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



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

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

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

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501 ConnorFrancis Hebblethwaite PowellFg Off39857British234 Sqd

SpitfireDiedBaled safely out of Spitfire I (X4016) near Southampton on 1940-08-16. after combat with a Bf 109 off Portsmouth.
502 ConnorsStanley Dudley PierceFlt Lt40349British111 Sqd

DFC & Bar
Hurricane11KIA1940-08-18 Age 28Pre-war officer who by 1940 was a Flight Leader. Flew in France, shot down 3 He 111s, a Bf 109 and 2 Ju 88s . DFC 1940-05-26. Later awarded the Bar to his DFC. Killed 1940-08-18 when Hurricane I (R4187) hit by A.A. fire during an attack on a Do17 of KG 76 near Wallington, at 13:20hrs. North Berwick Cemetery Scotland

503 ConsideneBrian BertramPlt OffIrish238 Sqd

Hurricane
504 Constable-MaxwellMichael HughFg Off36219British56 Sqd

DSO

DFC
Hurricane8Destroyed one aircraft before and one during the Battle of Britain. Shot down three times, once on 1940-08-28. Crash landed his Hurricane I (R4117) near Hearne Bay at 13:10 after combat with a Bf 109. Later in war, he teamed with Sgt J.Quinton on night-fighters and they recorded six night victories. DSO 1944-09-22 and DFC 1945-05-18.
505 ConstantineAlexander NoelPlt OffAustralian141 Sqd

Defiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
KIFA
506 CookArthur WillsonSgt131140British604 Sqd

DFM

Blenheim
507 CookHarrySgt126096British66 Sqd

266 Sqd

SpitfireCrash landed Spitfire I (X4543) at RAF Hornchurch after battle damage 1940-10-13 at 16:10hrs. He was not injured. Commissioned June 1942, demobilised 1946. Born Grimsby, 31 August 1920.
508 CookRobert VincentSgt755328British219 Sqd

Blenheim
509 CookeCharles AlfredPlt Off43634British66 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireDiedBaled out of Spitfire I (R6689) 1940-09-04 at13:40hrs. Slightly wounded attack by a Bf 109 over Ashford, Kent.
510 CookeHerbert ReginaldSgt161352British23 Sqd

DFC
Blenheim
511 CoombesEricSgt808380British219 Sqd

Blenheim
512 CoombsRobert JohnsonSgt60324British600 Sqd

DFC
BlenheimDied
513 CooneyCecil JohnFSgt564567RAFBritish56 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-07-29Killed 1940-07-29 at 07:45hrs. Hurricane I (P3879) was shot down by a Bf 109 over the Channel, near Dover. Runnymede Age 26
514 CoopeWilliam EdwinSqd Ldr5201RAFBritish17 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1941-06-06Runnymede
515 CooperCharles FredrickAC21003497RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

Blenheim IVF L4095 BQ-MKIA1940-10-03Born on 28th January 1920, worked in a Grocers prior to service. Enlisted in June 1940. Son of Enoch and Amelia Cooper, of Heath Town, Wolverhampton. Grave inscription: 'Happy And Smiling Always Content Loved And Respected Wherever He Went'. Heath Town Churchyard (Holy Trinity). Old ground. Row 38. Grave 63

Courtesy Oleg Marin


516 CooperDouglas CliffordSgt155877RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

272 Sqd

240 Sqd

205 Sqd

230 Sqd

206 Sqd

99 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war7th August 2006Born in Hockley, Essex England 28 July 1917. Educated at Hockley Council School. April 1939 joined the Aircraft Crew Section of the RAFVR at Southend as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. Called up 1 September 1939. Joined 235 Sqd at Manston in October. February 1940 to No. 2 Electrical and Wireless School. Rejoined 235 at Bircham Newton 13 August 1940. To 272 Sqd on 26 November 1940. When the squadron was re-equipped with Beaufighters the air gunners were posted away and Cooper joined 240 Sqd at Stranraer on 22 March 1941, a Catalina unit. On 1 September 1942 to 205 Sqd on Catalinas. Commissioned June 1943, Cooper returned to ops 9 May 1944. Posted to 230 Sqd on Sunderlands as Signals Leader. He left the squadron on 10th December 1945 but stayed in the RAF, going on 6th May 1946 to 4 (Coastal) OTU, again as Signals Leader. Later served with 206 and 99 Sqds and when he retired from the RAF in 1954 he was a Flight Lieutenant, Signals leader with 192 Sqd at Watton. Settled in Western Australia.

517 CooperJames EnertonSgt745777RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-09-09Luton General Cemetery England

518 CooperRoy NormanSgt188171RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

65 Sqd

91 Sqd

SpitfireSurvived war1945-10-28 typhoid from contaminated waterBorn 2 December 1915 Portsmouth, England. Joined RAFVR 25 August 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September. Posted to 3 ITW Hastings then flying training at 16 EFTS Derby on 11 April 1940. 6 SFTS Little Rissington on 16 June 1940. 21 September 1940 to 7 OTU Hawarden for Spitfire conversion. To 610 Sqd at Acklington on 6 October 1940. To 65 Sqd at Turnhouse Scotland on 11 October. To Leuchars Scotland on 8 November 1940 and then Tangmere on 29 November. To 91 Squadron at Hawkinge on 4 February 1941. Many cross-Channel sweeps until 28 October 1941 when he went to Hendon. Followed by a course at CFS Upavon from 15 November 1941 to 14 January 1942. Served at 9 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit Hullavington from 15 January 1942 to 21 March 1942, RAF College Cranwell 22 March 1942 to 28 December 1943 before going to 2 PDC Morecambe to prepare for overseas posting. Boarded the MV Stirling Castle on 17 January 1944, arrived at 5 Aircrew Reception Centre, Heliopolis, Egypt on 31 January 1944. To 1330 Conversion Unit at Bilbeis, NE of Cairo where he instructed on Ansons, Oxfords and Hudsons. Commissioned from Warrant Officer to Pilot Officer on 8 July 1944. After leave in Athens, posted to Jesi, near Ancona in Italy, to serve with 4 Ferry Unit from 8 November 1944 to 26 April 1945. Volunteered to serve on the Anti-Locust Flight on the Kenya/Uganda border. The Flight, equipped with Ansons, operated from Nairobi, Kisumu and Nakuru. Unfortunately while there Cooper contracted typhoid from contaminated water. Jinja War Cemetery Uganda Age 29



