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601 CurchinJohnPlt Off42396British609 Sqd

SpitfireKIAOfficial Ace
602 CurleyAlbert GeorgeSgt747968RAFVRBritish141 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics

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Gunner in Defiants of 141 Sqd. 1940-07-19 he and his pilot (R.A.Howley) on convoy patrol in Defiant (L6995), shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 51 at 12:45hrs, both killed. Runnymede Age 33

Born on the 30th September 1907 in Ballincollig, Ireland. Son of Major John Curley, and of Jane A. Curley, of Bushey, Hertfordshire.

603 CurrantChristopher Frederick 'Bunny'Flt Lt (later W/C)43367RAFBritish605 Sqd


DFC & Bar
Croix de Guerre (Belgian)


Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav

Hurricane9Survived war2006-03-12Official Ace. Commissioned in March 1940, posted from 151 Sqd to 605 Sqd's Hurricane. Shot down 9 during September and October 1940 . DFC. Later became a Squadron Commander then Wing Commander Ibsley Wing 1942. Commanded 122 Wing 2TAF 1944

Born in Luton England on 14th December 1911. Educated at Rydal School. Joined the RAF in 1936 as a direct-entry Airman u/t Pilot. He began training on 6th January. He was serving with 46 Squadron at Kenley in 1937 and with 151 Squadron at North Weald in 1939, both operating Gauntlets.Commissioned on 1st April 1940, Currant joined 605 Squadron the same day. On 1st April 1940, Currant joined 605 Squadron. On 22nd May he shot down a He111 on a patrol south of Arras. His Hurricane P3575 was hit by return fire and he made a crash-landing, breaking his nose. After burning his aircraft, he made his way to Calais on foot and returned to England by sea. Currant rejoined his squadron at Hawkinge. On 15th August 1940 Currant claimed two He111's destroyed and probably another, on 8th September a Me109 and a Do17 damaged, on the 9th he shared in the destruction of a Me109 and a Me110, on the 11th he claimed a He111 destroyed and four others damaged. He was appointed 'A' Flight Commander on 5th September and promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant on the 13th. On 12th September Currant shared a Do17, on the 15th he claimed a Me109 and two Do17's destroyed and a He111 and three Do17's damaged, on the 27th a Me110 destroyed and a Me109 damaged and on the 28th another Me109 destroyed. On 4th October and 8th October he shared Ju88's and on 15th October he damaged two Me109's.

Currant was awarded the DFC 8th October 1940 and Bar 15th November 1940. When Squadron Leader McKellar was killed on 1st November Currant took temporary command of 605. He destroyed a Me109 on 15th November. Currant relinquished his temporary command of the squadron on 29th November when the new CO came. He destroyed a Me109 on 1st December. In early 1941 Currant was posted to 52 OTU Debden and in July he was CFI. A return to operations came on 14th August 1941 when he took command of 501 Squadron at Ibsley. He appeared briefly as himself in the film 'The First of the Few', filmed at Ibsley (with David Niven). Currant damaged a Me109 on 8th November 1941 and destroyed another on 17th April 1942. On Circus 113 to Marzingarbe on 9th March he engaged three German fighters and his Spitfire Vb W3846 was shot up. The instrument panel was destroyed and a bullet struck the back of his head but Currant managed to escape at low level. In great pain he landed at Lympne but his aircraft turned over on to its back due to the undercarriage tyres having been shot through. He was trapped in the petrol-soaked cockpit but was soon rescued from the wreckage. After a month in hospital he returned to flying with fragments of shrapnel still in his head. He was promoted to Acting Wing Commander in June and appointed to lead the Ibsley Wing. He was awarded the DSO (gazetted 7th July 1942). From 15th February 1943 until 24th July 1944 Currant commanded 122 Wing 2TAF.

604 CurtisF WSgt746769British25 Sqd

605 CuttsJohn WintringhamFg Off40804RAFBritish222 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-04 Age 20Killed 1940-09-04 at 13:30hrs. Spitfire I (X4278) shot down over Maidstone by a Bf 109. Sittingbourne Cemetery England

606 CzajkowskiFranciszekPlt OffP/76692PAFPolish151 Sqd

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Medal Lotniczy (x2)

Wound Badge (x2)
HurricaneWIAKilledFlew with 151 Sqd Hurricane during the Battle of Britain. Wounded 1940-08-31 at 10:25hrs. Attacked by a Bf 109 force landed at Foulness and wrote the aircraft off. Later wounded and leg amputated, died when Torquay Hospital bombed. Killed 1942-10-25. Buried Exeter Higher Cemetery Age 26
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607 CzerniakJerzy MichałPlt OffP-1283PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIA1941-09-08In France he took part in the defense key of the town of Romorantin. After the fall of France, he managed to get to England. In Britain joined (302 Sqd. From RAF Northolt in Spitfire P8506 in a sweep over France, during air combat. was shot down and fell into the sea 5 miles from the French coast. Polish War Memorial Northolt Age 27
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608 CzerninCount Manfred BeckettFg Off37148RAFBritish17 Sqd

