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



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

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

Readers are referred to the following sites which we have used to cross-check information and we acknowledge and thank them as respected sources for some of the material in this database:
VintageWings.ca: comprehensive listing of artworks
bbm.org: Comprehensive listing of RAF personnel and service records
Wikipedia: Life stories of leading pilots and crew
AircrewRemembered Paradie Canadian Archive Database: 45,000 Service Records of RCAF personnel
AircrewRemembered Allied Losses and Incidents Database: Covering 120,000+ Allied aircrew 1939 - 1945
AircrewRemembered Archiwum: specialist database with details of Polish personnel (in Polish)
AircrewRemembered Kracker Luftwaffe Archive: 31,000 Luftwaffe pilot and crew details
AircrewRemembered LOST: Rob Philips Memorial Archive: Dutch losses in Europe
bel-memorial.org: Comprehensive site on Belgian aircrew

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2701 VelebnovskyAntoninPlt Off (later Flt Lt)82581RAFVRCzech85 Sqd

1 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-07-16Chichester Cemetery Age 26

2702 VenesoenFrançois Auguste 'Sus'Sgt (later Flt Lt)107235RAFVRBelgian235 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimKIA1944-06-06Runnymede Panel 203

Belgium Aircrew Losses

2703 VennJABritish236 Sqd

Blenheim
2704 VerityVictor Bosanquet StrachanPlt OffRAFNew Zealander229 Sqd

422 Flight
DFC
Hurricane3Died1979-02Born at Timaru, New Zealand on November 5 1919. Educated at Timaru Boys' High School from 1932 to 1934. Worked on his father's farm. Sailed for Britain on the 1 February 1939 tfor a short service commission in the RAF. Joined 229 Sqd Nov 1938 carrying out patrols in Blenheims over the North Sea fishing fleet, known to the pilots as 'Kipper' patrols. After re-equipping with Hurricanes in March 1940 the squadron was sent to France on the 14 May 1940. Fought over Dunkirk. May 31 1940 he destroyed a Bf 110 and was then shot down into the sea but picked up by a paddle steamer whose captain had seen the action and confirmed Verity's victory. Destroyed an He 111 and damaged a Bf 110 on the 11 September 1940 . On 4 October 1940 shot down a Ju 88. Later in the month Verity joined 422 Flight, an experimental fighter unit. DFC August 1941. Died in Wellington, New Zealand in February 1979.
2705 VeselyVlastimilPlt Off (later Sqd Lrd)83234RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

96 Sqd

68 Sqd

DFC

AFC

Hurricane2Died2001-12-11Died Brunswick Heads Australia
2706 VickJames AndersonSqd Ldr90274British607 Sqd (CO)

Hurricane2000Born 1908


Signed envelope

2707 VigorsTimothy AshmeadPlt Off33554British222 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireDied1921-2003
2708 VilesLeslie WilliamSgt126694British236 Sqd

Blenheim1913-1958
2709 VillaJohn Wolferstan 'Pancho'Flt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)39768RAFBritish72 Sqd

92 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire10Died1983-03-09Pre war member RAF. Pre war member RAF. Shot down a Bf 109 on the 1 September 1940. Moved to 92 Sqd in October 1940 to lead a flight. Shot down 10 enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain. DFC. He took over command of 65 Sqd in August 1941. May 1940 with 72 Squadron at Acklington as a Flight Commander. 1 June 1940 destroyed a Ju87 over Dunkirk, flying from Gravesend. On 1 September probably destroyed a Bf 109 and damaged another, on 2 September he destroyed a Bf110, probably another and damaged a third. On 4 September destroyed a Bf 110 and probably another. On 7 September got a probable He111, on 10 September shared a Do17, on 14 September shared a He111, on 15 September destroyed two Bf 109s and a Do17 and shared a He111, on the 27 September destroyed a He111 and on the 28 September a Bf 109. DFC 8 October 1940. On 11 October he claimed a Do17 destroyed. Posted to 92 Sqd at Biggin Hill. On 20 October shared in destroying a Bf 110 in Spitfire N3113 which was damaged by return fire. Forced-landing near Tonbridge, unhurt. On 25 October Villa claimed a Bf 109, on 29 October a Bf 110. On 18 November Bf 109 and 1 December Bf 109, in Spitfire R6833, one of only thirty Mk.1 Spitfires to be equipped with two cannons. Shot down a Bf 109 on the 1 September 1940. Moved to 92 Sqd in October 1940 to lead a flight. Shot down 10 enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain. DFC. He took over command of 65 Sqd in August 1941
Portrait by Cuthbert Orde
2710 VincentStanley FlamankGp Capt9109RAFBritish257 Sqd