519 CooperSidney FrederickSgt174121British253 Sqd

AFC

HurricaneCrashed Hurricane I (P2631) 1940-08-30 at 17:20hrs near Biddenden. Not injured
520 CooperThomas ArthurSgt196692British266 Sqd92 Sqd
92 Sqd92 Sqd
Spitfire
521 Cooper-KeyAston MauricePlt Off40802RAFBritish46 Sqd
HurricaneKIA Training Flight1940-07-24Battle of Britain. Born 19th August 1918. Sherborne School. Joined RAF on a short service commission in April 1938. Posted to 23 Squadron at Wittering on January 14th 1939. Then to 46 Sqd. 21 years old when he died during a wartime anti-aircraft training exercise in Derby on July 24, 1940. He was flying a Hurricane fighter plane when its engine failed. It is believed he tried to land in a park at Normanton, near to the Rolls-Royce factory, but when he spotted a group of young children playing there he changed course and tragically crashed into a nearby railway embankment and died. One of the young boys who saw the plane veer away was convinced that the young pilot's bravery saved their lives. He was the son of Major Astleigh Langrishe Cooper-Key and Kathleen Juliette Cooper-Key of Hythe, Kent. He had been posted to RAF Digby in Lincolnshire little more than a month before his death and he is buried near there at Scopwick Church Burial Ground, Row 2, Grave reference 32.

522 Cooper-SlipperThomas Paul MichaelFg Off41555British605 Sqd

DFC
HurricaneDiedScrambled to meet 3 waves of bombers and escort fighters 1940-09-15. Ran out of ammunition so he rammed a Do 17 of KG 3 he then lost control of his Hurricane I (L2012) and baled out safely over Marden, Kent at 14:30hrs.`
523 CooteLeonard Edward MorganSgt138415RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1943-10-03Suffered burns at some time during his service. Alamein Memorial
524 CopcuttRichardSgt581146RAFBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-10-201940-10-20 on a recce sortie off the Norwegian coast in Blenheim IVf (P6952) when he was shot down and killed. Also in the crew was G.H.Baird, D.L.Burton and S.V.Wood.Blenheim P6952 shotdown attacking enemy aircraft off the Norwegian Coast. Flt Lt captured, Sgt D L Burton captured wounded, Copcutt Missing, W/O S.V Wood captured wounded Runnymede Panel 13
525 CopelandNorman DowneySgt54595British23 Sqd

235 Sqd

272 Sqd

404 Sqd (RCAF)

HurricaneSurvived warBelfast 30th December 2014.Born 1 February 1917. Joined the RAF on 16th March 1938 as an Aircrafthand. Posted to No. 1 Electrical and Wireless School at Cranwell for a wireless operators course. Joined 23 Sqd at Wittering. Remustered as Airman u/t WOp/AG. Sent to RAF Manby for an air gunnery course. On 23 May 1940 Copeland posted to 235 Sqd Bircham Newton. He went with his flight to Aldergrove on 19th November where it combined with a flight from 236 Sqd to reform 272 Sqd. Joined 404 Sqd (RCAF) Thorney Island on 25 May 1941. Posted to Canada on 7th April 1942 to be an instructor at 31 OTU Wibert, Nova Scotia. Returned to UK November 1943. To 12 ACS Bishopscourt, Northern Ireland. Commissioned December 1943. To 13 AGS Ballah, Egypt in late May 1944 then to Quastina in Palestine. Posted to Pamanzi in the Comoro Islands group in the Indian Ocean at war's end. Repatriated December 1945 and released in January 1946.
526 CopelandPercySgt108956RAFVRBritish616 Sqd

66 Sqd

73 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireWIAKIA1942-06-26Wounded 1940-08-26 at 13:15hrs. Spitfire I (K9827) shot down by a Bf 109 near Wye. Baled out with burns. Alamein Memorial Age 25
527 CopemanJack Harry HamiltonPlt Off41257British111 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-11Shot down in Hurricane I (P3105) and killed in combat 1940-08-11. Shot down in Hurricane P3105 in combat off Margate. He is buried at Middelkerke near Ostend Belgium. Aged 27.


111 Sqd Pilots 1940. L-R: Sgt Ralph Carnall: P/O Ronald Brown: P/O Jack Copeman:F/O David Bruce:P/O Peter Simpson


528 CorbettGeorge HenryPlt Off81366RAFVRCanadian66 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-10-08 Age 21Wounded 1940-09-09 at 18:00hrs. Baled out of Spitfire I (N3049) over East Grinstead after being shot down by a Bf 109. Killed 1940-10-08 at 09:30hrs. Spitfire I (R6779) was shot down by a Bf 109 near Chatham, crashed at Bayfors Marshes. Upchurch St Mary Churchyard England

