricane||Died|| ||
||Sinclair||Gordon Leonard||Fg Off||39644||British||19 Sqd|
310 Sqd Czech
|Hurricane||Survived war||26th June 2005||Baled out safely 9 September 1940 at 17:35hrs. Hurricane I (R4084) collided with Hurricane I (P3888) flown by J.F.Boulton whilst in combat over Croydon. His aircraft crashed at Purley Way, Wallington in Surrey. Baled out of Hurricane I (V6608) on 27 September 1940 after combat over Thanet with a Bf 109 at 12:20hrs. Unhurt. |
Pencil drawing by Steve Teasdale of Brian Lane has been signed by 3 Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots from 19 Squadron. The signatures are : Gordon Sinclair, James Coward and David Cox. This image has become synonymous with the tired state of our brave pilots as they battled in the skies over England in 1940.
||Sinclair||John||Plt Off||81346||British||219 Sqd||Blenheim||Died|| ||
||Sing||John Eric James 'Jackie'||Flt Lt||37429||British||213 Sqd||DFC||Hurricane||Baled out Hurricane I (P3780) safely on 11 September 1940 at 16:00hrs over Selsey.||
||Siudak||Antoni||Sgt||PAF||Polish||303 Sqd Polish||Virtuti Militari|
|3||KIA||1940-10-06||Killed when Hurricane I (P3120) he was in was bombed on the ground as he prepared to take off at Northolt by a lone raider at 12:00hrs on 6 October 1940. Northwood Cemetery Age 31|
||Sizer||Wilfred Max 'Bill'||Plt Off||40758||British||213 Sqd||Hurricane||4||Died|| ||
||Skalski||Stanisław||Plt Off (later W/C)||76710||PAF||Polish||302 Sqd|
DFC & 2 Bars
Krzyz Walecznych (x4)
Medal Lotniczy (x4)
|Hurricane||18||Died||2004-11-12||Final tally for the war was 18 confirmed kills 3 shared kills 2 probables and 4 damaged.|
Skalski's Grave in Poland
||Skillen||Victor Hall||Sgt||745460||RAFVR||British||29 Sqd||Blenheim||KIA||1941-03-11||St. Pierre Cemetery Amiens Age 24||
||Skinner||Charles David Evelyn||Fg Off||90225||British||604 Sqd||Blenheim||
||Skinner||Stanley Hewitt||Flt Lt (later W/C)||90210||RAF AAF||British||604 Sqd||Blenheim||MIA||1942-08-19||Runnymede Panel 64 Age 30||
||Skinner||Wilfred Malcom||Sgt (later P/O)||68722||RAFVR||British||74 Sqd||DFC|
|Spitfire||8||PoW. Survived war||June 2003||Joined 74 Sqd 10 June 1939 from No 5 E & R.F.T.S. at Hanworth. Scored over 8 victories during the Battle of Britain. Baled out of Spitfire I (X4022) after a collision while on patrol on 30 August 1940. Unhurt. Promoted to Pilot Officer and awarded DFC. At the time he was shot down and taken POW in July 1941 he was 74 Squadron's longest serving member. Made a PoW on the 6 July 1941 when shot down over France in Spitfire V (W3208). |
Supermarine Spitfires of No 74 Squadron, including the legendary 'Sailor' Malan flying Spitfire 'ZP-A' attacking He 111s. The cover shows the Military Medal which was famously awarded to the WAAFs at Biggin Hill for remaining at their posted during a heavy Luftwaffe attack
||Skowron||Henryk||Sgt||781283||PAF||Polish||303 Sqd Polish|
|Medal Lotniczy||Hurricane||KIFA||1941-07-18||1941 Based RAF Dumfries Fairey Battle L5775 training flight with a RAF student. For unknown reasons, the plane crashed at Blackshaw Bank, Solway Firth, Scotland. Both airmen were killed. Buried in the cemetery of St. Andrew in Dumfries Age 25 |
||Slade||John William||Sgt (later Sqd Ldr)||101518||RAFVR||British||64 Sqd||DFC||Spitfire||KIA||1945-09-19||Phaleron War Cemetery Greece Age 28||
||Slatter||Dudley Malins||Plt Off||44597||RAF||British||141 Sqd||Defiant|
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On patrol 1940-07-19 in Defiant (L7016) when shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 51 near Dover at 12:45hrs. His pilot JR Gardener injured. Runnymede
Born on the 7th March 1914. Son of Wilfred Thomas Slatter, and of Valletta Matilda Slatter, of Southsea, Hampshire
||Šlouf||Vaclav||Sgt (later Sqd Ldr)||787706 112547||RAFVR||Czech||312 Sqd Czech|
313 Sqd Czech
Medaille Militaire (France)
Croix de Guerre (France)
Czech War Cross
|Hurricane||3||Survived war||1976-04-13||Flew during the Battle of France. Flew to England and joined 312 Sqd Czech in Duxford in 1940 as a Sgt Pilot. Decorated 20 times by 3 countries and became Squadron Commander in 1944. DFC. After the war he and other Czechs returned home as a pilot with CSA, (Czech Airlines). When the communist took power he returned to England and re-joined the RAF. He died in 1978, cremated at Worle Crematorium, Somerset England||
||Sly||Oswald Kenneth||Sgt||759093||RAFVR||British||29 Sqd||Blenheim||MIA||1940-10-13||Blenheim L6637 was shot down by a 312 Squadron Hurricane and crashed in flames off the Point Ayr. 13 October 1940 by Hurricanes off Point Ayr, Wirral at 18:00hrs in a Blenheim If (L6637) The crew Sgt R.E.Stevens, Sgt O.K.Sly, A Jackson were killed. Runnymede||
||Smart||Thomas||Plt Off (later Sqd Ldr)||40324||RAF||British||65 Sqd||DFC||Spitfire||KIA||1943-04-12||Malta Memorial Panel 6 Column 1||
||Smith||Alexander||Sgt||1050686||RAFVR||British||600 Sqd||Blenheim||MIA||1941-08-22||On HBO Hough's Blenheim which ran out of fuel on a night patrol on 1940-09-08. The entire crew (EC Barnard A. Smith HBO Hough) baled out safely. 8 September 1940 with 600 Sqd became lost during night patrol. Plane's R/T had failed. were forced to bale out once their fuel ran out. MIA 1941 Runnymede||
||Smith||Arthur Dumbell||Sgt||580153||British||66 Sqd||Spitfire||WIA KIA||1940-09-06||Crashed in to sea on 24 July 1940. Cause unknown: uninjured. On 4 September 1940 baled out of Spitfire I (N3048) badly wounded near Purleigh, Essex after being shot up by Bf 109s. Died of his wounds on the 6 September 1940. Whyteleafe (St. Luke) Churchyard, Row D. Grave 33.||
