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The Battle of Britain clasp (worn on the 1939-45 Star – or a silver gilt rosette if medal ribbons only are worn) is restricted to aircrew from 71 defined units
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2601 SzafraniecWilhelmSgt781312PAFPolish151 Sqd

607 Sqd

56 Sqd

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIFA1940-11-23From RAF Coltishall in Hurricane V7569 for flight training. A collision with another aircraft occurred in the Andover area. The pilot was killed. Buried in Amesbury Cemetery Age 24
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2602 Szaposznikow (Sharman)EugeniuszSgt (later Flt Lt)P-1653PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane81991-07-08Tally of kills was 8 confirmed kills 1 shared and 1 damaged. He attained the rank of flight Lieutenant. After war changed surname to Sharman
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2603 SzczęsnyHenryk 'Sneezy'Plt Off (later Sqd Lrd)76781PAFPolish74 Sqd

317 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari


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Medal Lotniczy (x2)

Wound Badge (x2)
Spitfire9Died1996-07-25Born in Warsaw and went to college there. Army cadet before joining the Polish Air Force at Deblin. Married with 2 sons. Fought the Germans in Poland and wounded. Escaped to Malta by ship and arrived at Eastchurch via France. Joined 74 Sqd in August 1940 after converting to Spitfires and learning English. Also known as 'Henry the Pole'. His tally of kills was 8 confirmed 3 shared 1 probable and 2 damaged. He attained the rank of Squadron Leader. Later in 317 Sqd. Szczesny was appointed Squadron Leader Flying of the Polish Wing at Northolt on 28 December 1942. He was leading the Wing on 4 April 1943, escorting USAAF bombers over France, when, on the way back, they were attacked by FW 190s. Szczesny shot one down but collided with another. He baled out and was captured by a German patrol. He was freed in April 1945 and returned to Britain. He stayed in the RAF, retired in 1965 as a Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Squadron LeaderDied in London. Gunnersbury Cemetery Age 87
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2604 SzlagowskiJózef AugustSgt (later W/O)780712PAFPolish234 Sqd

152 Sqd

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

Spitfire2DiedCrashed Spitfire I (N3278) at Pensilva after running out of fuel on the 8 August 1940 at 10:15hrs. Unhurt.
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2605 SzulkowskiWładysławPlt Off76747PAFPolish65 Sqd

315 Sqd Polish

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

SpitfireKIABased at RAF Speke 65 Sqd in Hurricane V7188 on convoy protection over the Irish sea. Collided with the aircraft piloted by Edward Paterak. Both pilots were killed. West Derby Cementary Englnd Age 33
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2606 TaborGeorge WilliamSgt (later Flt Sgt)754844RAFBritish65 Sqd

152 Sqd

603 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-07-23 Age 21Born June 1920 in Woodford Bridge, Essex England. Joined the RAF August 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939 Training at 12 EFTS and 10 FTS. Posted to 65 Sqd at Turnhouse Scotland 2 September 1940. To 152 Sqd at Warmwell on 9 October. Spitfire N3176 damaged in a surprise attack by Me109s over Portland on 10 November 1940. Landed back at base with a burst tyre, unhurt. Killed on 23 July 1941 as a Flight Sergeant with 603 Sqd in Spitfire Va W3184, shot down on a sweep. Longuenesse St Omer Souvenir Cemetery France

2607 TaitKenneth WilliamFg Off (later Flt Lt)40441RAFNew Zealander87 Sqd

Hurricane6MIA1941-08-04Born in Wellington, New Zealand 19 November 1918. Attended Wellington College from 1933 to 1936. April 1937 got short service commission in RAF and sailed from Auckland in late September for flying training in the UK. Posted to 87 Sqd 20 August 1938 as Gladiator biplane fighters being replaced by Hurricanes. Moved to France at as part of the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force where he shared in destroying a Ju 88 on May 20 1940. On 15 August 1940 scrambled to intercept a large force of bombers with a fighter escort moving towards Portland. Tait shot down a Bf 110 and damaged two others. 10 days later, in a late afternoon action, he destroyed a Bf 110 and a Bf 109. DFC early February 1941. 6 destroyed by then. Mention in Dispatches in March 1941. Disappeared without trace 4 August 1941 whilst attacking German E-boats. Runnymede Panel 29 Age 22

2608 TalmanBritish151 Sqd

2609 TamblynHugh NormanFlt Lt40862RAFCanadian141 Sqd

242 Sqd


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KIA1941-04-03 Age 23Hugh Norman Donald Tamblyn was born in Watrous, Saskatchewan and joined the RAF in June of 1938. His early flying career was as a Boulton Paul Defiant turret fighter pilot. He then transferred to 242 Canadian Squadron during the Battle of Britain, shooting down 5 enemy aircraft and sharing in the destruction of another. Sadly, Tamblyn, aged 23, was killed in action with 242 Squadron on 3 April 1941. He had radioed that he had been hit by return fire from a Dornier Do 17 and his Hurricane was on fire. A search of the North Sea recovered his uninjured body. He had died of exposure. Flew with 242 Sqd Hurricanes and 141Sqd Defiants during the Battle. DFC. 7 January 1941. Ipswich New Cemetery England

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2610 TannerJohn HenryFlt Sgt565125RAFBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-11Pre-war airman pilot. Killed during a patrol off Calais when Spitfire I (R6918) shot down 11 August 1940 at 11:30hrs. Calais Southern Cemetery France Age 25

2611 TateBritish604 Sqd

2612 TatnellReginald FrederickSgt748556RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-05-18Heanton Punchardon St Augustine Churchyard Age 25
2613 TaylorDonald MurrayFg Off40153British64 Sqd

SpitfireDiedWounded 17 July 1940 in Spitfire (P9507) shot down by an Bf 109 from JG 2 at 14:00 hrs. Crash landed at Hailsham.
2614 TaylorEdgar FrancisAC910959British29 Sqd

600 Sqd

BlenheimKIAAir Gunner
2615 TaylorGraham NevilleSgt54655British236 Sqd


2616 TaylorGeorge StringerSgt (later Flt Lt)61013RNZAFNew Zealander3 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1943-02-09Weaverham St Mary Churchyard Agev 24

