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3001 NewburyM APlt OffBritish145 Sqd

HurricaneKIADuring the Battle of Britain, but date unknown
3002 NewlingMichael Alan 'Mike'Plt Off (later Flt Lt)41867RAFBritish145 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane3KIA1941-07-06Initial training 23 January 1939 at No. 1 E&RFTS Hatfield. Further training at 11 FTS Shawbury to 23 October 1939. Joined 145 Sqd at Croydon on 23 October 1939. Probably destroyed a He111 on 18 May 1940, then shot down east of Brussels. Baled out and rejoined his squadron two days later. Over Dunkirk on 31 May he shared in the destruction of a Me109. On1 June destroyed a Me110. 12 July Newling shared in probably destroying a Ju88 and shared in damaging three Me110s, on 19 July shared in destroying a He111. Hurricane, P2770 hit in the glycol tank and hydraulic system by return fire, forced-landing at Shoreham aerodrome, admitted to Shoreham Hospital. Flying again on 21 July twice from Tangmere to Church Fenton and from Church Fenton to Drem. Sick until 20 August. On 12 October probably destroyed a Me109. Hurricane V6856 written off 18 October when he overshot the runway landing at Tangmere, hitting a stationary aircraft. Unhurt. He was made OC ‘A’ Flight on 11 November 1940. DFC (gazetted 4th February 1941). Shared a Ju88 on 1 March 1941. Killed 6 July 1941, shot down in Circus 35 over the Lille area in Spitfire Va W3366. Runnymede Memorial, panel 29. Destroyed two aircraft in fighting over Dunkirk. Destroyed He 111 19 July 1940 but hit by return fire and force-landed his aircraft on an emergency strip.

3003 OffenbergJean Henri Marie 'Pyker'Plt Off82517RAFVRBelgian145 Sqd

DFC

HurricaneKIA1942-01-22Born at Laeken, Belgium 3 July 1916. Before the Battle he flew with the Belgian Air Force in a Fiat CR23. He and his friend (A.Jottard) went on to France when Belgium was over-run, then when the French signed the Armistice they headed for North Africa. They were then smuggled to from Casablanca to Gibraltar with some Polish Pilots. He joined 145 Squadron in B flight at Drem 17 August 1940. Moved to 609 Squadron.
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3004 OstowiczAntoniFg Off76705PAFPolish145 Sqd

Hurricane1MIA1940-08-11Joined 145 Sqd 16 July 1940. Shot down He111 on 9 July. In combat with enemy fighters 11 August 1940 when he was shot down off Swanage and killed in Hurricane I (V7294). He was awarded the KW and Bar on the 1 February 1941.
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3005 PageCyril LeslieFlt Lt37205British234 Sqd

145 Sqd

OBE

SpitfireSurvived warDecember 2003 SloughBorn on 20th October 1916. Sherborne Preparatory School and then Sherborne School (Abbeylands House) from September 1930 to July 1934. Flew civil aircraft before joining the RAF on a short service commission in April 1935. Posted to 2 FTS Digby on 7th May and on completion of the course he joined the staff at the School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum, Wiltshire. Went to 16 (Army Co-operation) Squadron there on 21st June 1938. 234 Sqd at St. Eval in early July 1940, moved to 145 Sqd on the 16th but then rejoined 234 Sqd at Middle Wallop on the 19th as 'A' Flight Commander. Posted away to No. 1 School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum on 21st November 1940. Released from the RAF in 1947 as a Squadron Leader. OBE in 1965.

With 234 Sqd through most of the Battle flying Spitfires at St. Eval. 145 Sqd from 31 July 1940 to the 19 August 1940 flying Hurricanes.
3006 PalakJanSgt793341PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