||Smith||Arthur Joseph||Plt Off||42657||British||74 Sqd||Spitfire||WIFA. Survived war||22nd December 2004||Born 8 November 1920 in New Barnet England. His father was 'Joey' Smith, British and European Lightweight Boxing Champion. Educated at Denmead School, Woking and King Edward VI Grammar School, Guildford. RAF on a short service commission on the 15 June 1939. Posted to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 28 April 1940 for Hurricane conversion. To RAF Uxbridge on 15 May to await a posting to France. In France his train was bombed by Stukas and he was evacuated by ship to UK. 7 OTU Hawarden for Spitfire conversion. Joined 74 Sqd at Coltishall on 30 September 1940. At the end of October posted to ferrying duties for a few months and was then allocated to flight testing duties. On 9th April 1942 he had just taken off from a Scottish airfield when his engine cut, almost certainly due to water contaminated fuel. He crashed into the trees that bordered the airfield. Smith was taken to hospital, so badly injured that his family was sent for. He endured months of operations, resulting in him losing two inches in height due to the removal of leg bone. Ground duties for the rest of his service and was released in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.||
||Smith||Andrew Thomas 'Tom'||Sqd Ldr||90337||RAF AAF||British||610 Sqd||Spitfire||1||KIA||1940-07-25||Born in 1906. Oundle School from 1921 to 1924. St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. In April 1936, joined 610 Sqd, Auxiliary Air Force at Hooton Park. Flight Commander, to full-time service on 24 August 1939. Over Dunkirk on 27 May, Smith destroyed a Bf 110 and probably another. Two days after the CO, Squadron Leader A L Franks, was shot down and killed, also over Dunkirk, Smith took command of 610 as an acting Squadron Leader. On 10 July Smith crashed on landing at Hawkinge after his aircraft was damaged in combat above Dover. He was killed on 25 July when he stalled, attempting to land at Hawkinge after an action with Bf 109s over the Channel. His Spitfire crashed and burned out in a disused engine-testing shed. Killed when stalled battle damaged Spitfire I (R6693) at Hawkinge 25 July 1940 at 15:40hrs. after combat with a Bf 109s over the Channel. St Peter’s Churchyard, Delamere, Cheshire||
||Smith||Arthur William||Plt Off (later F/O)||41073||RAF||British||141 Sqd||Defiant|
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|KIA||1941-03-28||Ipswich New Cemetery Age 26||
||Smith||Christopher Dermont Salmond||Flt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)||33287||RAF||British||25 Sqd||DFC||Blenheim||MIA||1941-12-22||Runnymede Panel 28 Age 25||
||Smith||Denis Norman Evelyn||Plt Off||79524||Canadian||74 Sqd||Spitfire||KIA||1940-08-11||11 August 1940 shot down and killed in Spitfire I (R6962) East of Harwich by Bf 110s at 12:15hrs. Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Plot 9. Row 3. Grave 22. Belgium||
||Smith||Donald Sydney||Fg Off||40859||British||616 Sqd||Spitfire||KIA||1940-09-28||Wounded 27 September 1940 at 12:20hrs. Shot down in Spitfire I (R6702) by Bf 109 near to Faversham. Died next day. Buried at Faversham.||
||Smith||Edward Brian Bretherton||Flt Lt||90340||British||610 Sqd||DFC||Spitfire||3||Destroyed a Heinkel He 111 before the Battle. Shot down Bf 109s on 24 and 25 July 1940. On 12 August, on patrol in Spitfire I (K9818 'H') when he was shot down in flames over New Romney at 08:00hrs. Baled out, and was rescued from the sea and hospitalised with burns. DFC. 30 August 1940.||
||Smith||Edward Stanley||Fg Off||90093||British||600 Sqd||AFC|
|Blenheim||Flew with 600 Sqd Blenheims during the Battle. AFC 2 June 1943 and the DFC on the 2 October 1945.||
||Smith||Eric Claud||Sgt||197580||British||600 Sqd||Blenheim||9 August 1940, at night Blenheim suffered engine failure. Also came under fire from British AA. Pilot le Rougetel and radar operator/gunner (Sgt E.C.Smith) baled out of the Blenheim 1f BQ-O (L8679) over the Channel. They were both safe but Smith had to swim ashore at Westgate. His pilot, after baling out with some difficulty, was picked up by a lifeboat.||
||Smith||Eric Leigh||Plt Off||77346||British||604 Sqd||Blenheim||Died||
||Smith||Forgrave Marshall 'Hiram'||Fg Off||Canadian||72 Sqd||DFC||Spitfire||4||WIA||On 31 August 1940, I took off from Biggin Hill leading a section of four Spitfires of No. 72 Squadron and intercepted 100 plus enemy aircraft crossing the Kent coast near Rye. We were attacked by Me. 109s at 20,000 feet and turned head on to the attack. I saw puffs of smoke from the cannon of the leading 109 and thought 'missed me' - but not for long: a 20mm. cannon shell exploded on hitting the left earphone of my flying helmet, penetrating my head and neck, with splinters hitting my left arm.
The aircraft was seriously damaged by other hits and became out of control, diving vertically towards the ground. I tried to bale out but owing to the very high speed it was not possible to get more than half way out of the cockpit. The slipstream forced me back against the rear of the fuselage and repeated efforts only resulted in it becoming impossible to move in or out of the cockpit or to find anything against which I could push with my feet. Every effort having been made to no avail - and having gone through the full range of emotions embracing urgency, frustration, consternation, fear, panic and supplication - it was clear to me that owing to the speed at which I was approaching the ground it could only be a matter of moments until I hit it. I then became completely relaxed and resigned myself to imminent extinction.
