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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.
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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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2901 WójcickiAntoniSgt780525PAFPolish213 Sqd

MLHurricaneMIA1940-09-11Killed on 11 September 1940 at 16:00hrs. Shot down in Hurricane I (V6667) off Selsey Bill.
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2902 WojciechowskiMirosław IgnacySgt (later W/O)781062PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

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Hurricane4Died1956-10-2201.07.-31.10.1940 took active part in the Battle of Britain. Died in a plane crash at Balloi serving in the RAF - no place of death. Burial in Stockbridge Hamps UK.
2903 WójtowiczStefanSgtP-5025 (P-5024?)PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane3KIA1940-09-11From RAF Northolt in Hurricane V7242 attacking the fighter cover for German bomber formation. According to eyewitnesses, Sgt. S. Wójtowicz attacked six German fighters Bf 110 and in the first attack shot down one German, and then another. Attacked by another fighter, he was shot down in flame s and fell to the ground near Westerham, Kent. Northwood Cemetery Age 21
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2904 WolfeEdward ChathamFlt Lt37705British219 Sqd

141 Sqd

DFC
Defiant/Blenheim

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
Sqd Ldr Edward Wolfe's Combat Report: 'I dived at full throttle slightly in front and below the enemy aircraft and came up on his starboard forward quarter where my gunner, Sgt Ashcroft, opened fire at less than 20yds range. Strikes were observed and the E/A turned sharply towards us. I climbed over him, dived underneath and took up the same position as before. A second burst was fired after which the enemy’s starboard engine and cockpit were seen to be on fire, and he turned on all his navigation lights. At the same time he turned towards me again and I repeated my former manoeuvre, the gunner gave him a third burst. Twice again he took the same evasive action and I repeated my manoeuvre with the gunner giving him a forth and fifth burst. After the fourth burst there were two blinding flashes in his cockpit. After the fifth burst I left the attack as we were nearing cloud tops, and through a rift in the cloud layer watched the E/A crash to the ground where it blew up.' (See Kracker Luftwaffe Archive on this site for Coenen)
2905 WoltonRalphSgt45487RAFBritish152 Sqd

153 Sqd

96 Sqd

239 Sqd

Spitfire2Survived war1993Born on 26th July 1914 in Rottingdean, Sussex. Joined RAF in July 1932 for ground duties as an Aircrafthand. Posted to 58 Sqd at Worthy Down and became a WOp/Air Gunner. In September 1935 he went to 142 Sqd, which was sent out to Mersa Matruh at the time of the Abyssinian crisis. The squadron returned to the UK but Wolton was posted to 45 Sqd at Helwan, Egypt. Volunteered for pilot training. Initial training at 9 E&RFTS Ansty. He moved on to 10 FTS Tern Hill, completing his training in October 1939 and joining 152 Sqd at Acklington. The squadron moved south to Warmwell on 7th July 1940. On 25th July shot down a Do17, which crashed and burned out at East Fleet Farm, Dorset. On 15th August Wolton was shot down into the sea off Chesil Beach. He claimed a Ju88 destroyed on 26th September. Wolton was thrown out of his aircraft when a wing fell off at 15,000 feet on 11th October. His parachute was damaged and he was unable to open it until he was down to 1,000 feet. Injuries from these bailouts left him with a lifelong limp. 16th December 1940 Wolton to CFS Upavon for an instructor's course. He was afterwards posted to 16 FTS Newton, instructing Polish pupils. Commissioned in March 1941, moved to 51 OTU Cranfield on 8th April 1942 to instruct on night fighters. He joined 153 Sqd at Ballyhalbert, Northern Ireland on 20th January 1943. Then to 96 Sqd at Honiley. 18th May to 6th August 1943 Wolton attached to 417 Sqd (USAAF) to convert its crews to Beaufighters. 63 OTU at Honiley until 27th October when he rejoined 96 Squadron, then at Drem. To 239 Sqd at West Raynham, flying Mosquitos on radio countermeasures.


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2906 WoodKenneth RussellSgt759352British23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA
2907 WoodStanley VictorSgt649800British248 Sqd

BlenheimPoWWith 248 Sqd during the Battle of Britain flying in Blenheims. On 20 October 1940 on a recce sortie off the Norwegian coast flying in Blenheim IVf (P6952) when he was shot down and made a PoW. Also in the crew was G.H.Baird (captured), D.L.Burton (captured) and R.Copcutt (missing)
2908 WoodgateJoseph EricSgt155878British141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
MIA
2909 WoodgerDavid NoelPlt Off42666RAFBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-08-24 Age 20P/O D.N.Woodger of 235 Sqd and his gunner D.L.Wright shot down and killed in error by a Hurricane of 1 Sqd RCAF on 24 August 1940 at 16:45hrs. Blenheim IV (T1804) crashed at Bracklesham Bay. Runnymede Panel 10

The morning of the 24th August 1940 offered a gentle sunrise and relative calm over the aerodrome at Detling: ‘Despite the chaotic conditions and increasing threats, outside ground crew filled sandbags and played an impromptu game of cricket using the spade as a bat as someone tossed a cricket ball. Elsewhere on the station new panes of glass were being fitted. The smell of cut grass mingled with the stench of 100 percent high-octane fuel and oil, interspersed with the salty sea breeze’ (Coastal Dawn, Blenheims in Action, refers). At 15.40 p.m. Ventnor RDF reported a large enemy formation approaching the Isle of Wight and upon notification, controllers at 11 Group ordered Sqd Ldr Ernest McNab to scramble his fledgling Canadian pilots of 1 Sqd RCAF, some of whom had less than 20 hours of flying experience and only a limited period on aircraft recognition. At around the same time, three Blenheim fighters were scrambled from Detling to give protection over Portsmouth, Fighter Command being at full stretch. Chaos ensued. Rather than engage the enemy force of approximately fifty Ju. 88s of Lehrgeschwader 1, escorted by Bf 110s of a similar number, the British and Canadian pilots intercepted one another, the Canadians coming down from the 11 o’clock position and despatching Blenheim T1804 - piloted by David Woodger - into the Channel at Bracklesham Bay, near Chicester. This ‘friendly fire’ incident cast a long shadow over the two pairs of crew who managed to escape. Naish and Owen in Blenheim Z5736 managed to return to base, but both had been slightly injured and the aircraft damaged. In the late afternoon the body of an airman was found by a boat off West Wittering. It was Woodger’s gunner, Sergeant Daniel Wright: ‘The Gunner’s body was riddled with bullets. The limp body was wrapped in blankets and placed on a stretcher.’ The medical orderlies bowed their heads as the Adjutant, Flying Officer Charles Pinnock said: “I can’t give you a hand; You’re for the promised land, My comrade good and true.”


2910 WoodhallAlfred BasilWg Cdr5176British310 Sqd Czech

Czechoslovak Military Cross

2911 WoodlandNorman NaylorSgt902981British236 Sqd

Blenheim
2912 Woods-ScawenCharles Anthony 'Tony' 'Wombat'Plt Off40778RAFBritish43 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane7KIA1940-09-02 Destroyed a Bf 110 ten miles south of the Isle of Wight 8 August 1940. On 13 August at 07:30 while on patrol in Hurricane (R4102) crash landed near Midhurst, Sussex after combat with a He 111. He added 6 more enemy aircraft to his score before being shot down 2 September 1940 at 14:15hrs by a Bf 109. Baled out too low after the Hurricane I (V7420) caught fire. Hawkinge Cemetery Age 22
2913 Woods-ScawenPatrick Philip 'Woody'Fg Off40452RAFVRBritish85 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneKIA1940-09-01 Born at Karachi, India. He had scored 14 kills and was awarded the DFC. Baled out of Hurricane ( P3150) after a combat with a Bf 109 on 1 September 1940, but was killed when his parachute failed to open. Body was found 6 September1940 near Kenley. Caterham and Warlingham Caterham Burial Ground Age 24
2914 WoodwardHerbert JohnFg Off70833British64 Sqd

23 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire/BlenheimKIA
2915 WoodwardRobert SincklerFg Off74698British600 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimMIA
2916 WoolleyArthur WilliamSgt67602British601 Sqd

HurricaneWIAJoined 601 Sqd 5 July 1940 from 604 Sqd, where he had been since tSeptember 1939. On patrol in Hurricane (P3681) off Selsey 11 July 1940 at 18:20hrs. Baled out over the Isle of Wight after an attack on a Heinkel 111. Aircraft a write off, he survived but was burned and wounded. In another Hurricane (V7238), on 26 August 1940 at 16:00hrs, he crashed at Great Totham, Essex. He survived the crash. He was shot down three times during the Battle.
2917 WoottenErnest Wait 'Bertie'42667British234 Sqd

CBE

DFC

SpitfireDied
2918 WordsworthDouglas Kenneth AlfredFg Off41517British235 Sqd

272 Sqd

DFC
Blenheim1KIFA from friendly fire1941-10-30Born West Ham London England 29 July 1918. Educated in Engineering at the Hammersmith School of Building. Joined RAF October 1938. Posted to 235 Sqd 1 August 1940. Mid-1941 with 272 Sqd on Beaufighters from Idku near Alexandria in Egypt. 30 October 1941 detailed to make mock attacks on the destroyer HMS Kingston 30 miles west of Alexandria at 15:40 hrs. Wordsworth's aircraft T4722 carried a passenger 'along for the ride' (F/O AF Baldwyn, the squadron Medical officer) as well as his crewman Sgt. WA Broadbear. Unfortunately a communications error meant the dod not know this was an exercise and took the attacking Beaus as Ju88's. AA guns opened fire. Though no aircraft were hit Wordsworth was probably disorientated by this fire as his Beaufighter collided with the ship's mast and crashed into the sea. All three men were killed, no bodies being recovered. Posthumously awarded DFC 28th July 1942. DFC Citation: 'This officer carried out many operational missions involving sorties over Norway, France, and in the Mediterranean zone. Throughout, he showed continuous devotion to duty and courage. He destroyed one enemy aircraft, while he probably destroyed others during low level attacks on enemy bases.' El Alamein, Egypt North Africa and St. Marys, Barcombe War Memorial England