302 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

DFC

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane1.5Survived war1989-04-01 Age 89Born on 12th February 1911 in Kozlowszczyzna, Poland. Studied aviation mechanics before starting his military service in the army in 1932. Instructor at the Academy at Deblin. Escaped through Romania to France and was accepted in the Armee de l'Air. He was posted to GC I/145, an all-Polish unit, operating the MS406 from Lyon-Bron. In action after the German attack in the West and operated from Mions, Dreux, Sermaises and Chateauroux. Its last base before the Armistice was Rochefort and from here Palak made his way to La Rochelle where he was able to embark on a ship for England. 3 School of Technical Training at Blackpool he was posted to 302 Squadron at Leconfield on 23rd July 1940. He claimed a Me109 probably destroyed and shared a Do17 on 15th September. He moved to 303 Squadron at Northolt on the 23rd and claimed a Me109 destroyed on 5th October. 25th January 1942 he went to 58 OTU Grangemouth as an instructor. A return to operations came on 29th June 1942 when he rejoined 303 Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey. Promoted to Warrant Officer on 1st September 1942, Palak went to the squadron's Operations Room on 11th September 1943. He was awarded a second Bar to the KW (gazetted 20th October 1943). Moved to the Northolt Operations Room on 23rd November and remained there until 18th April 1944 when he rejoined 302 Squadron, then at Deanland. Posted to 411 Repair and Salvage Unit on 18th March 1945 as a test pilot. He was awarded the VM (5th Class)(gazetted 1st June 1945) and the DFC (gazetted 10th April 1946). His subsequent movements are currently undocumented though one source is that he died in February 1987, his death registered in Bath, Somerset. Buried Bath in Somerset

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3007 PankratzWilhelmFlt Lt76662PAFPolish145 Sqd

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneMIA1940-08-12Joined 145 Sqd 16 July 1940. Posted MIA after combat South of the Isle of White in Hurricane I (R4176) at 12:30hrs 12 August 1940. RAF Tangmere - Sank south of the Isle of Wight. One of the first Polish pilots killed in the Battle. KW on the 1 February 1940. Polish War Memorial Northolt Age 37
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3008 ParrottPeter LawrenceFg Off (later W/C)41054British145 Sqd

605 Sqd

DFC & Bar

AFC

Hurricane9Survived war27th August 2003.Born in Aylesbury on 28th June 1920. Lord Williams Grammar School. Joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial flying course at No. 1 E&RFTS Hatfield on 27th June 1938. Posted to 11 FTS Shawbury on 3rd September. No. 1 Armament Training School at Catfoss on 30th March 1939, towing targets. On 27th September 1939 Parrott went to No. 1 Air Armament School Manby as a staff pilot. Posted to 11 Group Pool at St. Athan on 28th December, converted to Hurricanes and then joined 2 Ferry Pilot Pool on 22nd January 1940. Joined 607 Sqd in France on 29th January 1940. Got 3 He111's destroyed, another two shared and one damaged on 10th May, and a He111 probably destroyed and another shared on the 11th. Jumped by Me109's near Louvain on the 13th and had his radio shot to pieces. Shared a probable Do17 on 16th May, posted him to 145 Sqd at Tangmere. On the 26th, over Dunkirk, he probably destroyed a He111 but was hit by return fire. Heading home, his engine seized as he crossed the coast in Hurricane I N2589 and he made a crash-landing in a field at Great Mongeham, near Deal. On 3rd July 1940 Parrott shared a probable He111, on the 15th shared a probable Do17, on the 18th shared a He111, on 8th August destroyed a Me109 and a Ju87 and on the 12th destroyed a Ju88. Posted to 605 Sqd at Croydon on 27th September. DFC. 1st November Parrott damaged a Me109. Acting as weaver on 1st December he was jumped by a Me109 and his Hurricane, Z2323, damaged. He dived to 3000 feet baled out over East Hoathly. He joined 501 Sqd at Martlesham Heath on 1st June. Posted overseas on 16th July 1943, Safi, Malta on 1st August. Joined 72 Sqd at Pachino, Sicily on the 10th as a supernumerary. Went to 111 Sqd, also at Pachino, as a Flight Commander. Destroyed a Mc202 on 4th September. Commanded 43 Squadron at Capodichino, Naples on 13th October 1943. On 26th November he shared in destroying a Ju88 and on 17th February 1944 he damaged a Me109. 6th March 1944 posted to the Middle East. Appointed OC Gunnery at 73 OTU Abu Sueir on 22nd May. Returned to Italy in early November 1944 and took command of 72 Sqd at Rimini on the 11th. HQ Desert Air Force, Italy on 15th February 1945. Bar to DFC. Group Training Inspector, Fighters and later Wing Commander Ops. He returned to the UK in June 1946. Training as a test pilot. Test-flew early versions of the Vampire and Meteor, as they were accepted into RAF service at Boscombe Down. AFC. Completed his service in the RAF on 10th July 1965 as a Wing Commander.