In the event, I suddenly found myself free of the diving Spitfire and, quickly pulling my rip cord, descended the last 1000 feet or so by parachute at a relatively leisurely pace. The wind dragged me across a field before I was able to deflate the parachute. I found the operation rather difficult, probably, in part, through exhaustion after the effort of getting out of the aeroplane and partly due to the effect of the cannon shell which on exploding against my left ear had penetrated my head and neck and, in the process, blown the top off my Mae West!
Whilst releasing my parachute I looked up into the barrel of a .303 rifle aimed menacingly at me by a soldier of the Home Guard. I said to him "British", which explanation he seemed to find less than adequate. I then tried "English" whereupon he slowly lowered his rifle. By that time it had become clear to him that in my condition, whether friend or foe, I was in no shape to threaten him.
In due course I was transported to No. 7 Casualty Clearing Station, a hospital located in a well-known girls' school, Benenden, attended many years later by Princess Anne, and of which establishment I feel I may well claim to be an 'Old Boy' … '|
From Caterpillar Club: A Flight Commander by the advent of the Battle of Britain, Smith quickly increased his score on 15 August 1940, when he shot down two He. IIIs and probably destroyed another:
'Turning in behind a formation of bombers, I opened fire at one hitting its starboard engine, which started to smoke and large pieces flew off the main plane. I swung quickly behind another bomber firing a short burst into its port engine. I then transferred the attack to the third Heinkel, closing to point-blank range and I could see the incendiary bullets flash as they ricocheted on contact. I was close astern when the aircraft blew up with a tremendous explosion and disintegrated in a ball of fire, which I narrowly avoided flying into …' (ibid).
Towards the end of the August, No. 72 was ordered to Biggin Hill, from whence Smith undertook his final sortie of the Battle. Scrambled just an hour or two after their arrival, the Squadron was vectored onto a mass of enemy bombers, with 109s as escort, over Kent. Diving to the attack, Smith ran into a 109 making a head-on pass with guns blazing: a cannon shell exploded near his head and left him with multiple wounds.
His vivid account of his subsequent battle to escape his shot-up Spitfire invokes all manner of imagery - quite terrifying imagery - so relevant to the airmen who fought in the Battle of Britain. His somewhat unfortunate reception on landing was not dissimilar to that experienced by his good friend E. J. B. Nicolson, on the occasion that he won the V.C., although in Smith's case his accent may have confused the Home Guard soldier, 'for Hiram never lost his Canadian accent.'
Wounded 31 August 1940 at 18:35hrs. Baled out of Spitfire I (P3438) after combat.
||Smith||Frank||Sgt||994288||RAFVR||British||604 Sqd||Blenheim||MIA||1942-09-05||Runnymede Panel 93||
||Smith||Godfrey Ernest||Sgt||122301||British||254 Sqd||Defiant|
Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
||Smith||Irving Stanley||Plt Off||New Zealander||151 Sqd||DFC||Hurricane||6||Died||Born Invercargill 21 May 1917. Educated Whangarei and Auckland, New Zealand. Commission in the RNZAF. Arrived Britain just before the outbreak of war. Completed training in early July 1940 before joining 151 Sqd 13 July 1940 direct from flight school. 15 August 1940 flew 3 patrols, destroying a Bf 109 and damaging another on the second and shooting down another Bf 109 on the third. 9 days later shot down an He III and on 30 August 1940 he and another pilot 'frightened' a Bf 109 into the ground, killing the pilot. The following day he destroyed a Do 215 and damaged another and, on 2 October 1940 shot down an He III on its way home after bombing the Rolls Royce factory at Derby. Unit went over to night fighting and its Hurricanes were augmented with Defiants. DFC 7 March 1941.||
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||Smith||James Duncan||Plt Off||J/95482||RCAF||Canadian||229 Sqd||Hurricane||KIA||1944-12-18||Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Age 22||
||Smith||Kenneth Barton||Sgt||754895||RAFVR||British||247 Sqd||Hurricane||MIA||1940-08-08 Age 21||On patrol. Son of Herbert Sydney and Maria Ann Daisy Smith, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Runnymede Panel 19||
||Smith||Leslie Ernest||Sgt||112251||British||234 Sqd|
||Smith||Norman Henry Jackson||Plt Off||42270||British||235 Sqd||DFC||Blenheim||Surviving aircrew. After war changed name to Jackson-Smith||
||Smith||Percy Ronald||Sgt||581477||RAF||British||236 Sqd||Blenheim||MIA||1940-11-24||Runnymede Panel 19 Age 25||
||Smith||Phillip Richard||Plt Off (later Flt Lt)||45352||RAF||British||25 Sqd||Blenheim||MIA||1943-04-04||Runnymede Panel 121||
||Smith||Reginald Cyril||Sgt (later Flt Sgt)||565965||RAF||British||236 Sqd||Blenheim||MIA||1941-07-19||Runnymede Panel 37 Age 25||