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2919 WorrallJohn 'Barron'Sqd Ldr (later Air Vice Marshal)26151British32 Sqd (CO)

DFC
Hurricane0.5Survived warCommanding Officer 32 Sqd in May 1940. On 20 July 1940 he force landed Hurricane I (N2532) near Hawkinge after combat with a Bf 109 at 18:20hrs. DFC 6 August 1940, although it is unclear what for, as his only listed victory is noted as occurring on the 15 August a half-share. Retired as AVM in 1963
2920 WorrallPyers ArthurPlt Off (later Flt Lt)42291RAFBritish85 Sqd 249 SqdHurricaneKIA1942-06-08On patrol over Tunbridge 31 August 1940 at 13:30hrs in Hurricane I (V6581). Baled out and was slightly injured in the leg after a combat with a Bf 110. His rudder and elevator controls had been shot away. Admitted to Croydon Hospital. Calcutta Bhowanipore Cemetery Age 21
2921 WorrallThomas VictorSub Lt (FAA)FAABritish111 Sqd

HurricaneKIA
2922 WorsdellKenneth WilsonFg Off33497British219 Sqd

BlenheimKIAPilot
2923 WorthingtonAlec SillavanFg Off72080British219 Sqd

Blenheim
2924 WottonHarold JohnSgt745641British234 Sqd

SpitfireKIA
2925 WrightAllan RichardFg Off33499British92 Sqd
DFC
Spitfire11WIASurvived warBorn 1920. Wounded 30 September 1940. Force landed Spitfire I (X4069) near Shoreham after combat with a Bf 109 at 17:00hrs.

Born in Teignmouth, Devon England 12 February 1920. Educated at St. Edmunds College. RAF College Cranwell in April 1938 as a Flight Cadet. After the outbreak of war Cranwell cadets who had not completed their courses were enlisted in the regular RAF on 7th September 1939 as Airmen u/t Pilots and each given an Airman number. Air gunnery and bombing training at B&GS West Freugh, graduated on 23rd October with a permanent commission. He arrived at 11 Group Pool St. Athan on the 24 October, converted to Blenheims and joined 92 Sqd at Tangmere on 30 October. Recently reformed with Blenheim IV night fighters but in early March 1940, re-equipped with Spitfires at Croydon. Over Dunkirk on 23rd May 1940 Wright destroyed a Me110, possibly another and damaged a third, on the 24th he got a possible He111 and on 2nd June he destroyed a Me109. On 14th August Wright shared a He111, on the 29th he shot down a He111 at night over Bristol, on 11th September destroyed a He111 and probably a Me109, on the 14th damaged another, on the 15th probably destroyed a Me109, on the 19th got a probable Ju88 and on the 26th destroyed a Do17. Appointed 'B' Flight Commander on 27th September as an Acting Flight Lieutenant. Destroyed a Ju88, shared a He111 and damaged a Do17 and two Ju88's. On the 30th he shot down two Me109s. In action on this day, his Spitfire, X4069, was damaged by a Me109 off Brighton. Wright made a forced-landing at Shoreham, slightly wounded by cannon shell splinters in the thigh and was admitted to Southlands Hospital. DFC 22nd October 1940. On 6th December he shot down a Me109 near Dover. On 16th May 1941 he shared a Me109, on 17th and 25th June he probably destroyed two more and on the 26th shot down another. Bar to DFC 15th July 1941. To 59 OTU Crosby-on-Eden to be OC 'B' Flight. In September went to HQ 9 Group, working on air tactics, moving in October to HQ Fighter Command. February 1942 Wright appointed Chief Instructor at the Pilot Gunnery Instructor Schoo at CGS Sutton Bridge. In October 1942 he was sent as one of a group of four experienced fighter pilots to train USAF squadrons about to be posted to the UK ro prepare them for operations. Back to the UK he went on a night fighter refresher course at 54 OTU Charter Hall in December. Posted to 29 Sqd at West Malling in March 1943 as 'A' Flight Commander. Destroyed a Ju88 on 3rd April. After a short spell as Fighter Tactics Officer at HQ 92 Group, Wright was appointed OC Demonstration Squadron at AFDU Wittering in November 1943 and took command of the unit in December. Army Staff College Camberley in August 1944, was awarded the AFC 1st September 1944 and in December he was appointed Wing Commander Single Engine Training at HQ 12 Group Watnall. February 1945 he was posted to Egypt, to command the Fighter Wing of the Advanced Bombing and Gunnery School at El Ballah. Wright stayed in the RAF postwar and held a number of fighter-related appointments including four years at the Air Ministry responsible for air defence planning. After converting to jet fighters he became Wing Commander Flying at Waterbeach near Cambridge with Hunter and Javelin squadrons under his command. After two years in the Far East and a further two at HQ Fighter Command he was appointed to command the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station at Fylingdales, near Whitby. Retired on 12th February 1967 as a Wing Commander, retaining the rank of Group Captain.



Allan Wight Interview by James Holland

Daily Telegraph Obituary

Obituary: The Independent



2926 WrightDaniel LeslieSgt552618RAFBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-24 Age 18Born Lichfield, Staffordshire England 1921. Joined RAF as a Boy Entrant in May 1938 aged 16. Trained as a wireless operator, later volunteered for aircrew duties and qualified after taking a gunnery course. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Sgt D.L.Wright and his pilot D.N.Woodger shot down and killed in error by a Hurricane of 1 Sqd RCAF on 24 August 1940 at 16:45hrs. Blenheim IV (T1804) crashed at Bracklesham Bay. Chasetown St Anne Churchyard

The morning of the 24th August 1940 offered a gentle sunrise and relative calm over the aerodrome at Detling: ‘Despite the chaotic conditions and increasing threats, outside ground crew filled sandbags and played an impromptu game of cricket using the spade as a bat as someone tossed a cricket ball. Elsewhere on the station new panes of glass were being fitted. The smell of cut grass mingled with the stench of 100 percent high-octane fuel and oil, interspersed with the salty sea breeze’ (Coastal Dawn, Blenheims in Action, refers). At 15.40 p.m. Ventnor RDF reported a large enemy formation approaching the Isle of Wight and upon notification, controllers at 11 Group ordered Sqd Ldr Ernest McNab to scramble his fledgling Canadian pilots of 1 Sqd RCAF, some of whom had less than 20 hours of flying experience and only a limited period on aircraft recognition. At around the same time, three Blenheim fighters were scrambled from Detling to give protection over Portsmouth, Fighter Command being at full stretch. Chaos ensued. Rather than engage the enemy force of approximately fifty Ju. 88s of Lehrgeschwader 1, escorted by Bf 110s of a similar number, the British and Canadian pilots intercepted one another, the Canadians coming down from the 11 o’clock position and despatching Blenheim T1804 - piloted by David Woodger - into the Channel at Bracklesham Bay, near Chicester. This ‘friendly fire’ incident cast a long shadow over the two pairs of crew who managed to escape. Naish and Owen in Blenheim Z5736 managed to return to base, but both had been slightly injured and the aircraft damaged. In the late afternoon the body of an airman was found by a boat off West Wittering. It was Woodger’s gunner, Sergeant Daniel Wright: ‘The Gunner’s body was riddled with bullets. The limp body was wrapped in blankets and placed on a stretcher.’ The medical orderlies bowed their heads as the Adjutant, Flying Officer Charles Pinnock said: “I can’t give you a hand; You’re for the promised land, My comrade good and true.”



2927 WrightEric William 'Ricky'Sgt64870British605 Sqd

CBE

DFC

HurricaneDiedRetired as Air Cdre in 1973
2928 WrightJohnSgt522272RAFBritish79 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-05Crashed Hurricane I (P3676) on 4 September 1940 at 13:40hrs. Wounded after combat with Bf 110s over Biggin Hill. Died from his wounds on 5 September 1940. New Kiklpatrick (or Hillfoot) Cemetery age 24
2929 WrightRRSgtBritish248 Sqd

Blenheim
2930 WrightWilliamPlt Off77373British604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA
2931 WroblewskiZbigniew TadeuszPlt Off (later Flt Lt)P-1285PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane1.51995-04-23Arrived UK 03.1940 joined 302 Sqd. Short stay in 5 OTU he returned to flying in 302 Sqd. March-September 1943 served with 317 Sqd. Instructor at RAF Morcombe RAF. He ended the war in 1945 as an adjutant of the RAF Coltishall station. He shot down 1½ planes.
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2932 WünscheKazimierz RomanSgtP-2096 793443PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

315 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

DFM

Wound Badge
Hurricane4WIA KIA1980-07-10Slightly burned 9 September 1940 at 17:55hrs. Baled out Hurricane I (P3700) wounded after combat with a Bf 109 over Beachy Head. 4 confirmed kills 1 shared kill and 1 probable. Powązkowskim Cemetery Poland Age 61
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2933 WyattJohn PileLAC915837British25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA
2934 Wyatt-SmithPeterPlt Off41768British263 Sqd

HurricaneKIAPilot
2935 WydrowskiBronisław FranciszekPlt OffP-0316PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish

607 Sqd

HurricaneDied1994-01-01Wydrowski arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 18 September. 1940 After converting to Hurricanes he joined 615 Sqd at Prestwick on 4 October and then moved to 607 Sqd at Tangmere on 9 October. After a few days with 229 Sqd at Northolt in late November, Wydrowski returned to 615, also at Northolt, on 2 December 1940. Returning from a bomber escort sortie on 5 February 1941 Wydrowski in Hurricane V6618 collided with V7598, flown by P/O S Czternastek. Wydrowski survived the collision but was badly injured. Czternastek was killed when his Hurricane came down at Appleton Manor Farm near Dover. On 16 May 1941 joined 302 Squadron at Jurby. He damaged a Me109 on 17 April 1942. Posted to 2 ADF on 27 July. 1942. Left the Polish Air Force on 19 October 1942 and went into the Polish Army.
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2936 WynnRichard Edward Ney EliasPlt Off81375British249 Sqd

HurricaneKIAPilot
2937 YappDerek SydneySqd Ldr41975RAFBritish245 Sqd

253 Sqd (CO)

68 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane0.5Survived war14th June 2012 Devon Age 93Survived War, Captain for British Airways.