3009 PeelJohn Ralph AlexanderSqd Ldr33011British145 Sqd (CO)

DFC
Hurricane6WIAPosted to command 145 Sqd in early July. First victory 7 July and 2 more before the end of the month. Shot down on 11 July 1940 ditching Hurricane (P3400) in the Channel at 18:25hrs and being rescued from the cold waters semi-conscious by the Selsey lifeboat. 8 August 1940 shot down two Ju 87s and a Bf 109 raiding the "Peewee Convoy" before being shot down and wounded. DFC 13 August 1940.

3010 RabonePaul WattlingPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)2171RNZAFBritish88 Sqd

145 Sqd

422 Flight
96 Sqd
Hurricane2KIA1944-07-24Born in Salisbury 2 March 1918. Educated in New Zealand. In April 1938 joined the Civil Reserve of Pilots. Joined the RNZAF. Left for United Kingdom in February 1939 to transfer into the RAF. Posted to 88 Sqd, flying Fairey Battle light bombers. Went with unit to France at the outbreak of war. In mid August 1940 Rabone volunteered for Fighter Command and was posted to 145 Sqd. Shot down Bf 109 on 12 October 1940. Uninjured when force landed Hurricane I (V7521) from comabt with Bf 109s. 2 weeks later joined 422 Flight, a special unit. Destroyed another Bf 109 on 6 November. 422 Flight expanded to form 96 Sqd in early December 1940. Hotton War Cemetery Belgium Age 26
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3011 RowleyRichard Michael BernardPlt Off90142RAF AAFBritish601 Sqd145 SqdHurricaneDied1952-09-19Educated at Eton and New College, Oxford where he read History. University Air Squadron. Joined 601 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in late 1937 and was commissioned in February 1938. Called up 25 August 1939. 601 Squadron by January 1940. Detailed to stage from Tangmere to Hawkinge on 11 May 1940 from where they flew an uneventful patrol over Belgium and Holland. 17 May a number of 601 pilots flew to Merville in France to reinforce 3 Squadron. Returned to Tangmere on 22 May 1940. Posted to 145 Sqd at Tangmere on 1 June 1940 and served with them for the rest of the Battle. Resigned his commission on 16 September 1941 because of ill-health. Died of a brain tumour on 19 September 1952. He is buried at St. Mary the Virgin churchyard at Madresfield, Worcestershire

3012 RussellAnthony GeraldSgt120491RAFVRBritish43 Sqd

145 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived warApril 2010Born 18 September 1920 in Coulsdon, Surrey England. Joined the Royal Navy in 1938. Under age and discharged. Joined RAFVR in February 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. 5 OTU Aston Down on 1 September 1940. Converting to Hurricanes, joined 43 Sqd, with Sergeants Stoodley and Toogood, at Usworth on 28 September 1940. Stoodley died in a night-flying accident on 24 October and Toogood died on the 27, probably through oxygen failure. Russell sent on leave by CO. 10 November posted to Tangmere to join 145 Sqd. Commissioned in April 1942. No further details till released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.


Signed by Pete Brothers, John Ellacombe, Anthony Russell, Derek Yapp
3013 SaundersCecil Henry 'Fishy'Plt Off42893British92 Sqd

74 Sqd

145 sqd

154 Sqd (CO)

145 Sqd (CO)

Spitfire5.5WIASurvived war1st September 1992Wounded 9 September 1940 at 17:30hrs. Crash landed Spitfire I (L1077) near Rye after attacked by Bf 109.

Born 7 July 1911 in Forest Hill, London England. Joined the RAF, initial training at the Civil Training School at Derby on 24 August 1939. Then to 14 FTS Kinloss for No. 3 Course to 20th April 1940. Joined 92 Sqd at Croydon on 20 April 1940, direct from 14 FTS. Probable He111 and shared another on 4 July. On 11 July a probable Ju88. 9 September combat over Biggin Hill, crash-landed at Midley, near Rye, in Spitfire L1077. RAMC Hospital at Brookland, with shrapnel wounds in the leg. 11 October rejoined 92 Sqd. 26 October damaged Me109, on the 29th shared a Me110 and on 1st November he shot down a Ju87 and damaged a Me110. In this action his Spitfire, X4555, was damaged and he made a crash-landing three miles east of Eastchurch, unhurt. On 1st December destroyed a Me109 and on 5th February 1941 shared a Ju87. May 1941 posted to 74 Sqd at Gravesend as a Flight Commander. 27 June he got a probable Me109. Squadron went to the Middle East in April 1942. Joined 145 Sqd in the Western Desert in late July 1942 as a Flight Commander. On 3rd August he probably destroyed a Me109, on 11th September destroyed a Mc202, on 22nd October damaged a Me109 and on the 25th claimed another Me109 destroyed. Left 145 in November 1942. DFC 4th December 1942). Posted to 71 OTU Port Sudan, which later moved up to Abu Sueir, Egypt. For the invasion of Sicily on 10th July 1943 Saunders was on a Fighter Direction ship. He took command of 154 Sqd at Lentini East in August. The squadron moved on to Italy and in February 1944 went to Corsica, to cover the American invasion of Southern France. Saunders commanded the squadron until October 1944. He also commanded 145 Squadron in July/August 1945. Retired from the RAF on 5 May 1958 as a Wing Commander.