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2617 TaylorKennethSgt101500British29 Sqd

2618 TaylorNormanSgt82733British601 Sqd


7.5KIFA1948-04-29Born in Chellaston near Derby in 1919. Attended schools in Melbourne, Ashby. In January 1939 enlisted in the RAF as an Airman under training as Pilot. Called up 1st September 1939, completed training at 12 EFTS and 10 FTS Tern Hill and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 6 July 1940. Converting to Hurricanes he joined 601 Sqd Tangmere on 7 August 1940. Ace. First kill 18 August. Baled out Hurricane (P3735) on 31 August 1940 at 13:30hrs after combat with a Bf 109 over Gravesend. Damaged a Ju88 on the 15 August, destroyed a Ju87 on 18 August and shared a He111 on the 30 August. Destroyed Bf 109 on the 31 August. Hit in the gravity petrol tank, baled out, unhurt.Hurricane, P3735, crashed and burned out. Damaged a Do17 on 6 September 1940. On 25 May 1941 destroyed Bf 109 and damaged another, on 13 June destroyed 2 more Bf 109s and on 16 May 1941 damaged another. Commissioned in June 1941, posted away in July. DFM (gazetted 29th July 1941). In 1942 he volunteered for the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, based at Speke, operating catapult launched Sea Hurricanes from specially converted merchant ships called Camships. These were deployed to counter the long-range four-engine Fw200 Condor bombers attacking Allied convoys. Sailed in several uneventful convoys until 1 November 1942 when he was launched from the Camship Empire Heath, to engage a Condor. He intercepted it and drove it off before it could attack any of the ships. In the face of strong return fire he then shot it down from close range. After orbiting the convoy to make sure a second Condor was not there, he baled out and was picked up by the corvette HMS Sweet Briar. For this awarded the DFC (gazetted 15th December 1942). In 1943 he transferred to Rolls Royce at Derby as a test pilot. End of war he stayed in RAF and joined 222 Sqd equipped with Meteor jets. Took part in the 1946 Victory fly past over Buckingham palace. Killed on 29 April 1948 flying Harvard T Mk. 2B KF569 of the Station Flight RAF Wunstorf which spun into the ground at Wunstorf on the final GCA approach during instrument flying practice. F/Lt. RL Sims was also killed.
2619 TaylorReginaldPlt Off (later Flt Lt)British235 Sqd

BlenheimDied1950-06-10Joined RAFVR in August 1939 as an Airman under training as Observer. Called up 1 September 1939, he completed his training and was commissioned. Posted from 1(C) OTU Silloth to 235 Squadron at Bircham Newton on 14 August 1940. Released from the RAF in 1947 as a Flight Lieutenant.
2620 TaylorRonald Henry WilliamSgt804401RAF AAFBritish604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-11-26Air Gunner. Hampstead Cemetery
2621 TaylourEdward Winchester TollemacheLt (FAA)RNBritish808 NAS
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KIA1942-09-13Born in 1915. Royal Naval College in May 1932 as a cadet. Commissioned in January 1933, rated as a Midshipman in the Executive Branch. After some years of sea service he decided to join the Fleet Air Arm, and in early 1940 he was posted to 800 Sqd at Hatston, Orkney, to fly Blackburn Skuas in defence of the naval base at Scapa Flow. On 10 April, Taylour participated in the sinking of the German cruiser Konigsberg in the harbour at Bergen, Norway. In late April, 800 Sqd joined HMS Ark Royal for operations in Norwegian waters. Taylour claimed a He 111 on 27 April and another on the 28th. On 9 May he was awarded the DSC and bar and a Mention in Despatches. He was decorated by the King on 11 June. Moved to 808 Squadron and converted to Fulmars. Flying operationally with this squadron, under Fighter Command control, that would eventually earn him the Battle of Britain Clasp. In late October, Taylour embarked with 808 on Ark Royal. Flying from the carrier in the Mediterranean he destroyed a number of enemy aircraft. In April 1942 Taylour took command of 802 Squadron, operating Sea Hurricanes. The squadron embarked on HMS Avenger. He was lost on 13 September that year, in an action in defence of convoy PQ18 heading for Russia. He is commemorated on the Fleet Air Arm Memorial at Lee on Solent Memorial Bay 3 Panel 1

2622 TearleFrancis JosephSgt123198British600 Sqd

Blenheim4Air Gunner during the Battle. Later retrained as a Radio Observer and teamed with P/O R.A.Miller. Both received DFC on 19 February 1943, credited with destroying four enemy aircraft.
2623 TemlettCyril BernardPlt Off (later Flt Lt)33530RAFBritish3 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-07-03El Alamein War Cemetery, North Africa
2624 TerryPatrick Hugh Richard RuncimanSgt1190615British72 Sqd

603 Sqd

2625 TewPhilip HarryFlt Sgt49065British54 Sqd


Spitfire3DiedShot down Bf 110 over Dunkirk in May. On 8 August 1940 Tew shotdown a Bf 109 and a Bf 110. AFC on the 10 June 1948.
2626 ThackerDavid JohnPlt Off85273British32 Sqd

2627 TheasbyAlec JohnAC1 (later Sgt)1161473RAFVRBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-11-16Radio Operator. Norton Cemetery Age 26
2628 TheilmannJohn GrahamFlt Sgt37701British234 Sqd

2629 ThomasCharles Raymond DelauneyFg Off40031RAFBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-07-18Pilot. With crew member H.D.B.Elsdon in a Blenheim (L6779) shot down and killed over Le Havre by Bf 109 from JG 2 at 12:15hrs on 18 July 1940. On a photo reconnaissance mission. Quiberville Churchyard Age 22
2630 ThomasAlexander HendrySgt114075British79 Sqd

87 Sqd

DFCSurviving aircrew
2631 ThomasEFOBritish19 Sqd

2632 ThomasEric HughFg Off39138British222 Sqd

266 Sqd

2633 ThomasFrederick MyttonFlt Lt37133British152 Sqd

2634 ThomasGordon SinclairSgt175847British604 Sqd

2635 ThomasRichard CeredigPlt Off82731RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-10-09Observer. Shot down over the Channel by Me109s and killed along with the pilot P/O J.C.Kirkpatrick and crew P/O R.C.Thomas 9 October 1940 at 17:30hrs. They were flying aerodrome protection duty South of Thorny Island in a Blenheim IVf (N3530). Cardiff Cathays Cemetery Wales
2636 ThomasSamuel RichardPlt Off42029British264 Sqd