Born 15 June 1919 in Bath, Somerset England. Joined the RAF on a short service commission in February 1939. Initial training at 9 E&RFTS Ansty, moved to 6 FTS Little Rissington on 30th April. Joined 245 Sqd at Leconfield on 6 November 1939. To Belgium on 16 May 1940, when 'A' Flight was attached to 615 Sqd, returning to Drem on the 21 May. Posted to 253 Sqd at Kenley on 1st October 1940. 4 March 1941 he shared a Ju88, A6+LH of 1.(F)120 which was shot down off Westray in the Orkneys. 10 May 1941 posted to 124 Sqd at Castletown. Tour-expired, to 54 OTU at Church Fenton on 27th October 1941. Rejoined 253 Sqd at Hibaldstow on 23 December as a Flight Commander. Damaged a He111 at night on 1st May 1942 whilst co-operating with a 1459 Flight Turbinlite Havoc. Took command of 253 later in the month and led it with distinction during the Dieppe operation on 19th August for which he was awarded the DFC 29 September 1942. To 59 OTU Milfield on 15th September 1942. CFI at 57 OTU Eshott on 7 November. Night-fighter course at 54 OTU Charter Hall on 20th April 1943 and then joined 68 Sqd at Coltishall on 15th July. 1st March 1944 posted to HQ 12 Group Watnall. From 24th April until 4th July 1944 Yapp served with 4 ADF York. To to SHQ Church Fenton until 6th November 1944, when he was released from the RAF as a Squadron Leader.
Signed by Pete Brothers, John Ellacombe, Anthony Russell, Derek Yapp

2938 YatesGordonSgt631756British248 Sqd

Blenheim
2939 YatesT MSgtBritish64 Sqd

Spitfire
2940 YatesWilliamAC21002549British604 Sqd

Hurricane
2941 YorkRonald LewisSgt758009British610 Sqd

SpitfireKIAHis brother Stanley Charles York also died on service with RAF 144 Sqd in Norway in 1945
2942 YoungCecil Reginald 'Charlie'Plt Off42372British615 Sqd

607 Sqd

46 Sqd

HurricaneKIA
2943 YoungJames Hugh RoumieuPlt Off42670British74 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-07-28Shot down and killed near Goodwin Sands 28 July 1940 by Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Müncheberg flying a Bf 109 from III Gruppe of JG 26 at 14:20 in Spitfire I (P9547). Shot down by a BF 109 while flying Spitfire P9547 which crashed in the Channel near Goodwin Sands. Aged 22. Pihen-Les-Guines War Cemetery, 1. E. 2. France
2944 YoungJohn Reginald CassFg Off70766British249 Sqd

AFC MiDHurricaneSurvived warRelinquished commission 18 March 18 March 1953 retaining rank of Flt Lt. Died in Oxfordshire
2945 YoungJames StewartPlt OffBritish234 Sqd

Spitfire
2946 YoungMichael HughPlt Off42040British264 Sqd

DFC
Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
Died
2947 YoungRandolph CharlesSgt49995British23 Sqd

Hurricane
2948 YoungRobert Bett MirkSgt40197RNZAFNew Zealander264 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIA1940-10-08Killed while flying as an Observer in Defiant N1627 which crashed at Marlow, possibly due to enemy action. Pilot H L Goodall.
Archive Report
 Northwood Cemetery England Age 22.


2949 YoungJames HaroldPlt Off42175British234 Sqd

2950 YuileArthur McLFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)RCAFCanadian1 Sqd (RCAF)

Hurricane2WIAJoined 115 Sqd (Auxiliary) 15 September 1939 for flying training. Solo on 23 September 1939. Joined 1 Sqd RCAF he was shot down attacking Do 17s on 1 September 1940. Baled out Hurricane I (R4171) unhurt. Destroyed a He 111 on 11 September. On 15 September at 14:45hrs he was shot down again South of London in Hurricane I (L1973) and wounded in the shoulder while attacking a He 111. On the 13 September 1944, as a Squadron Leader, he resigned his commission to complete his University degree.
2951 ŻakWalerianPlt Off (later W/C)PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

DFC

Krzyz Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

Wound Badge
Hurricane2WIADied1969-03-13Wounded on 27 September 1940. Baled out of Hurricane I (V7289) with burns over Horsham. Squadron Leader of 303 Squadron for two weeks , later 308 Squadron Leader and 3rd Polish Fighter Wing Commander. Died in the UK. Northwood Cemetery Age 58
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2952 ZałuskiJerzy SergiuszSgt781415PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIA1940-10-17From RAF Notholt in Hurricane V7417. Landing in the region of Ware, Herts, the aircraft broke for unknown reasons (possibly damaged by the Germans). Overturned when attempting a forced landing at Colliers End. The pilot was killed. Northwood Cemetery Age 24
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2953 ZamekIan AlexanderSgt749523RAFVRBritish58 SqdWhitley Son of Mr A Zamek, 16, Pendennis, Derby Rd., Bournemouth. Volunteered in April 1939 and was at London No.2 Centre and later at Abingdon. Reported as missing, killed in action by the RAF 1940-10-02 but deemed officially KIA on 1940-10-03 aged 22 years. Buried in Berlin CWGC cemetery, grave 7-K-1to4. His brother Norman Henry was also kia in the RAF in 1942.

Unclear if 58 Sqd personnel qualify as Battle of Britian participants
2954 ZaoralVladimírPlt Off (later F/O)81903RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

501 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1941-11-19
2955 ZatonskiAlexander RomanPlt Off (later F/O)43052RAFAmerican/Canadian79 Sqd

HurricaneWIAMIA1941-12-06Born on 1 November 1915 in Philadelphia USA. Arrived in England via Canada in 1939. Joined 79 Sqd on July 1940. Operations from Acklington as No 3 to his Flight Commander (E.J.Morris) on the 15 August 1940. On his way South on 28 August 1940 he was shot down in Hurricane I (P2718) and treated for burns at Hythe Small Arms School. After a period of convalescence, he rejoined 79 Sqd. Posted overseas and by the autumn of 1941 he was in the desert with 238 Sqd. After a battle with assorted Bf 109s and Macchi 202s over the Cyrenaican border on the morning of 6 December 1941, he was posted as missing and is known to have been buried by an army padre. Posted 'missing believed killed', his grave has not been found. El Alamein Memorial Column 241
2956 ZavoralAntoninSgt787660RAFVRCzech1 Sqd

312 Sqd Czech

607 Sqd

Hurricane2MIA1941-10-31When the Germans took over Czechoslovakia got away to Poland. Went to Gdynia and embarked on a ship for France. On arrival in France, Czechoslovak airmen were required to join the French Foreign Legion for a five year period, with the agreement that, should war be declared, they would be transferred to French military units. When war broke out, Zavoral was waiting to be sent for training in Algeria. He flew in action during the German advance and was credited with destroying a Do 17 on 11 June 1940. When France ceased fighting, Czechoslovak airmen were released from service. Zavoral, with other Czech airmen, was evacuated to Bordeaux, where he boarded the Ary Shaeffer and, on 19 June, sailed to Falmouth, Cornwall. Zavoral went to a transit camp and then to the RAF Czechoslovak Depot at Cosford, where he enlisted in the RAFVR. Posted to 310 Sqd at Duxford and was sent to 5 OTU, Sutton Bridge on 28 September to convert to to Hurricanes. Posted to 151 Squadron at Digby, soon moving on to 1 Sqd at Wittering. He later served with 312 and 607 Squadrons. On 31 October 1941, Zavoral failed to return from a sortie over France. He was flying Hurricane BE403, and while attacking shipping near Dunkirk his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire from Grande Fort Phillipe and crashed into the sea. Warrant Officer Zavoral’s body was never recovered.