CH Saunders: TEJ Ream: Hugh Bowen-Morris: RH Fokes examining wreckage of Ju87 when Stuka J9 + BK of 2./StG1 was shot down just outside Manston airfield on 5th February 1941. Lt. E Schimmelpfennig and OberGf. H Kaden were killed. (see Kracker Luftwaffe Archive on this site)


Signed By: Wg Cdr Cecil Henry Saunders 92 Sqd: John Booth 600 & 23 Sqd Blenheim Air Gunner: Avis Hearn awarded M M for Bravery during Battle of Britain whilst under Stuka attack on Poling Radar Station Aug 1940: John Keatings 219 Sqd Air Gunner: Peter Ayerst confirmed victories in the Battle of Britain yet not eligible for the Battle of Britain Clasp! Alan W Gear 32 Sqd Hurricane pilot .




3014 SearsLionel ArgentPlt Off42895RAFBritish145 Sqd

Hurricane1MIA1940-07-01Joined 145 Sqd in June. 1 July 1940 shot down a Dornier Do 17. He was shot down in Hurricane (P2955) by a Bf 109 south of the Isle of Wight on 8 August 1940, at 09:05hrs.
3015 ShuttleworthLord Richard Ughtred PaulPO70356RAFVRBritish145 Sqd

248 Sqd

Hurricane2MIA1940-08-08Real name: Kay-Shuttleworth Joined 145 Sqd June 1940. Shuttleworth destroyed two enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain. Following a combat over a convoy south of the Isle of Wight Shuttleworth posted MIA 8 August 1940. Age 27 Runnymede Panel 6

3016 SmithFrancis AlanSub Lt (FAA)FAABritish145 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-08Loaned by FAA to RAF in June and joined 145 Sqd 2 July 1940. On 12 July at 12:30hrs force landed Hurricane I (N2703) near Ringwood. The aeroplane overturned and Smith was slightly hurt. 8 August 1940 South of the Isle of Wight Hurricane I (P3545) seen to crash into the sea during combat with Ju 87s and Bf 110s over a channel convoy MIA aged 20.