||Smith||Robert Rutherford||Fg Off||Canadian||229 Sqd||DFC||Hurricane||Died||Wounded 15 September 1940, baled out Hurricane I (V6616) after combat over Sevenoaks, Kent at 12:00hrs.||
||Smith||Roddick Lee 'Dick'||Flt Lt||37129||British||151 Sqd||Hurricane||1||Joined 151 Sqd 10 June 1940 as 'B' Flight commander. Flying ability rated 'Exceptional'. Had no combat experience so he put in as many hours as he could practising dog-fighting with his pilots prior to first sortie. Flew 133 sorties during the Battle. Some were flying two cannon armed Hurricane (L1750) or a four cannoned Hurricane( V7350) which were idle as no one wanted to fly them. The cannon slowed the Hurricane down and also made it less agile. The cannons lacked reliability. He flew them on 110 operational sorties from North Weald. 13 August 1940 scored first confirmed victory, a Do 17. Ended the Battle with one kill, three probables, and two damaged and no recognition for having proved the cannon armed Hurricanes to be effective.||
||Smith||William Alexander||Flt Lt||40026||British||229 Sqd||Hurricane||Made force landing at Lingfield on the 27 September 1940 at 15:45hrs. Hurricane I (P3603) damaged by return fire from a Ju 88. Unhurt.||
||Smith||William Bruce||Sgt||Canadian||602 Sqd||Spitfire||WIA||Died||Wounded 30 October 1940 when force landed Spitfire I (X4542) near Lydd at 16:20hrs after being attacked by a Bf 109.||
||Smith||Wynford Ormonde Leoni||Flt Lt||37366||RAF||British||263 Sqd||Hurricane||KIA||1940-12-29||On 13 July 1940 while based at Grangemouth he went on an unauthorised patrol flying Hurricane I (P2991) and crash landed in the grounds of Carstairs Junction Public School at 2.00am writing off the aircraft. Exeter Higher Cemetery Age 25||
||Smith||St. James||British||600 Sqd||Blenheim||
||Smith||Robert Archer||PO||82947||British||616 Sqd||Spitfire||1940-08-07||Killed while night flying at Leconfield in Spitfire I on 7 August 1940. Leconfield (St. Catherine) Churchyard, England||
||Smith (Montagu-Smith post war)||Arthur Montagu||Flt Lt||37128||RAF||British||264 Sqd||Deputy Lieutenant||Defiant|
Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
|1987||Surviving aircrew. Born in London in 1915. Whitgift School. Flying training with the RAF in 1935. In 1936 joined 99 Sqd at Mildenhall to fly Heyfords, later Wellingtons. Smith flew them operationally in the first two months of the war. Joined 246 Sqd at Kirton-in-Lindsay on Defiants, as ‘A’ Flight commander, on 11 September 1940. December promoted to Squadron Leader and joined 221 Sqd at Birchham Newton, Norfolk as a Flight Commander. He carried out the first Coastal Command Wellington attack on a U-boat in the Atlantic in May 1941. Staff job at HQ No 18 Group in October 1941. Commanded 248 Sqd at Talbenny on Beaufighters on long-range fighter patrols between the UK and Gibraltar. February 1944 to July 1945 he was part of the RAF Delegation in Washington DC. He commanded a Mosquito Wing in France. Post-war RAF appointments included serving at the British High Commission in Delhi with the British Delegation to the United Nations in New York during the Korean War and at the embassy in Budapest, Hungary. He was also Deputy OC at RAF Acklington. He retired on 1 January 1961, as a Wing Commander, retaining the rank of Group Captain.||
||Smither||Ross||Fg Off||C/1594||RCAF||Canadian||1 Sqd (RCAF)||Hurricane||1||KIA||1940-09-15||Long-term regular RCAF officer, destroyed Bf 110 on the 4 September 1940. Shot down and killed in Hurricane I (P3876) in combat with Bf 109s on 15 September 1940 over Tonbridge at 12:10hrs, aged 28. Son Of Frank And Susan Smither. His Brother, Sydney Frank Also Died On Service. Brookwood Military Cemetery, 3. H. 1.||
||Smithers||Julian Langley 'Jakes'||Plt Off||90540||RAF AAF||British||601 Sqd||Hurricane I P3885||KIA||1940-08-11 Age 24|
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Born in Knockholt, Kent England 17th December 1915. Educated at Eton, where he became Captain of the House. Joined 601 Sqd Auxiliary Air Force. Full-time service 24th August 1939. 5 OTU Aston Down on 6th May 1940 to convert to Hurricanes. Back to 601 in late May. On 11th August he was shot down and killed during a combat off Portland and crashed into the sea, in Hurricane P3885. Smithers was 24. His body washed up in Eletot, north of Fecamp in France and buried in the local churchyard by the villagers. Since reinterred in Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France. commemorated by plaque in St. Katherine's Church Knockholt, with his brother, 2/Lt. Alfred John Langley Smithers, was killed in action in Royal Armoured Corps on 25th November 1941, commemorated on the Alamein Memorial. Joined 601 Sqd in June 1940. Shot down into the sea and killed off Portland in Hurricane I (P3885) on the 11 August 1940 Buried at Ste Marie, Le Havre, France.
Son of Langley and Mabel Lily Smithers, of South Kensington, London. His brother Alfred John Langley Smithers also died on service. Grave inscription: 'The Battle Of Britain" "And How Can Man Die Better Than Facing Fearful Odds'.