Military Cross



Hurricane13Died1962-10-06Official Ace Born Berlin, Germany, 18 January 1913. Changed name from Count Manfred Marie Ralph Edmund Czernin to Manfred Beckett Mother's maiden name, Nov 1931; changed name from Manfred Beckett to Count Manfred Beckett Czernin part of original name, Nov 1936; involved in secret missions in Italian-speaking territory for Special Operations Executive, 1943–1945; retired Jan 1958, died in London. Educated at Oundle. Mother English father Austrian. Pre war bomber pilot and joined 85 Sqd in May 1940 in France scoring several victories. After the fall of France he joined 17 Sqd Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain. His score was 13 confirmed, 2 unconfirmed and 3 probables wih 5 damaged.
609 CzernyJan TadeuszFlt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)76789PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
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Srebrny Krzyż Zasługi

Medal Lotniczy (x3)


HurricaneDied1991-02-18In England, 01.07.-31.10.1940 actively participated in the Battle of Britain in 302 Sqd. Died Age 83 in Gliwice, at the Lipowy cemetery at ul. Linden. Poland.
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610 CzerwińskiTadeuszFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)P-1290PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish
Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

Hurricane4KIA1942-08-22On June 8, 1940, he shot down two German Bf 109 fighters. After the capitulation of France, he was evacuated to Great Britain, where after flight training he was directed on July 23, 1940 to 302 Sqd in Leaconfield. He died during the Battle of Great Britain. From RAF Northolt in Spitfire EN836 he took off for a combat flight for Rhubarb in the area of the St.Omer and Longuenesse airports. Last seen in a turn, on a hill, as if without control of the plane. 15.04.1942 Commander of 306 Sqd. Buried Longuenesse Age 32
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611 CzternastekStanisławPlt OffP/76693PAFPolish32 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-01-0512 October 1940; 615 Squadron December 1940 Collided with Hawker Hurricane V6618 over Dover, other pilot, P/O B Wydrowski, baled out.
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612 D'Arcy-IrvineBrian William JesseFg Off72500RAFVRBritish257 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-08Shot down Hurricane I (P3058) and killed over the Channel by a Bf 109 of JG 27 1940-08-08 at 12:00 Runnymede Age 22
613 D'HamaleRoger Emile de CannartSgt1299998RAFVRBelgian46 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-11-01The first Belgian to pilot to reach British soil, arriving 20 June 1940. Posted to 46 Sqd on Hurricanes. Baled out Hurricane I (VB6549) unhurt 11 September 1940 at15:30hrs. He had been in combat over Bodiam. Kent. Brussels Town Cemetery Airmen's Field of Honour

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614 DaffornRobert ChippendallFg Off81674RAFVRBritish501 Sqd
Hurricane6KIFA1943-12-09 Age 27Baled out of Hurricane I (R4219) after combat over Biggin Hill 1940-08-181940 at 12:05hrs. Not hurt. White Waltham St Mary Churchyard England

Born Windsor, Englan. Educated at Harrow School. Attempted to join RAFVRin 1936. Rejected him because he was six foot six inches tall and very thin. He muscled up, re-applied in 1937 and was accepted. Posted to 501 Sqd at RAF Filton on the Hawker Hurricane. To France in April 1940, shooting down three enemy aircraft in May and other probables. During the Battle of Britain, he shot down another three aircraft. He himself was shot down in mid-August, bailing out unhurt over RAF Biggin Hill. Attacked in December of 1940 and, wounded, was forced to crash-land. Became a flight leader. In October 1941, he was transferred to OTU as instructor. January 1942 posted to the Middle East, ferrying his Hurricane to Cairo. He found himself at 229 Sqd on Malta at the very height of that massive aerial battle. Shortly after his arrival, he took command of the squadron. On his second op with the squadron, he was shot down and crash-landed at Hal-Far. Though he was not seriously wounded, it took him more than three months to recover with fever and infection. In August 1942, he left for Hendon to fully recover. Chief Flying Instructor at Sutton Bridge. While flying a Spitfire and returning to base after an air-firing exercise, his aircraft touched a wingtip at low level. He was killed instantly.