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2637 ThomasRobert TudorSgt754426RAFVRBritish247 Sqd

KIA1940-11-21Bodfari St Stephen Churchyard Age 22
2638 ThompsonAnthony Robert Fletcher 'Tommy'Fg Off84965RAFVRBritish85 Sqd

249 Sqd

1435 Flight

73 Sqd

Hurricane1.5Survived war9th March 2008Born 14 October 1920. Joined the RAFVR July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Training at 15 EFTS and 5 FTS Sealand and arrived at 6 OTU on 10 September 1940. Converting to Hurricanes, joined 85 Sqd at Church Fenton on the 29 September and moved to 249 Sqd at North Weald on 17 October. Shared a Ju88 on 28 October and destroyed a Me109 on the 30th. In May 1941 249 went to Malta and flew off HMS Ark Royal in two groups on the 21st. On 5th August Thompson joined the Malta Night Fighting Unit, then being formed at Ta Kali. He damaged a BR20 at night on 11th November. The unit became 1435 (Night Fighter) Flight on 2nd December. Posted to 71 OTU at Gordon's Tree, Sudan on 3rd March 1942. Returned to operations on 1st October with 73 Sqd in the Western Desert. In mid-November he was appointed 'A' Flight Commander. At the end of December posted to Cairo and in February he went to 206 Group, as a test pilot. DFC 23 March 1943. 10 March 1944 Thompson seconded to BOAC and released from the RAF in Cairo on 26 January 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Following his move to 249 Sqd RAF at RAF North Weald on 17 October 1940, P/O Anthony RF "Tommy" Thompson opened his score with a Ju 99 shared on 28 October, followed by an Me 109 destroyed and another damaged 2 days later, a Ju 87 damaged on 7 November and a Do 17 on 21 November.

Depicting Nicolson VC in the action that he won the Victoria Cross August 1940. Cover also depicts Nicolson's Hurricane of 249 Squadron engaging a BF110. Cover depicts the Victoria Cross which was introduced as the premier award for gallantry available for all ranks during wartime for conspicuous bravery or devotion to the country in the presence of the enemy which covered all actions since the outbreak of the Crimean War. Nicolson was the only Victoria Cross holder of Fighter Command

2639 ThompsonFrank NoblePlt Off78258British248 Sqd

2640 ThompsonJohn MarlowSqd Ldr (later Air Commodore)34183RAFBritish111 Sqd (CO)



DFC & Bar

Belgian Military Cross

Danish Order of the Dannebrog
SpitfireSurvived war5 August 1994 Brighton EnglandScrambled from Hawkinge 16 August 1940 at around 12:00hrs to intercept the Dorniers of Kg 76 which were heading for West Malling. Later Air Commodore

2641 ThompsonJohn RauthmellSgt755146RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1941-03-10 Age 2410 March 1941 Blenheim IV Z5752 XK-L, was detailed for convoy escort and took off from Aldergrove, Northern Ireland at 13:35 hrs. The weather became very bad and the aircraft was last plotted on the northern coast of Ulster. Crew members lost in Z5752 were Albert Van Waeyenberghe (Battle of Britain veteran) and Sgt. DI McWatt. There were no radio transmissions of any problems but a sister aircraft (Blenheim Z5733 XK-E) from 272 went missing at the same time and it is thought the 2 collided. Z5733 crew were all lost: Sgt. PGV Chanler, Sgt. HK Pass and Sgt. WA Newton. Runnymede Panel 53 Age 24
2642 ThompsonJoseph BeckettSgt566058RAFBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-07-31Pilot, following a collision between Blenheims L6722, L1408 over the Bristol Channel. Magheragall Church of Ireland Churchyard Age 24
2643 ThompsonPeter DouglasPlt Off84697British32 Sqd

605 Sqd

SpitfireSurviving aircrew
Courtesy Oleg Marin
2644 ThompsonWilliam WatsonSgt48812British234 Sqd

SpitfireDiedCrash landed Spitfire I (P9365) at St Eval on 31 July 1940 at 01:00hrs while on night patrol. Unhurt.
2645 ThompsonRonald AlexanderFg OffBritish72 Sqd

SpitfireWIAWounded on 1 September 1940. Baled out of Spitfire I over Hythe after combat with a Bf 109 at 11:30hrs.
2646 ThompsonJames RobertSgtRAFVRBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-03-10 Age 24Born Aston, Birmingham 1917. Joined the RAFVR June 1939 as an Airman u/t Aircrew. Called up on 1st September 1939. Joined 236 Sqd in mid-August 1940. Killed 10th March 1941 as a Sergeant with 272 Sqd in Blenheim IV Z5752 XK-L . From Aldergrove on convoy escort . Lost in bad weather. No trace of it was found. Crew P/O AAL van Wayenberghe and Sgt. DI McWatt were also lost. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Thompson on panel 53.

2647 ThomsonJames AndersonFlt Lt37599British302 Sqd Polish
SpitfireWIAInjured on 29 October 1940 when baled out after colliding with a Hurricane over Brooklands. Slightly injured right at the end of the Battle

2648 ThomsonThomas RussellPlt Off85246British607 Sqd

213 Sqd


2649 ThornEdward RolandSgt (later Sqd Ldr)46957RAFBritish264 Sqd




Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIFA1946-02-12 Age 32Pilot Thorne and air gunner F J Barker, were the most succesful Boulton Paul Defiant crew of the war with more than 13 kills. With his Gunner F.J.Barker shot down 3 Bf 109s and a Bf 110 on 28 May 1940. On May 29 they shot down 2 Ju 87s and a He 111 on the 31 May. Both promoted to Flight Sergeant and awarded DFM. On 24 August 1940 they shot down a Ju 88. Both injured on 26 August 1940 after shooting down 2 Do 17s and a Bf 109 that was attacking them, they crash landed damaged Defiant I (L7005) near Chislet at 12:10hrs. Thorn later went on to command 169 Sqd with DSO and DFC. Bishop's Waltham St Peter Churchyard England

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2650 ThorogoodLaurence ArthurSgt107939British87 Sqd


2651 TidmanAlfred RobertsPlt Off86345RAFVRBritish64 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-09-17Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery Holland Age 23

2652 TillJohnSgt552090British248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-06-12Runnymede Panel 53 Age 19
2653 TillettJamesPlt Off33454British238 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-11-06 Age 22Joined 238 Sqn at St Eval in Sept 1940. Shot down in Nov: force-landed at Fareham but, despite efforts to rescue him, he was motionless & his Hurricane V6814 caught fire with him trapped inside.Shot down and killed in Hurricane (V6814) on 6 November 1940 by Bf 109 over Fareham. Stone memorial to him at junction of two minor roads at SU5865 0795 (near M27 junction 10 ). Bears his name, serial number, Squadron number and date of birth and records that he died close by.