Born November 4, 1919 Saskatchewan Canada. On a family holiday to England he applied to the de Havilland Aircraft Company’s Aeronautical Technical School at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Joined RAFVR in November 1937. Training at No. 9 Advanced Flying Training School, posted to No. 7 OTU at Hawarden, Cheshire, on July 7, 1940 on Spitfires. July 26 reported to 66 Sqd at Coltishall, Norfolk. First true combat experience on September 9, 1940, and it was not a pleasant experience. Dodging often heavy rain showers, Pilot Officer Corbett was part of a group attacking German bombers, escorted by enemy fighters, intent on attacking London. After already damaging a Messerschmitt 109, he was positioning his aircraft for a rear attack on a bomber when he was bounced by three German fighters. With the cockpit filling with smoke and the controls jammed, he found himself in a severely damaged, uncontrolled aircraft plummeting toward the ground in a tight spiral dive. At 12,000 feet (3,658 metres), he bailed out, suffering a slight injury in the process. September 27 intercepted German bombers attacking London. In the midst of heavy British defensive fire from anti-aircraft guns below, he got a quick burst into one bomber before breaking off the attack and leaving the damaged enemy aircraft to other RAF fighters. He then selected a lone Junkers 88 as his next target, closed to within yards of the German aircraft, and opened fired. The enemy aircraft fell away, its port engine burning fiercely, but the smoke was so thick that Corbett had to break off the attack. His Spitfire was damaged by friendly fire when an artillery shell burst nearby, destroying one elevator and riddling the fuselage and starboard wing with shrapnel. He skillfully executed a forced landing in the London district of Orpington, emerging from his damaged but repairable Spitfire with a new-found respect for anti-aircraft gunners and a Junkers 88 claimed as destroyed. On October 8, 1940, Pilot Officer Corbett, wearing a new watch sent by his parents as a 21st birthday gift, was climbing with his squadron to intercept yet another formation of German raiders when they were surprised by a large number of Messerschmitt 109s. In a slashing attack, Corbett and one other 66 Squadron pilot were shot down near Bayford Marches, Upchurch; neither pilot survived. The Reverend William Joseph Wright was at his church, St. Margaret of Antioch, and witnessed the dogfight. When Corbett’s aircraft crashed, the clergyman ran to the site, hoping to provide assistance. But “…it was clear, due to the bullet damage around the cockpit, that the pilot had been killed instantly before the crash. I offered prayers and a blessing, and stayed until the body was recovered. The pilot’s own parachute was used as a shroud.” Back in Canada, in a cruel twist of fate, his mother, Mabel, received a letter from her son days after being officially informed that he had been killed. Corbett wrote, “Having got out OK, my confidence has tremendously increased and I want you to be confident also. We’re seeing plenty of action here every day and I’ll be back in the fight tomorrow. The Jerries are a long way from getting supremacy in the air, and until they get it, there’ll be no invasion.”

Our heroes of the Battle of Britain clearly understood what they were fighting and sacrificing for.

Paradie Canadian Archive Database



529 CorbettVaughan BowermanFlt Lt (later Grp Cpt)C/299RCAFCanadian401 Sqd RCAF

DFC
HurricaneKIA1945-02-13Damaged Hurricane I (L1851) at Hornchurch during a scramble 1940-08-18 when he ran into a fuel bowser at 14:40hrs. Shot down by Bf 109s at 09:20hrs 1940-08-31, baled out of Hurricane I (P3869) over Gravesend but suffered burns. Later commanded 402 Sqd (the second RCAF Squadron). DFC 1942-02-13. KIFA killed in 1945-02-20, aged 33. Toronto St James Cemetery Canada. Age 33
530 CorbinWilliam JamesSgt126536British610 Sqd

66 Sqd

DFC
SpitfireDied
531 CorcoranHenrySgt519958RAFBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-07-20Sgt H.Corcoran and his pilot (E.E.Lockton) were flying escort in Blenheim I (L1300). Shot down and killed off Cherbourg by a Bf 109 of JG 27 at 18:20hrs. Runnymede Age 27
532 CordellHorace ArthurSgt100598British64 Sqd

616 Sqd

Spitfire
533 CorfeDouglas FredrickSgt (later W/O)810075RAF AAFBritish73 Sqd

66 Sqd

610 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-04-25Rejoined 610 Sqd 1940-07-25 after service with 73 Sqd. Shot down a Bf 109 on the 1940-08-14. 1940-08-22 Spitfire (R6695 'P') written off when crashed at Hawkinge after combat with a Bf 109 at 14:15hrs. Transferred to 66 Sqd where he was shot down again and injured 1940-09-18 while on patrol: Spitfire (R6603) written off following combat over Canterbury at 10:30hrs, crashing at Petham, Kent. KIA 1942-04-25, Malta Capuccini Naval Cemetery aged 24.
534 CorkRichard John 'Dickie'Sub Lt (FAA) (later Lt Cmdr)FAABritish242 Sqd

DSO

DSC
HurricaneKIFA1944-04-14 Age 27Born in London. Slough Grammar School before joining the Air Branch of the Royal Navy in 1939. Wings in March 1940. In June he became one of the FAA pilots attached to Fighter Command and he arrived at 242 Squadron at Coltishall on 1 July. Proved highly effective flying Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain. He was awarded the DFC, but the Admiralty was not happy with a Naval officer sporting this decoration and it was quickly exchanged for the DSC. On 7 September 1940, the day of the first major German attack on London, Sub Lieutenant Cork was injured in combat. Paul Brickhill’s book Reach for the Sky says that Cork was hit in the face and eyes by glass splinters and, on landing, he insisted that he was OK, but was sent off in an ambulance by the CO, Squadron Leader Bader. Later in the war, back in the FAA and flying from carriers, Cork took part in operations against French aircraft in Madagascar and defended the Pedestal convoy, resupplying Malta. He was awarded the DSO and became a wing leader on HMS Illustrious. On 14 April 1944 he was killed in a landing accident at China Bay, Ceylon.

Official Ace. Joined 242 Sqd 1940-07-01 from the RNVR. He wore naval uniform but was subject to RAF discipline as a full member of a Squadron. DSO 1940-10-18. Trincomalee War Cemetery


535 CorkettAllan HenryPlt Off41903British253 Sqd

Hurricane
536 CornerMalcolm CharlesPlt OffCanadian254 SqdDefiant

Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
WIA
537 CorryNoel HenryPlt Off80544RAFVRBritish25 Sqd