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St. Katherine's Knockholt
Ste Marie, Le Havre
||Smithson||Richard||Sgt (later P/O)||46174||RAF||British||249 Sqd||Hurricane I V6574||WIA||KIA||1941-07-22||Wounded 7 September 1940 at 17:00hrs. Hurricane I (V6574) was shot at and damaged by Bf 109 over Maidstone, Kent. South Hetton Holy Trinity Churchyard Age 25. Born on 6th June 1916. Son of Johnson and Susan Marion Smithson, of South Hetton, Count Durham, England. Grave inscription: 'Fighter Pilot. Ever Remembered By Mother, Sister And Brothers'.||
Courtesy Oleg Marin
||Smyth||Ronald Henry||Sgt||103514||British||25 Sqd|
|AFC||Hurricane||Survived war||October 26 2017 Shrewsbury England||Born 1922 Fought as a 19-year-old in the closing stages of the Battle of Britain and later in the war was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his work in a photo reconnaissance Spitfire.He also ferried communications between London and Winston Churchill at Biarritz and Clement Attlee in Berlin for the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Born near Croydon airport, he was fascinated by the comings and goings of the Imperial Airways flights, and with war clouds gathering, applied to join the RAF Volunteer Reserve.He did his training in Tiger Moths and Hawker Hart biplanes, finishing around August 1, 1940, when the Battle of Britain was in full swing. Initially he converted onto twin-engined Blenheims, but volunteered to go onto single-seat fighters and within two days joined 111 Squadron at Debden. He was to recall: '111 Squadron had Hurricanes. The CO there was rather shattered when I arrived at Debden and had never flown a Hurricane. I had to go on a Hurricane course.' By the time the then Sergeant Smyth rejoined his squadron in the climactic period of the Battle of Britain in September 1940, it was at Drem in Scotland, recovering from its losses, reforming and gaining new pilots.But at the end of September he was pitched into the heart of the Battle of Britain, being posted to join another Hurricane squadron - 249 - at North Weald. 'We saw a bit of action from there, being in London, mainly pursuing bombers. I was 19. I helped shoot two or three down. There was a 109, and a Heinkel 59, and something else. Other people claimed them as well. You will often find that two or three people claimed the same aircraft.' There were however no feelings of triumph. 'I don’t like shooting people,' he said. 'At the so-called end of the battle at the end of October, what I remember best was Armistice Day. I flew over London at 11 o’clock on November 11. I looked down on London and thought here we are, 20 years after the Armistice, trying to defend our capital. Where do we go from here? At the time people had no idea what future they might have. Every day might be their last. That applied to civilians on the ground just as much.' With the Battle of Britain over, he then flew with 615 squadron, where he recalled there were seven Free French pilots, three Poles, two Czechs, and a South African, as well as British. Later he became a flying instructor, and then was teaching people how to fly gliders.'In spring 1943 I packed up that and I volunteered to do a second tour of operations.' Now he was at RAF Benson flying unarmed photo reconnaissance Spitfire XIs and XIXs. 'I flew all over Europe - France, the Low Countries, Germany,' he said. 'I went to Berlin once. Quite a lot of it was looking at the bombing and looking out for flying bomb sites and rocket sites, other times looking at ports and mysterious places on the ground that the intelligence people wanted to check up on. I was usually flying at about 27,000 to 30,000ft. It was nice being alone and high up and nobody else in sight.' It was during this period that he won his DFC, and also had his closest shave, when his path crossed that of an armada of Flying Fortress bombers. 'Their Mustang escorts saw me and luckily I saw them in time. They were firing at me. I just took evasive action.' Leaving the RAF in January 1946 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant, he was not to fly again until about 1980, when he flew on a holiday jet, and by special arrangement was allowed onto the flight deck. 'I felt very much at home looking down on the Mediterranean from 30,000ft.'|
Smyth (on left on wing) with sqauadron colleagues
Plate from 'Men Of The Battle Of Britain' by Ken Wynne
||Smythe||Derek Myles Altamont||Fg Off||79196||South African||98 Sqd|
Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
|Survived war||December 1999 Sleaford England||DFC London Gazette 14 November 1944.
The original recommendation for the non-immediate award of the DFC. - by Acting Wing Commander Kenneth Frederick Mackie, DFC. & Bar, Officer Commanding, 223 Squadron - states:
‘Flight Lieutenant Smythe has now completed 160 operational sorties, totalling 334 operational hours during two operational tours of flying. In practice, this has been over one long operational tour, instead of two, as he has had no rest period since he started operational flying in November, 1940.
Between November, 1940 and December, 1943, Flight Lieutenant Smythe carried out 113 operational sorties on Defiant night fighters with Fighter Command in the United Kingdom, and in January of this year flew out to Italy, joining No. 223 Squadron as my own gunner on Baltimore aircraft on 20 January, 1944.
During the six months he has flown with me he had continual stomach trouble of varying intensity, but, in spite of this, he refused to go into hospital or to miss a single raid. He has flown with me as Leading Gunner of Squadron formations on 33 occasions and of Second boxes on seven, during a long period of strain and a change-over of Observer and W/Op. Air members of my crew.
He has been Gunnery Leader of this Squadron during this period and by his drive, sound knowledge and experience with Fighter Command, has commanded the respect of the other Gunners and had contributed to a marked degree towards their efficiency and high morale.
Although we have not encountered any enemy fighter opposition, as Leading Gunner he has directed me in evasive action against often severe Ack-Ack fire with such coolness and skill that no aircraft has been lost when he has been Leading. By his personal example and continuous strict supervision of the gunnery side of this Unit, he has been an inspiration and asset to all the aircrew.
Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for determination and devotion to duty over a very long period of operational flying.’|
The covering remarks by the Air Officer Commanding, No. 3 Wing, S.A.A.F., Lieutenant-Colonel O. Galgut, state:
‘Although Flight Lieutenant Smythe has only completed 47 sorties whilst with No. 223 Squadron, he previously completed 113 sorties in the United Kingdom. During his period of service with No. 223 Squadron he flew as Leading Gunner on 33 occasions. He showed keenness, enthusiasm and devotion to duty far beyond average and the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross is strongly recommended.’
Derek Myles Altamont Smythe was born on 26 June 1914 at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, the son of John James Robert Smythe and Ethel Mary Sophy Grayson; he was the husband of Julia J. O’Sullivan whom he married in June 1935 at Battersea, London.
Smythe joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on a direct-entry commission as an Air Gunner on 20 April 1940 and carried out his gunnery training at No. 1 Air Armament School at Manby, completing the Air Gunner’s Course there on 12 June 1940. Having been graded a ‘proficient Air Gunner’ on Battles, Demon and Blenheim aircraft, Smythe was appointed Acting Pilot Officer and posted on 20 May 1940 to ‘B’ Flight of No. 98 Squadron, equipped with the single-engine Fairey Battle light bomber.
His first operational flight took place that same day, when acting as rear gunner to Pilot Officer Shuttleworth flying out of Nantes Aerodrome. That afternoon he flew in Battle K9219 piloted by Sergeant Leslie Charles Allton, a pilot who died over Maidstone during the Battle of Britain, not through enemy action but most likely through oxygen failure - his Spitfire being seen to fall out of formation and enter a spiral dive. Smythe flew on six more occasions from the training establishment at Nantes, but the success of the German Blitzkrieg and rapid retreat of the British Army towards the beaches of Dunkirk led to the evacuation of the Squadron. On 1 June 1940 Smythe flew across the Channel and likely witnessed the stream of Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and ‘little ships’ craft engaged in Operation Dynamo; among those who would never return home were 75 men of No. 98 Squadron, R.A.F., who died when H.M.T. Lancastria was bombed and sunk off the French port of St. Nazaire by Ju. 88s of Kampfgeschwader 30 on the afternoon of 17 June 1940. Many of those who weren’t drowned within the holds when the ship went down were killed when ‘German aircraft began strafing survivors in the water and dropped flares into the floating oil’ (The Sinking of the “Lancastria”: Britain’s greatest maritime disaster and Churchill’s cover-up, refers).