229 Sqd

Order of the Bath

DFC

AFC

DL
HurricaneDied1976-03-13Only RCF/RAF pilot to shoot down enemy in both World Wars. Station Commander at Northolt and flew with the famous 303 Sqd Polish to observe their tactics. Nobody believed the Poles were doing what they claimed till Vincent saw for himself alongside them; 'They ARE doing it!' he exclaimed. Age 43 in Battle. Flew a lone Hurricane (the station defense flight) as often as possible. WW1 fighter ace. He took of alone on the 15th of September 1940 and encountered a formation of Dorniers escorted by Bf 109s and attacked the bombers scoring some hits using up all his ammunition. Retired as AVM in 1950
2711 VindišFrantišekSgt (later FO)787550 158968RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

DFC
Hurricane2Died1991-01-27Crashed Hurricane at Sudbury, Suffolk on 1 November 1940.
2712 VinyardFrederick FentonSgt748089RAFVRBritish64 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1940-10-06On patrol in Spitfire I (R6683) on 6 October 1940. Killed when he crashed into the sea off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire at 14:20hrs (cause unknown). Runnymede Panel 20 Age 24
2713 VladPOCzech501 Sqd
Hurricane
2714 VokesArthur FrankPlt Off (later Flt Lt)79559RAFVRBritish19 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-09-05Great Bircham St Mary Churchyard England Age 23

2715 VopáleckyJosefW/O (Later Flt Lt)787981 102581RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

68 Sqd

Hurricane2Died1995-05-07Died Prague
2716 VránaAdolfFg Off (later Flt Lt)83235RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

Hurricane2Died1997-02-25Died Sutton Very UK
2717 VybíralTomášPlt Off (later W/C)83236RAFVRCzech312 Sqd Czech

Czech Wing
DSO

DFC
Hurricane7Died1981-02-21Died London
2718 VykoukalKarel JanPlt Off (later Flt Lt)81902RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

111 Sqd

73 Sqd

151 Sqd

17 Sqd

313 Sqd Czech

41 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1942-05-21Born Chotebor, Czechoslovakia 20 December 1916. Departure 6.1939, Poland, France, training, operationally deployed. By RAF 7.1940 310 Sqd. Retraining, 9.1940 to 111 Sqd. 5.1941 to 313 Sqd, 4.1942 commander of the 41 Sqd 1 shot down. Missing after operational flight over France. His Spitfire Mk.Vb BL998 (EB-) probably hit by flak when attacking a torpedo boat, crashed into the sea. Runnymede Panel 66

2719 WaddinghamJohnPlt Off (later Flt Lt)40867RAFBritish141 Sqd

DFC
Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIAMalta Capuccini Naval Cemetery
2720 WadeTrevor Sidney 'Wimpey'Plt Off78984British92 Sqd
DFC

AFC
Spitfire7KIFA1951-04-03Baled out of Spitfire I (3287) over Exeter on night patrol at Swansea Bay. Crash landed Spitfire I (R6703) near Selsey after being hit by the return fire of a Ju 88 over the Solent 19 August 1940. His Spitfire I exploded after he had got clear, he escaped injury. Wounded in June 1941 flying a Spitfire V. Later a test pilot for Hawker. Killed in a flying accident when the Hawker P1081 prototype crashed.
Wade - Bob Holland (on his left) - Josephine Wade
2721 WaghornPeter HarrySgt745800RAFVRBritish249 Sqd111 SqdHurricaneKIA1941-04-11Malta Capuccini Naval Cemetery Age 21
2722 WagnerAlan DerekSgt (later Flt Lt)65993RAFVRBritish151 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1944-07-17Hawkinge Cemetery England Age 29
2723 WainwrightAlec GeorgePlt Off84675RAFVRBritish151 Sqd