2957 ZenkerPawełPlt Off76714PAFPolish501 Sqd
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Hurricane1MIA1940-08-24Shot down a Bf 109 on the 18 August 1940 from II Gruppe of JG 51 near Whitstable at around 17:35hrs. 'Missing' on 24 August 1940. Shot down in Hurricane I (L1865) during combat with Do 17s and Bf 109s near Dover at 10:15hrs.Hurricane P3141 missing following combat with DO 17s and BF 109s off Dover.
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2958 ZimaRudolfSgt (later Flt Lt)787978 68153RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

HurricaneDied1972-06-11Died Prostējov
2959 ZimprichStanislavPlt Off (later Flt Lt)81904RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

Hurricane1KIFA1942-04-12Departure from Poland by ship Sobieski to France, Foreign Legion, Colonial Air Force in Africa, 5.1940 conversion in Chartres, assigned to GC I / 8. August 1940 admitted to the RAF, to 310 Sqd, victories in the Battle of Britain. During a training flight in Spitfire Mk.Vb BL497 (NN-Y) over Channel off Perranporth collided with the plane of Sgt S. Halamy. Emergency landing on water, missing. Found and buried Heanton Punchardon St Augustine Churchyard July 1942.

2960 ŻukowskiAleksander (Alexey)Plt OffP-1292PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
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Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIA1940-10-18
2961 ZumbachJan Eugeniusz LudwigPlt Off (later W/C)P-1382PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

DFC

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Hurricane12Survived war1986-01-03On 26 and 27 September 1940 he claimed 2 Bf 109s and a Bf 110 flying Hurricane V6684. In 303 Sqd for the Battle. Then Instructor at 58 OTU in Grangemouth. April 1942 back to 303 Sqd as commander of the squadron. On April 7, 1945, returning at night from a visit to 133 Wing in an Auster in Germany, he crossed the front line by mistake and was captured in Germany. Final score for the war was 12 confirmed 1 shared kill 5 probables and 1 damaged.
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2962 ŻurakowskiJanusz 'Jan'Plt Off (later Sqd Lrd)76715PAFPolish234 Sqd

609 Sqd

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Medal Lotniczy

Spitfire3Died2004-02-09Flew with 234 Squadron. Escaped injury when he crashed Spitfire I (N3239) on the Isle of Wight on 24 August 1940 at 16:40hrs. He had been shot down by a Bf 109. Also flew with 609 Squadron and 152 Sqd RAF. From June 5 to December 28, 1942, he was the commander of 316 Sqd. March 1944 to the School of Experimental Pilots. (Empire Test Pilot’s School). Then to Boscombe Down. Test pilot. at Gloster Aircraft Co. in Great Britain. In 1952 he went to Canada, became the head of pilots. at Avro Canada at Malton. On the AVRO-CP 100 jet passed sound barrier. He settled in Canada. - In recognition of his contribution to the Canadian aviation industry, he was admitted to the Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame and in 1996 his image was placed on a 20-dollar commemorative coin commemorating the first flight crossing the sound barrier in Canada. Died in Canada Age 90
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2963 MacdougalIan NeilPlt OffRAFUK141 SqdDefiant L6983Survived

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Born on 11th June 1920 in British Guiana. Died in August 1987

2964 SkalskiHenrykSergeant - later Flying OfficerP0156PAFPoland607 Sqd
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SurvivedPoW No: 3749 Camp: Stalag Luft SaganBorn on the 22nd September 1908 at Lodz in Poland. Joined 72 squadron on the 3rd March 1940 from 306 squadron. He settled in London postwar and died there on Tuesday the 23rd August 1977. Buried at Acton, Park Royal Cemetery.

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2965 AyerstPeter VigneP/O (later Wng Cmdr)RAF73 Sqd

145 Sqd

243 Sqd

33 Sqd

238 Sqd

124 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane, Spitfire5 (some records 9)Survived warMay 15 2014, Beckenham KentAyerst's name does not appear in many records of Battle of Britain participants. Our research shows he participated when a member of training group. Perhaps the fact this unit was not one of the recognized Battle of Britain units is the reason his name is missing from the records

Born 4 November 1920 Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Advanced flying training in Lincolnshire in 1939, short service commission to the RAF. He flew Hawker Hurricanes in 73 Sqd which was based in Rouves, northern France, from October 1939 through to the fall of France in May 1940. In October 1939 Ayert became the first RAF pilot to come into combat with a German fighter plane - and that was by accident. While on a patrol over France, at the age of 19, he momentarily flew off in the wrong direction. After a while he found what he thought was the rest of his French squadron and flew in behind the nine planes. He realised however they were Messerschmit 109s after he noticed the black cross of the Luftwaffe on the tail fins. He gave a short burst of fire before diving out of the way. Another 18 Messerschmits arrived as did the rest of his patrol and the first combat of the war broke out. Ayerst said: 'I was the first RAF fighter pilot ever to come into combat with a Messerschmit 109. On that day our squadron were the first offensive fighter patrol of the war. As I was turning around to come back to France, underneath me I saw nine aircraft in line. I thought "here come our boys on this patrol".' I joined in formation, tagged on the end and saw bloody great black crosses. So I pulled up and gave a quick squirt at the enemy and went down. Unbeknown to me there were another 18 of them making 27 altogether.' After returning to Britain he was based in Cheshire, teaching young fighter pilots aerial warfare. During one lesson in August 1940 - the height of the Battle of Britain - his services were called upon when a German Heinkel bomber appeared nearby. He and two other pilots took off and shot the plane down. Years later Ayerst met two members of the German crew who thanked him for helping them survive the war by being captured.

In 1942 he was posted to North Africa and flew Spitfires and Hurricanes, intercepting enemy aircraft. On his 22nd birthday on November 4, 1942, his plane was cut down by German flak and he crash landed on a road. It was too risky to walk across the desert by day to find his squadron, so he waited until dark. Just as he set off an Australian army truck pulled up and an officer told him to get in immediately as he was about to walk through a darkened minefield.

He flew again in the aftermath of D-Day. Wg Cdr Ayerst's biographer, Hugh Thomas, said: 'For Peter to survive through four major air theatres of the war, he must have been a very special pilot. Many pilots could fly a Spitfire but very few could make them dance and that is what Peter could do. I can't think of any other pilots who spent more time in Spitfires other than Peter Ayerst and Alex Henshaw, who was the chief test pilot for Vickers. Peter flew in and tested all the Spitfires, from Mark I to Mark 22.'

He was not only the first RAF fighter pilots to see action in World War Two but was remarkable in seeing action in the Battle of France, Battle of Britain, El Alamein, Normandy landings, Arnhem and offensive sweeps into the Ruhr. The odds against surviving just one of those campaigns were high. Of surviving the entire war, he said: 'One stayed with it, got through it and, if you were lucky, came out the other side.'

In his career as a fighter pilot he destroyed nine enemy aircraft, probably destroyed two more and damaged four.

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2966 BachmannJack HenryPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)76568RAFVRBritish98 Sqd

88 Sqd

145 Sqd

67 Sqd

Hurricane IIC BN476SurvivedKIA1943-04-09

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Born Norbury, Surrey September 1917. Joined RAFVR July 1937. Called up 1 September 1939 with 98 Sqd, equipped with Fairey Battles. Based at Nantes, France from April to June 1940 but flew no operational sorties. Unknown if Bachmann was with them. On 12 May 1940 he moved to 88 Sqd, also with Battles. Heavily engaged in the fighting and suffered considerable losses. Bachmann's involvement is unrecorded. Back in the UK volunteered for Fighter Command. Posted to 145 Sqd at Drem on 18 August 1940. Next known posting is June 1942 when he was appointed CO of 67 Sqd, reformed with Hurricane IIc's at Alipore, India. In February 1943 the squadron moved to the Akyab front, then in early April set up a base at Chittagong airfield. On 9 April 1943 Bachmann was killed in Hurricane IIc BN476, bounced by Oscars (Nakajima Ki-43) of the 64th Sentai over Chittagong and shot down. Buried in Chittagong War Cemetery. Age 25



2967 BakerEric DebnamSgt740057RAFVRBritish145 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-08On patrol in Hurricane I (P2957) on 1940-08-08. He was believed to have been shot down by F.W. Müller of I Gruppe of JG 27 off the Isle of White at 09:15hrs. Posted MIA [2nd version] Hurricane P3381 shot down over the channel and crashed into the sea, Baker missing. Runnymede Age 28

2968 BensonNoel John Victor 'Broody'Plt Off33485RAFBritish603 Sqd

Spitfire0.5KIA1940-08-28Born in 1918 in the village of Great Ouseburn, Yorkshire. His father was a local doctor. Sedbergh School and entered RAF College, Cranwell on 28 April 1938, as a Flight Cadet. After the outbreak of war, Cranwell cadets who had not completed their courses were enlisted in the RAF as Airmen u/t Pilots. Graduated at Cranwell on 23 October with a Permanent Commission. He immediately went to No 11 Group Fighter Pool, St Athan, converted to Blenheims and joined 145 Sqd at Croydon on 30 October. Joined ‘A’ Flight of 603 Sqd at Prestwick on 16 December 1939. 'Broody' Benson gained his nickname (according to Sqd Ldr Stapleton) because 'he used to sit for ages in the dispersal hut and stare ahead into space ignoring all that went on around him. 'He was a very good pilot, always well turned-out and very keen to do well as a fighter pilot when the opportunity came.' On the 23 July 1940 he shared in the destruction of a Do 17. His Spitfire was hit by return fire and his starboard undercarriage leg collapsed on landing, with the aircraft tipping up. On 27 August, 603 went south to Hornchurch. The next day Benson was shot down, during the evening, in combat with Bf 109s, and killed, his aircraft crashing in flames on Great Hay Farm, Leigh Green, Tenterden, Kent. He was 21. Commemorated Great Ouseburn Churchyard. Benson’s brother, Captain Brian Joseph Nodder Benson, Royal Corps of Signals, was killed on 15 April 1945 and is buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany, also commemorated on the grave at Great Ouseburn.