12 Sqd

DFC

BlenheimSurvived war27th March 2006Sometimes spelt 'Cory'. Born in December 1918. Joined RAFVR 22 February 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Trained at 24 E&RFTS Sydenham, Belfast. Posted to 4 ITW at Bexhill-on-Sea on outbreakof war. To 11 FTS Shawbury on No. 17 Course, which started on 20th November 1939. Commissioned and posted to 5 OTU Aston Down on 8th June 1940 to convert to Blenheims. Joined 25 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 26 June 1940 till 29th January 1941. Posted to Special Duties Flight, 72 Group at Northolt and later at Denham and Eastchurch.19 February 1942 he joined 8 (P) AFU, training in precision night landings, then on to 2 FIS Montrose on 14th April 1942 for a flying instructors course, after which he was posted to 14(P) AFU Banff as a Flight Commander Flying Instructor, operating Oxfords. 14 March 1944 went to 30 OTU Hixon, flying Wellingtons, to prepare for operational flying in heavy bombers. He moved to 1656 HCU Lindholme. Joined a crew who had lost their skipper. After two weeks at the No. 1 Lancaster Finishing School at Hemswell, the crew then joined 12 Sqd at Wickenby, he as a Squadron Leader and 'A Flight Commander. He was required to do only 20 operations but his crew, on their first tour, had to complete 30. Keen to stay with them, he continued after his quota was up and he was posted away when it was discovered that he had done 24. DFC 8th December 1944. To HQ Bomber Command Air Staff, attached to HQ No. 1 Group, Bawtry, as Air Crew Safety and Rescue Officer. His final posting was to No. 1 Parachute School. Released on 27th November 1945 as a Squadron Leader.




Signed by Peter Rich, Noel Corry, Kenneth Lusty


538 CoryGuy WebsterFg Off40677British41 Sqd

AFC

SpitfireDied
539 CosbyEric ThomasSgt157403British3 Sqd 615 SqdHurricaneDied
540 CosbyIvor HenryPlt Off42293British610 Sqd
DFC
Spitfire
541 Cotes-PreedyDigby Vawdre CartmelPlt Off41987British236 Sqd

George Medal

BlenheimDied
542 CottamGeraldAC21050685British25 Sqd

Blenheim
543 CottamHubert WeatherbyPlt Off77790RAFBritish213 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-12-05Bulawayo Athlone Cemetery Age 22
544 CourtisJack BurallSgt391343RNZAFNew Zealander111 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-12-05
Archive Report

Montrose Sleepyhillock Cemetery Scotland Age 26

Courtesy Auckland Library Heritage Collection


545 CourtneyRonald Noel HamiltonFg Off70852British151 Sqd

DFC & Bar

AFC

Hurricane3WIA1940-05-29 Shot down and wounded over Dunkirk. Returned to 151 Sqd 940-07-18. In 1944 Courtney was C/O of a squadron in Burma. DFC 1944-09-08. 3 enemy destroyed. Bar to DFC 1946-01-29. AFC 1954-01-01. In 1954 he lead the Battle of Britain Fly-past.
546 CoussensHerbert WilliamSgt120161British601 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived warMarch 1996 in Henley-on-ThamesBorn 18th May 1920 London. Educated at the Catford Central School for Boys in London. Joined RAFVR in March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1st September 1939. 9 FTS Hullavington on No. 19 Course till 17th August 1940. 6 OTU Sutton Bridge 18 August, converted to Hurricanes. Joined 601 Sqd at Exeter on 11 September. To 73 Sqd in November 1940. Embark for the Middle East. Commissioned March 1942. On 26 June 1942 a large force of Ju87s and Me109s attacked the airfield at Mersa Matruh. 73 Sqd had been scrambled to intercept them and in the ensuing dogfight Coussens was shot down in Hurricane II BE280. Bailing out, he landed in a minefield. Served with 607 Sqd in Italy then in Burma in June 1944. Released from the RAF in 1946. Rejoined RAFVR in 1947 and went back into the RAF in 1949. Retired 18 May 1963 as a Flight Lieutenant.

547 CouzensGeorge WalterPlt Off44823British54 Sqd

AFC

SpitfireDiedJoined 54 Sqd June 1940. AFC 1945-06-14.
548 CoverleyWilliam HughFg Off70142RAFBritish602 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-071940-08-25 baled out Spitfire I (P9381) after combat with Bf 109s over Dorchester at 17:50hrs. Escaped injury. Shot down 1940-09-07. Baled out over Biggin Hill but died of his wounds. Scarborough Dean Road Cemetery England Age 23

549 CovingtonAubrey RichardPlt Off42591British238 Sqd

HurricaneBaled safely out Hurricane I (R4099) near Poole, Dorset 1940-10-01 at 11:10hrs after combat with a Bf 109. Injured and baled out Hurricane I (V6777) after combat with a Bf 109 over Blandford 1940-10-07 at 16:20hrs. His aircraft crashed at Wynford Eagle, Dorset.
550 CowardJames BairdFlt Lt39412RAFBritish19 Sqd

AFC

SpitfireWIADiedDied in Australia 2012 aged 97.RAF in 1936, served with 19 and 266 Sqds. With 266 flew Spitfires over Dunkirk as ‘A’ Flight commander, probably destroying a Bf 109 on 2 June 1940. At the end of the month he rejoined 19 Sqd at Fowlmere. On 31 August, one of the heaviest days of fighting in the Battle of Britain, Coward was shot down during an attack on Do 17s east of Duxford. He baled out, badly wounded, and landed by the Royston-Newmarket Road. Coward was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, where his left leg was amputated below the knee. During his descent he had used his radio lead to improvise a tourniquet for the leg. After recovering, he was posted to the staff of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for roof spotting at Chequers and Chartwell. He then held various senior instructing posts, before going to the Air Ministry to take charge of fighter operational training. He remained in the RAF after the war and was awarded the AFC in 1954, having carried out test work on the Gloster Meteor while commanding an advanced flying training school. Retired from the service in 1969 and went to Australia.

With 266 Sqd at the start of the War. Flying with 19 Sqd when injured 1940-08-31 at 08:30hrs. Baled out Spitfire I (X4231) with a serious leg wound after combat with a Do 17 near Duxford. Leg was later amputated. Spitfire I crashed at Little Shelford, Essex. Retired from the RAF at the rank of Air Cdre. Born 1915




Pencil drawing by Steve Teasdale of Brian Lane has been signed by 3 Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots from 19 Squadron. The signatures are : Gordon Sinclair, James Coward and David Cox. This image has become synonymous with the tired state of our brave pilots as they battled in the skies over England in 1940.