HurricaneWIAKIA1941-01-21Baled out Hurricane I (P3882) during a routine patrol on the 29 August 1940 at 19:40hrs near Basildon, Essex. He broke several ribs on landing. Alamein Memorial Column 241
2724 WainwrightMichael TerryPlt Off40346British64 Sqd

AFC

SpitfireSurviving aircrew born 1919
2725 WaiteEdwardSgt590565RAFBritish29 Sqd

MIA1940-07-31Following a collision between BlenheimsL6722 and L1408 over the Bristol Channel. Runnymede Panel 20 Aged 24.
2726 WakeFrederick WilliamSgt905920British264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2727 WakefieldHerbert KennethPlt Off78267British235 Sqd

DFC
Blenheim
2728 WakelingSidney Richard ErnestSgt741505RAFVRBritish87 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-25 Age 21He became separated & after about 10 minutes was heard over the radio saying that he'd had his left hand shot off and would try to return to base. He never made it ... Shot down and killed in Hurricane I (V7250) on 25 August 1940 at 18:05 near Portland. Hurricane V7250 was shot down in flames over Portland. Warmwell Holy Trinity Churchyard England

2729 WalchStuart CrosbyFlt Lt40063RAFAustralian238 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-11 Age 23Shot down and killed East of Weymouth in Hurricane I (R4097) 11 August 1940, at 10:50hrs. Runnymede Panel 5


2730 WalkerGeorge ArthurSgt113499British232 Sqd

Hurricane
2731 WalkerJames Arthur 'Johnnie'Fg OffJ/45427RCAFCanadian111 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneKIA1944-09-16Ottawa Memorial Panel 3 Column 4

2732 WalkerJames RichardFg Off41500RAFCanadian611 Sqd

41 Sqd

SpitfireKIFA1940-11-16Aircraft ran out of fuel at sea between HMS Argus and Malta. transfered to 261 Sqn. Aged 20. Robert J. Boret died in the same incident. Runnymede Panel 6 Age 20
2733 WalkerJohn Harold GilbertFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)40036RAFBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1942-05-09Wollaton St Leonard Church Cemetery age 23
2734 WalkerJames Ian BradleySgtNew Zealander600 Sqd

BlenheimDiedWith 600 Sqd during the Battle. In August 1941 he was a gunner on a Wellington that was shot down over Belgium. Leg was broken when it crashed. Captured, he spent three months in hospital. In 1942 Red Cross recommended him for repatriation on medical grounds. Having heard nothing more he escaped in mid-1943 and was at large for eight days before being recaptured. In August his repatriation came through. Taken to Barcelona, Spain, where the man-for-man exchange took place. Returned to New Zealand, discharged March 1944.
2735 WalkerNorman MacDonaldSgt745818RAFVRBritish615 Sqd
HurricaneMIA1941-06-02Malta Memorial Panel 2 Column 1

2736 WalkerRobert JamesPlt Off39915British72 Sqd

DSO

Spitfire

2737 WalkerStanleySgt (later Flt Sgt)751643RAFVRBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1942-02-12Runnymede Panel 76
2738 WalkerWilliam Louis BuchananPlt Off82662British616 Sqd