3017 StorrarJames Eric 'Jas'Plt Off (later W/C)41881British145 Sqd

73 Sqd

421 Flt
DFC
Hurricane6Survived war29 March 1995Born on 24th July 1921 at Ormskirk. Chester City and County School. Joined the RAF (by adding to his age) on a short service commission. No. 1 E&RFTS Hatfield on 23rd January 1939 and 11 FTS Shawbury for No. 12 Course. Befofre finishing course he moved to the Blenheim Conversion Flight and then joined 145 Sqd at Croydon on 23rd October. Converted to Hurricanes in March 1940. On 23rd claimed a Me110 destroyed, on the 24th a Do17 and on the 27th two Me110's near Dunkirk. On 11th July he got a He111, on the 15th a probable Do17, on the 18th a shared He111, on the 27th a Me109, on the 29th a shared Ju88, on 8th August a Ju87 destroyed and another damaged, on the 12th a probable Me110 and on 8th September a shared, probable Do17. DFC 20th August 1940. 28th September posted to 73 Sqd at Castle Camps. He was detached from 73 to 421 Flight on 20th October. He flew one sortie with the Flight, on the 24th, rejoined 73 on the 25th. Left Debden on 9th November for Birkenhead, en route for the Middle East. Embarked in HMS Furious at Glasgow on the 13th, with its aircraft, and flew off to Takoradi on the 29th. The squadron then flew in easy stages to Heliopolis via Lagos, Accra, Kano, Maidugari (Nigeria), Khartoum, Wadi Haifa and Abu Sueir. During December the pilots were attached to 274 Sqd in the Western Desert. Early January 1941 73 Squadron began activities. On the 3rd Storrar joined S/Ldr. AD Murray and Sgt. AF Marshall in destroying eight enemy aircraft on a landing ground, on the 6th he shot down a CR42 in the Tobruk area, on 1st February he destroyed a Caproni Ghibli on Apollonia airfield and on the 5th, again with Murray and Marshall, he strafed Benina airfield destroying some eight enemy aircraft on the ground between them. On the 19th Storrar damaged a Me110. On 4th April 1941 got a Ju87 near Derna. He later saw a Lockheed Lodestar which had made a forced-landing in the desert. He landed and found it to be General Wavell's personal aircraft. The pilot managed to take off again but Storrar could not restart his own engine and had to return to Tobruk on foot. In Takoradi for a rest, Storrar and four other pilots were ordered to fly a Blenheim and two Hurricanes to Freetown on 21st June 1941. Forced by bad weather to make a forced-landing in the jungle, the pilots had no way of taking off again and they walked 72 miles in two days and three nights, arriving at the Firestone Rubber Plantation, 35 miles from Monrovia in Liberia. Returned to the UK in November 1941 and was posted to 55 OTU Annan as OC Gunnery Training Squadron. In January 1943 he took command of 65 Sqd at Drem. On 29th June he probably destroyed a Fw190, on 18th August shot down a Me109, on the 31st damaged a Fw190, his final victory. Bar to DFC 29th October 1943 and posted away to 53 OTU on 15th November 1943 as an air-firing instructor. From April to October 1944 Storrar was in 1697 ADLS Flight, engaged on communications duties to and from the Continent. He commanded 64 Sqd in October/November, 165 Sqd from November 1944 to January 1945 and 234 Sqd from January to March 1945. Wing Commander Flying successively at Hunsdon, Digby and Molesworth, from March to August 1945. Flew top cover for Operation Nestegg, the liberation of Jersey on 9th May 1945. He then went to a staff job at HQ 12 Group until January 1946, when he went to 239 Wing, Desert Air Force in Italy, leading it until April 1947 when he was released from the RAF as a Wing Commander. June 1949 joined 603 Sqd AAF and served with it until March 1952. He then went to 610 Sqd which he commanded from 1954 until its disbandment on 10th March 1957.

Destroyed 2 prior to the Battle. His take off cry was 'Fuel and noise- Let's go!'. During July he shot down 8 more. 8 August 1940 shot down a Ju 87 and, on the 12 August a Bf 110. DFC 20 August 1940. He ended the war as a Wing Commander with 6 confirmed and 3 shared.

3018 SykesDuncan BroadfordSgt748148British145 Sqd

HurricaneWIASurvived war12th December 1998 in Turriff, Aberdeenshire.Born on 10th June 1914 in West Derby, Lancashire. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 8 FTS Montrose. 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 22nd July 1940. Converting to Hurricanes and posted to 145 Sqd at Drem on 17st August. Thought to have made a forced-landing at Holmer Green, near Amersham on 27th October after a combat with Me109's. Hurricane N2494 was a write-off. On 7th November 1940 Sykes was shot down by a Me109 of JG2. He crash-landed near Ventnor, Isle of Wight, slightly injured, in Hurricane P2924.Promoted to Warrant Officer on 1st January 1942. Released from the RAF in 1946.

Force landed Hurricane I (N2494) near St Leonards, Sussex 27 October 1940 at 12:20hrs. Ran out of fuel during combat. Unhurt. On the afternoon of 7 November he was injured when crash landed Hurricane I (P2924) near Ventnor, Isle of Wight after being shot down by a Bf 109.