551 CowenWilliamAC21050707British25 Sqd

BlenheimDied
552 CowleyJamesSgt49664British87 Sqd

HurricaneForce landed Hurricane I (P2872) near Bridgeport after combat with a Bf 110 off Portland 1940-08-15 at 18:05hrs. Slightly injured, Hurricane written off.
553 CowsillJames RoySgt741936RAFVRBritish56 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-07-13 Age 20On patrol in Hurricane (N2432) on 1940-07-13. Shot down and killed over Calais by a Bf 109 of JG 51 at 16:45hrs. Runnymede

554 CoxDavid George Samuel RichardsonSgt101041British19 Sqd

72 Sqd

130 Sqd

504 Sqd

222 Sqd (CO)

1 Sqd (CO)

DFC & Bar

Croix de Guerre (France)

Spitfire7.5WIASurvived war20th January 2004Wounded 1940-09-27 at 12:20hrs. Crash-landed Spitfire I (X4237) after a dogfight with a Bf 109 near Wye.

Born 18th April 1920 at Southsea, Hampshire England. Educated at Bournemouth Collegiate School. Joined RAFVR in April 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Training at 19 E&RFTS Gatwick. Posted to 10 FTS Tern Hill and was on No. 16 Course, which ran from 6th November 1939 to 11th May 1940. Joined 19 Sqd at Duxford on 23 May 1940. On 19th August shared a Me110, on the 31st he probably destroyed a Me110, on 9th September he shot down a Me109, on the 11th he got a probable Do17 and on the 15th he destroyed another Me109. Shot down on the 27 September over Canterbury in Spitfire X4237. Crashing at Wye Court Farm at Wye. He was admitted to hospital and was there for three months. Me109 destroyed on 27th June 1941 but his Spitfire was badly damaged and he made a crash-landing at Dungeness. Probably Me109 on 12 August. Commissioned in July 1941 and posted 12th September to instruct at 57 OTU Hawarden. He went to CFS Upavon for two weeks in October on an instructors course. In May 1942 Cox joined 72 Sqd at Biggin Hill. Damaged a Fw190 on 26th July west of Calais. Posted to North Africa in November 1942. 16 November to Maison Blanche airfield, Algeria. A probable Me109 on the 25th, one certain on 26th, probably got one on the 27th, destroyed a Ju88 on the 29th, a He111 on the ground on 2nd December and shot down a Me109 on the 4th. On 2nd January 1943 damaged a Me109. Flight Commander and DFC 16th February 1943. Damaged a Me109 on 26th March, shot one down and damaged another on 3rd April, probably destroyed a Fw190 on the 12th and damaged another on the 19th. Tour expired on 26th April 1943, posted back to the UK on 15th May. From 21st June to 3rd August 1943 he gave talks at factories, after which he became a Tactics Liaison Officer, instructing American pilots. Bar to the DFC 9th July 1943. Early January 1944 to 130 Squadron at Scorton but moved to 504 Squadron at Hornchurch on the 20th as a Flight Commander. On 12th March 1944 he went to 84 Group Support Unit, Aston Down, remaining there until 5th June when he was posted to command 222 Sqd at Selsey. Rejoined 84 GSU, then at Thruxton, on 17th July and stayed until 2nd October 1944 when he was posted to 1 Sqd at Detling. Croix de Guerre (France) in September. Commanded 1 Sqd on 1st January 1945. 5th April to HQ 221 Group Burma. He led 909 (Spitfire) Wing from 21st May to 26th September 1945, when he went to HQ RAF Siam. Released from the RAF on 11th March 1946.


Pencil drawing by Steve Teasdale of Brian Lane has been signed by 3 Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots from 19 Squadron. The signatures are : Gordon Sinclair, James Coward and David Cox. This image has become synonymous with the tired state of our brave pilots as they battled in the skies over England in 1940.


555 CoxGraham JamesPOBritish152 Sqd

Spitfire

556 CoxGPSgtBritish236 Sqd

Hurricane
557 CoxKenneth HenryPO81367RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-08-28Joined 610 Sqd 1940-07-27. Destroyed two Bf 109s one on the 12 August and another on the 18 August. Shot down by Bf 109's and killed in Spitfire I (P9511) 1940-08-28 at 17:00hrs over Dover, aged 24. Birmingham Municipal Crematorium England Age 24

558 CoxPhilip Anthony NevilleFO33184RAFBritish501 Sqd
HurricaneKIA1940-07-27On patrol Hurricane I (P3808), shot down and killed by a Bf 109 off Dover 1940-07-27 at 17:45hrs. Runnymede Age 25
559 CoxRalph Cyril RupertSgt747819RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-08-27Killed along with his crew ( Sgt E.A.Ringwood & P/O C.J.Arthur ) on the 27th of August 1940-08-27 around mid-day. On a recce off the Norwegian coast. Kviberg Cemetery Age 30
560 CoxWESgtBritish264 Sqd

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561 CoxonJHSgtBritish141 Sqd

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562 CrabtreeDBSgtBritish501 Sqd
Hurricane
563 CraigGeorge DudleyFlt Lt90285British607 Sqd

OBE

HurricaneDied
564 CraigJohn Teasdale 'Bobby'Sgt564573RAFBritish111 Sqd

HurricaneWIAKIA1941-06-02Official Ace . Fought in the campaign in France. Shot down in May 1940 but escaped injury. Injured 1940-08-31 at 09:20hrs. Baled out of Hurricane I (P2888) after combat with a Bf 110 over Felixstowe. Witton le Wear Cemetery England Age 27
565 CranwellEWSgtBritish610 Sqd

Spitfire
566 CrawfordHector HughPONZ/39904RNZAFNew Zealander235 Sqd

143 Sqd

272 Sqd

252 Sqd (Attached)

Blenheim1.5SurvivedKIA272 Sqn were flying Beaufighter IC from Idku. T4875 crashlanded near Barce, Libya. Wounded navigator could not rescue the pilot from the cockpit, owing to his wounds and exploding ammunition, . F/O (Pilot) Hector Hugh CRAWFORD - NZ39904 lies buried in the mil. cem. near Barce. Refer to 'For Your Tomorrow' (Errol Martyn), vol. 1, page 178. Killed in action 6 February 1942 in Egypt. Buried in the Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya.