Air Efficiency Award

SpitfireWIASurvived war21 October 2012Born August 24 1913. Joined the RAFVR on 2 September 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Pilot training at RAF Kidlington, Oxford. First solo on 28 September 1938. Called up on 1 September 1939 Posted to 1 Initial Training Wing, Cambridge on 15 November. On 17 February 1940, posted to RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. 18 June 1940, he was commissioned as a pilot officer on probation. Immediately posted to 616 Sqd RAF at RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire on Spitfires. On 15 August, the squadron was scrambled to intercept a Luftwaffe attack on the North of England. During this engagement, he flew on the wing of his section leader. The result of the action was a success for his squadron, with six enemy bombers shot down. On 19 August, the squadron moved to London and was based at RAF Kenley. On the morning of 26 August scrambled to intercept 40 German bombers. Over Dover and Dungeness, they were engaged by Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters as they climbed to attack the bombers. During this engagement, his plane was attacked by Werner Mölders, a leading German fighter ace. His Spitfire was hit from behind and the controls were shot away. With a bullet in his right ankle,he was forced to bail out of the plane at 20,000 ft. He landed in the English Channel and clung to a shipwreck on the Goodwin Sands. He was pulled from the water by a fishing boat, then transferred to an RAF Whaleback that brought him ashore at Ramsgate, Kent. As the local hospital was too damaged to treat his wounds, he was taken instead to the hospital at RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire. He would keep the armour-piercing bullet as a souvenir of his experience. He was applauded by crowds when taken ashore at Ramsgate. ‘They cheered me up the harbour steps and a woman gave me a packet of cigarettes,’ he would later recall. William Walker often read his poetry at memorial events. One is set in stone. It is inscribed alongside the names on the Kent coast’s Capel-le-Ferne memorial to those who served in the most critical action of the war, a permanent reminder of their dedication and sacrifice: Behind each name a story lies of bravery in summer skies. Though many brave unwritten tales and were simply told in vapour trails..

Wounded 26 August 1940 at 12:00hrs. Baled out of Spitfire I (R6701) into the sea off Dover with a wounded foot. Rescued



Capel-le-Ferne Battle of Britain Memorial Wall


2739 Walker ASgtNew Zealander600 Sqd

Blenheim
2740 Walker-SmithFrancis RichardSgt741213RAFVRBritish85 Sqd

HurricaneWIAKIA1941-03-13Wounded in the foot 29 August 1940 at 16:30hrs.Hurricane I (V7350) shot at by a Bf 109 over the Sussex coast and he baled out. Saffron Walden Cemetery Age 24
2741 WallaceClarence Alfred BlakePlt Off (later F/O)C/1371RCAFCanadian3 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-10-27Runnymede Panel 59
2742 WallaceThomas YoungSgt (later Sqd Ldr)149635South African610 Sqd

111 Sqd

DFM

HurricaneWIAKIAWounded 7 September 1940 at 18:30hrs. Baled out Hurricane I (P3025) near Ashford in Kent after combat with Bf 109s. Pihen les Guines War Cemetery France Age 28

2743 WallenDennis StanleyFlt Lt77347British604 Sqd

Blenheim
2744 WallensRonald Walter 'Wally'Plt Off70708British41 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireWIA1995-11-13Wounded in the leg 5 September 1940 at 15:30hrs. Crash landed Spitfire I (X4021) after combat with a Bf 109 over the Thames Estuary.
2745 WallerGeorge AlfredSgt149145British29 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimDied
2746 WalleyPeter KennethSgt819018RAF AAFBritish615 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1940-08-18Crashed at Morden Park 18 August 1940 at 13:30hrs in Hurricane I (P2768) after combat with a Bf 109 near Sevenoaks in Kent and was killed. Whyteleafe St Lukes Churchyard
2747 WallisDonald SylvesterSgt754744RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-02-22Runnymede Panel 54 Age 20
2748 WalmsleyHarold WilliamSgt755997RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

MIA1940-12-13Runnymede Panel 20 Age 24
2749 WalshEdmundSgt131632British141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2750 WalshJohn JosephPlt OffCanadian615 Sqd
HurricaneWIA
2751 WalshJohn PatrickSgt754138RAFVRBritish616 Sqd

SpitfireKIFA1940-08-04Killed 4 August 1940. Spun Spitfire I (N3271) to the ground from 5,000ft in a practice dogfight near Kirton in Lindsey. Harrow Cemetery Age 20