On 18 June 1940, Smythe was posted to No. 5 O.T.U. at Ashton Down. It was here that he received further trainning as an Air Gunner, firstly on Blenheims and latterly, from 30 June 1940 on the Boulton Paul Defiant interceptor aircraft. Known affectionately by its aircrew as ‘The Daffy’, the Defiant looked similar to a Hurricane and used the same Rolls Royce Merlin engine, but there the similarities ended. With an air speed more than 100 miles per hour slower than a Me. 109, and with no forward firing guns, rather a reliance upon an an electrically operated ‘ball turret’ located behind the pilot, it was exceptionally vulnerable in daylight to enemy fighters. Furthermore, the Defiant had a blind spot beneath the tail – from where enemy fighters could deliver the coup de grace.
Such weaknesses had been made clear in February 1940 when the Commanding Officer of No. 264 Squadron flew a Defiant on combat manoeuvres against Robert Stanford Tuck in a Spitfire; it soon became clear that against experienced opposition, the Defiant could only defend itself by circling and keeping its speed up, its abilities suited only to performing bomber-destroyer duties (Raymond Bowyer, refers).
Nevertheless, Smythe was posted to No. 264 Squadron at R.A.F. Duxford under the command of Squadron Leader Philip Hunter on 6 July 1940. He joined ‘B’ Flight on a sortie with Pilot Officer Hugh Percy on 13 July 1940, and flew an interception patrol in low cloud and heavy rain over Orford Ness two days later. On 19 July 1940, Percy and Smyth patrolled over Harwich; at about noon, just a few days after the commencement of the Battle of Britain, nine Defiants of No. 141 Squadron took off from Hawkinge on a routine patrol, most of them crewed by crewed by New Zealanders. Flying at 5,000 feet, they were ‘bounced’ by a vastly superior force of Me. 109s who came out of the sun. Of the nine Defiants, four crashed into the Channel killing their eight crew, a fifth crashed into the White Cliffs of Dover and a sixth crashed trying to return to base. The scale of the mauling led to media coverage being hushed-up for the sake of national security and morale, but secret reports described it as a ‘massacre’. As a result, all 1,000 Defiant aircraft were later transferred from day to night-flying duty. This may explain No. 141 Squadron’s Latin motto ‘Caedimus Noctu’ (We Slay by Night), which gained relevance not at formation on 1 January 1918 and during home service in the latter stages of the Great War, but following the events that day.
On 23 July 1940, the Squadron moved to Kirton Lindsey where they received a visit by Winston Churchill and Marshal of the R.A.F, Sir Cyril Newall. The experienced aircrews furthermore used this time as an opportunity to perfect a technique called the ‘Luftberry’, which enabled them to repel the faster enemy fighters by conducting a complicated manoevre involving forming quickly into a circle and descending, so that the Messerchmitt’s could not fly in front or beneath them. On 6 and 7 August 1940, Percy and Smythe conducted convoy patrols. On 11 August 1940 they were scrambled to intercept a Ju. 88 over Ringway, but could not catch up with the enemy bomber. Further convoy patrols followed, but with no contacts being made.
Transferred to Hornchurch on 21 August 1940, Smythe flew on a patrol over R.A.F. Manston three days later, just 30 minutes after the airfield had been on the receiving end of a substantial raid by Ju, 88s and Me 109s. A series of individual combats were taking place overhead, but despite their eagerness Smythe was made to remark in his log book, ‘Numerous He 113s attacked but they would not engage’. That morning No. 264 Squadron claimed three Ju. 88s destroyed, one damaged and one He. 113 destroyed, for the loss of four Defiants in action and a further two lost in a collision on take-off. After a hurried lunch the Squadron were ordered up to meet another attack, and it was on this occasion that the Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader Philip Hunter, D.S.O., was last seen chasing an enemy bomber out to sea (The Few: The Story of the Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots, refers).
Exactly why the Defiants of No. 264 Squadron were sent up in force on this day has never been fully explained, as it was only a month previously that No. 141 Squadron had been decimated, and by the end of the day No. 264 had lost six aircraft.
Similar heavy losses sustained whilst engaged on patrol duties forced Fighter Command to allocate No. 264 Squadron a purely night-fighter role from 27 August 1940, with the occasional cover of convoys in the Channel. Percy and Smythe flew their first operational night patrol on 7 September, being engaged for a number of days in patrolling the skies above Northolt at 15,000 feet. On 20 September, Percy and Smythe lost R/T contact 30 minutes into their patrol and became lost, only finding their way back to base ‘by absolute fluke’ (his Log Book, refers); they continued regular patrols, before Smythe was posted to the Central Gunner School at Warmwell from 12 December 1940-5 January 1941.
On 17 January 1941 Smythe returned to ‘B’ Flight with No. 264 Squadron, now operating out of Biggin Hill. Seving on his first night patrol in Defiant P 3313 with Flying Officer Percy on 15 February 1941, Smythe noted in his logbook ‘chased invisible bandit half way across Channel’. On 23 February he added on a similar patrol, ‘sat over Boulogne at 22,000 feet, getting pasted by our bombers’. In March and April, Smythe and Percy flew regular night patrols from Biggin Hill and West Malling, Smythe noting in his log the ‘bad Blitz on London’. In July 1941 they conducted a ‘Turbinlite-Havoc’ operation, where a Douglas Havoc night-fighter equipped with a searchlight in its nose attempted to illuminate the enemy bombers, hopefully to be shot down by the Defiants. Five more similar patrols were conducted in August.
It was whilst flying over Dungeness in Kent that Smythe experienced a close shave when his aircraft was mistakenly attacked by Spitfires on 5 April 1942. Promoted Flight Lieutenant on 14 May 1942, he transferred to No. 515 Squadron and was ordered on 26 September 1942 to R.A.F. Zeals in order to participate in any future attacks on the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau capital ships which were being repaired in the Baltic ports. Between January and July 1943 Smythe completed over 30 ‘Ops’ with No. 515 Squadron and was then posted to No. 307 Ferry Training Unit at R.A.F. Finmere, Buckinghamshire.