3019 TalmanJames MacGillPlt Off (later Flt Lt)77101RAFVRBritish213 Sqd

145 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneMIA1944-07-10In combat 28 September 1940 at15:10hrs. Hurricane I was shot down by a Bf 110 over Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. Rescued unhurt. Runnymede Panel 203 Age 26
3020 ThorpePeterSgt121052RAFVRBritish145 Sqd

SpitfireWIAJoined the RAFVR June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he went to 3 ITW Hastings on the 4th, moved to 6 EFTS Sywell on 30th November and then to 8 FTS Montrose on 4th April 1940. Arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on the 22nd July, the day after his training finished. Converting to Hurricanes, posted to 145 Sqd at Drem on 19th August. Went south to Tangmere on 9th October 1940. Shot down by Me109's on the 12th over Hastings and baled out, injured. He landed at Coghurst and was taken to Buchanan Hospital, Hastings. Hurricane P3896 crashed in Blackbrooke Wood, Guestling. Thorpe reported that the Germans machine-gunned him as he floated down. Lost his operational flying category but regained a limited non-operational one, A2B. On 1st April 1941 Thorpe was posted to 8 MU Little Rissington for flying duties and was later at 23 MU Aldgergrove, 46 MU Lossiemouth and 6 MU Brize Norton. In February 1944 he went to AV Roe at Woodford, where he carried out training as a production test pilot for Lancasters. Thorpe was on test duties at Woodford and Baginton from 4th June to 27th August 1944. Released from the RAF on 4th November 1945.

Injured baled out of Hurricane I (P3896) over Coghurst on 12 October 1940 at 10:20hrs after combat with a Bf 109 near Hastings.
3021 TurnerPercival Stanley 'Stan'Fg OffRAFCanadian242 Sqd
DSO

DFC & Bar
Hurricane14DiedDied in Ottawa on 23 July 1985.Born in Ivybridge, Devon in 1913. Emigrated to Canada. Returned to England and joined the RAF on a short service commission. Autumn of 1939 posted 219 Sqd on Blenheims, but quickly converted to Hurricanes and joined 242 Sqd. Sent to France on 14 May 1940 attached to 607 Sqd. Moved to 615 Sqd on the 16th May. When the squadron returned to England on the 19th May, he rejoined 242. On 25 May he got two Bf 109s and probably another, on the 28th he got a Bf 109, on the 29th he probably got a Bf 109 and damaged another and on the 31st and 1 June he got two more and probably a third. 8 June, 242 Sqd went to France. Turner destroyed two Bf 109s on the 9th June. Rturned to the UK on the 16th. On 7 September, when 242 was part of the Duxford Wing under Douglas Bader, Turner damaged a Bf 109. On the 15th he was made ‘B’ Flight Commander, as an Acting Flight Lieutenant, and on that day he got two Do 17s and probably a Bf 109. DFC on 8 October. Added to his score in 1941. Bar to the DFC. Commanded No 145 Squadron before going on to staff duties. He then took command of the Canadian 411 Sqd. Commanded 249 Sqd in Malta. He was on HMS Coventry, acting as an observer, when it was attacked and set on fire by German bombers in the Mediterranean on 14 September 1942. The ship was scuttled. Further commands of squadrons and wings followed. DSO in May 1944. Returned to Canada in 1946 and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force until 1965. He holds the record of the most combat hours flown of any Canadian pilot

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3022 UrbanowiczWitold AleksanderFg Off (later W/C)76735PAFPolish145 Sqd

303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

DFC

Krzyz Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Air Medal (USA)

Chinese Flying Cross
Hurricane16Died1996-08-17Pre-war member of the Polish Air Force. Joined 145 Sqd 4 August 1940 and shot down a Bf 110 on the 8 August. Destroyed a Ju 88 on the 12 August. Posted to 303 Sqd (Polish) on 21 August. On 15 September 1940 flying Hurricane V6684 he shot down 2 Do 17s from KG 2. Finished the Battle with 14 kills. VM (5th Class) on 23 December 1940 and KW and three Bars on 1 February 1941. DFC 30 October 1941. Later was attached to the USAAF in China and downed two Japanese aircraft there, receiving the Air Medal (US) on the 25 September 1944 and the Chinese Flying Cross. 1943 pilot of US 75th Squadron Flying Tigers in China. In 1995 promoted to the rank of General by President Walesa. Died in Doyestown USA Age 88
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3023 WadhamJohn VictorSgt741598RAFVRBritish145 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-12Educated at Ryde School and Newport Grammar School on the Isle of Wight. Joined the RAFVR in November 1938, as an Airman u/t Pilot. Completed his training and went to 7 OTU, Hawarden, where he converted to Hurricanes. Joined 145 Sqd on 30 July 1940. Attached to 601 Sqd for a brief spell during which time he made several training flights. Rejoined 145 at Westhampnett. Shot down and killed by Bf 109s over Hastings at about 10.40 in the morning of October 12 in Hurricane, V7426, crashed at Courseham Farm, Chittenden, near Cranbrook, Kent.