Born 25 August 1916 Hawera, Taranaki New Zealand, son of Mr W. Crawford (father), 36 Rimu Street, New Plymouth. Obtained A Licence (Pilot), Civil Reserve March 1938. May 1939 he joined the Civil Reserve of Pilots. Called up for RNZAF at the outbreak of war. On 26 October to the Ground Training School at Weraroa, then to 2 EFTS New Plymouth in late November and on 18th December 1939 to 2 FTS Woodbourne. Gained wings and promoted to Sergeant. Commissioned May 1940. He sailed in the SS Mataroa for the UK on the 24 May and on arrival he was posted to No. 1 (Coastal) OTU at Silloth. Converted to Blenheims and was posted to 235 Sqd Bircham Newton on 18 August 1940. Flew 90 operational sorties and shared in destroying a Do18 on 18th November 1940 off the Danish Coast. To 143 Sqd at Thornaby on 14 July 1941. To 272 Squadron at Kemble on 19 August. 30 August in his Beaufighter from Portreath, bound for Gibraltar and then the Middle East, via Malta. At Edku in Egypt, immediately attached to 252 Sqd and flew back to Malta for operational sorties from Luqa against targets in Sicily and Sardinia. Rejoined 272 Sqd in Egypt on 8 October. Crash-landed in the desert 50 miles northwest of El Mechili. Another pilot, whom Crawford had picked up in similar circumstances, saw his plight and landed a mile away. After setting fire to their aircraft, Crawford and his navigator ran towards their would-be rescuer. They heard machine-gun fire and the Beaufighter was forced to take off without them. The two men were captured by a convoy of German armoured cars. On the third day Crawford escaped after a sentry left him alone for a few minutes. The Germans chased him for half an hour but he eluded them by hiding next to a dead camel. Having injured his ankle, Crawford was soon unable to walk but he was found by some Bedouin tribesmen, who fed and cared for him. He met some British troops on the 27th and rejoined 272 four days later. On 6th February 1942 Crawford was shot down by ground fire whilst making a low-level attack on enemy vehicles near Martuba in Beaufighter IC T4875 'H'. Attempted to land but crashed on uneven ground and the aircraft caught fire. Some time later his navigator, Sgt. Patterson, returned to the squadron. Although wounded, Patterson had managed to get clear after the crash. He could see Crawford lying amongst the wreckage but because of his own wound, the intense heat and danger from exploding ammunition, he could not reach him. Crawford was then unconscious or already dead and later he was reported by the Red Cross to have been buried in a military cemetery near Barce. Thus passed a resolute and gallant man! After the war his remains were re-interred in Benghazi Military Cemetery in Libya




567 CrestyKGSgtBritish219 Sqd

Blenheim
568 CreswellDGSgtBritish141 Sqd

Defiant

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569 CrewEdward DixonFg Off74700RAFBritish604 Sqd

85 Sqd

96 Sqd (CO)

CB

DSO & Bar

DFC & Bar
Blenheim15 + 31.5 x V1Survived war18th August 20024th highest scorer against V1 and the most effective Mosquito pilot. Official Ace, Retired with the rank of AVM. 1917-2002

Born 24 December 1917 at Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire England. Educated at Felsted School and Downing College, Cambridge, joined the University Air Squadron 1939. Full-time service on 8 November 1939. Posted to 3 ITW Hastings in November and moved on to RAF College FTS Cranwell in January 1940. Converted to Blenheims. Joined 604 Squadron at Gravesend on 8 July 1940. 11 August 1940 shared a He59 floatplane 30 miles from Cherbourg. 11 September shared a Do18 flying boat being towed by an E-boat. During the night of 4th/5th April 1941 with Sgt. NH Guthrie, as his radar operator, destroyed a He111, on the 8th damaged another, on the nights of the 24th/25th and the 28th/29th they shot down He111s. On 8th/9th May another He111 was damaged and on 7th/8th July a Ju88 and a He111 were destroyed. Crew awarded DFC 29th July 1941. After Guthrie was posted away during the night of 2nd/3rd April 1942 he destroyed a He111, on the 26th/27th damaged another and on 3rd/4th May and 4th/5th May he destroyed Do217s. Made 'A' Flight Commander in May 1942. Bar to DFC 16th June 1942. October 1942 Crew became OC of the Radio Development Flight, conducting radio and radar anti-jamming trials and training. In March 1943 he joined 85 Sqd at Hunsdon, as a Flight Commander, night of 23rd/24th April he damaged a Do217 and on 21st/22nd May he shot down a Fw190. Took command of 96 Sqd at Church Fenton in June 1943. On 4th/5th January 1944 he shot down a Me410 and damaged another, on 13th/14th February destroyed a Ju188 and on 18th/19th April another Me410. Between June and early August 1944 Crew shot down 21 V1s at night. On 25th June 1944 shooting down a V1 the explosion as he shot it down split open his own aircraft's nose. Crew held Mosquito XIII MM499 steady long enough for his radar navigator, WO WR Croysdill, to bail out over land. Then, as the Mosquito became uncontrollable, Crew himself jumped, landing safely near Worthing, in Sussex. DSO 26th September 1944 with 13 enemy aircraft destroyed. 96 Sqd was disbanded on 12th December 1944 and Crew went to RAF Staff College in January 1945 and was later granted a permanent commission. Between July 1948 and February 1950 Crew led 45 Squadron in operations against the terrorists in Malaya. He was awarded a Bar to the DSO 10th March 1950.




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570 CrispJohn LawrencePilot Officer37388RAFBritish43 Sqd

HurricaneWIAKIA1942-06-08 Age 25 whilst with 122 squadronBroke thigh 1940-08-16 baling out of Hurricane I (L1736) after a fire caused by a glycol leak. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 68

Son of Herbert Lawrence Crisp and Isabel Paulson Crisp of Portsmouth.

