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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.
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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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2501 SprengerWilliam PatersonFg OffC/895RCAFCanadian1 Sqd (RCAF)

HurricaneKIFA1940-11-26Shot down by Bf 109s on 31 August 1940, baled out of Hurricane I (P3858), unhurt. 27 September 1940 force-landed after his Hurricane was damaged in combat. During an anti-aircraft co-operation flight over Loch Lomond he crashed due to an unknown cause and was killed. Vale of Leven (or Bonhill) Cemetery Age 29.
2502 SpurdleRobert LawrencePlt OffNew Zealander74 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireAt least 5DiedBorn Wanganui, New Zealand on 3 March 1918. Attended Wanganui Collegiate School before being accepted early in 1939 for the last short service commission course. Sailed for Britain early June 1940 to join a Spitfire OTU before joining 74 Sqd on 21 August 1940. Shared in a He III on 14 September. He destroyed five enemy fighters, probably three more and damaged a further four plus several probably destroyed bombers before he was posted in mid-April 1941 to join 91 Sqd. He probably destroyed another Bf 109 on 7 May 1941 and damaged another on the 23 May 1941. As far as is known Bob Spurdle, John Gibson and Michael Herrick were the only three New Zealand pilots to destroy enemy aircraft in both the Battle of Britain and the Pacific.
2503 SpyerRichard AlfredSgt745513RAFVRBritish607 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-03-22 Age 23Wounded 9 September 1940 at 17:30hrs. Hurricane I (P2680) crashed and was written off after combat with Bf 109s and Dornier Do 17s over Mayfield. Died in combat over Malta, never found. Malta Memorial Panel 2 Column 1

2504 SquierJohn William Copous 'Johnnie'Sgt (later Flt Lt)125762RAFBritish64 Sqd

72 Sqd

603 Sqd

141 Sqd

QCVSA (Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

SpitfireWIADied2006-01-30Joined 64 Sqd at Kenley on the 28 July 1940. Injured 8 August 1940 when force landed Spitfire I (P9369) at Great Couldham at 11:10. Bounced by Hauptmann Hans Troutloft flying a Bf 109 from III Gruppe of JG51. Forced-landing at Great Cauldham, Capel-le-Ferne. Canterbury Hosptial with injuries including a fractured right arm and jaw, as well as shock. Transferred to Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Squier underwent plastic surgery there, becoming a Guinea Pig. Discharged from hospital on 14 November 1940 and rejoined 64 Sqd at Hornchurch. Posted to 72 Sqd at Coltishall 22 November, joined 603 Sqd at Drem on 20 December and moved to 141 Sqd at Gravesend on the 30 December 1940. Left 141 on 27 February 1941 to become a test pilot. Commissioned from Warrant Officer in June 1942. 30 August 1946 released from the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant. 1 September 1946 Squier became a test pilot with English Electric and later BAC. First pilot to eject above speed of sound, remarkably surviving at sea in dinghy for 30 hours. He was testing the Lightning at the extreme limits when the plane completely disintegrated around him, leaving him flying supersonically in an intact ejection seat. He had to use manual methods to extract himself from the seat before deploying his chute, the first time this had ever been done.
Johnny Squier Obituary
2505 St AubynEdward FitzroyFlt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)90055RAF AAFBritish616 Sqd

KIA1943-05-27Surname also spelt St Aubin. Runnymede Panel 119
2506 St James-SmithRonald GodfreySgt (later Flt Sgt)551203RAFBritish600 Sqd

KIA1941-04-13Runnymede Panel 37
2507 St JohnPeter Cape BeauchampFg Off40230RAFBritish74 Sqd
Spitfire HurricaneKIA1940-10-22Joined 74 Sqd 7 May 1940 from 501 Sqd. KIA 22 October 1940. Spitfire II (P7431) shot down by a Bf 109 over South Nuttfield, Surrey at 15:30hrs. Amersham Consecrated Cemetery Age 23
2508 St. AubynEdward FitzroyFO (later Sqd Ldr)90055RAF AAFBritish616 Sqd

SpitfireWIAMIA1943-05-27Wounded 26 August 1940. Crash landed Spitfire I (R7018) at Eastchurch. Plane caught fire but was repaired. Runnymede Panel 119
2509 StangerNoel MizpahSgt39943 (NZ39943)RNZAFNew Zealander106 Sqd

235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-02-15

Archive Report on the loss of this aircraft

Born in Herbert, North Otago, New Zealand on 24 December 1916. Son of Peter Gorie Stanger and Millicent Mabel Stanger, of Oamaru, New Zealand. Educated at Glenavy School and Waimate High School. Volunteered for aircrew duties at the outbreak of war and reported as a trainee pilot to the Ground Training School at Weraroa on 26th October 1939. Training: Enfield Ground Training School Weraroa, No 1 EFTS Taieri, No. 1 FTS Wigram. Stanger did not progress sufficiently and switched from pilot training, remustering as an Observer. On 13th February he began a course at the Air Observers School, Ohakea.Promoted to Sergeant and on 7 June he sailed in the RMS Rangitata for the UK. No. 17 Operational Training Unit, Upwood 30 July 1940. Joined 106 Sqd at Finningley on 2 October but nine days later moved to 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton. Killed on 14 February 1941 in Blenheim IV Z5970 LA-L. It flew into the ground near Great Croxton, Norfolk and caught fire on return from a night navigation exercise. It may have been damaged by enemy fire. Sgt. W Mason, pilot, Sgt. VC Pond and Stanger were all killed. Bilton (St Marks) Churchyard, Warwickshire, England




2510 StanleyDonald ArthurPlt Off83271RAFVRBritish64 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-02-25Runnymede Panel 34 Age 19
2511 StanleyDouglas OwenSgt39944RNZAFNew Zealander151 Sqd