2752 WalshRobert William MeadeSub Lt (FAA)FAABritish111 Sqd

Hurricane
2753 WaltonSgtBritish152 Sqd

Spitfire
2754 WaltonHerbertSgt51843British87 Sqd

HurricaneWIAInjured 30 September 1940. Baled out Hurricane I (V7307) at 16:40hrs.
2755 WantWilliam HudsonSgt745927RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-09-19Blenheim IVf (L9457). Crew (JH Round W.H.Want and M.P.Digby-Worsley) were on a recce of the Norwegian coast and they failed to return. Runnymede Panel 20 Age 28
2756 WapniarekStefanPlt OffP-1291PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane4KIA1940-10-18From RAF Leconsfield in Hurricane P3872 combat with German fighters above the clouds, his plane caught fire. Crashed at Cobham. Examination of the remains of the aircraft showed a complete lack of fuel in the tanks. Patrol in bad weather. Northwood Cemetery Age 24
Archiwum Database



2757 WardThe Hon Edward FrederickSqd Ldr32144British601 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane2DiedRejoined 601 Sqd 28 July 1940. Took command 10 August 1940. Posted away 19 August 1940. Son of a doctor, born in Whangarei, New Zealand 31 July 1917. Pilot's licence April 1937, joined RNZAF. Sailed to Britain in April of 1938 to serve with RAF. June 1938 posted to 151 Sqd. 6 days after German blitzkrieg on 10 May 1940 Ward and five other pilots delivered new Hurricanes to 87 Sqd in France. Casualties had been high and Ward and the others, with no definite orders, decided to stay with 87 Sqd. On 18 May he destroyed a Henschel 126 and damaged a Do 17 the next day. On 20 May the Squadron was ordered back to England, the pilots to fly any aircraft still serviceable. During the Battle 87 Sqd was in action on 15 August 1940 and in a battle he claimed a Bf 110 destroyed. Posted overseas in September 1941. DFC October 1941.
2758 WardDerek HarlandFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)40786RAFNew Zealander87 Sqd

73 Sqd
DFC and bar
HurricaneCredited with 7 enemy aircraft destroyed, 1 shared destroyed1 probable and 1 shared probable with 5 others damaged.KIA1942-06-17

Archive Report

Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery North Africa Age 24

Courtesy Jenifer Lemaire


2759 WardJohn LewisPlt Off (later F/O)84018RAFVRBritish32 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-02-20Khayat Beach War Cemetery Palestine (now Israel) Age 26

2760 WardRufus ArthurSgt740913RAFVRBritish66 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-10-08Shot down and killed 8 October 1940 at 11:55hrs. Spitfire I (N3043) was shot down by a Bf 109 near Rochester, Kent.Following a bale out from his Spitfire N3043 which was shot down in combat with BF 109s over Kent. Croydon Mitcham Rd Cemetery


2761 WardWilliam BarlowSgt (later W/O)516760British604 Sqd

Blenheim1984Joined the RAF as an Aircrafthand 1933. Remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner and served in the Middle East from 28 January 1936 to 22 December 1938. Serving with 604 Sqd at Middle Wallop by 23 September 1940 as an Aircraftsman. He flew one operational sortie with the squadron, on 1 October, as a Sergeant. Some time after he was selected for pilot training in Canada on 2 July 1942, returning to the UK on 8 March 1943. By early 1944 was Warrant Officer with 76 Sqd on Halifaxes from Holme-on-Spalding Moor. Night of 28 - 29 January 1944 he was in command of Halifax Mk.V DK245 MP-G on a sortie to Berlin, his sixteenth. It crashed shortly after taking off and clipping a tree, cause unknown. Sgt. Gordon Channon and Sgt. Donald William Munson were killed and Ward was seriously injured. He was taken to RAF Northallerton Hospital.
2762 Ward-SmithPeterSgt100039British610 Sqd

Spitfire
2763 WardenNoel ProctorSgt (later P/O)100592RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-10-01Runnymede Panel 35
2764 WareRalph TaverhamSgt (later FO)52938RAFBritish3 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1945-01-21Runnymede Panel 268 Age 30
2765 WarehamMichael PercyPlt Off85269British1 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneKIA?
2766 WareingPhilip ThomasSgt155258British616 Sqd