Transferred to No. 223 Squadron on 20 January 1944, he later acted as Gunnery Leader operating Baltimore’s from Celone, Italy. His logbook details 47 operations, the majority of them involving missions to bomb factories, railheads, a railway tunnel to the west of Praetola and road junctions. On 31 March 1944 he bombed the San Benedetto railway and on 7 April 1944 he attacked the Papigno hydro-electric plant. Later targets included gun positions near Ponte Corvino and the Wharves at Ravenna – where his aircraft met heavy flak. On 12 August 1944, Smythe returned home from Pescara to Cairo and on to England via Malta, for a well-earned rest.
Smythe saw out the end of the War attached to No. 45 Group Transport Command at Dorval, Canada, where he served as Group Accidents’ Investigator. He was released from the RAF in March 1946, his log book recording a total of 1055 hours’ flying time.
He married for a second time in April 1952, living with his wife Patricia Day at 59 Ladbroke Grove, London, W.11
|Hurricane||8||Prior to the start Battle had already destroyed 5 enemy aircraft. Shot down Bf 109s on 12 and 16 August. He was shot down and force-landed Hurricane I (P3473) near Foulness at 12:30hrs on the 26 August. On the 28 August he shot down a Bf 109 and was immediately shot down himself, baling out of Hurricane I (N2523) safely over Hawkinge at 17:10hrs. DFM on 30 August 1940.||
||Smythe||Rupert Frederick||Plt Off||40436||British||32 Sqd||Hurricane||8||WIA||Pre-war pilot, joined 32 Squadron in May 1940. 4 kills prior to the Battle and another on the 19 July 1940. On 12 August he shot down a Do 17 and added a Bf 109 on the 14 August. On 24 August Hurricane (V6568) was shot down by Bf 109s at 16:15hrs over Folkestone and he crashed, wounded. He did not return to operational flying.||
||Snell||Vivian Robert||Plt Off||41485||British||88 Sqd|
308 Sqd (Polish)
125 Sqd (CO)
|Hurricane||0.5||Survived war||14th August 2007||Born in Swansea Wales in June 1918. Joined the RAF as a short service commission candidate and began his initial training course on 6th October 1938. 6 FTS Little Rissington for No. 11 Course, running from 2nd January to 5th August 1939. Joined 88 Sqd at Boscombe Down, direct from 6 FTS. Joined 98 Sqd and went with it to France on 16th April 1940 where it served as a pool, providing pilots and aircrew for other Fairey Battle squadrons. Later with 103 Sqd on Fairey Battles. Volunteered for Fighter Command in August and on 4th September he joined 151 Sqd at Digby. To 501 Sqd at Kenley on 26 September. Shared a Me109 on 25th October but was then himself shot down over Cranbrook in Hurricane N2438 at 15:15hrs on the 25th of October 1940. Not injured. On 11th December 1940 Snell joined 308 Sqd at Baginton. No further details until he was given command of 125 Sqd at Church Fenton from October 1945 until it was disbanded there on 20th November 1945. Released from the RAF in 1946 as a Wing Commander.|
Signed by Ken Wilkinson (616 Sqd), Vivian Snell (501 Sqd), Ken Mackenzie (501 Sqd), Les Harvey (54 Sqd)
Drawing by Nicolas Trudgian...Depicting the very likeable Basil 'Stampme' Stapleton scoring one of his many victories during the Battle of Britain.. 24 RAF Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots : Basil G ' Stampme ' Stapleton , Albert Gregory , William Walker , Tony Iveson , J.R. Tombs , Tom Dalton-Morgan , Vivian Snell , Iain Hutchinson , Ken Wilkinson , Bill Green , John Milne , Peter Brown , Tom Ford , Billy Drake , Terence Kane , Geoffrey Wellum , Ken Lusty , J.G. Millard , John Keatings , Tony Pickering , Ken ' Mac ' Mackenzie , Terry Clark , Bob Innes and Herbert Edward Green.
||Snowdon||Ernest George||Sgt||101031||British||213 Sqd||Hurricane||Died|| ||
||Soars||Harold John||Sgt||134228||British||74 Sqd||Spitfire||Died||
||Sobey||Philip Alfred||Sgt||904838||RAFVR||British||235 Sqd||Blenheim||KIA||1940-11-09 Age 22||Born 24 May 1920 in Kent. England. Aero certificate 17145 at the Hampshire Aeroplane Club on 18th February 1939. Joined RAF in October 1939 as an Airman u/t Air Gunner, failed to complete pilot training. Joined 235 Sqd on 22nd August 1940. Killed on 9 November 1940 when one of its aircraft, Maryland AR719, was reported missing on a ferry flight from Thorney Island to Malta. Also lost were F/O JT Burgess and Sgt. Brian Hubbard (who also flew with 235 in the Battle). Runnymede Panel 19||
||Soden||John Flewelling||Plt Off (later Flt Lt)||42903||RAF||British||266 Sqd|
|Hurricane||2.5||WIA||KIA||1942-09-12||Shared in a He 115 off Dunkirk 15 August 1940. On 16 August Spitfire I (K9864) shot down by Bf 109s over Canterbury, he force-landed and was wounded in the legs. Aircraft was repaired but later destroyed in a collision. During Battle he shot down two Bf 109s. He was shot down again while with 603 Sqd on 25 October in Spitfire I (P7635) by a Bf 109, baling out near Chartham, Kent and badly injuring a leg on landing. He was lost on the troopship SS Laconia when it was sunk on the 12 September 1942 bound for North Africa. Alamein Memorial Column 247||
||Solak||Jerzy Jakub 'George'||Plt Off||76766||PAF||Polish||151 Sqd|
Krzyz Walecznych (x3)
Medal Lotniczy (x3)