Pilot Spitfire N3105 crashed in flames at Tenterden after combat with BF 109s.


2969 BoydAdrian Hope 'Ginger'Flt Lt (later Grp Cpt)39101RAFBritish145 Sqd (Acting CO 1940/08/30)

DSO

DFC & Bar

MiD
Hurricane18Survived war1974A rare Ace-In-A-Day! In 10 days over France shot down 8 enemy aircraft. DFC 1940-06-21. He added two more to his score during the early stage of the Battle before destroying two Bf 109s, two Bf 110s, and a Ju 87 all on 1940-08-08 .Promoted to Squadron Leader when S/L John Peel was wounded on the 8th of August 1940. He destroyed another three aircraft during the Battle, including a He 111 on the 23rd of August 1940 over the Firth, 10 miles from Edinburgh and one at night. Boyd was awarded Bar to the DFC on 1940-08-20 and the DSO on 1941-12-02.

Born in India in 1913 and when he came of age at 13, he joined the Senior Service (the Royal Navy) as a cadet. After schooling, he served in the Navy as an acting Sub-Lieutenant for a year before leaving to join the Royal Air Force in 1936. After flight school, he was posted to 65 Sqd at RAF Hornchurch, flying the Gloster Gladiator. In 1939, he transferred to 145 Sqd a month after the beginning of the war and began leading one of its flights. In one 10-day period in May during the Battle of France, he shot down six enemy aircraft along with probably two more and was himself shot down. For this fierce period of flying activity he was awarded the DFC. By the beginning of August during the Battle of Britain, he had shot down a number more—including one stunning day of air fighting on the 8th when he shot down two Bf 109s, two Bf 110s and Ju 87 Stuka (and damaged another)—in one day! Throughout the Battle, he continued to mount victories, receiving another DFC. In December, he was rested as an OTU instructor, and was then sent to command 501 Sqd at RAF Ibsley in June of 1941. He was made wing leader in charge of the wing at RAF Middle Wallop and by year end, had been awarded a DSO. He retired from the RAF in 1947 and died in 1975.


2970 BranchGuy RawstronFlying Off90137RAF AAFBritish145 Sqd
Empire Gallantry Medal

Later replaced by George Cross
Hurricane2KIA1940-08-11Branch was born on 27 October 1913. Educated at Eton Branch went up to Balliol College, Oxford. Guy Branch joined 601 Sqd, AAF in late 1936 and was commissioned in May 1937. Branch went to France with ‘A’ Flight of 601 on 17 May 1940. On the 20th he destroyed a Do 17. The flight rejoined the squadron at Tangmere on 22 May. Branch was posted to 145 Sqd, also based at Tangmere, on 1 June. On 15 July 1940 shared in the probable destruction of a Do 17 and on 8 August he claimed the destruction of two Ju 87s. He failed to return from an engagement south of Swanage on 11 August. His Hurricane, P 2951, crashed into the sea and his body was later washed up on the French coast. In 1937 as a student pilot, involved in a crash on take-off. He escaped from the blazing wreckage but, realizing his instructor was still trapped, went back into the flames to pull him out. For this he received the Empire Gallantry Medal (precursor to George Cross). Empire Gallantry Medal Citation: On 9th January, 1938 an aircraft in which Pilot Officer Branch was a passenger crashed at Upavon, Wiltshire, and immediately burst into flames. Having extricated himself from the burning aircraft this officer found that the pilot was trapped in the cockpit by his legs. Despite the danger of the petrol tank exploding, Pilot Officer Branch returned to the blazing wreckage and, whilst actually standing on burning debris, succeeded in extracting the pilot. There is little doubt that this prompt and gallant act saved the pilot's life. The aircraft was completely destroyed by fire.

On 1940-08-08 he destroyed two Ju 87s. KIA on 1940-08-11, in Hurricane I (P2951) when he crashed into the sea off Swanage, at 10:30hrs. Buried at Quiberville Churchyard France Age 26




2971 BudzińskiJanSgt780665PAFPolish605 Sqd

145 Sqd

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Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane2Died1981-04-01RAF 145 Sqd in Westhampton in August 1940. Battle of Great Britain in 605 Sqd and 145 Sqd. In April 1941 transferred to 302 Sqd at Kenley. Then a pilot instructor at No. 16 Polish Pilot School in Newton. After demobilization in 1953, he went to Canada where he worked as an inspector in a jet engine factory. In 1958 he went to California, USA - died in South Bend WA USA
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2972 BungeyRobert WiltonFg Off257414RAAFAustralian145 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneDied1943-06-10Robert Wilton Bungey was unquestionably an RAF hero. From the very beginning of the Second World War he was patrolling Germany’s border with the AASF (Advanced Air Striking Force). In the retreat from France he survived frantic day and night bombing missions flying obsolete, outclassed Fairey Battles against overwhelming odds. Many others didn’t survive. When Fighter Command desperately needed pilots in the Battle of Britain, he volunteered. Joined 145 Sqd on 1940-09-24 as leader of 'B' flight. He survived again when his Hurricane was shot down near the Isle of Wight. Converting to Spitfires, he commanded such aces as Jean ‘Pyker’ Offenberg, Paddy Finucane and Bluey Truscott, his leadership from-the-front gaining their trust and respect. While he was CO of 452 (RAAF) Squadron, it topped Fighter Command’s monthly tallies three times in a row. Later, commanding RAF Hawkinge, he was linked with air-sea rescue and Combined Operations Command. After more than three years of active war service, he returned to Australia for Sybil, his English bride. His wife gave birth to a baby boy but shortly afterwards, on 27th May 1943, she died from complications. On 10th June Bungey, unhinged by grief, went to a local beach and shot the child and then himself with his service revolver. The boy survived and was adopted by an uncle. Brighton St Jude Cemetery Adelaide Australia Age 28

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2973 CarthewGerald Charles TrewallaPlt Off42484RAFCanadian253 Sqd

85 Sqd

145 Sqd

Hurricane0.5Died2013-07-12Born 1921-04-16 at Mountain Park, Alberta, Canada. He joined the RAF on a short service commission and began training on 26th June 1939. 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 5th April 1940, converted to Hurricanes and then joined 17 Sqd at Hawkinge on 12th May. Moved briefly to 213 Sqd at Biggin Hill, then joined 229 Sqd on 20th May, went to 85 Sqd at Debden on the 25th and finally to 253 Sqd at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 6th June. Shared in the destruction of a Do17 on 11 September 1940. To 145 Sqd at Tangmere on 14 October. Last sortie on 16 October. 1940, then into non flying duries

APO 6yr SSC 19 Aug 39
PO on prob 28 Feb 40
PO 26 Jun 40
FO war substantive 28 Feb 41
Flt Lt 28 Feb 42
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2974 ChignellRobert AlexanderWg Cdr24171RAFBritish145 Sqd

MiD
HurricaneKIA1942-02-14Joined RAF December 1927. 10 July 1938 he returned to Britain from Far East and went to SHQ Biggin Hill, commanding 32 Sqd there from October 1939 to May 1940. Flew at least one operational sortie with 145 Sqd during the period of the Battle of Britain. Posted back to the Far East, on 14 February 1942 as a Wing Commander. Escaping from Singapore in fast launch being attacked by Japanese aircraft, killed by a shell splinter, he was 36. Buried at sea. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial in Kranji War Cemetery, also by a plaque in St.Michaels Church Askerswell Dorset. MiD for gallant conduct in operations against the Japanese in early 1942.



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2975 De HemptinneBaudovin Marie GhislainPlt Off82516RAFVRBelgian145 Sqd

1KIA1942-05-05February 1940 posted as deputy commander of the flying school in Saint-Denis-Westrem. After the German invasion the school was evacuated to Oudja in French Morocco. After the fall of France de Hemptinne escaped to England, arriving in Liverpool 1940-07-17 via Casablanca and Gibraltar. 6 OTU at Sutton Bridge on 30 July 1940. Converted to Hurricanes to 145 Sqd at Drem 17 August. Shot down a He 111(He 115 ?) 2 October 1940 while on patrol over a Naval Convoy. The He 111 landed on a beach South of Aberdeen with the crew unhurt and they were made PoWs. 25 October 1940 his engine failed, force-landed on Haywards Heath golf course. Aircraft exploded after he got out. KIA 1942 Brussels Town Cemetery Belgian Airmen's Field of Honour

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2976 Dunning-WhitePeter WilliamFg Off90543RAFBritish145 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane6DiedDied 27th December 2008 aged 93Born Hadley Wood near Barnet on 16th April 1915. Educated at Harrow from 1929 to 1933. Jesus College Cambridge. Gained his pilot's licence and obtained his own aircraft. Full-time service 24 August 1939. Posted to 6 FTS Little Rissington. Then 5 OTU Aston Down on 6 May 1940. Converted to Blenheims in 29 Sqd at Drem on the 27 May 1940. Converted to Hurricanes and posted from 29 to 145 Sqd on 2 July, joined the squadron at Tangmere on the 5 May. 2 kills before downing a Bf 110 and a Ju 87 on the 8th of August and a Bf 109 on the 11th of August. He also shot down another enemy aircraft on the 27th of October 1940. 18 July he shared a He111, on 22 July shared a Do17, on 8 August destroyed a Ju87 and a Me110 and damaged a Me109, on 1 August probably destroyed a Me109 and probably another on 29 October. On 10th January 1941 Dunning-White shared in the probable destruction of a Ju88. To 615 Sqd at Kenley on 13 March 1941 as a Flight Commander. Shot down a Me109 over Dungeness on 15 April 1941, but Hurricane IIa Z2410 was severely damaged and he baled out over Dymchurch. Picked up by an ASR launch. DFC (6 June 1941). Attached to 409 Sqd RCAF in early 1942 for night-flying experience and in March went to 255 Sqd at High Ercall. Went to North Africa. March 1943 promoted to Acting Squadron Leader and made a Flight Commander. Released from the RAF on 8th October 1945 as a Wing Commander. He was re-commissioned in 601 Sqd in 1946 DFC 1941-06-06.