HurricaneWIA KIA1940-10-27WIA 1940-10-26. Scopwick Church Burial Ground Age 24

Courtesy Auckland Library Heritage Collection

2512 StansfieldNoel KarlPlt OffCanadian242 Sqd

229 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneFlew with 242 Sqd and 229 Sqd. Wounded 30 September 1940 at 10:40hrs. Baled out after Hurricane I (N2652) was in combat with a Bf 109 over Ightham, Kent. DFC 8 October 1940.
2513 StaplesLSgt117416British85 Sqd

242 Sqd

151 Sqd

Hurricane
2514 StaplesMichael EdmundPlt Off83242RAFVRBritish609 Sqd

SpitfireWIAKIA1941-11-09Wounded when baled out Hurricane I (N3238) after combat with a Bf 109 over Yeovil at 16:30hrs on the 7 October 1940. Brookwood Military Cemetery England Age 24
2515 StaplesRobert Charles JohnSgt48471British72 Sqd

SpitfireDiedCrashed Spitfire I (L1078) during landing on the 6 August 1940 at Acklington. Wrecked the aircraft but he escaped injury.
2516 StapletonBasil Gerald 'Stapme'Plt OffSouth African603 Sqd

DFC

Vliegerkruis (Netherlands)


Spitfire6Survived war13 April 2010Born on 12 May 1920 in Durban, South Africa. Educated in England, at King Edward VI School at Totnes, Devon. In January 1939 he signed up for a short service commission with the RAF. Short period on Blenheim night fighters, transferred to 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron at RAF Montrose, Scotland, in October 1939. On 16 October 1939, Stapleton's squadron intercepted the first German air raid on the British Isles, during which the first enemy aircraft over Britain were shot down. Stapleton shared two German bombers shot down in the estuary of the Firth of Forth. For the first period of the Battle of Britain, 603 Squadron remained in Scotland. On 27 August 1940, 603 were sent south to join 11 Group based at RAF Hornchurch in Essex. This was during the critical phase of the battle, when the fighter airfields were being attacked. Pilot attrition was high, as 603 found out the next day. Stapleton wrote: '603 Squadron arrived at Hornchurch from Scotland on 27 August and were embroiled in the action the very next day, losing three pilots killed. Pilot Officer Don Macdonald and Flight Lieutenant Laurie Cunningham died when we were bounced by 109s whilst still trying to gain a height advantage. Macdonald was on his first patrol and had only fifteen hours on Spitfires while Laurie Cunningham was experienced with over 160 hours. Neither knew what hit them. On our last patrol of the day we were bounced again and Pilot Officer Noel Benson was shot down. Almost certainly killed instantly by cannon fire, 'Broody' had over 160 hours on type. He had been so eager to get at the Germans but never had the chance. Experience didn't really count for much when you were bounced.' Stapleton left 603 Squadron in April 1941 and served in various units, including flying 'Hurricats' (Hurricane fighters converted as catapult-launched convoy escorts) with the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, as a Flight Commander with 257 Squadron, and as an instructor at Central Gunnery School before taking over Command of No. 247 (China-British) Squadron, part of 124 Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Force, flying Typhoons from beachhead code B.6, northern France in August 1944. Initially the Squadron helped close the Falaise Gap but as the Allied forces moved inland, so they followed: from B.6 – Coulombs to B.68 (Amiens/Glisy), B.58 (Melsbroek) and B.78 (Eindhoven). 247 Squadron provided aerial support throughout the Arnhem campaign during Operation Market Garden. On 23 December 1944 Stapleton was forced to land behind enemy lines and became a prisoner of war. Luck finally ran out for me on 23 December 1944. As part of a force of 16 Typhoons from 247 and 137 Squadrons at Eindhoven, led by Wing Commander Kit North-Lewis, we were ordered to seek out 15-plus German tanks forcing their way into the American sector. The weather was awful and we were lucky to avoid collisions. Unable to locate the tanks we were ordered split into our individual squadrons and continue the armed reconnaissance. I spotted a train and led the attack. One of my rockets must have entered the firebox as there was a terrific explosion and my radiator was punctured as I flew through the debris. I tried to nurse my aircraft back at low level but simply ran out of height. I force-landed about 2 miles inside the German lines and was taken prisoner. I was initially taken to a rear echelon platoon HQ and from there, ironically by train, to the interrogation centre at Oberursel, near Frankfurt. I was then taken to Stalag Luft I, Barth, on the Baltic Coast where I remained until May 1945 when I was repatriated as part of Operation Exodus.

2517 StarrSgtBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane
2518 StarrHarold MorleySqd Ldr34181RAFBritish59 Sqd

253 Sqd (CO)

HurricaneKIA1940-08-31Born in Swindon, Wilts 8th September 1914. Educated at Clarence Street School. Entered the RAF on a scholarship in 1934. Short induction course at No. 1 RAF Depot Uxbridge, he was posted to 5 ITS Sealand on 3rd April 1934. 14 (Army Co-operation) Squadron at Old Sarum on 4th March 1935. Almost killed in June 1936 when an engine failure in Audax K2028 caused him to crash in a field in South Marston, Wilts, leaving him seriously injured. Despite suffering a fractured skull, leg and chest, he was determined to return to the cockpit and rejoined 59 Sqd, rising up the ranks to flight lieutenant. At the start of World War Two he assumed command of 253 Sqd, flying his first Battle of Britain sortie on August 30, 1940. He engaged in a ferocious dogfight with a Me 109 and his Hurricane was hit in the engine by a 20mm cannon shell, but he made it back to base. The next day he repelled waves of 50 German aircraft coming over to bomb Britain before his trusty Hurricane was shot up and he bailed out. A gardener at Eastry House, Mr H.G Bennett, describing Sqn Ldr Starr's subsequent fate, said: 'It was as I returned to work that morning that I saw a parachute coming down over the Hammill Brickworks. 'As most of the dog-fights took place at some altitude, I didn't hear or see the aircraft, but as the parachute came drifting down, I saw quite a number of enemy aircraft circling. 'Suddenly one of the Messerschmitts dived towards the pilot on the parachute, and then the rest also piled in - I could hear the sound of machine-gunning.' Sqn Ldr Starr died just two days before his 25th birthday and was buried at Radnor Street Cemetery in Swindon. England