Memorial from Mr. Graham Alderson bears the words 'He died so young, so we that are left, grow old knowing only freedom. Let not future generations squander such a gift. Graham Alderson 1994'
2654 TitleyEdward GeorgePlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)86334RAFBritish609 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1943-07-17Northam St Margaret Churchyard England Age 31

2655 TobinEugene Quimby 'Red'Plt Off81622RAFAmerican609 Sqd

71 Sqd Eagle

SpitfireKIA1941-09-07American from Los Angeles. Learned to fly in the late thirties, paying for his lessons by working as a guide and messenger at the MGM Studios in Hollywood. Signed originally to fight for Finland against Russia, but arrived in Europe too late for that war. With is fellow Americans, came to England on the last ship from the port of St Jean-de-Luz and joined the RAF. Sent to 609 Sqd on 8 August 1940. Became operational on 16 August 1940. He saw combat during August - September, before transferring on the 18 September 1940 to the to help form the 71 Sqd 'Eagle' at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire. Tobin crashed into a hillside near Boulogne in combat with Bf 109s and killed on September 7 1941, on 71 Sqd first sweep over France. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery France Age 24

2656 TomlinsonPaul AnthonyPlt Off44198British29 Sqd

2657 TongueReginald EllisPlt Off78551British3 Sqd

504 Sqd


2658 ToogoodLeonard VivianSgt758096RAFVRBritish43 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-27Portsmouth Kingston Cemetery
2659 ToombsJohn Richard 'Jack'Sgt179612RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

264 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
Called up 1 September 1939

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

2660 ToombsFrank AlbertPlt Off79221RAFVRBritish264 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIFA1940-11-17Killed when engine of their Defiant I (N1547) flown by WRA Knocker caught fire, engine cut out 15 November 1940. They hit a tree on landing and the aircraft exploded near Rochford. Richmond Cemetery
2661 TophamJohn K GrovesPlt Off41882British219 Sqd


2662 TopolnickiJuliusz JarosławFg Off76722PAFPolish601 Sqd

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIFA1940-09-21Wounded 6 September 1940 at 09:30hrs. Baled out of Hurricane I (P3382) over Mayfield after combat with a Bf 109. From RAF Exeter in Hurricane L1894 during take-off 3 aircraft simultaneously the engine stopped working. Exeter Higher Cemetery Age 30
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Polish War Memorial
Exeter Higher
2663 TouchDonald FrankSgt116513British235 Sqd


2664 Tower-PerkinsWilliamPlt Off75869RAFBritish238 Sqd
HurricaneWIAAttended Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London. Went to Queen Mary College, London, and learned to fly as a member of the University Air Squadron. Called up in November, he was commissioned on the 18 November 1939. Joined 238 Sqd at Middle Wallop on 13 July 1940 direct from Flying Training School. 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge on attachment on 3 August and, after converting to Hurricanes, he rejoined 238 on 20 August. Shot down in an action with Ju 88s south of Tunbridge Wells on 11 September 1940. Baled out, wounded and burned, admitted to Tunbridge Wells Hospital. His Hurricane P3096, is believed to be one that crashed near Withyham post office. Later transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, plastic surgery by Archie McIndoe and was a founder-member and the first secretary of the Guinea Pig Club for disfigured RAF aircrew treated at East Grinstead. Released from the RAF in 1946.

Wounded 11 September 1940 at 16:10hrs. Baled out Hurricane I (P3096) with burns after combat with a Ju 88 near to Tunbridge Wells.

2665 TownsendPeter WooldridgeSqd Ldr33178RAFBritish85 Sqd (CO)Commander of Royal Victorian Order (C VO)


DFC & Bar

HurricaneSurvived warPeace time pilot, a flyer of great skill and experience. Commander 85 Sqd at Martlesham. 11 July 1940 in Hurricane VY-K (P2716) intercepted Dornier Do 17M from Kanalkampffuhrer Fink's Geschwader, H/KG 2, the 'Holzhammer' Gruppe. His Browning machine guns raked the bomber putting 220 bullets into the Dornier but it got home to Arras, and all the crew lived to count the bullet holes. Although his 220 bullets failed to kill the bomber, a single one from the bomber hit his Hurricane's coolant system. Engine stopped 20 miles from the English coast. Townsend baled out and was rescued by a trawler. MiD that day and was flying again in the evening. On 31 August at 13:00hrs Townsend in Hurricane (P3166 'Q') was shot down by a Bf 110 over Tunbridge. Baled out and was wounded in the foot, his wounds were dressed at a Cottage Hospital and he was transferred to Croydon General Hospital. The nose cap of a cannon shell was removed from his left foot and his big toe was amputated. He returned to his Squadron 21 September and flew again that day doing aerobatics. Then reported to Medical Officer who told him he would not fly for some time. Townsend promptly told him that he just had!