Joined 601 Sqd 3 August 1940. Then to 145 Sqd. KIA by a bullet to the head on the 12 October 1940, at 10.30hrs by a Bf 109 in Hurricane I (V7426), Pilot of Hurricane V7426 which was shot down by BF 109s over Hastings and crashed near Cranbrook. Carisbrooke Cemetery Age 21.


3024 WakehamErnest Cecil JohnPlt Off41883RAFBritish145 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane7MIA1940-08-08Destroyed two aircraft over Dunkirk. DFC 21 June 1940. 5 more victories before 8 August 1940 Posted MIA when he failed to return from a combat in Hurricane I (P3163) with Bf 110s and Ju 87s South of the Isle of Wight. Runnymede Panel 10
3025 WeberJackSgt115547 754595RAFVRSouth African1 Sqd

HurricaneWIA Died1988-05-05Son of Joseph Weber of 521 Finchley Rd., NW3. Born in Hove on October 12, 1917. from a family of shoe manufacturer, Weber & Phillips Footwear based in Tottenham. Joined RAFVR in July 1939. Sgt. Pilot/Flt. Lt. with 1 Sqd and 145 Sqd. Fighting from Tangmere throughout the Battle, he was shot down in his Hurricane by a Bf 109 in the afternoon 6 November 1940 - but survived - over the Isle of Wight. Commissioned in 1942 he was Mentioned in Despatches whilst fighting in the Middle East. Whilst protecting Kittyhawk bombers on July 15th he was shot down and again wounded. He died in Brockenhurst, Hampshire on 5 May 1988 aged 70.
3026 WeberFrantisekPlt OffRAFVRCzech145 Sqd

HurricaneServed in France before joining 145 Sqd. On 27 October 1940 baled out Hurricane I (V6888) off the Isle of White safely after combat with a Bf 109 at 17:15hrs . Rescued from the Channel.
3027 WeirArchibald Nigel CharlesPlt Off73593RAFVRBritish145 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane7MIA1940-11-07Joined 145 Sqd 12 May 1940. He was over Dunkirk and shot down two enemy fighters. 2 more kills during the Battle before 8 August, when he shot down 2 Bf 109s and a Ju 87. DFC 30 August 1940. MIA 7 November 1940 after combat with a Bf 109 off the Isle of Wight in Hurricane I (P2770). His brother Maj. Adrian John Anthony Weir MC was KIA . Runnymede Panel 6 Age 21

3028 WellumGeoffrey Harris Augustus 'Boy'Plt Off42925British92 Sqd

65 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire2.25Survived war18 July 2018Born 4 August 192. Educated at Forest School, Snaresbrook before serving in the RAF. Aged eighteen, Wellum signed up on a short-service commission with the RAF in August 1939. Wellum's first solo flight was on 1 September 1939. Two days later Britain declared war on Germany. After successfully completing the course he then went on to fly the North American Harvard at RAF Little Rissington with 6FTS. In May 1940, before his flight training was complete, posted to 92 Sqd on Spitfires. It was at 92 Squadron that he first encountered a Spitfire, and flew the aircraft for the first time. Later, in First Light, he wrote of the experience: 'I experienced an exhilaration that I cannot recall ever having felt before. It was like one of those wonderful dreams, a Peter Pan sort of dream'. His first commanding officer was Roger Bushell. He was shot down and captured almost immediately after Wellum's arrival, and was later murdered by the Gestapo in the aftermath of the 'Great Escape'. Wellum recalled: 'After I joined the squadron they went to Dunkirk and by the end of that day we'd lost five people, four of whom I'd met the night before in the officers’ mess. I thought, ‘Hold on a minute, this is bloody dangerous!’ He saw extensive action during the Battle of Britain. At just 18, he was the youngest pilot to fight in the battle, and was nicknamed 'Boy' by his colleagues. On 9 September 1940 92 Squadron was posted to RAF Biggin Hill in Kent, in the centre of the fighting. Of the numerous Bf 109 fighters which escorted the German bombers, Wellum wrote 'God, is there no end to them? The sun glints on their wings and bellies as they roll like trout in a stream streaking over smooth round pebbles. Trout streams, water meadows, waders, fast-flowing water, the pretty barmaid at the inn. Dear Jesus why this?