Served with 253 Sqd, sharing command with Sqd Ldr Tom Gleave until the 31 August 1940. Baled out when Hurricane I (L1830) shot down by fighters near Grove Ferry on this day. Killed whilst in his parachute. Swindon Radnor St Cemetery England


Starr's near-fatal Audax crash




Plaque to Starr and his brother Norman in Regent Street, Swindon England
2519 StavertCharles MichaelPlt Off42538British1 Sqd

504 Sqd

Hurricane
2520 SteadmanDennis JamesSgt62661British54 Sqd

245 Sqd

Hurricane
2521 StęborowskiMichał JanFg Off76794PAFPolish238 Sqd

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane1MIA1940-08-11Shot down and killed off Portland in Hurricane I (P3819) on 11 August 1940, at 10:45hrs. RAF Tangmere: against a group of 150 German fighters in the Portland area. Second Polish pilot killed in the ranks of the RAF.
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2522 SteeleRodney MurreySgt139199British235 Sqd

Blenheim
2523 SteereHarrySgt (later Flt Lt)46016RAFBritish19 Sqd

DFM

Spitfire8.5KIA1944-06-09Born 7th February 1914. Educated at Oldershaw Secondary School, Wallasey. RAF Halton September 1930 as Aircraft Apprentice. Selected for flying on 25th November 1935. He passed out as a Sergeant-Pilot on 22nd August 1936. 16th March 1937 he was confirmed as a Sergeant Metal Rigger Group 1. An RAF tradesman who had trained as a pilot was expected to serve on flying duties for three years before returning to his basic trade. At the outbreak of hostilities at 19 Sqd at Duxford. 11th May 1940 Steere shared in the destruction of a Ju88, the squadron's first victory. Over Dunkirk on the 26th he destroyed a Ju87, on the 27th shared in probably destroying a Do17, on the 28th destroyed a Me109 and on 1st June he probably destroyed a Do17 and shared in the destruction of a Me109. DFM (gazetted 25th June 1940). On 19th August Steere shared in the destruction of a Me110, on 9th September he claimed a Me110 probably destroyed, on the 15th a Do17 and a Me109 destroyed, on the 18th he shared in the destruction of a He111 and a Ju88, on the 27th he destroyed a Me109 and on 28th November he destroyed another Me109. 8th December 1940 Steere posted to CFS Upavon for an instructors course, after which he instructed at 8 FTS Montrose. Commissioned in June 1941, joined 627 Sqd at Oakington in Mosquitos on Pathfinder duties. Killed on 9th June 1944 as a Flight Lieutenant with 627 Squadron, aged 30. Mosquito IV DZ353 AZ-B came down near Orgeres during a raid against railway targets at Rennes. F/O KW Gale RAAF was also killed. DFC after his death. Younger brother of Jack Steere, who flew with 72 Sqd in the Battle.

St Erblon Communal Cemetery France Age 30

Aged 30. Son of Ernest and Bessie Steere, of Wallasey, Cheshire; husband of Joan Margaret Steere, of Wallasey.
Later commissioned, joined Bomber Command and won DFC Read Archive Report

Allied Losses Database


'A beloved husband of Joan and father to Robin. He died that we might live'

2524 SteereJackFSgt47746RAFBritish72 Sqd

AFC
Spitfire4Survived war1998Brother of Harry Steere 19 Sqd.

Born 16th January 1911. Educated at Wallasey Grammar School. RAF Halton in September 1927 as an Aircraft Apprentice. In August 1930 he was posted as a rigger to RAF Felixstowe. In 1932 served aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious. He applied for pilot training and in 1934 was posted to 4 FTS Abu Sueir. Joined 23 Squadron at Biggin Hill in 1935. Served with 41 Sqd at Sheik Othman, Aden in 1936 and joined 72 Sqd at Tangmere on 22nd March 1937. On 7th December 1939, shared in the destruction of two He111's SE of Montrose. Squadron operations over Dunkirk in May/June 1940. On 1st July shared in the destruction of a He59, on 31st August he damaged a Do17, on 1st September he probably destroyed a Me109, on the 2nd he destroyed a Me110 and damaged another, on the 23rd he probably destroyed a Me109, on the 29th he damaged another, on 11th October he destroyed a Me109 and on 9th November he shared in destroying a He111. From 26th November until 24th December 1940 Steere was at CFS Upavon for an instructors course on Masters and Tutors. Promoted to Warrant Officer on 1st April 1941 and commissioned in January 1942. He later instructed at CFS and was awarded the AFC (gazetted 13th June 1946). Retiring on 16th July 1961 as a Squadron Leader.

2525 ŠtefanJan.Sgt (later P/O)787599 184904RAFVRCzech1 Sqd

65 Sqd

313 Sqd Czech

312 Sqd Czech

310 Sqd Czech

AFC

HurricaneDied1990-10-03Died Canada
2526 StegmanStefanPlt Off76711PAFPolish229 Sqd

111 Sqd

316 Sqd Polish

Krzyz Walecznych (x2)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

HurricaneKIA1943-06-17Fought in the Battle in 111 Sqd RAF and then in November 1940 in 229 Sqd RAF. In March 1941 transferred to 316 Sqd Polish. Instructor at 58 OTU. I From RAF Northolt in Spitfire BR143 in combat, shot down into the sea on the Belgian shore. It was not until July 3, 1943 that the sea gave up the pilot's body on the shore near Ostend. Oostende New Communal Cemetery Belgium Age 27. Polish War Memorial Northolt England
Archiwum Database



2527 StehlíkJosefSgt (later Flt Lt)787701 104693RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

Hurricane10Died1991-05-30Died Slavičin
2528 SteinDavidPlt Off (later F/O)84299RAFVRBritish263 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-10-30Brest Kerfautras Cemetery Age 26
2529 StenhouseSSgt803328British43 Sqd