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

2666 TownsendThomas WilliamSgt801555British600 Sqd

BlenheimSurviving aircrew
2667 TraceyOwen VincentPlt Off (later Flt Lt)NZ/42774RNZAFNew Zealander79 Sqd

HurricaneCredited with six enemy aircraft destroyed, three probably destroyed and one other as damaged.KIA1941-12-08

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Born in Dunedin New Zealand 15 March 1915. Educated in Auckland and Oamaru before becoming a store hand with Wright Stephenson in Dunedin. Pilot's licence at the Otago Aero Club early in 1937. Failed to pass educatdion tests for RAF twice. After help from by a local headmaster he tried again. Sailed from Lyttelton in June 1939. Posted to 79 Sqd in early July 1940 on Hurricanes. 15 August 1940 destroyed a He III on its way on its way to bomb Newcastle. The squadron went South to Biggin Hill 10 later. On 28 August 1940 attacked a Dornier head-on, causing it to go down with an engine on fire. He was damaged and headed for base. As he landed German bombers arrived overhead. Attempting to take off again his Hurricane was thrown about and badly damaged by flying metal and debris from bursting bombs. He later claimed the probable destruction of a He III and damaged a Bf 109 on this day. By the end of September 1940 Tracey had destroyed two more bombers and probably two others. DFC 6 October 1942 with effect from 7 December 1941. The citation credited him with six enemy aircraft destroyed and many more probably destroyed. Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery Age 26

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2668 TrevanaCharles WarrenFg OffRCAFCanadian1 Sqd (RCAF)

HurricaneSurvived war29th July 1998 in Victoria, British Columbia.Born 1918 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Joined 120 Sqd RCAF Auxiliary December 1936 as an AC2 on general duties. Private Pilots Licence April 1937. Commissioned in the Auxiliary in July 1937, began flying Gypsy Moths, then Tiger Moths and at the summer camp he flew Westland Wapitis. On 5th June 1939 began full-time service with 120 Sqd, advanced flying training at Camp Borden. Joined 2 (Army Co-operation) Sqd at Ottawa on 2nd November 1939. Sailed from Halifax on 15th February 1940. At Old Sarum on the 25th, squadron was renumbered 110. 18th August posted to 5 OTU Aston Down. Converted to Hurricanes, joined No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron at Northolt on 1st September 1940. Left in early March 1941 to be Deputy CO of 403 Sqd, then forming at Baginton. Posted to Digby on 30th June 1941 to form and command 412 Sqd RCAF. Operational in September but after only three sweeps over France, he was posted away in November and sailed for Canada on 23rd December 1941. January 1942 went to Eastern Air Command RCAF to supervise fighter operations. Commanded 25 (RCAF) Squadron at Sydney, Nova Scotia on 13th May 1942 but having only four Hurricanes he said he no longer wished to command. Sent to BGS Paulson, Manitoba as a staff pilot. Retired on medical grounds on 9th October 1943 as an Acting Squadron Leader. (Some sources spell name Trevena )
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2669 TrousdaleRichard MacklowPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)2414RNZAFNew Zealander266 Sqd

Spitfire5.5KIFA1947-05-16Born in the Old Mission House, Waimate North, New Zealand on January 23 1921. Posted to 266 Sqd 6 November 1939 on Fairey Battles. Covered the Dunkirk beaches and on the 2 June 1940 probably destroyed a Bf 110. By the end of the Battle he had shot down two Bf 109s and probably a third and shared in the destruction of a Do 215. Became a night fighter pilot, flying Defiants, destroying a He 111 on 10 February 1941 and two He 111s on the 9 May. DFC 4 March 1941 and a Bar on the 8 May 1942. Killed in a flying accident on the 16th of May 1947. Bath Haycombe Cemetery Age 26
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2670 TruemanAlec Albert GrayFg Off40766RAFCanadian253 Sqd

Hurricane0.5KIA1940-09-04 Age 26Shot down and killed over Kenley in Hurricanes I (V6638) on 4 September 1940. Whyteleafe St Luke Churchyard England

Born: 1914 in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Canadian pilot’s licence in Ottawa. Joined the RAF on a short service commission in 1938. Completed his training at 6 Flying Training School at Netheravon in Wiltshire. Commissioned as an acting pilot officer on 7 May 1938 and confirmed as a pilot officer on 7 March 1939. Arriving back in England from Canada on 30 May 1939, ended up with 155 Sqd Bomber Command, based at Hemswell in Lincolnshire, on Handley Page Hampdens. There, during take-off on a training flight with a full bomb load, he made an error: 'Hemswell on 27/05/1940: 144 Squadron Hampden L4135 Coded PL-? The aircraft’s back broke when the pilot turned the aircraft sharply and braked harshly whilst taxiing with full bomb load at 1615hrs. Pilot P/O AAG Trueman and crew were unhurt.' Arrived at 6 Operational Training Unit, Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire, on 24 June 1940 to convert onto Hurricanes. On 20 July he was posted to 253 Sqd at Turnhouse. In August 1940, 253 Sqd moved back to Kenley. On 2 September Alec was credited with damaging a Bf109. Two days later he was in combat over Kenley Airfield when he was shot down and killed by an enemy aircraft, his Hurricane V6638 crashing at Tudor Close, Banstead. He was 26; the day before his death he had been promoted to the rank of flying officer. Buried in St. Luke’s Churchyard, Whyteleafe, Surrey. Also commemorated on a family memorial in Pointe de Bute Cemetery in New Brunswick, Canada. In the final quarter of 1940 Ethel Trueman, Alec’s young wife, registered the births of twin sons, Alec A. G. and Michael G. G. Trueman. Ethel died on 10 June 2002 in Lincoln, aged 89. Bio

Trueman Road, Kenley

Pointe de Bute, Canada
2671 TruhlárJanSgt (later W/O)787508RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

Hurricane2PoW Died1973-10-25Died Brno
2672 TrumbleAnthony John 'Tony'Flt Lt37137British264 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
PoW2004in Greece, April 1941. Died 2004.
2673 TruranAnthony John JamiesonPlt Off91019RAF AAFBritish615 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1940-11-25 Age 20Woking St John's Crematorium England