|Hurricane||1||Died||2002-02-05||Convert to Spitfires 7 OTU Hawarden on 22nd July 1940. Joined 151 Sqd at Stapleford 28 August 1940 and then moved to 249 Sqd at North Weald on 27 September. Posted to 317 Sqd at Acklington 22 February 1941. KW 30 October 1941). On 18 December 1941 taking off in Spitfire Vb W3425 collided with Spitfire Vb AA941 stopped on the runway in poor visibility. Fg Off M Sikorski in AA941 was killed (Buried Highter Cemetery in Exeter. Solak was unhurt. Posted to 164 Sqd Skeabrae on 9 June 1942. Moved to 609 Sqd Duxford 8 August until 4 February 1943 when he joined AFDU, also at Duxford. 4 April 1943 Solak posted to 41 Sqd Hawkinge. 4 June 1943 he destroyed a Fw190. Posted as Polish Liaison Officer to HQ Fighter Command on 12 October 1943. 2 Bars to the KW 20 October 1943). On April 1944 to HQ Polish Air Force. May until August 1944 attached to the 48th Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force, operating P-47 Thunderbolts from Ibsley. On 10 August 1944 shot down by ground fire near the town of Tinchebray, south of Caen, in P-47D 42-26334. Wounded, he was captured but escaped from hospital in Paris and waited there for its liberation. By 30 August 1940 he was back with the 48th. On 18 December 1944 transferred to the Polish Air Force Command at Blackpool. On 7 June 1945 he became the Polish Liaison Officer at 84 Group RAF. On 6 May 1946 he was posted to the Polish Fighter Station at Coltishall from where he was demobilised. Emigrated to USA. Born 22 August 1910 Przecław, Kraków, Poland. Died Emeryville USA Age 92|
||Solomon||Neville David||Plt Off||79731||RAFVR||British||29 Sqd|
|Hurricane||KIA||1940-08-18||Pre-war member of the RAFVR, converted to Blenheims and joined 29 Squadron in June 1940. Sent on an OTU refresher course, but plans changed and he moved to 17 Squadron, equipped with Hurricanes, which meant a further OTU course to learn the new type. Returned to 17 on 10 August, but on Sunday 18 August his aircraft disappeared during an action with retreating German aircraft off Dover. His body crossed the Channel and he is buried in France at Pihen-les-Guines Cemetery in the Pas de Calais|
Son of Lt Col. Archibald Baron Solomon and Ethel Betsy of 69 Woodbourne Rd., Edgbaston, Birmingham and 3, Livery St., Birmingham. Pilot Officer with 29 Sqd and 17 Sqd. Joined the RAFVR in Sept. 1938. Commissioned in Sept. 1939. Flying Blenheims, he converted to Hurricanes flying both types throughout the Battle. He was reported missing August 18 1940 in Hurricane L1921 at 1.05pm after a dogfight with Bf109s off Dover. Crashed into the sea. The incident is described in 'The Hardest Day'. He is buried at Pihen-les-Guines, Calais, France, Row A, Grave 4. Age 26.
||Sones||Lawrence Charles||Sgt||127803||British||605 Sqd||Hurricane||
||Southall||George||Sgt||938291||RAFVR||British||23 Sqd||Blenheim||KIA||1940-12-22||Air Gunner. Penn Fields St Philip Churchyard Age 20||
||Southorn||George Albert||Sgt||149124||British||235 Sqd||Blenheim||
||Southwell||John Sydney||Sgt||41959||RAF||British||245 Sqd||Hurricane||KIA||1941-03-22||Malta Capuccini Naval Cemetery||
||Spears||Arthur William Peter||Sgt||50686||British||222 Sqd|
|Spitfire||WIA||Baled out Spitfire I (P9323) on 30 August 1940 at 18:30hrs. in combat with a Bf 109 over Sheppy. Later in the war joined 91 Sqd and was wounded on 4 April 1941 in combat with a Bf 109 of JG 26.||
||Speke||Hugh||Flt Lt||90223||RAF AAF||British||604 Sqd||DFC||Blenheim||KIA||1941-07-26||Dowlish Wake St Andrew Churchyard Age 27||
||Spence||Douglas James||Plt Off (later F/O)||42445||RAF||New Zealander||245 Sqd|
|Hurricane||KIA||1941-04-30||Born on the 26th August 1920 at Christchurch. Educated at Somerfield School and Christchurch Boys' High School. Worked as a clerk for Temperance General Mutual Life Assurance Company. A member of the Canley Aero Club, obtaining his 'A' licence on the 09th February 1939. Accepted by the RAF short service commission on the 24th April 1939.
Embarked for England in the RMS Rangitane (1) on 6th May 1939 on the 06th May 1939, arriving on the 8th June. Attended N0. 9 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School on the 12th of June 1939. Trained further with No. 6 Service Flying Training School on the 19th August 1939.
Son of Alexander William and Mary Henrietta Spence (née Steward), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. Grave inscription: 'In Loving Memory Of Douglas Killed In Action. Born At Christchurch New Zealand'. Battle of Britain pilot.
Archive Report on loss
||Spencer||Desmond Gerard Heath||Sqd Ldr||34114||British||266 Sqd||MBE||Spitfire||Experienced pilot from pre-war service in India. Attached to 266 Sqd on 25 July 1940, taking command on the 18 August until posted away in mid-September.||
||Spencer||Gordon Hamilton||Sgt||54684||British||504 Sqd||Hurricane||
||Spiers||Aubrey H||Sgt||749478||RAFVR||British||236 Sqd||Blenheim||Survived war||1988||Joined RAFVR in May 1939. Sgt. Wireless Op./Air Gunner/W. Officer with 236 Sqd. Flew 21 sorties throughout the Battle. Further information not to hand - contact us via Helpdesk if you can help. Retired from RAF as Warrant Officer||
||Spires||John Henry||Sgt||121239||British||235 Sqd||DFC||Blenheim||
||Sprague||Henry||Plt Off||Canadian||3 Sqd||Hurricane||Surviving aircrew||
||Sprague||Mervyn Herbert||Sgt||741141||RAFVR||British||602 Sqd||Spitfire||KIA||1940-09-11||Baled out Spitfire I (N3226) after combat with Bf 109s off Portland 25th August 1940. No injury. Spitfire I (N3282) was shot down and he was killed over Selsey on 11 September 1940 by a Bf 110 at 16:20hrs. Tangmere St Andrew Churchyard||
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