Hurricane
2530 StephenHarbourne Mackay 'Steve'Plt Off78851RAFVRBritish605 Sqd

74 Sqd

130 Sqd

234 Sqd (CO)

CBE

DSO

DFC & Bar
Spitfire9Survived war22nd August 2001Joined RAFVR in 1937. Joined 605 Sqd first but moved to 74 Sqd on 1 March 1939. Flew Spitfires with the Tigers during the Battle. Claimed a Bf 109 on 28 July 1940 and another on the 20 October 1940. Total score was 9 confirmed and 8 shared.
,br>Born in Elgin, Scotland 18 April 1916. Educated at Shrewsbury. Joined RAFVR April 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Trained at 13 E&RFTS White Waltham. He began training at 11 Group Fighter Pool at St. Athan in early September 1939 and after converting to Hurricanes was posted to 605 Sqd at Tangmere on the 20 September 1939 as a Sergeant-Pilot. On 28th March 1940 he was flying in Yellow Section when a He111 was sighted, 605’s first encounter with the Luftwaffe. The section leader damaged the bomber and 43 Sqd later shot it down. Commissioned in April, posted to 74 Sqd at Hornchurch on the 7th and joined it on the 10th. Over Dunkirk on 24th May shared a Hs126 and a Do17, on the 26th shared another Hs126 and on the 27th destroyed a Me109 and shared a Do17. On 28th July Stephen damaged a Me109, on 11th August he destroyed a Me109, probably destroyed two Me109s and two Me110s and damaged a Me109 and a Me110, on the 13th he probably destroyed a Do17, on 11th September destroyed a Ju88 and damaged a Me109, on 1st October damaged a He111 and on the 5th shared a Do17. Me109 destroyed and probably another on 20th October, a Me109 destroyed on the 27th, three Ju87s destroyed on 14th November, a Me109 damaged on the 15th, two Me109s shared on the 17th and 30th, a Me109 probably destroyed on 2nd December and two Me109s destroyed and another shared on the 5th. DFC 27 August 1940. Bar to DFC 15th November 1940. DSO 24th December 1940. On 30th November 1940 Stephen and F/Lt. JC Mungo-Park shared the shooting down of the 600th German plane credited to RAF Biggin Hill. The combat occurred at 34,000 ft. which was at that time a record altitude for air combat.11th January 1941 posted away to 59 OTU Turnhouse as CFI, but this was altered to secondment to the RAE Farnborough. June 1941 posted to Portreath to form 130 Sqd. Took command of 234 Sqd at Warmwell in late July. On 12 August 1941 damaged a Ju88 and on 15 October shared a Me109. He led 234 until early 1942, when he was posted to the Far East. Baled out of an aircraft which caught fire at 4000 feet. He landed safely at Karapara, twelve miles NE of Barapore, near Calcutta. He was Wing Leader at Dum Dum and then Jessore, he later commanded 166 Fighter Wing, went to HQ 224 Group, Fighter Ops and then to Air Command South East Asia, as Ops A. Released from the RAF in 1945 as a Wing Commander. CBE in 1985.



Portrait by Eric Kennington
2531 StephensCyrilSgt531100RAFVRBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-08Sgt C.Stephens and his pilot ( P/O C.F.Cardnell ) killed on the 8 August 1940 whilst on night patrol. Crashed Blenheim If (L1448) near Peterborough. Coychurch St Crallo Churchyard Age 24
2532 StephensMaurice MichaelFg Off33522British232 Sqd (CO)DFC
HurricaneDied
2533 StephensonIan RaittFg Off (later W/C)72010RAFVRBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1943-11-26Attacked by Bf 109 26 August 1940, gunner W Maxwell baled out Defiant I (L7025) off Herne Bay at 12:30hrs and killed. Pilot F/O I.R.Stephenson was injured. Malta Memorial Panel 6 Col 1
2534 StephensonPatrick Joseph ThomasPlt Off81343British607 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneWIADiedWounded when baled out Hurricane I (V6688) over Appledore on the 15 September 1940 at 15:15hrs after an attack on a Dornier Do 17 of KG 3.
2535 StephensonStanley PhilipFg Off40439British85 Sqd

Hurricane
2536 ŠtērbáčekJaroslavPlt Off81901RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

HurricaneMIA1940-08-31Czech from 310 Sqd took off at 13:00hrs to patrol Hornchurch at Angels 15. Shot down and killed on 31 August 1940 at 13:30hrs whilst engaging a formation of Dorniers escorted by Bf 110s and Bf 109s. Hurricane I (P3159) was shot down by a Bf 109 over the Thames Estuary. This was the Squadron's first action in the Battle of Britain. He was the first Czech pilot to be give his life for England. Runnymede Panel 10

2537 StevensEldred JohnPlt Off82660British141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2538 StevensGeoffreySgt137305British213 Sqd

151 Sqd

HurricaneSurviving aircrew
2539 StevensLeonard WalterPlt Off (later Flt Lt)41753RAFBritish17 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1941-05-21Hindhead St Alban Churchyard
2540 StevensRobert EdwardSgt742992RAFVRBritish29 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-10-13Blenheim L6637 was shot down by a 312 Squadron Hurricane and crashed in flames off the Point of Aire. Shot down and killed in error on the 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 Panel 19
2541 StevensRichard PlayneSgt (later Flt Lt)87639RAFVRBritish151 Sqd

DSO

DFC
HurricaneKIA1941-12-15Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery Holland Age 32

Eric Kennington drawing

2542 StevensWilliam RonaldSgt615438British23 Sqd

DFM

BlenheimSurviving aircrew
2543 StevensonPeter Charles Fasken 'Paddy'Plt Off (later Flt Lt)33521RAFBritish74 Sqd
DFC
SpitfireKIABaled out Spitfire I (P9393) near Dover 11 August 1940 after combat with Bf 109s at 08:10hrs. Picked up unhurt by MTB. Claimed Bf 109 shot down on the 28 July 1940. Runnymede Panel 121
2544 StewardGeorge ArthurSgt (later Flt Lt)45375RAFBritish17 Sqd
DFM

HurricaneKIA1941-10-23Bromeswell St Edmund Churchyard Age 26
2545 StewartCharlesPlt Off44231RAFNew Zealander54 Sqd