2674 TuckRobert Stanford 'Bob'Flt Lt37306British92 Sqd

257 Sqd (CO)


DFC & 2 BarsDFC

Spitfire Hurricane29Died1987-05-05Tuck led his first combat patrol on 23 May 1940, over Dunkirk, claiming three German fighters shot down. The following day he shot down two German bombers and as aerial fighting intensified over the next two weeks his score rapidly mounted. DFC 11 June 1940 and received it from King George VI at RAF Hornchurch on 28 June. His combat successes continued into July and August as the Battle of Britain gathered pace, although he himself was forced to bail out on 18 August. While attacking a formation of Junkers Ju 88s over Kent, he shot one down and damaged another. However, during the head on attack at Ju 88, when he overtook it, cannon shells hit his Spitfire and he was forced to bail out near Tunbridge Wells. He fell at Tucks Cottage, near Park Farm, Horsmonden. In another incident on 25 August Tuck's Spitfire was badly damaged during combat with a Dornier Do 17 bomber, which he destroyed 15 miles off the coast. His aircraft had a dead engine, but he glided it back to dry land and made a forced landing. On 11 September, during the height of the Battle of Britain, Tuck was promoted to acting squadron leader and posted to command the Hawker Hurricane-equipped 257 Squadron RAF, based at RAF Coltishall. He led his squadron into combat through September and continued to claim further victories. His last two official victories of the Battle were on 28 October, where he claimed two 'probable' Bf 109s. He received a Bar to his DFC on 25 October. A victory on 23 September 1940, is believed by one source to be the future German ace Hans-Joachim Marseille. Flying Bf 109 E-7, Werknummer (W.Nr) 5094, Marseille was pursued to the Cap Gris Nez area near Calais, France, and forced to take to his parachute. He was later rescued by a Heinkel He 59 float plane. Tuck was credited with the destruction of W.Nr. 5094, whose pilot, Marseille, was the only recorded German airmen rescued in the location on that date. Tuck's official claim was for a Bf 109 destroyed off Griz Nez at 09:45—the only pilot to submit a claim in that location. Another states that Pilot Officer George Bennions from No. 41 Squadron RAF dispatched Marseille. This same source credits Tuck with a victory over Oberleutnant Walter Radlick of III. Gruppe of Jagdgeschwader 53.Flew with 92 Sqd Spitfires and 257 Sqd Hurricanes in Battle. Shot down 10 during the Battle. On patrol 18 August 1940 with 92 Sqd. Baled out safely after combat with a Ju 88, at 14:15hrs. Spitfire I (N3040) crashed near Horsmonden, Kent. On 25 August 1940 wounded in the leg when he force landed Spitfire I (N3268) after combat with a Do 215 over St. Gowans Head, Pembroke, at 18:20hrs. 21 June 1941 with 257 Squadron, flying Hurricane II (Z3152) shot down by a Bf 109. Rescued from the North Sea by a coal barge. DSO DFC. Died Age 70

Portrait by Cuthbert Orde
2675 TuckerAidan BoysFg Off70683British151 Sqd

HurricaneWIADiedOn 12 August 1940 shot down by Bf 109s and crashed Hurricane I (P3302) into the sea. Rescued with back wounds and admitted to hospital.

2676 TuckerBernard EricPlt Off86349British266 Sqd 66 SqdSpitfire
2677 TuckerFrank DaySgt61014British236 Sqd

2678 TuckerRonald YeomanSgt552711RAFBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-07-08Flying convoy patrol in Blenheim IV (N3541) on 8 July 1940 and failed to return from the patrol. Crew RL Patterson R.Y.Tucker and L.H.M.Reece perished in the aeroplane. Runnymede Panel 20 Age 18
2679 Turley-GeorgeDouglas RichardPlt Off41336British54 Sqd


Liberation Medal (Norway)

SpitfireWIASurvived war1991Joined 54 Squadron on 15 July 1940. Shot down twice by Bf 109s during the Battle, the first time was on 25 July 1940 when he crash landed Spitfire I (P9387) near Dover after combat with Bf 109s at 15:00hrs. The second time on 12 August when wounded in the head and eye. Grounded for over a year as a result of his injuries. DFC 30 October 1944.

on MSFU (Merchant Ship Fighter Unit) duty with Charles Fenwick (on right).

In June 1942 Turley-George was senior pilot on the Camship 'Empire Tide' in Russian convoy PQ 17. The convoy was ordered to scatter when it was thought an attack by German warships was imminent. After the scatter order came, the ships were subjected to six days of bombing and torpedo attacks, until only eleven remained of the original forty-two. 'Empire Tide' was one of the survivors. It lay in a bay for two weeks, joined a small Russian convoy and finally reached Archangel on 24th July 1942. Later in the year Turley-George went to the newly-reformed 198 Sqd at Digby as a supernumerary Flight Lieutenant. In early 1943 he was attached to 231 Sqd as an instructor. It was originally an army co-operation unit which had converted to a fighter-reconnaissance role. In March 1943 he went on to the squadron strength as 'A' Flight Commander. Turley-George was wounded in November during a ground-attack sortie over Normandy. He was awarded the DFC 3rd October 1944. In December 1944 he was posted to 88 Group Communications Squadron at Turnhouse as a Flight Commander. The unit later moved to Fornebu, Norway. In December 1945 Turley-George took command of the Reserve Command Communications Squadron. He was released from the RAFO in November 1949 as a Squadron Leader and became a test pilot with an aircraft company. Awarded the Norwegian Medal of Liberation.
2680 TurnbullRobert NesbitSgt171858British25 Sqd

2681 TurnerDonald EricFlt Lt32254RAFVRBritish238 Sqd
HurricaneMIA1940-08-08Born in Stanley in the Falkland Islands on 31 July 1910. Went to England at the age of 10. Educated at the King Edward VI Grammar School at Bury St Edmunds. In September 1932 joined the RAF on a short service commission. Joined 19 Sqd at Duxford in September 1933. Moved to 65 Sqd and then 74 Sqd, which was about to sail for Malta. 87 Sqd at Tangmere on 22 March 1937. Recalled to the RAF on 1 September 1939 and became a staff pilot at Prestwick. He arrived at 6 OTU on 12 June 1940, for a refresher course. After converting to Hurricanes, posted to 238 Sqd at Middle Wallop on 13 July. He took command of ‘A’ Flight. Destroyed a Bf 109 on 20 July and shared in the destruction of a Bf 110 and a Do 17 on the 21st July. Shot down in combat over Convoy Peewit south of the Isle of Wight on 8 August, in Hurricane P3823, and was reported Missing. Never found and his name is on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 5. There is a memorial to him in Stanley Cathedral, Falkland Islands. In the squadron’s operations record book it was recorded that, 'Flt Lt Turner’s keenness, energy and good humour made him very popular with everyone and his strong reliable character made him an excellent second-in-command. He has been greatly missed.'