DCM
SpitfirePoW1987-05Failed to return 25 August 1940 after combat in Spitfire I (K6966) over the Channel at 19:00hrs. after combat with a Bf 109. Crashed near Calais and taken prisoner. Escaped from a PoW camp and returned via Sweden and for his escape was awarded the DCM.
2767 WaringWilliamSgt1438563RAFVRBritish23 Sqd

Blenheim1943-03-26Runnymede Panel 168 Age 29
2768 Warmsley (??)WHCBritish610 Sqd

Blenheim
2769 WarnerWilliam Henry CromwellFlt Lt90344RAF AAFBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1940-08-16Warner attended Malvern College, Worcestershire. First joined 610 Sqd (‘The Chesters’) as a trainee pilot whilst still at Malvern College, becoming a pilot officer on May 7, 1937, aged 18. Awarded ‘wings’ on November 3, 1938. 610 Sqd was formed by S/Ldr Parker on February 10, 1936, at Hooton Park airfield, Wirral. as a light-bomber squadron flying two-seater Hawker Harts, 610’s pilots, like William Warner, progressed onto the Hawker Hind in May 1938, before being transferred from Bomber Command to Fighter Command on January 19, 1939. However, 610 did not receive its first modern fighter aircraft until September 5, 1939, two days after the declaration of War on Germany. Re-equipping with Hurricane. 610’s time on the Hurricane was extremely brief. On September 30, 1939 the squadron received its first Spitfire. William Warner and his colleagues were thrilled to be flying the RAF’s most advanced fighter, but a steep learning curve lay ahead. Warner now gained plenty of flying time on the Spitfire carrying out east coast convoy patrols, before moving to RAF Prestwick, Scotland in April to early May 1940, to protect shipping heading for the Norway campaign. On May 10, when Germany invaded France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, ‘The Chesters’ were rushed to 11 Group’s key sector station of RAF Biggin Hill, Kent. On May 26, 610 was posted to Gravesend airfield, Kent, to support the Dunkirk evacuation and a day later, F/O Warner, aged 21, had his first terrifying experience of aerial combat. Leaving Gravesend at 1810hrs, 610 Sqn intercepted a Heinkel 111 bomber across the Channel between Gravelines and Furnes. Warner was the fourth pilot to attack the Heinkel, which was shot down. However, 610’s pilots then found themselves fighting for their lives as countless Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engined fighters fell on them. Next involved in a deadly dogfight on May 29. At 1645hrs, 610 Sqn climbed to 25,000ft and crossed the Channel with three other squadrons. Unfortunately, they were surprised by a larger formation of Messerschmitt Bf 109s. He attacked two 109s, one of which he claimed as damaged. Jumped by another 109, suffered serious damage during two attacks, Warner making an emergency landing near Dover. counted 16 holes in his Spitfire, DW-F, L.1011, and the control wires of the starboard aileron had been severed. 610 mounted regular patrols over Dunkirk to protect the shipping and soldiers on the beaches. During June 1940, 610 Sq patrolled over south east England and the Channel to northern France. On July 3 and 8, Warner led patrols which fought off bomber raids on the convoys, but it was Wednesday July 10, 1940 that became known as the start of the Battle of Britain from a British perspective. 610 was involved in a dogfight with a formation of 109s – Bill Warner, leading Blue Section, hit a 109 with three short bursts of machine gun fire, which he claimed as an unconfirmed victory. On August 14, Bill Warner found himself leading 12 Spitfires into combat against 300 enemy aircraft – incredibly daunting odds. Under Warner’s expert leadership, 610 claimed six enemy aircraft destroyed, two probably destroyed and five damaged over Folkestone, whilst suffering one pilot wounded. 610’s next encounter with the Luftwaffe came on August 15, with F/Lt Warner leading eight Spitfires from Biggin Hill at 1840hrs. Warner used all his experience to thwart the attack on Biggin Hill, leaving the vital sector station unharmed. Warner engaged a 109 fighter – he hit it with several bursts of fire, claiming it as probably destroyed. On Friday August 16, 1940, 610 Sqd intercepted enemy aircraft near Dungeness in the late afternoon, Warner leading ‘B’ Flight in Spitfire DW-Z, R.6802. With hazy conditions over the Channel off Dover, 610’s Sgt Arnfield witnessed a Spitfire spinning down out of control being attacked by two 109s at 1655hrs. Tragically, this was the last sighting of 21-year-old Bill Warner. The following day at the family home in Oxton, Warner’s parents received the devastating news that their son was missing and on August 24, 1940, the local papers reported the tragic story. On March 25, 1941, Warner’s parents were informed that he was considered to have been killed in action on August 16, 1940, eradicating any flicker of hope that their son had somehow survived or become a Prisoner of War. Warner’s name is recorded on Panel 5 of the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Surrey.