222 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-07-11Baled out Spitfire I (P9389) 24 August 1940. Aircraft was damaged by Bf 109 over the Thames Estuary at 15:45hrs. Spitfire crashed at Kingsdown. Runnymede Panel 34 Age 25 [this data may not be correct for this Charles Stewart. Another date is 1941-07-15]
2546 StewartCharles Noel DouglasSgt (later Flt Sgt)800061RAF AAFBritish604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1942-05-31Eindhoven Woensel General Cemetery
2547 StewartDonald George AlexanderFg Off41624RAFBritish615 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1941-02-15Adegem Canadian War Cemetery Age 27
2548 StewartH GSgtBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimSurviving aircrew
2549 Stewart-ClarkeDudleyPlt Off (later Flt Lt)British603 Sqd

SpitfireWIAKIA1941-09-19Wounded 3 September 1940 at 10:10hrs. Baled out Spitfire I (X4185) wounded after being attacked by a Bf 109 of JG 26 off Margate. Pihen les Guines Communal Cemetery
2550 StickneyPhilip Ambrose MeynellFlt Lt37216British235 Sqd

Blenheim
2551 StillwellRonald LeslieSgt126839British65 Sqd

DFM

Spitfire
2552 StockEricAC21050677British604 Sqd

Blenheim
2553 StocksNorman JamesSgt552636RAFBritish248 Sqd

Blenheim L9453MIA1940-10-201940-10-20 on a recce sortie off the Norwegian coast flying Blenheim IVf (L9453) when shot down and killed. The other members of the crew were M.D.Green & SR Gane Runnymede Panel 19

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

2554 StoddartKenneth MaxwellFlt Lt90358British611 Sqd

Knight Commander of Royal Victorian Order KCVO

Knight St John

Air Efficiency Award

SpitfireDied
2555 StokesRichard WilliamSgt (later Flt Lt)42027RAFBritish254 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1942-05-29Bulawayo Athlone Cemetery Age 21
2556 StokoeJackSgt (later Sqd Ldr)60512RAFVRBritish603 Sqd

54 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire8.5Survived war2nd October 1999Wounded 2 September 1940 at 17:25hrs. in combat with fighters. Baled out Spitfire I (N3056). Later in the War he joined 54 Sqd

Born in West Cornforth, County Durham 1st February 1920. Joined RAFVR June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot at 26 E&RFTS Oxford. At the outbreak of war, sent to No. 1 ITW Cambridge, based at Magdalene College. Posted to 15 FTS Lossiemouth for No. 6 Course, which ran from 29th December 1939 to 10th June 1940. 5 OTU Aston Down on 10th June and converted to Spitfires. He joined 263 Sqd at Drem on 26th June 1940. Squadron was converting to Whirlwinds but he chose to remain on single-engine fighters and was posted to 'A' Flight of 603 Sqd at Dyce on 3rd July 1940. Probably destroyed a Me109 on 29th August, destroyed a Me109 and probably another on the 31st, destroyed another Me109 on 1st September and damaged a Me110 on the 2nd. Shot down in flames in Spitfire N3056. Baled out wounded, reported 'Missing'. He turned up at Leeds Castle Hospital, near Maidstone. He spent six weeks in hospital, with severe burns on hands and face. Non-effective sick until 14th October 1940, when he returned to the squadron. On the 26th his engine seized at 25000 feet. Decided he could glide back and made a successful landing. Examination of Stokoe's intact Spitfire revealed an oil pump system fault. Once discovered this defect was rectified on other Spitfires. Shared a Me110 on 7th November, destroyed a Me109 and damaged another on the 8th, destroyed another on the 17th and shared a Do17 on the 29th. Commissioned in January 1941, Stokoe was posted 54 Sqd at Catterick on 3rd February. On 5th March got a Me109 and on 20th April got a Me110 but was himself shot down in Spitfire P7666. Baled out safely into the sea and picked up. On 6th May Stokoe a Me109, on 7th June he shared in probably destroying another, got another probable on the 21st and destroyed another on the 24th, his final victory. Posted to 74 Sqd at Gravesend on 27th June 1941. To 59 OTU Crosby-on-Eden as an instructor. To 60 OTU East Fortune on 17th July 1941. This unit was re-numbered 132 OTU in November 1942. To 1692 (R/D) Flight at Drem on 3rd October 1943, to instruct on specialised airborne radar equipment. DFC 6th June 1944. In late June 1945 he became Senior Admin Officer at Great Massingham, later becoming Station Commander.

2557 StokoeSydneySgt754855RAFVRBritish29 Sqd

BlenheimKIFA1940-12-19Hewarth St Mary Churchyard Gateshead Age 25
2558 StoneCedric Arthur CuthbertFlt Lt39424British263 Sqd 245 SqdDFC
Hurricane
2559 StoneTFESgtBritish72 Sqd

Spitfire
2560 StonesDonald William AlfredPlt Off42276British79 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane


2561 StoneyGeorge Edward BowesFlt Lt28119RAFCanadian501 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1940-08-18Stoney was born in Dublin in 1911 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1929. Instructor on 502 (Special Reserve) Squadron and then went to No 4 (Army Co-operation). He joined Class ‘A’ of the RAFO in July 1934 and was recalled at the outbreak of war. He was posted to RAF College FTS, Cranwell, for flying duties. He went to 214 Sqd at Methwold on 20 November 1939, to fly Wellingtons, and moved to 99 Sqd at Newmarket on 6 December 1939. Joined 501 Sqd at Gravesend from 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge on 28 July 1940, as ‘A’ Flight Commander. Shared a Ju 87 and damaged another on the 29th, damaged a Bf 110 on 12 August and destroyed two Ju 87s and probably another on the 15th August. On the 18th, he was shot down by Hauptmann Fözö, Stoney’s Hurricane, P 2549, crashed near Stile Farm, Chilham, south west of Canterbury

Shot down and killed 18 August 1940 at 17:45hrs in Hurricane I (P2549). in combat with a Bf 110 over the Thames Estuary. Sefton St Helen Churchyard Age 29