Shot down and killed in Hurricane I (P3823) by Bf 109s on 8 August 1940 at 12:45hrs South of the Isle of Wight. Runnymede Panel 5

2682 TurnerGuyFlt Sgt50155British32 Sqd

HurricaneWIADiedIn combat with a Bf 109 over Dover on the 19 July at 16:25hrs. Baled out badly burned. The aircraft crashed at Hougham.
2683 TurnerRobert CharlesSgt751362RAFVRBritish264 Sqd


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KIA1940-08-28Defiant Air Gunner ACE. Sgt R.C.Turner and his pilot P/O D.Whitley were killed 28 August 1940 at 08:55hrs. Defiant I (N1574) shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 26 over Thanet. Reading Henley Road Cemetery
2684 TweedLeslie JohnSgt138195British111 Sqd

Hurricane17 October 1920 – 1985
2685 TweedThomas ReginaldSgt565029RAFBritish56 Sqd

KIA1940-09-15Hurricane P3660 crashed during a practice dog fight. Amesbury Cemetery Age 26
2686 TwitchettFrancis JohnSgt115346British229 Sqd

43 Sqd

Hurricane1Survived war1998

2687 TyrerEdwardSgt47504British46 Sqd

Hurricane1Died after war1946-04-01Born in 1915 in Liverpool. Joined the RAF in April 1932. Applied for pilot training and was accepted. Served with 610 Sqd and 611 Sqd. May 1940 with No 46 Sqd on Hurricanes and went with the squadron to Norway. On 2 June shared in damaging a Ju 87 near Skaanland. Evacuated by the Navy on 8 June. With 46, Tyrer damaged a Do 17 and a Bf 109 on 7 September, destroyed a Do 17 on the 15th and probably destroyed a Ju 88 and a Bf 110 and damaged a Bf 109 on the 27th. He was now a Flight Sergeant. Commissioned in November 1941, he was released from the RAF in 1945 in the rank of Flight Lieutenant. On 1 April 1946, Tyrer was killed flying Dragon Rapide G-AERZ, operated by Railway Air Services, which crashed in dense fog on Royal Belfast Golf Course, Craigavad, County Down, about 200 yards from the club house. Another crew member and four passengers were also lost. The aircraft had been en route from Speke, Liverpool to Belfast on a scheduled passenger service. It was approaching Belfast City Airport when it hit trees. Heavy rain was also encountered and it was believed that the pilot had reduced altitude to try to retain ground visibility.
2688 TysonFrank HastingsSqd Ldr26248British213 Sqd 3 SqdHurricaneDied
2689 UnettJohn WindsorSgt638891RAFBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-12-27Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Germany. Sage War Cemetery Age 28
2690 UnwinGeorge Cecil 'Grumpy'Flt Sgt46298RAFBritish19 Sqd

613 Sqd

608 Sqd


DFM & Bar
Spitfire14Survived war28 June 2006 Age 93One of the first pilots to fly the Spitfire I in 1938. Shot down 14 enemy aircraft during the War. He later became a Wing Commander. His dog's name is 'Flash'. An exceptional pilot. Called 'Grumpy' because he complained at the noise Douglas Bader made adjusting his tin legs. Retired as Wg Cdr in 1961.

Born in Bolton upon Dearne, near Barnsley, Yorkshire England on 18 January 1913. Enlisted in RAF in 1929 as an administrative apprentice and, in 1935, was selected for pilot training. Posted to 19 Sqd as a sergeant pilot. 19 Sqd was the first unit to receive the Supermarine Spitfire in 1938, and Unwin was one of the first to fly the machine (K9792) on 16 August 1938. Carried out intensive trials in the type, flying 15 different Spitfires. During these trials, on 9 March 1939, Unwin deliberately crashed a Spitfire (K9797) following an engine failure to avoid a children's playground at Acton, Suffolk. His first combat experience came during the final phase of the French Campaign during the Battle of Dunkirk. During a nine-day period of patrols between 26 May and 4 June he claimed three kills and a probable during Operation Dynamo. Unwin described his first combat as stage fright: 'I could see this aircraft diving down in an arc towards me, with what looked sparks lighting up his wings – I then realised he was shooting at me, all I could was sit there in the cockpit and watch him. I was so fascinated! I was shaken from this stupor when two shells hit my aircraft behind the cockpit and I took evasive action. I survived this moment of stage fright and never hesitated again.'
The next day he claimed his first kill, a Henschel Hs 126. The German pilot had used his slow speed and high manoeuvrability to evade the attacks of two fellow pilots, while retreating into Belgian airspace. The order was given to give up and the squadron turned away. As they did so Unwin saw the German straighten out. Feigning radio failure, Unwin dived on the Hs 126 and 'pumped 240 rounds' into it before it burst into flames and crashed. On 1 June Unwin claimed a Messerschmitt Bf 110 and a second as a probable. Unwin then claimed a Heinkel He 111 as a probable. During the Battle of Britain stationed in No. 12 Group he was credited with 14 enemy aircraft shot down by the end of 1940 and was awarded the DFM in October 1940 with a Bar award in December. On 15 September Unwin claimed three Bf 109s destroyed (Luftwaffe records indicate they were Bf 109s from JG 77) . On 18 September Unwin added a Bf 110 to his score as his 11th victory. On 27 September Unwin destroyed a Bf 109- Wrk Nr 6162 of JG 52, and on 5 November scored a kill against a JG 51 Bf 109- Wrk Nr 4846. Unwin had now destroyed eight 109s. On 5 November Unwin shot down his final personal victory, a Bf 110 over the English Channel. Unwin was in turn attacked by Bf 109s and Hauptmann Gerhard Schöpfel of JG 26 claimed Unwin as one of two kills he claimed in that engagement, although Unwin was not shot down. At the end of 1940 he was rested and sent as an instructor to No. 2 Central Flying School, Cranwell.

In July 1941 he was commissioned and then served with 16 EFTS and 2 CIS until October 1943. In April 1944 he began flying DeHavilland Mosquito fighter-bombers with 613 Sqd Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF) until October 1944. He then served at the Central Gunnery School at RAF Catfoss, and subsequently RAF Leconfield until January 1946, when he became Chief Instructor at 608 Squadron RAuxAF.Unwin remained in the RAF after the war and transitioned to Bristol Brigand aircraft in 1948. He flew this type during the Malaya conflict in 1952 and was awarded the DSO for his efforts. He retired from the RAF in 1961 as a wing commander.