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571 CrockettRonald FrederickPlt Off79177British236 Sqd

HurricaneKIA
572 CroftsPeter GuerinFO33381RAFBritish615 Sqd

605 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-28Killed 1940-09-28 at 13:55hrs. Hurricane I (V6699) was shot down by Bf 109 over Sussex, baled out but his parachute failed to open. Tilford All Saints Churchyard Age 22
573 CrokerEric EugeneSgtNZ/391826RNZAFNew Zealander111 Sqd

HurricaneSurvivedKIA1 June 1941
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Next of kin Mrs E.M. Croker (mother), 18 Te Ra Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand


574 CrombieRobertSgt903506RAFVRBritish141 Sqd

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KIA1940-07-19

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Born on the 29th December 1910 in Paris, France. Son of William and Mary Crombie and husband of Phyllis Edina Helson Crombie, of Lightwater, Surrey. Killed at 12:45hrs 1940-07-19 with his pilot J.R.Kemp in Defiant (L6974). On convoy patrol, shot down off Dover by a Bf 109 from JG 51. Runnymede Age 29

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575 CrookDavid MoorePlt Off90478RAF AAFBritish609 Sqd

DFC
Spitfire6MIA1944-12-18Official Ace . Joined 609 Sqd ( West Riding) 1940-06-30 at Northolt Sector Station near London. Friends with Peter Pease. Author of 'Spitfire Pilot '. Born Huddersfield on 24th November 1914. August 1938 joined 609 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force at Yeadon. Full-time service 25th August 1939. 6 FTS Little Rissington on 7th October. Rejoined 609 Squadron May 1940. 9th July Crook got a Ju87 and damaged another. 13 July he damaged a Do17, 11 August got a Me110, on the 12th probably another, on the 13th got a Me109, on the 14th shared a He111, on 27th September shared a Me110 and on the 30th destroyed two Me109's and probably another. DFC 1st November 1940. 10th November 1940 Crook was posted to CFS Upavon for an instructor's course, after which he went to 15 EFTS Carlisle, remaining there until April 1944 when he moved to AFU (Advanced Flying Unit) at Wheaton Aston. July Crook was posted to AFU Tern Hill, in September to 41 OTU Hawarden and on 1st December to 8 (Coastal) OTU Dyce. 18th December 1944 took off in a Spitfire IX EN662 to fly a mid-morning high-level photographic sortie. At 10.52 am HQ 13 Group reported to Dyce that a Spitfire had been seen to dive into the sea near Aberdeen from 20,000 feet. A search of the area picked up some of Crook's flying clothing but he was never found. He may have had a fault in his oxygen system. Runnymede Panel 202 Age 30


576 CrookHKSgtBritish219 Sqd

Blenheim
577 CrookValton William JamesSgtNZ/40203RNZAFNew Zealander264 Sqd

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SurvivedAccident22 December 1950Born 11 May 1913 Orange, North West New South Wale - Drowned 22 December 1950 age 37 When attached to 37 Squadron in Egypt, he was shot down into the sea and was not picked up for 38 hours. During his service he flew a total of 750 hours, of which 520 were operational. Discharge date from the RNZAF 9 June 1944. Discharge from RAAF in February 1945, suggests for medical reasons
578 CroskellMichael ErnestSgt124118British213 Sqd

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579 CrosseyJTPOBritish249 Sqd

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580 CrossleyMichael Nicholson 'Red Knight'Flt Lt37554British32 Sqd (CO)

OBE
DSO
DFC & Bar
Hurricane21Survived war1987 South AfricaOfficial Ace. Educated Eton and the College of Aeronautical Engineering. Joined RAF in 1936. During the Battle for France shot down 7, including four Bf 109s. DFC 1940-06-21. During the Battle promoted to Squadron Leader, shot down another 14. Shot down twice himself. At around 13:30hrs 1940-08-18 he helped shoot down a He 111 flown by R.Ahrens from I Gruppe of Kg 1. Later that day he baled out of Hurricane I (N2461) safely over Gillingham after combat with a Bf 109 at 17:30hrs. Shot down again 1940-08-24 over Folkestone in Hurricane I (P3481) by a Bf 109 of JG 26 at 16:30hrs. DSO 1940-08-20. Sent to America in 1941 as a test pilot with the British Air Commission. Returned to England in 1943, flying career ended when he contracted TB.

Born in 1912 in Halford, Warwickshire and educated at Eton College and the College of Aeronautical Engineering in Chelsea. He joined the RAF in 1936 and, following his flight training, joined 32 Sqd flying Gloster Gauntlets. He was promoted to Flying Officer in 1938 and in October of that year transitioned to the Hawker Hurricane. At the outset of the war, Crossley was an acting Flight Lieutenant and a Flight Commander with 32 Sqd. During the Battle of France, Crossley showed his gifts as a fighter pilot, shooting down six enemy aircraft including four Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. He was awarded a DFC for his outstanding work in France and during the Battle of Britain, he was given command of 32 Sqd and continued to increase his score (which totalled 21 victories by April 1941). In August of 1940, he was awarded another DFC. The citation accompanying his award reads in part: 'This officer has led his section, flight and squadron with skill and courage and has flown almost continuously since the commencement of hostilities... He has displayed rare qualities as a leader; his example of courage and tenacity of purpose have proved an inspiration to other members of his squadron.' Unlike many pilots who were moved to various squadrons for short periods, Crossley remained with 32 Sqd from 1936 until April 1941. He was then sent to America as a test pilot to look at new types. He returned to England in 1943 as a Wing Commander and became the wing leader at RAF Detling. Sometime after that he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and his flying career ended. After the war, Crossley moved to South Africa to farm and died there.