2562 StoodleyDonald RaymondSgt754215RAFVRBritish43 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-24Salisbury London Road Cemetery Age 21
2563 StorieJ MPlt Off84941British615 Sqd

607 Sqd

Hurricane
2564 StorraySqd LdrBritish501 Sqd
Hurricane
2565 StorrieAlexander JamesPlt Off43641RAFBritish264 Sqd

Defiant

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KIA1940-11-20Lexden St Leonard Churchyard Age 24
2566 StraightWhitney WillardPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)90680RAF AAFAmerican. Became British citizen601 Sqd
CBE

MC

DFC

MiD

Norwegian War Cross

Legion of Merit (USA)

Hurricane2Died1979-04-05Born on 6 November 1912 in New York. After her husband's death in 1918 Straight's mother married again and went to England. After education at Dartington Hall he went to Trinity College, Cambridge. Flew his own aeroplane and was a well-known racing driver, in his black-and-silver Maserati. In 1935 he married and became a British subject

Born in New York in 1912. Came to England in 1925. Educated at Dartington Hall and Trinity College, Cambridge. He flew his own aeroplane. He became a British citizen. Joined 601 Sqd, AAF in March 1939 and was called to full-time service on 24 August. He spent periods on Special Duties under Air Ministry orders. Sailed with a naval force to Norway on 15 April 1940, with the temporary rank of Squadron Leader, tasked with finding frozen lakes from which aircraft could operate. Organised the clearing of Lake Lesjaskog in time for 263 Sqd to arrive on the 24 April. The Germans bombed the lake on the 25th and destroyed most of the squadron’s Gladiators. Straight was injured in the attack and evacuated to Britain by the Navy. He was temporarily deaf and grounded. Rejoined 601 at Exeter on 28 September. Destroyed a He 111 on 12 December south of Start Point, south Devon. MC on 1 January 1941 for his services in Norway. Flight Commander in 601 in early 1941. Destroyed a Bf 109 over the Channel on 2 February. Later in the year he commanded 242 Sqd. DFC. During an attack on a destroyer on 31 July Straight was shot down by light flak. He made a forced-landing in a field, tried, without success, to fire the aircraft and first ran and then walked as far and as fast as he could from the scene. He slept in a barn and caught a train for Paris the next day. He went to the American Embassy but it was closed. He managed to obtain 12,000 francs from the caretaker.

Imprisoned in Vichy as a British Army officer. Interned but escaped on 22 June 1942. With the help of the Resistance, he reached a beach near Perpignan, from where he was rowed out to a trawler, which took him and other fugitives to Gibraltar. He reached No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge on 21 July 1942. Posted to the Middle East as an Acting Air Commodore and, back in the UK, held a senior appointment in Transport Command. He was released from the RAF in November 1945, as a Group Captain, retaining the rank of Air Commodore. He had been made CBE. Straight became its Deputy Chairman and Managing Director BEA 1946. Deputy Chairman of BOAC 1947. Joined 601 Sqd AAF early 1939. Full-time service on 24 August 1939. Went to Norway with a naval force on 15 April 1940, with the temporary rank of Squadron Leader. Injured in bombing raid on a frozen lake on the 25 April and evacuated to Britain by the Navy. Rejoined 601 Sqd at Exeter on 28 September 1940 and flew in Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain. 1 January 1941 he was awarded the MC for his work in Norway , the Norwegian War Cross (18.12.42), Mention in Dispatches on 1 January 1943, was made a CBE on 8 August 1944 and an Officer of the US Legion of Merit on the 15 March 1946. He became Managing Director of BOAC in 1947.

2567 StrangJohn TalbotFg OffNew Zealander253 Sqd

Died
2568 StrangeNMPONew Zealander253 Sqd

Hurricane
2569 StreatfieldVictor Charles FrederickSqd Ldr27151British248 Sqd

OBE

BlenheimSurvived warLater dismissed from the RAF by sentence of General Court Martial, 9 June 1950.
2570 StretchReginald RobertSgt747953British235 Sqd

Blenheim
2571 StricklandClaude DobreePlt Off (later F/O)91220RAF AAFBritish615 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1941-10-27Bredene Churchyard
2572 StricklandJames MurrayFlt Lt39581RAFBritish213 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-08-14Ivybridge Cemetery Age 22
2573 Strihavka (Scott)JaromirF/Sgt (later Flt Lt)Czech85 Sqd

310 Sqd Czech

19 Sqd

Hurricane1Died1994-07-09After war changed name to Scott. Died Cambridge UK
2574 StroudGeorge AlfredSgt141736British504 Sqd

32 Sqd

249 Sqd

Hurricane
2575 StuartMichaelAC902627British23 Sqd

Blenheim
2576 StubbsDennis Raymond WPlt OffBritish601 Sqd

DSO

OBE

DFC

Died
2577 StuckeySidney GeorgeSgt516338RAFBritish213 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-12Killed when Hurricane I (P2802) shot down over the Channel off Bognor at 12:45hrs on 12 August 1940. Runnymede Panel 20 Age 26
2578 StuddJohn Alnod PeterPlt Off41491RAFBritish66 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-19Killed by return fire from He 111 on 19 August 1940. Baled out of Spitfire I (N3182) and was rescued but died later from his injuries. Touchen End Holy Trinity Churchyard England
2579 SulmanJohn EdwardPlt Off81344RAFVRBritish607 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-11-23 Age 25Pilot Officer Sulman was born in Hertfordshire, England in 1916 and joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve as a Sergeant pilot. At the outbreak of the war, he was sent for flying training and joined 607 County of Durham Squadron in June 1940, flying the Hawker Hurricane. He took part in the Battle of Britain, claiming one aircraft shot down. Following the Battle, he was reposted as a flying instructor, before rejoining 607, participating in ground attacks in France. In November of 1941, he was assigned to the Desert Air Force in North Africa, joining 238 Squadron and flying Spitfires. He was killed in action a few short weeks later in March 1942—somewhere over Cyrenaica on the Libyan coast. He was an example of the typical line pilot who did his duty with courage and dependability, giving his life for his country and comrades, with little in the way of recognition. But he did have his portrait done by Orde and perhaps that is his lasting legacy. Knightsbridge War Cemetery Acroma Libya