Pre-war member of 610 Sqd. Spitfire I (R6802) shot down in combat with Bf 109s on 16 August 1940 at 17:15hrs off Dungeness. He failed to return in his Spitfire R6802 after combat with BF 109s. Runnymede Panel 5

Courtesy 610 Sqd Association


2770 WarrenCharlesPlt Off33482British152 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireDied
2771 WarrenDouglas Albert PalmerPlt Off78259RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-02-09Mandal Churchyard Norway Age 24
2772 WarrenJohn Benjamin WilliamAC1628804British600 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-081940-08-08 at 11:55hrs in Blenheim (L8665), shot down in flames by Oberleutnant Sprick of III Gruppe of JG 26. Flew his burning aircraft clear of Ramsgate, crashing into the sea. Pilot DN Grice and two crewmen F.J.Keast and J.B.W.Warren killed. Blenheim L8665 was shot down in flames into the sea near Ramsgate, Kent.
Archive Report
Calais Southern Cemetery Age 20


2773 WarrenStanleySgt754879RAFVRBritish1 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-10-09Runnymede Panel 20 Age 22
2774 WarrenThornton ArrowsmithSgt61015British236 Sqd

Blenheim
2775 WaterstonRobin McGregorFg Off90197RAF AAFBritish603 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-31On patrol with 603 Sqd 31 August 1940 at 18:30hrs in Spitfire I (X4273). Shot down by a Bf 109 from JG 3 over London. Edinburgh Warriston Crematorium Scotland Age 23


2776 WatkinsDouglas HerbertFg Off90363British611 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireDied
2777 WatkinsonArthur BasilPlt OffSouth African66 Sqd

SpitfireWIADiedWounded 28 September 1940. Baled out of damaged Spitfire I (X4322) after combat over Mayfield in Sussex.
2778 WatlingWilliam CharlesPlt Off44186RAFBritish92 Sqd
SpitfireWIAKIA1941-02-07Wounded 9 September 1940 at 17:30hrs. Baled out Spitfire I (P9372) near Biggin Hill after being attacked by enemy aircraft. St Mary Cray Cemetery Age 20
2779 WatsonArthur RoyPlt Off44187RAFBritish152 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-11-28Baled out of Spitfire I (R6597) after combat with a Bf 109 over Arne on the afternoon 28 November 1940. Parachute caught on aircraft and ripped, he fell to his death. Nottingham Southern Cemetery England Age 19

2780 WatsonEdward JamesPlt Off (later Flt Lt)81374RAFVRBritish605 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-02-26Singapore Memorial Column 412
2781 WatsonEvan OwensPlt Off84927British64 Sqd

Spitfire
2782 WatsonFredrick StanleyPlt Off (later Flt Lt)C/1372RCAFCanadian3 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-10-11Scopwick Church Burial Ground
2783 WatsonJohn GordonAC21002548British604 Sqd

Blenheim
2784 WatsonLionel GeorgePlt Off78702British29 Sqd

Blenheim
2785 WatsonRafael FFg Off40581British87 Sqd

Hurricane
2786 Watson-ParkerPatrick IanSgt741433RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-07-13Crashed and killed on patrol in Spitfire (R6807) on 13 July 1940 at 11:35hrs at Tatsfield near Biggin Hill. Spitfire R6807 crashed during a routine patrol, cause not known. Cudham Sts Peter and Paul Churchyard Orpington England