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2977 DuttonRoy GilbertSqd Ldr (later W/C)39072RAFBritish111Sqd

145 Sqd

452 Sqd RAAF (CO)

19 Sqd (CO)

54 OTU
141 Sqd

512 Sqd

525 Sqd (CO)

CBE

DSO

DFC & Bar
Hurricane21Survived war1988-08-14Born in Hatton, Ceylon 2nd March 1917. Joined RAF June 1936 on a short service commission and began his flying training. On 5th September to 8 FTS Montrose. Joined 111 Squadron at Northolt on 24th April 1937. Destroyed 2 with 111 Sqd before joining 145 Sqd 1940-04-03. Shot down 9 more enemy aircraft over France. DFC 1940-05-31. As "A" Flight Commander during the Battle, Dutton shot down another 4 aircraft before the 8th of August, when he shot down 3 Ju 87's, adding 2 Bf 110's on the 11th and a Ju 88 on the 12th. Bar to DFC 1940-08-20. Wing Commander. Buried St. Lukes Churchyard, Whyteleafe, Surrey.

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2978 FayolleÉmile Francois Marie LéoncePlt Off (Adj)Free French85 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneKIA Operation Jubilee1942-08-19Fayolle was born in the middle of the First World War into a family with deep military roots. He joined the French Armée de l’Air in 1938 and was just finishing fighter school in Oran when the Germans invaded. He took an aircraft from his base and fled to Gibraltar, then took a ship to England and joined forces with the RAF. Having converted to Hurricanes, he was posted to a series of units—85, 145, 242, 611 and 340 Squadrons. In July 1942, he took command of 174 Sqd at RAF Warmwell. Shortly after taking command of 174, he was hit by anti-aircraft fire while supporting the Canadians during the Dieppe Raid (Operation JUBILEE). He is buried alongside the 907 Canadians killed that day.


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2979 FordeDerek NigelFg Off41526RAFBritish145 Sqd

605 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane3DiedJanuary 16 1979Born on October 17th 1917. Joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1938. He was with 145 Squadron in May 1940 and on the 27th was shot down over Dunkirk in combat with Me110’s. He was unhurt and rejoined the squadron. posted to 605 Squadron at Croydon on September 26th 1940. By 1942 he was serving with 72 Squadron and went with it to North Africa in November. DFC (gazetted 26th February 1943) being then credited with at least three enemy aircraft destroyed. On April 24th 1943 Forde damaged a Me 109. Later in the war Forde was shot down over France and sustained hip and leg injuries but managed to escape back to the UK via the Pyrenees, aided by the French Resistance. He stayed on in the RAF and retired on February 8th 1953, as a Squadron Leader.

Shot down 1940-05-27 over Dunkirk in Hurricane I (N2710) by Bf 110s, not injured. DFC 1943-02-26, with three enemy aircraft destroyed

2980 GilJózefPlt Off76765PAFPolish43 Sqd

229 Sqd

145 Sqd


315 Sqd Polish

306 Sqd Polish

Hurricane2 + 2 probablesMIA1942-12-31Born on 30th January 1914 in Poland. Commissioned in RAFVR then to No. 1 School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum for flying assessment. 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 1st September 1940 to convert to Hurricanes. Posted to 43 Squadron on the 21st Septemeber 1940. To 229 Squadron on 19th October and then 145 Squadron on the 30th September. Injured 29th December 1940 in crash at East Dean, Sussex, flying low after dark looking for Tangmere. 12th March 1941 Gil posted to 53 OTU at Heston. To 315 (Polish) Squadron at Speke on 13th April 1941. From Northolt probably destroyed a Me109 on 9th August and another destroyed on the 14th. KW (gazetted 10th September 1941). 24th October 1941 he probably shot down a Me109. Bar to the KW (gazetted 15th February 1942). 13th June 1942 joined 306 (Polish) Squadron at Northolt. He destroyed a Fw190 and damaged a Me109 on 9th October, second Bar to the KW (gazetted 15th November 1942). Flying high cover over Abbeville on 31st December 1942 he was shot down by a Fw190 in Spitfire BS455. Last seen heading towards the Channel and almost certainly he crashed into the sea. His body was not recovered. VM (5th Class) (gazetted 20th February 1943). 315 Sqd (Polish) (1941-42) and squadron commander in 306 Sqd Polish. In Spitfire-BS455 he was on a combat sweep in the Abbeville region of France. During the fight with German fighters he was attacked by 6 FW-190. Seen to be damaged he flew off towards the English Channel. Possibly wounded, he crashed in the sea.

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2981 GlewNorman Vipan 'Sticky'Sgt (later Sqd Ldr)107955RAFVRBritish72 Sqd

145 Sqd

Hurricane KX9296KIFA Hit ground during mock dogfight1944-05-17Born November 1916 Derby. RAFVR in November 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Full-time service 1st September 1939, posted to 1 ITW Cambridge then to 3 FTS South Cerney. Joined 72 Sqd Acklington on 19th June 1940. Moved to Biggin Hill in August. On 23rd September Glew claimed a share in Me109. 27th destroyed a Do17. To 41 Sqd at Hornchurch on 7th November 1940, remaining with the squadron until May 1941. Posted overseas. On 17th May Glew on the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious at Scapa Flow. Flew off near Majorca on 14th June for Malta, refuelled and then went on to Egypt, reaching Mersa Matruh on the 16th. 260 Squadron at Haifa until October. Commissioned in August 1941. Moved to the Western Desert in October 1941. Damaged a Me109 on 2nd January 1942. Damaged by Me109's on 26th March when on his way back from Martuba to Tobruk. In 1943 Glew was with 229 Sqd in Malta, moving with it to Catania, Sicily in January 1944. Commanded 435 Squadron at Brindisi in March as an Acting Squadron Leader. Killed there on 17th May aged 27 when his Hurricane KX929 struck the ground near Brindisi when engaged in a mock dogfight with a Spitfire.

While serving with 1435 Squadron, Brindisi, Commissioned Aug 1941. buried in Grave XI. C. 24 of Bari War Cemetery,Italy, aged 27; Born Derby, November 1916. son of Capt. Norman H. & Mildred A. Glew of Derby.

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2982 GłówczyńskiCzesław MarianFlt LtP-1945PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish

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Hurricane5WIA2000-12-17In France he flew with I/145 Sqd (March-June 1940). In Great Britain he was sent to 302 Sqd. During the Battle of Britain, he suffered extensive burns when landing with a burning engine. After leaving the hospital, he became an adjutant of the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Army, General Władysław Sikorski. Died in Warsaw - burial in Powązki, Poland Age 77
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2983 HaireJohn KeatingeSgt748611RAFVRBritish145 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-11-06Born 25 September 1920, 'Bunny' Haire was one of three children to Sidney and Nora Haire of 122 Earlswood Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland. After leaving school, John joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service qualifying as a clerk on 23 November 1938 After training on 11 September 1940, posted to 'A' flight of 145 Sqd, flying Hurricanes from RAF Dyce near Aberdeen. 8 October the squadron moved south to RAF Tangmere in Sussex. 23 October he was awarded a part share in the probable destruction of a Ju88. Over the Isle of Wight on 6 November 1940. His Hurricane was damaged and burning fiercely from combat with the Luftwaffe when he made an instant decision to stay with his aircraft until the last moment, hoping to miss the small village below. He had been in this same situation over the island only ten days previously, and had got away with it, landing safely on the beach. Unfortunately, this time he had miscalculated, and by thinking of others first he was too low when he finally jumped off the wing, his parachute not having time to deploy properly. Sgt. Haire crashed into a ploughed field near Arreton Village, staying alive just long enough for the local vicar, the Reverend Burbidge, who rushed to his aid, to give him a final blessing. 1940-10-27 in Hurricane I (V6888) ditched on the sands of Bembridge and escaped injury after a dogfight with a Bf 109 at 17:15hrs. J.K.Haire was promoted to Pilot Officer. KIA on the afternoon 1940-11-06, baled out of Hurricane I (V6627) too low after combat over the Isle of Wight. A book written in 1941 called 'Helmut Wick - Das Leben Eines Fliegerhelden' by Joseph Grabler describes the events of 6 November 1940 from the German perspective. Maybe Helmut Wick was suffering from battle fatigue when he related the events of the day - 'Today we had a terrific time again. We met a heap of Hurricanes which fly lower than we do. I am just getting ready to attack when I notice something above me and I immediately shout over the intercom 'Attention - Spitfires above us'. But they were so far away that I could begin the attack on the Hurricanes. They were just turning away from their original course and that sealed their fate. Almost simultaneously the four of us fired at their formation. One went on my account, the rest of the Hurricanes pulled up to a higher altitude. During this manoeuvre I once again caught the one on the right hand outside. He was done for immediately and went straight down. I wasn't sure if I was unwell or if my nerves were about to break but when the second Englishman went down I just wanted to go home. As we began for home I see below me three Spitfires. I am the first to see them and attack, already the first one falls.' It can now be seen that according to the RAF losses for that day, eight aircraft were shot down, no Spitfires being lost, so it must be concluded that the 'Spitfire' shot down by Wick on his way home was, in fact, a Hurricane and it is probable that this was Sgt. Haire. (The other two 'kills' being Sgt. Hubert Adair from 213 and P/O James Tillett from 238 Squadron). Most Luftwaffe pilots liked having the 'kudos' of shooting down a Spitfire rather than a Hurricane. Major Wick was to lose his own life over the same Island some twenty two days later when he was shot down in a dogfight over The Needles by F/Lt. John Dundas DFC* of 609 Squadron. Almost immediately Dundas was attacked by Wick's No 2 and shot down into the sea, his body never to be found. Belfast Dundonald Cemetery Age 20