2580 SummersRichard Gordon BattensbySgt49629RAFBritish242 Sqd

219 Sqd

48 Sqd

109 Sqd

OBE

Order St. James

AFM

BlenheimSurvived war7th May 2017Born 18 October 1921 in Beverley, East Yorkshire England. Educated at Ermysteds Grammar School at Skipton. Joined the RAF in April 1939 as a direct-entry Airman u/t Observer. 26 June to the Bristol Flying School, Yatesbury for basic navigation training. To B&GS Warmwell on 30th September and then completed his training with an astro-navigation course at St. Athan in November. 4 December 1939 posted to Church Fenton to join 242 Sqd on Blenheims. To 219 Sqd at Catterick on 16 April 1940. 28 September to Ferry Pool and Defence Flight Takoradi, in West Africa. In early July 1941 Summers aircraft made a wheels-up forced-landing on a beach in Liberia. To escape internment he walked 48 miles in bare feet before putting out to sea and being picked up by a British merchantman on the 5th. For this incident, Summers was awarded the AFM 1st January 1942. Commissioned in May 1942, posted back to the UK as Bombing Leader on Hudsons at No. 1 (Coastal) OTU Silloth on 12th October. To 48 Sqd at Gibraltar on 22 May 1943 as Bombing Leader. Back in UK on 1 March 1944 became Bombing Leader at No. 1 APC Aldergrove. Specialist Armament Course on 19 April 1944 at 2 School of Technical Training Cosford and later at the Empire Air Armament School at Manby. Appointed Armament Staff Officer at HQ 15 Group Liverpool on 17th November 1944 and he moved to RAF Lossiemouth on 7th August 1945 as Station Armament Officer. Postwar RAF, in October 1946 Summers was posted to the staff of ACAS (Training) at the Air Ministry as an Acting Squadron Leader. From August 1953 until January 1956 Summers was Deputy Station Commander at RAF East Leigh, Kenya during the Mau-Mau Emergency. He was made an OBE 6 March 1956 for 'gallant and distinguished services in Kenya'. Back in the UK, Summers returned to flying and commanded 109 Squadron at Binbrook. In December 1956 he was promoted to Acting Wing Commander and took command of No. 2 Wing RAF Cosford. In July 1959 he did a RAF Flying College Course at RAF Manby. In January/March 1960 Summers did a conversion course on Vulcans and was then appointed Wing Commander Operations at RAF Finningley, a Vulcan station. In December 1962 he was posted to the staff of SHAPE in Europe, for 'nuclear activities'. He returned to the UK in December 1966 and became a staff officer in the Department of the Chief of Defence Staff. Retired from the RAF on 18 October 1968 as a Wing Commander.
2581 SumnerFrankSgt (later Flt Sgt)327457RAFVRBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-11-30Kiel War Cemetery
2582 SumpterClaude Harry SidneyAC327457British604 Sqd

Blenheim
2583 SurmaFranciszekPlt Off645776 76713PAFPolish151 Sqd (157 Sqd ?)

607 Sqd

257 Sqd

242 Sqd

308 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane5KIA1941-11-08Flew Hurricanes with 151 Sqd, 607 Sqd & 257 Sqd during the Battle of Britain. With 257 Sqd when he baled out of Hurricane I (P3893) safely on 29 October 1940 over Bobbingworth, Essex at 17:00hrs. Shot down and killed over Dunkirk on 8 November 1941 in Spitfire Vb (AB930) of 308 Sqd Polish whilst on Circus 110 Polish War Memorial Northolt Age 25
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2584 SutcliffeWilliam AlfredSgt (later Flt Sgt)565302RAFBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-12-17Born in Middlesex. Educated at Spring Grove Central School. Joined the RAF in January 1931. He served in the Middle East. Applied for pilot training and was selected. Early September 1940 arrived at 7 OTU Hawarden to convert to Spitfires. Then joined 610 Sqd at Acklington on 23rd September. Posted to 74 Sqd at Biggin Hill on 3rd December 1940. On the 17th December 1940 flying Airspeed Oxford P6814 of the Central Flying School, killed when crashed at Rowde, near Devizes in Wiltshire, owing to icing. Lanteglos by Fowey St Wyllow Churchyard Cornwall, England Age 25


2585 SutherlandIan WelshPlt Off (later F/O)72508RAFVRBritish19 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-04Halton St Michael Churchyard England Age 21

2586 SuttonFraser Barton 'Barry'Fg Off41962British56 Sqd
DFC
Hurricane5WIADied1988-03-16Born in Witney, Oxfordshire in 1919. RAFVR in October 1937, as an Airman u/t Pilot. Joined the RAF on a short service commission in February 1939. 56 Sqd at North Weald on 2 August 1939. On 16 May 1940, ‘B’ Flight of 56, including Sutton, flew to Vitry-en-Artois in France. He shared in the destruction of a Do 17 on the 18th and later that day his Hurricane was jumped by a Bf 109 soon after taking off, and he was wounded in the foot. Sutton managed to return to Vitry. He was sent back to England on 23 May and designated non-effective sick. He rejoined 56 on 7 July. Sutton claimed a Ju 87 destroyed on 25 July, a Bf 110 on August 13, a Bf 109 on the 16th and another Bf 110 on the 26th. He was shot down, possibly by a Spitfire, in combat over the Thames Estuary on 28 August 1940 and baled out, seriously burned, from Hurricane R 4198. Sutton was admitted to Canterbury Hospital and later transferred to the RAF Hospital at Halton. After a year in hospital, Sutton was posted to the Middle East. He waited in Cairo for a posting and, in November 1941, set out for Burma and joined 136 Sqd as a Flight Commander. He probably destroyed two Japanese Army 97 Fighters on 6 February 1942. Later in February he took command of 135 Sqd at Mingaladon. He probably destroyed one Japanese bomber and damaged another on the 25th. The squadron was ordered to withdraw on 5 March, firstly to Akyab and then to Dum Dum, in India.