Wellum claimed a Heinkel He 111 shot down on 11 September, and a quarter share in a Junkers Ju 88 downed on 27 September 1940. Two (and one shared) Messerschmitt Bf 109s were claimed 'damaged' during November 1940. In the summer of 1941 Wellum participated in more than 50 sweeps over occupied France (also known as Circus offensives) flying escort for Blenheim and Stirling bomber formations, taking the war to the enemy. He claimed a Bf 109 shot down on 9 July 1941 over France, DFC August 1941. By this time most of Wellum's original colleagues at 92 Sqd had been killed or captured; he survived owing to a combination of luck and skill. Later, he recalled: 'You make yourself a difficult target. Never stay still, never fly straight and level, chuck it around. Quite often you'd find yourself surrounded by aeroplanes and then the sky would be empty. ‘Where's everybody gone?’ It was then that you were in danger. It was the German you didn't see who shot you down.' In the summer of 1941 Wellum was taken off active duty, and assigned to a training squadron: No 52 Operational Training Unit at Aston Down, flying Hawker Hurricanes. Disappointed to be leaving frontline service, Wellum initially found the experience to be almost unbearable. Eventually, Wellum relaxed: "I found a new peace and...gradually I seemed to unwind. I even began to enjoy [teaching] pupils".

In February 1942 he was re-assigned to combat duties in 65 Sqd based at Debden, where he was appointed a Flight Commander in March 1942. By now, the Luftwaffe was flying a new fighter aircraft, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, superior in all but turn radius to the Spitfire V, and the squadron took heavy losses. 'Quite simply, the FW190 outclasses our Spitfire 5Bs. It is 40mph faster, has very good armament and a very high rate of roll'. In air combat over France, Wellum's number two, Freddie Haskett, was killed by a Fw 190, and Wellum himself survived only by 'throwing the Spit all over the sky without really looking round'. At this time he began to develop severe headaches, 'a splitting headache pain across my eyes'. In July 1942 he participated in Operation Pedestal, a convoy mission to carry supplies for the relief of the besieged garrison at Malta. Wellum led a flight of eight Spitfires to be carried on aircraft carrier HMS Furious, sailing from the Clyde to the Mediterranean, and then land them on the island. On 11 August 1942, Wellum led his flight of eight Spitfires, flying without ammunition to save weight (the bullets were replaced with cigarettes), and landed at Luqa airfield on Malta, joining 145 Sqd on air defence duties. On Malta, Wellum was diagnosed with severe sinusitis and battle fatigue, after three years' of intensive frontline flying. After surgery, he returned from Malta to Britain via Gibraltar, and later became a test pilot for new aircraft, such as the new Hawker Typhoon fighter-bomber, based at Gloster Aircraft. After his return to England, Wellum did not return to combat duties, instead finishing the war as a gunnery instructor. Life for Wellum at the end of his career as a fighter pilot would never be quite the same. I am certain that my time came with my three years as an operational fighter pilot in our nation's finest hour. My only regret is that it had to happen so early in life'.


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L-R: Brian Kingcome, Geoffrey Wellum. Biggin Hill 1941
3029 YuleRobert DuncanPlt OffNew Zealander145 Sqd

DSO

DFC
Hurricane5.5KIFA1953-09-11Joined 145 Sqd, a newly reformed fighter unit on Blenheims in September 1939. In March 1940 the unit received its first Hurricanes and during May its pilots ferried Hurricanes to France and assisted the Squadrons there. Yule took part in 145 Sqd first action 18 May. On patrol over Brussels twelve He IIIs were intercepted in broken cloud. When the German bombers emerged from cover the Hurricanes attacked, Yule shooting one down. Four days later he destroyed a Ju 87. The squadron flew daily patrols during the evacuation from Dunkirk and Yule claimed a Bf 110 destroyed on the 1 June 1940. One month later he shared in the destruction of a Do 17 near Brighton. During the Battle he destroyed a Ju 88 and damaged three more, probably destroyed a Bf 110 and shared in the destruction of two Do 17s. On October 25 1940 he was shot down by Bf 109s in a combat over Kent with leg wounds after making a forced landing which wrote off Hurricane I (P3926). While rehearsing for the Battle of Britain fly past over London on the 11 September 1953, Yule collided with another jet aircraft. Faced with a densely-populated area, Yule steered his aircraft towards Woolwich Arsenal and crash-landed between rows of buildings. Some workers were injured and Yule was killed. His selfless action undoubtedly saved many lives.

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