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2984 HarrisonJohn HowardPlt Off76577RAFVRBritish145 Sqd

Hurricane I R4180MIA - Runnymede Memorial. Panel 81940-08-12Born on the 10th November 1917 at Mitcham, Surrey. Enlisted in 1937 trained at 13 E&RFTS at White Waltham. Awarded his 'A' flying licence on the 26th June 1939. Joined 145 squadron on the 31st July 1940. Son of Dr. Arthur William Harrison, M.D (died 18th January 1932 age 65)., and Lilian Jane Harrison (nee Hackett), died 08th August 1980 age 88) of 91 Devonshire Road, Collier's Wood, Merton, London, England. Both parents buried at St. Peter and St. Paul's Churchyard, Church Roadm, Mitcham. His step brother (mother being Laura Jane Harrison, nee Osborne died in 1908, age just 38) John William Hyde Harrison (‘N’ Company, 4th Battalion - Special Brigade, Royal Engineers) died of gas poisoning age 18 on the 13th November 1916 at the No. 43 Casualty Clearing Station, Warlencourt, France.

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2985 HonorDudley Sandry GartonFg Off40113British145 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane9Died2007-12-27Joined the RAF July 1937. 18th September Honor posted to 6 FTS Netheravonthen joined 88 Sqd at Boscombe Down on 7 March 1938. Equipped with Fairey Battle light bombers, the squadron went to France at the outbreak of war as part of the AASF (Advanced Air Striking Force) and suffered heavy losses in the German blitzkrieg. For his services in France Honor was later awarded the DFC. After 88 was withdrawn from France in June 1940 he volunteered for Fighter Command. Force landed Hurricane I (V7422) 27 October 1940 near St Leonards, Sussex at 12:20hrs. Ran out of fuel after combat but he was unhurt. After converting to Hurricanes Honor was posted to 145 Squadron at Drem on 28th August 1940. Shared in the destruction of an Arado Ar196 floatplane on 12th October. Forced-landing at Hollington, near St. Leonards on the 27 October, after running out of fuel following a combat with Me109's. Hurricane, V7422 written off. On 2 December posted to 85 Sqd at Debden in the night-fighting role. On 29 January 1941 posted to 274 Sqd in Middle East as a Flight Commander. He joined it at Amriya on 6th April. Me109 destroyed on 1 1941 May, a Me109 destroyed and another three damaged on the 15 May and on the 20 May destroyed a Me110, which had just taken off from Mechili, as well as a Ju52 on the ground. On 25 May attacked the German-held airfield at Maleme. Destroyed a Ju52 and a SM79 but was then shot down by a Me109. Ditched in the sea where his Hurricane sank to 40 feet before he was able to escape from the cockpit. His German lifejacket, obtained during his service in France, inflated immediately and he surfaced.

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2986 JohnsonWilliam JohnSgt (later commissioned)115410British145 Sqd

DFC & Bar
Hurricane41996-02Born 15 July 1919 in Brandon, Suffolk. May 1939 joined the RAFVR as an Airman u/t Pilot. 5 OTU Aston Down on 1 September 1940. He crashed there on the 3 September, in Hurricane P3719, but was unhurt. Joined 85 Sqd at Church Fenton on 16 September. 145 Sqd at Tangmere on 18 October. On a cross-channel sweep on 26 January 1941 he shot down a Me109. Commissioned in January 1942, posted to 611 Squadron at Hornchurch. In March posted to Malta. Flew off the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle on 9 May to join 126 Sqd at Ta Kali. On the 14 May damaged a Me109, 30 May damaged a SM84. June 1942 Johnson flew back to Gibraltar then embarked on HMS Eagle and flew a Spitfire off to Malta on 15 July. Probable Me109 on the 18 July, a probable Ju88 on the 26 July, destroyed a Me109 on 31 Juy and shot down two Re2001's on 14 August during Operation Pedestal. 4 more probables. DFC (gazetted 22nd January 1943). May 1943 commanded 1449 Flight and served with it until November when he joined 197 Sqd at Tangmere. Commanded 257 Sqd on the Continent from July to October 1944. Bar to the DFC (gazetted 1st December 1944). He retired on 6 February 1959 as a Squadron Leader.
2987 JottardAlexis Rene Isidore GhislainPlt Off82515RAFVRBelgian145 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-27Flew with the Belgian Air Force in a Fiat CR23 before the Battle of Britain. He and his friend ( J.Offenberg) went to France when Belgium was over-run. Then after French signed the Armistice they went for North Africa. Smuggled from Casablanca to Gibraltar with some Polish Pilots. Joined 145 Sqd at Drem, in Scotland 17 August 1940. Shot down and killed in Hurricane I (P3167) by Bf 109 on the 27 October 1940 at 17:15hrs off the Isle of Wight. Runnymede Memorial Panel 8. Born on 11th August 1912 at Conneux, Belgium.

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2988 KestinIan HerbertSub Lt (FAA)FAABritish145 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-01Born 24 July 1917. Instructor at the London Aero Club. Joined the Navy on 15th September 1939. In early 1940 volunteered for a Fighter course and on 27 May was sent on one at HMS Raven. Attached to the RAF on 23 June and posted to 7 OTU Hawarden. Converted to Hurricanes, posted to 145 Sqd on 1 July. Attacked a Hs 126 ten miles south of Hastings on 1 August 1940. His Hurricane P3155 was hit by return fire and went down in the Channel 15.00 hrs. The Hs126 was shot down by P/O ECJ Wakeham DFC. MIA, commemorated on the FAA Memorial, Lee-on-Solent.

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2989 KowalskiJanSgt (later Flt Lt)P-1909 793450PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

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DFC
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Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane12000-05-15He arrived in England in 1940 and assigned to 303 Sqd. In 1943 he joined the team of fighter pilots who formed the so-called 'Skalski's Circus'. This group began flying on March 14, 1943 in the 145 Sqd RAF in North Africa. He resigned from the army service in December 1948 and settled in Nottingham. Died Nottingham Age 84
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2990 KrólWacław SzczepanPlt Off (later W/C)P-1299PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish

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DFC
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Croix de Guerre
Hurricane8Died1991-06-15August 21 1940 assigned to 302 Sqd Polish for Battle of Great Britain. December 1941 sent to 58 OTU. From 24 May 1942, commander of 302 Sqd. March 13, 1943 assigned together with a group of Polish pilots to form 'Polish Fighting Team' in North Africa, popularly called 'Skalski's Circus', part of RAF 145 Wing. After return to England, he flew in 303 Sqd. On October 18 1943, he became commander of 302DM until July 7, 1944. From March 10, 1945, he commanded the 3rd Polish Hunting Wing. He made his last combat flight in World War II on April 25, 1945, shielding bombers bombing Hitler's headquarters in Berchtesgaden. Died in Warsaw.
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2991 KwiecińskiJòzefSgt780691PAFPolish145 Sqd

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Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane1MIA1940-08-12Joined 145 Sqd 4 August 1940. MIA following combat 12 August 1940 at 12:30hrs with Bf 110s and Ju 88s South of the Isle of Wight in Hurricane I (P3391) Polish War Memorial Northolt Age 23
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2992 LeggettPercival GrahamPlt Off86329RAFVRBritish245 Sqd

46 Sqd

145 Sqd

96 Sqd

249 Sqd

73 Sqd

32 Sqd (CO)

Air Efficiency Award

Hurricane1.5Survived war26th May 2013Born 14 February 1921. Joined the RAFVR June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Basic training then 5 OTU Aston Down in September 1940 for conversion to Hurricanes. 18 September crashed at Oldbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, unhurt. Joined 245 Squadron at Aldergrove on 28 September, then 46 Sqd at Stapleford on 18 October. Probable Fiat BR20 and shared another on 11 November. Posted to 145 Sqd in late November 1940 (?) and then 96 Sqd at Cranage on 18 December 1940. Late June 1941 joined 249 Sqd in Malta. Mc200 destroyed on 17 July. Shot down 21 December 1941, baled out and was admitted to hospital with slight abrasions. Joined 73 Sqd in North Africa in October 1942 until August 1943. Back in the UK, appointed Adjudant at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey after which he served in Ceylon. In 1949 he became CO of 32 Sqd on Havilland Vampires from Cyprus. Station Commander Dyce 1956/57. Retired from the RAF on 23rd May 1958 as a Squadron Leader.
2993 ŁagunaPiotrFlt LtP-1287PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish

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Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane1KIA1941-06-27In France he was deputy commander of 1/145 Fighter Squadron 'Warsaw'. Evacuated from La Rochelle to Great Britain. From July 23, 1940, he commanded A flight in 302 Sqd. In December 1940, he was the commander of 302 Sqd. From 28.05.1941 he was the commander of 1. Polish Wing Northolt. In 1941 in a combat flight from RAF Northolt in Spitfire P8331 on a sweep and ground attacks in the region of La Touquet - Gravelines his plane was hit directly by flak at Calais airport, crashed near Coquelles, southwest of Calais. Pihen les Guines Age 36
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2994 MacháčekJiri JPlt Off (later F/O)82560RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

145 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1941-07-08Shot down 15 October 1940 in Hurricane I (V7337). Baled out over Christchurch with minor injuries, some splinters in his leg after combat with a Bf 109 at 13:00hrs. He had been flying as 'Tail end Charlie'. Hurricane crashed at New Milton. KIA on the afternoon of the 8 July 1941. Spitfire Va (R7128) was shot down while on 'Circus No 40'. Runnymede

2995 MacLachlanJames Archibald FindlayFlt Lt39639RAFBritish145 Sqd

73 Sqd

DSO

DFC & 2 Bars
Hurricane16.5PoW Died from Injuries1943-07-31Born on 1 April 1919 at Styal, Cheshire. Student at Monkton Combe School from 1931 to 1936. Joined the RAF on a short service commission March 1937. Posted to 3 FTS South Cerney on 8 May 1937. Joined 88 Sqd at Boscombe Down 27 November. Hinds soon replaced by Fairey Battles. To France at the outbreak of war. Withdrawn to England in June 1940. DFC 16 July 1940. Posted to 145 Sqd at Drem on 18 August. Then to 73 Sqd at Castle Camps on 28 September 1940. 17 November he led six Hurricanes off HMS Argus for Malta, where they joined 261 Sqd at Ta Kali. 9 January 1941 destroyed two Macchi 200’s destroyed. On 19 January a Z506B, a Ju88, two Ju87s and a probable CR42. During the night of 8/9 February he destroyed two Ju88s. Bar to the DFC 11 February 1941. On 16 February 1941 he was hit by a Bf109 and severely wounded in the left arm. Baled. Arm amputated below the elbow. Returned to the UK. Detachable forearm and hand designed for use in a Hurricane. Returned to operations on 4 November 1941 commanding 1 Sqd at Redhill for night intruder operations over France. On the night of 26/27 April 27 1942 he destroyed a Do217 and damaged another, on May 3/4 he destroyed a Do17 and a He111 and on June 3/4 destroyed two Do217s and damaged two more. DSO gazetted 29 May 1942. On 31 July was posted to 59 OTU, Crosby-on-Eden, as an instructor then to lecture tour of the USA. June 1943 to the Air Fighting Development Unit at Wittering. On 29 June flying with Geoffrey Page, flew a Mustang on a daylight sortie, destroying two Hs126s, a Ju88 and shared a second with Page, who also destroyed two Hs126s. They went again on 18 July. Crossing the French coast he was hit by machine gun fire. Force-landed through an orchard. He survived the crash. As PoW taken to a German field hospital. Died there on 31 July 1943. Buried in Route de Caen Communal Cemetery, Pont L'Eveque, France. Second Bar to DFC gazetted 30 July 1943.



2996 MarkiewiczAntoni LucjanSgt793546PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
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Hurricane3.5Survived war2005-04-30Born on 13th January 1915 at Sandomierz in eastern Poland. 1931 Polish Air Force NCOs School at Bydgoszcz, qualifying in 1934 as an Aircraft Mechanic. Air Force Officers Training Centre at Sadkow and posted to 22 Bomber Eskadra, 2nd Air Force Regiment, Kraków. In 1936 to Grudziadz Training Centre for an advanced fighter-pilot course. Transferred to 122 Fighter Eskadra. On 1st September 1939 Markiewicz destroyed a Hs126 at 6am after a long chase. The claim to have shot down the first German aircraft in the war is usually accepted to be that of Wladyslaw Gnys however his destruction of two Do17's is believed to have taken place at 7am and if Markiewicz’s Hs126 was destroyed an hour earlier he undoubtedly achieved the first aerial victory of the war. Markiewicz destroyed a Ju87 on 2nd September near the River Vistula. The next day Markiewicz attacked a He111 which then made a forced-landing after one engine stopped. On 17th September Markiewicz flew to Romania, reached France via Beirut and joined Groupe de Chasse I/145. Based at Dreux in the defence of Paris. On 9th June 1940 Markiewicz shared in the destruction of a Do17. After the French collapse, he reached North Africa and eventually England. RAFVR as an AC2. On 1st June 1940 he was at the Polish Wing at 3 School of Technical Training Blackpool. He joined 302 Squadron at Leconfield on 6th August 1940 as a Sergeant. 13th September went to Duxford with a 302 detachment to operate with the Bader 'Big Wing'. The attachment ceased on 25th September and the 302 pilots and planes returned to Leconfield. He claimed a Me109 as probably destroyed on 26th October. Practicing low-level attacks in Hurricane V6753 in foggy weather over the Channel on 10th February 1941 Markiewicz’s engine failed at 800 feet and his radiator struck the sea. Forced-landing at Morrels Farm, Lagness in Sussex but crashed in Hurricane V6753. Hospital for nearly a year. Markiewicz lost operational category and on 3rd February 1942 he joined No. 1 ADU at Croydon. Went to 2 FIS Montrose on 29th July 1942 for an instructors course, after which he was posted to 16 FTS Newton. On 1st May 1943 Markiewicz was sent to the Officers Cadet School in Scotland and at the end of the course he went to the PAF Depot at Blackpool, where he began a course in radio engineering. In late November 1945 Markiewicz was released from the PAF, as a Warrant Officer. Settled in Britain, changed his name to AL Martin and became a radio and television engineer, later managing his own workshop. Died in Rustington West Sussex UK
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2997 MarplesRoyFg Off (later W/C)70868RAFVRBritish616 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireWIAKIA1944-04-26Wounded in the leg 26 August 1940 at 13:20hrs. Crash landed his Spitfire I (R6758) at Adisham after being in combat with a Bf 109. Horsham, Sussex, Wg Cdr Flying of 145 Wing RAF. Born Muswell Hill, 22 January 1920. Chichester Century Age 24
2998 MartelLudwik AlfredPlt Off76812PAFPolish54 Sqd

603 Sqd

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Srebrny Krzyż Zasługi

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Wound Badge
Spitfire2Died2010-04-25Assigned to 54 Sqd RAF and then to 603 Sqd RAF. Served with 603 Sqd flying Spitfires from Hornchurch during the Battle. On October 25, 1940, six days before the end of the Battle of Britain, he was shot down in air combat. Despite the wounds, he managed to land his Spitfire. Half a year later, on March 19, 1941, he was transferred to 317 Sqd where he is the Commander of the Squadron. March 13, 1943 assigned with a group of Polish pilots to the Polish Fighting Team in North Africa, popularly known as Skalski's Circus which is part of RAF 145 Sqd. July 22, 1943 returns to 317 Sqd. The last assignment was 131 Polish Wing from October 14, 1946 until his release in January 1947.
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Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Polish Air Force in 1998. The cover artwork by Tony Theobald shows a Fokker EV in Polish markings in 1919 which scored the Polish Air Force's first victory which was against the hostile Russians, the PZL IIc of 2nd Lt W Gnys who scored the first and second victories over the Luftwaffe on 1 September 1939, a Hawker Hurricane of No 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain and a Supermarine Spitfire IX in D-Day invasion markings and Polish markings. Underneath a Polish built MiG 29 is shown to mark the new independent Polish Air Force after years of Soviet rule. The cover bears Polish Air Force 1918 - 1998 logo and the insignia of the 121st squadron, No 303 Squadron, No 316 Squadron and 1st Fighter Regiment which corresponds to the aircraft on the artwork. The cover has been flown in Spitfire Mk IX MH434 which was painted in Polish markings at the time from Duxford and return. The cover bears 30p Guernsey stamp showing a Hurricane Wellington Spitfire Lysnader Blenheim and Sunderland aircraft cancelled with 80th Annniversary of the Polish Air Force 5 November 1998 postmark. This cover is hand signed by Flight Lieutenant Ludwik Martel

2999 MatthewsPeter Gerald HughFg Off40247British1 Sqd

73 Sqd (CO)

74 Sqd (CO)

145 Sqd (CO)

111 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneHis flying career included time with 1 Sqd, 73 Sqd (CO), 74 Sqd (CO), 145 Sqd (CO) and 111 Sqd. Matthews, flying Hurricanes with 1 Sqd, joined the Advanced Striking Force in France at the outset of the war. He was with 74 Sqd as commander from 7 February to 10 July 1942, while the unit was in the Middle East. During much of his time with 74 Sqd the unit was short of Spitfire aircraft when their replacement aircraft went down with a torpedoed cargo ship. He suggested that the pilots of 74 Sqd should be seconded to 73 Sqd until aircraft could arrive.
3000 McConnellJohnSgt136316British145 Sqd

HurricaneDied1965Born 18 May 1918. Joined RAFVR June 1939. Called up 1 September 1939. Trained EFTS Hatfield and 10 FTS Ternhill for No. 20 Course from 13 May to 17 August 1940. After converting to Hurricanes joined 145 Sqd at Dyce on 11t September. Shared in the destruction of a He115 SE of Kinnaird Head on 2nd October. On 7 November 1940 shot down by a Me109 of JG2. Baled out, slightly injured, landed at Earnley Mill. Hurricane, P8816, crashed at Birdham, SW of Chichester. Commissioned in October 1942. Retired from the RAF on 29 January 1958 as a Flight Lieutenant. Died in 1965.

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