In mid-April 1942 posted to Air HQ Bengal, as a staff officer. He went to the Air Fighting Training Unit at Amarda Road in early 1943, as Chief Flying Instructor and was then posted to Command HQ Delhi as Chief Tactics Officer. Appointed to lead a Spitfire Wing in Bengal in April 1944 and at the end of June he became Wing Leader of a Hurricane/Spitfire Wing in the Imphal Valley. Returned to the UK in 1945 and was awarded the DFC. He spent time as Personal Air Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air, commanded the RAF stations at Aston Down, North Weald, Horsham St Faith (now Norwich Airport) and Bassingbourn. He retired from the RAF in April 1966 as a Group Captain

One of the members of 56 Sqd 'B' flight who went to France 16 May 1940. Destroyed a Do 17 on 17 May but later that day was wounded in the foot when bounced by a Bf 109 on take-off and was sent back to England. During the Battle he destroyed 4 aircraft before being shot down in Hurricane (R4198) on 2 August 1940 at 17:00hrs (possibly by a Spitfire!), over the Thames Estuary and baling out. Seriously burned. A year in hospital, after which he was posted to the Far East. DFC 17 August 1945.


2587 SuttonFrederick CharlesPlt Off79197British264 Sqd

Defiant

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Died
2588 SuttonHarold RobertSgt49294British235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war29 December 1998
2589 SuttonJames Ronald GabertSgt (later FO)90758RAFBritish611 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-07-23St Pol War Cemetery France Age 21

2590 SuttonKenwyn RolandFg OffNew Zealander264 Sqd

DFC
Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2591 SuttonNormanPlt Off84033RAFVRBritish611 Sqd

72 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-10-05St. Helens Cemetery England Age 26


Sutton's grave newly restored by Adrian Cork group


2592 SwanwickGeorge WilliamSgt118533RAFVRUSA54 Sqd

41 Sqd

222 Sqd
603 Sqd

Air Efficiency Award

Spitfire1.5Survived war4th January 2011.Born 10th November 1915. Huntingdon School in Nottingham. Joined 504 (Special Reserve) Sqd at Hucknall as a Corporal Air Gunner on Wallaces and Hinds in March 1934. In October 1938 applied for pilot training. September 1939 to 12 Group Pool Aston Down to complete his training. Staff pilot before arriving at 7 OTU Hawarden on 2nd September 1940 to convert to Spitfires, after which he joined 54 Sqd at Catterick on 16th September, making his first flight on the 19th. On 27th October Swanwick shared in damaging a Ju88 near Whitby. Posted on 21st December 1940 to join 41 Sqd at Hornchurch. On 10th April 1941 he and Sgt. AA Glen intercepted and damaged a He111 off Flamborough Head. Swanwick claimed a probable Me109 off Ostend on 18th September 1941. Commissioned in October 1941, he claimed a Me109 damaged off Boulogne on the 13th. Posted to 222 Sqd at North Weald in April 1942 as a Flight Commander. July 1942 joined 603 Sqd in Malta, as 'A' Flight Commander. He went on to 71 OTU at Port Sudan on 6th September 1942, again as a Flight Commander. Invalided out with TB to the RAF Hospital Halton in August and was not discharged from hospital until March 1944. He held various staff appointments until the end of the war.

Joined RAF as Air Gunner, March 1934; Accepted for pilot training October 1938; commissioned October 1941; retired April 1970, retaining rank of Wg Cdr. Died, aged 95, in 2011 .Born New York USA 10 November 1915;


Signed envelope


Original pencil drawing by Steve Teasdale
2593 SwanwickN T CSgt935976British141 Sqd

2594 ŚwitońLeonSgt780519PAFPolish54 Sqd

303 Sqd Polish

Medal Lotniczy

Spitfire Hurricane1978-07-13Joined 54 Sqd in Spitfirs on 9 August 1940, but was only with them a week before being posted to 303 Squadron flying Hurricanes.
Archiwum Database

2595 Sword-DanielsAlbert ThomasPlt Off77127British25 Sqd

Blenheim
2596 SydneyCharlesFSgt564940RAFBritish19 Sqd

266 Sqd

92 Sqd

Spitfire I R6767KIA1940-09-27St Mary Cray Cemetery, Orpington. Plot E. Div. 3. Grave 130. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Sydney, of St. Mary Cray, Orpington; husband of Ellen Jane Mary Sydney. Grave inscription: 'He Gave His All For His Country's Call God Rest His Soul In Peace'.


2597 SykesJohn Humphrey CharlesworthSub Lt (FAA) (later Lieutenant Commander)FAABritish64 Sqd

SpitfireSurvived war1st November 2007 Sherborne, Dorset EnglandBorn on 20th May 1919. He was a Fleet Air Arm pilot attached to the RAF on 29 June 1940. He arrived at 5 OTU 6 days earlier. Crashed in Spitfire R6684 at the aerodrome 1 July, unhurt. Joined 64 Sqd ay Kenley on 8 July, served till 15 Septemeber 1950, w2hen posted to 807 Naval Air Sqd. To Dekhelia Egypt in November 1940, operations in Western desert. Moved to 806 NAS in Ceylon. Took part in Madagascar landings in HMS Indomitable. Air Gunnery Officer in Coimbatore India in 1944, at RNAS Nowra in 1948, at RAN Carrier School at HMS Albatross in 1949, at Yeovilton in 1952 and finally at HMS Centaur. Retired at Lt Commander in July 1958




2598 SylvesterEdmund John HilaryPlt Off90556RAF AAFBritish501 Sqd
DFC
HurricaneMIA1940-07-20On patrol in Hurricane I (P3082) on 20 July 1940 when shot down in Lyme Bay, Dorset by a Bf 109 of JG 27 at 16:30hrs. Runnymede Panel 10
2599 SylvesterBritish245 Sqd

Hurricane
2600 SymondsJohn EdwardSgt103539British236 Sqd

Blenheim

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