Fowlmere 1940
2691 UptonHamilton Charles 'Deryk'Plt OffRAF (later RCAF)British43 Sqd

607 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived warTransferred over to RCAF post Battle of Britain. In a training capacity - taught among others Buzz Buerling. Book entitled "I Would Have Gone On and On". Died in Truro Nova Scotia - one son, Robin Charles Deryk Upton.

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

2692 UrieJohn DunlopSqd Ldr90164British602 Sqd

2693 Urwin-MannJohn Ronald 'Jack'Plt OffCanadian238 Sqd


2694 UsmarFrankSgt (later Sqd Ldr)115914British41 Sqd

MiDSpitfireWIA1998Wounded 27 September 1940 at 12:15hrs. Baled out of Spitfire I (R6884) after combat over West Malling with a Bf 109. His parents watched him bale out near their home without realising who he was. Shot down and seriously wounded to leg and face. He did not return to flying duties until June 1941 Commissioned December 1941 Born West Malling, Kent 16 September 1915 Retired September 1964 retaining rank of Sqn Ldr Died 1998
2695 van den Hove d'ErtsenrijckAlbert Emmaneul Alix DJGPlt Off83699RAFVRBelgian43 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-15Pilot Officer Albert Emmanuel Alex van den Hove d’Ertsenrijck, was seen by an eyewitness, Don Key, to try and make a forced landing in a meadow adjacent to the River Stour but the pilot jumped at very low level (possibly hoping to fall into the water), struck a tree and was killed. Killed when Hurricane I (P2760) exploded after combat on the 15 September 1940 at 12:45hrs. The aircraft fell into the River Stour. Brussels Town Cemetery Belgian Airmen's Field of Honour Pelouse d'Honneur Cemetery of Brussels at Evere.

Belgium Aircrew Losses


2696 van LierdeWilli EPlt OffRAFVRBelgian87 Sqd

609 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived war1960Born in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium on 23 May 1903. Gained his wings 25 September 1924. 10 May 1940 with 5/III/1 at Goetsenhoven on Fairey Fox. Withdrawn to France to continue the fight. van Lierde and several other pilots reached Port Vendres where with the help of a British destroyer and the support of the Belgian Embassy in London they embarked on the SS Apapa on the 24 June 1940, arriving in Liverpool on 7 July. OTU then posted to 87 Sqd at Church Fenton on 12 August. 7 April 1941 posted to 609 Sqd at Biggin Hill. At 38 he was the oldest pilot ever to fly with 609. Served as an instructor.

Belgium Aircrew Losses

2697 Van MentzBrianF/Off (later Flt Lt)708926 (70826 ?)RAFSouth African222 Sqd

Spitfire10KIA1941-04-26Son of Sidney and Rosine and nephew of Samuel Mence of Burghclere, Hants. (One report him as the son of Major van Mentz, adjudant of the Witwatersrand Rifles, killed in action in WW1) .Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1916. Commissioned in the South African RAF Reserve in 1937 and the RAF in 1938. Flying Officer with 222 Sqd. In France he shot down a Ju 88 on May 14 1940, Ju 87 and He 126 on 15 May, damaged two Bf109s on 16 May. From Hornchurch he shot down a Bf109 on 31 August 1940, a Bf 110 and damaged another on September 3 1940, a Bf109 and shared a Do 17 on September 7 1940, a Ju 88 and damaged a Bf 109 on 11 September 1940, damaged a Ju 88 on 15 September, shot down a Bf 109 on 23 September, and damaged a Bf110 on Oct 12 1940. DFC on 1940-10-25. Citation: 'This officer led his section with great skill and courage, and showed great determination in pressing home his attacks against large enemy formations. He has been engaged in flying operations against the enemy since the outbreak of war'. On October 30 1940 he damaged a Bf109 and on November 30 1940 shot down a Do 17. Decorated by the King at Bircham Newton on 1941-01-28 together with Stanford Tuck. On February 2 1941 he shot down a Ju 88 , damaged an He 111 and on March 18 1941 shared a Do 17. Having flown 75 sorties, he was killed on April 26 1941 aged 24 years when a bomb hit the Ferry Inn pub, Coltishall, not half an hour after Robert Tuck had left him to go to Norwich for a drive. He is buried at Brookwood cemetery, Woking, Grave 25.A.9 Age 24

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2698 Van WaeyenbergheArthur Albert LeopoldPlt Off81629RAFVRBelgian236 Sqd

272 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-03-10Born 17 January 1915 in Aalst, Belgium. Transferring from Army to the Air Force in 1935. After finding his way to England following the Belgian capitulation in 1940 he was commissioned in the RAF in July. Posted to 236 Sqd on 5 August 1940. He served with the squadron throughout the Battle. He was very aggressive and keen to avenge the invasion of his country and would make dangerous solo raids in daylight along the French and Belgian coasts looking for anything German he could attack. Moved to 272 Sqd. 10 March 1941 Blenheim IV Z5752 XK-L, was detailed for convoy escort and took off from Aldergrove, Northern Ireland at 13:35 hrs. The weather became very bad and the aircraft was last plotted on the northern coast of Ulster. Crew members lost in Z5752 were Sgt. JR Thompson (Battle of Britain veteran) and Sgt. DI McWatt. There were no radio transmissions of any problems but a sister aircraft (Blenheim Z5733 XK-E) from 272 went missing at the same time and it is thought the 2 collided. Z5733 crew were all lost: Sgt. PGV Chanler, Sgt. HK Pass and Sgt. WA Newton. Runnymede Panel 35 Pelouse d'Honneur Cemetery of Brussels at Evere.

Belgium Aircrew Losses

Evere, Belgium
2699 VarleyGeorge WallacePlt Off85670British247 Sqd

79 Sqd

2700 VašátkoAloisPlt Off (later W/C)83233RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

Czech Wing
Hurricane15KIA1942-06-23Killed over Channel off Start Point. Runnymede Panel 64

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