2787 WattersJosephPlt OffNew Zealander236 Sqd

BlenheimDied
2788 WattsEdwin LeslieSgt755917RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1943-04-13Runnymede Panel 134
2789 WattsReginald Douglas HaigSgt746868RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-09-11 Age 35On 11th September 1940 Watts was in Blenheim IV L9396 QY*E escorting Albacores of 826 NAS Sqd (Fleet Air Arm) attacking a convoy off Calais. Shot down into the Channel by Me109s of 1./JG52 and III./JG53. Green, P/O PC Wickings-Smith and Sgt. RDH Watts were all lost. Runnymede Panel 20
2790 WattsRoy FredrickFlt Lt36142British253 Sqd

Hurricane
2791 WayBasil Hugh 'Wonky'Flt Lt33402RAFBritish54 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-07-25Shot down a Bf 109 and was then shot down and killed over the Channel near Dover in Spitfire I (R6707) by a Bf 109 on 25 July 1940 at 15:00hrs. Spitfire R6707 crashed into the sea following combat with a Bf 109. Body washed ashore. Oostduinkerke Communal Cemetery Belgium Age 22


2792 WayLewis Benjamin RogerPlt Off77132British229 Sqd

HurricaneBaled out Hurricane I (P3037) on 30 September 1940 after combat over Kent.
2793 WczelikAntoniFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)P-1419PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIA1942-04-14Arrived UK on July 12, 1940. Sent to 302 Sqd, in which he actively participated in the Battle of Britain. From 1941-09-01 he was the Commander of 306 Sqd. In 1942 he was killed flying from RAF Church Stanton in Spitfire AB182 as the top cover for 23 bombers. Polish War Memorial Northolt Age 36
Archiwum Database


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2794 WeaverPeter Stevenson 'Squeak'Fg Off (later Flt Lt)70719RAFBritish56 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane9MIA1940-08-31Shot down 9 between 20 July and the 28 August 1940. On 31 August he was shot down in Hurricane I (V7378) by a Bf 109 at 08:45hrs. Crashed into a river and was not seen again. Had been recommended for DFC, awarded on 1 October 1940. His Hurricane V7378 was shot down by fighters and crashed into the River Blackwater. Runnymede Panel 5 Age 25
2795 WebbPaul CliffordFg Off90171British602 Sqd

SpitfireWIADiedInjured 9 September 1940 at 17:30hrs. Crash landed Spitfire I (K9910) at Box Grove, Sussex after being attacked by a Bf 109 over Mayfield.


Plate from 'Men Of The Battle Of Britain' by Ken Wynne
2796 WebberWyndham Frederick PeirsonPlt Off79222British141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
2797 WebsterErnest Reginald 'Reggie'Sgt158315RAFBritish73 Sqd

Hurricane Born in 1917, joined RAF September 1939. Posted to 85 Sqd at Debden 24 May 1940. He was later promoted to Flying Officer and served until 1947.
2798 WebsterFrederick KinnersleyPlt Off82682RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-26Former member RAFVR, joined 610 Sqd 28 July 1940. On 26 August 1940, Spitfire I (R6965) was damaged by Bf 109s over Folkestone and crashed in flames while attempting to land at Hawkinge. Sandown Cemetery Isle of Wight England

2799 WebsterHerbert GarthSgt (later Flt Sgt)519739RAFBritish73 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-04-14Baled out 11 September 1940 at 16:10hrs. Hurricane I (P2796) shot down by a Bf 110 over Sheppey. Tobruk War Cemetery
2800 WebsterJohn Terence 'Terry'Fg Off (later Flt Lt)37436RAFBritish41 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire11KIA1940-09-05Joined RAF 1938. Flight commander of 41 Sqd September 1939. Shot down 11 confirmed and 2 shared until he was killed 5 September 1940 at 15:25hrs. Spitfire I (R6635) had a mid air collision with Spitfire I (P9428) of S/Leader H.R.L.Hood during combat over Basildon in Essex. Webster's aircraft crashed at Laindon, near Basildon. Hood's aircraft broke into pieces in the air. Darlington Crematorium Panel 4 England

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