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581 CrossmanRGSgtBritish25 Sqd

Blenheim
582 CrossmanJohn DallasPO43283RAFAustralian32 Sqd

46 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-30Killed 1940-09-30 at 13:30hrs. Shot down in Hurricane I (V6748) at Forest Row, Sussex. Chalfont St Giles Churchyard
583 CrowleyHRPOBritish219 Sqd

600 Sqd

Blenheim
584 Crowley-MillingDenis W 'Crow'Plt Off (later Air Marshal)RAFBritish242 Sqd

KCB
CBE
DSO
DFC & Bar

Air Efficiency
Hurricane4Died1996-12-01Official Ace, Born 1919-03-22. Educated at Malvern College. Apprentice at Rolls Royce and learned to fly in RAFVR. Called up 1939-08-23 posted to 615 Sqd Gladiators. Re-equipped with Hurricanes. Flew in France with 607 Sqd and on return posted to 242 Sqd with C/O Douglas Bader. Shot down a He 111 on 1940-08-30 his first kill. 1940-09-06 he made a forced landing after being hit in combat. He shot down 2 more enemy aircraft during the September 1940 a Bf 110 and a Bf 109. Later awarded the DFC and the DSO. Attained rank of Air Marshal and he also recieved a Knighthood. Retired in 1975 as AM Sir Denis Crowley-Milling. Appointed Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund and became president of the Not Forgotten Association. 'I flew the following aircraft in combat during the 1939-45 war: Gladiator, Hurricane Mk I & 11, Spitfire V(b), and Typhoon. After the war I flew the Tempest III on active service in Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan and Somaliland. It is hardly surprising to say that the Spitfire was my favourite. It felt part of you, it responded delightfully under all conditions, and most of all, it gave you ample warning of the high speed stall in a turn in combat; and you knew that a Me 109 could not (or would not) turn inside you.'


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585 CruickshanksIJAPOBritish66 Sqd

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586 CruttendenJohnPO40895RAFBritish43 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-09Joined 43 Sqd late June 1940. Baled out of Hurricane I 1940-07-09 after attack on aDo 17 near Beachy Head. Shot down in combat 10 miles south of the Isle of Wight 1940-08-08 at 16:45hrs in Hurricane I (P3781) and reported Missing. Runnymede Age 20.
587 CrydermanLawrence ElwoodPO41674RAFCanadian242 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1941-02-17Ditched Hurricane I (V6823) into the Channel off Clacton after combat with a Do 1941-02-17. Body never found. Runnymede Age 26
588 CuddieWilliam ArthurPlt OffCanadian141 Sqd

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MIA
589 Cukr (Cooper)VáclavSgt787625 107245Czech43 Sqd

253 Sqd

Hurricane8Died1989-10-24Died New Zealand
590 CullenR WAC2752429British23 Sqd

Blenheim
591 CulmerJ DSgt177211British25 Sqd

Blenheim
592 CulverwellJohn HenrySgt529270British87 Sqd

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593 CumbersA BSgt118713British141 Sqd

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594 CunninghamJohn Laurence GilchristFlt Lt90194RAF AAFBritish603 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1940-08-28Shot down and killed in Spitfire 1 (R6751) by Bf 109 over Dover 1940-08-28 at 16:45hrs. Runnymede Age 23

595 CunninghamJSgt1052182British29 Sqd

Blenheim
596 CunninghamJohn 'Cat's Eyes'Flt Lt90216RAFBritish604 Sqd

OBE

CBE

DSO

DFC

Silver Star (USA)

Blenheim20Survived war2002-07-21Flew Blenheims with 604 Sqd during the Battle of Britain. Pioneering night flying. By reputation an impeccable pilot. Born 1917. One of the RAF's top night fighters in Blenheims and Mosquitos. Scored 20 kills of which 19 of the were at night.Official Ace, Left the RAF with the rank of Gp Capt to become chief test pilot for de Havilland flying the Comet, Sea Vixen, Trident etc.

One of the most decorated pilots in Battle of Britain. Born in 1917. Apprentice at the de Havilland Aircraft Factory at Stag Lane. Joined 604 Auxiliary Squadron and learned to fly. Geoffrey de Havilland asked him to test light (sports and utility) aircraft. Became assistant test pilot for de Havilland. Called up and became a flight commander at 604, in Blenheim and Beaufighter night fighters. Multiple victories with both. His score was 13 by mid-April of 1941.His score reached 20, with 19 at night. Supposed to have fed himself a diet of carrots to help him see better at night, eventually earning the nickname 'Cat’s Eyes' for his extraordinary vision at night which was to disguise from the Germans that his aircraft was equipped with an airborne radar system. In August 1941, he took command of 604 Sqd. In 1944, selected as Group Captain, Night Operations, 11 Group at RAF Uxbridge. After the war, he stayed with 604 Sqd in the RAFVR, and following the death of Geoffrey de Havilland Jr., became chief test pilot at de Havilland on the development of the de Havilland Comet. After the early tragic in-flight breakups of the Comet, he played a pivotal role in getting the Comet program back on track. In December 1955, he took the new Comet III on a world tour. President Eisenhower presented him with the Harmon Trophy for his major contribution to jet transportation. While piloting a Hawker-Siddeley HS125, both engines after bird strikes. The resulting crash killed four people in a car. He suffered a broken back, but returned to flying. He retired in 1980 and died in 2002.



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597 CunninghamWFlt Lt80545British43 Sqd

598 CunninghamWallace 'Jock'Flt LtBritish19 Sqd

Spitfire5Survived warOctober 2011Born in Glasgow in 1916. Attended Govan High School. Joined the RAFVR in 1938 and trained to fly at Prestwick. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he was called up for service. Posted to 19 Sqd at Duxford in Cambridgeshire. 19 squadron was to become part of Douglas Bader's famous 'Big Wing' during the Battle of Britain and Wallace was in the thick of the fighting. During that epic summer he destroyed five German aircraft, making him an Ace. DFC citation actually reads that 'Pilot Officer Cunningham...has shown great personal gallantry and splendid skill in action'. " In 1941 Mr Cunningham's Spitfire was shot down and he crash landed on Rotterdam beach in the Netherlands, on a bomber escort to Rotterdam. "He came to rest close to a German gun post and in the officers' mess there he was given a tomato sandwich and a glass of champagne, and a German major said to him 'for you the war is over'." Stalag Luft III, the camp made famous by the Great Escape. "But he was a hero and as long as the epic events of the summer of 1940 are remembered, he too will be remembered. "I think we owe him and his comrades an enormous debt of gratitude." Linn Crematorium

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599 CunningtonWilliam GeorgeSgt740754British607 Sqd

HurricaneMIA
600 CupittTSgt1052312British29 Sqd

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