615 DalePeter AlanSgt45550RAFBritish141 Sqd

KIA1941-12-13Scottow Cemetery Age 24
616 DaltonRobert WilliamSgt115715British604 Sqd

617 Dalton-MorganThomas FrederickFlt Lt37415British43 Sqd




Hurricane5Official Ace. Wounded on the 13th of August 1940-08-13. He baled Hurricane I (P3972) after combat with a He 111 near Cocking Down at 06:50hrs. Slightly wounded.
618 DalyJohn JSgt751318British141 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
619 DannJames EdwinSgt50772British23 Sqd

620 DannattAlexander GeorgeAC21003513British29 Sqd

621 DargieAlbert McDonald SmithSgt966123RAFVRBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-07-13Alamein Memorial Age 24
622 DarleyHorace Stanley 'George'Sqd Ldr32191RAFBritish609 Sqd


Spitfire3Survived war1999 Age 86Official Ace. Born in November of 1913, was CO of 609 Sqd in 1940 during the early stages of the Battle of Britain. He joined the RAF in 1932 and began his flying career in relatively little known and ungainly biplanes known as Fairey Gordons, Vickers Vincents and Fairey IIIBs. He flew these aircraft in Yemen and British Somaliland. He fought in the Battle of France and then with 609 Sqd at RAF Northolt in the Battle of Britain. In the three months that he commanded 609, the pilots scored 85 victories with the loss of just 7 of their own aircraft. Darley was awarded the DSO during this period, the first to be awarded for leadership in the Battle of Britain. During his 27-year career with the RAF, he commanded 11 RAF Stations and flew 65 different types.

Cover produced for the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Cover depicts Hurricanes of 1, 17, 46 249 257 and 310 Squadrons in action over Colchester, a Heinkel III shot down by Blenheim of 25 Squadron on 4th September 1940 and BF110s of 6 Staffel attacking the factories of Vicker and Hawker at Brooklands. Signed by George Darley. Born on November 3 1913 at Wandsworth, Darley joined the RAF in August 1932. He carried out his training at 2FTS, Digby and afterwards joined 207 Squadron at Bircham Newton on August 20 1933. He was posted overseas on February 9 1935, going to 8 Squadron at Khormaksar, Aden and later Somaliland. Darley was granted a Permanent Commission in 1936. He returned to the UK and on January 2 1937 went to CFS, Upavon for an instructor's course, after which he was posted to 7FTS, Peterborough, as a Flight Commander. On June 61938 Darley was appointedadjutant and flying insructor at 602 Squadron, AuxAF at Abbotsinch, moving on December 21938 to 611 Squadron, AuxAF at Speke. Soon after the outbreak of war Darley was made Controller at Debden and on May 9 1940 he was posted to Merville as Controller. After returning to England in late May he went as supernumerary Squadron Leader to 65 Squadron at Hornchurch and on June 22 he took command of 609 Squadron at Northolt. On August 8 Darley claimed a Bf 110 destroyed, on the 15th a probable Ju 88, on the 25th a Bf 109 and a Bf 110 and on September 25 a Dq 17. He was posted away on October 41940 to become Station Commander at Exeter. He was awarded the DSO (22.10.40). Darley was posted to Air HO Singapore on May 17 1941, on Fighter Defence. He went to RAF Kuala Lumpur on December 11 as Station Commander, returned to 224 Group, Singapore on January 8 1942 as Ops 1, moved to 226 Group, Sumatra on February 3 and after the inevitable collapse caused by the Japanese advance he arrived at RAF Depot, Karachi on March 16. Appointed Station Commander at RAF Risalpur on October 7 1942, Darley remained there until February 7 1943, when he was posted to 221 Group, Calcutta. On June 11 he returned to Risalpur to command 151 OTU there, as a Group Captain. Darley returned to the UK in July 1944 and was given command of 62 OTU, Ouston. He was made Station Commander at RAF Cranfield on June 15 1945 and went to RAF Staff College, Bracknell in August for a course. Group Captain Darley then held a series of appointments and commands before he retired from the Royal Air Force on June 15th 1959. During a long and distinguished flying career he flew sixty six different types of aircraft.

623 DarlingAndrew SmittonSgt740544RAFVRBritish611 Sqd

603 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-04-26Auchterarder Cemetery Scotland Age 28

624 DarlingEdward Vivian 'Mitzi'Sgt65979RAFBritish41 Sqd

SpitfireWIAMIA1942-06-02Official Ace. Born Wellington, India, 11 October 1914 Wounded 1940-09-27 at 12:15hrs. Baled out Spitfire I (X4409) over West Malling after a dogfight with a Bf 109. Commissioned Jan 1941 remembered on Panel 65 of the Runnymede Memorial
625 DarwinChristopher William WartonPlt Off42050British87 Sqd

HurricaneKIASon of Sqn Ldr Charles John Wharton Darwin DSO RAF who was also KIA 26 December 1941
626 DaszewskiJan Kazimierz MichalPlt Off (later F/O)P-1503PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

Wound Badge
Hurricane3WIAKIA1942-04-04Severely wounded 1940-09-07 at 17:00hrs. Shot down by Bf 109 over the Thames Estuary. Hurricane I (P3890) crashed near Loughton in Essex. 1942-04-04 Bomber escort aimed at St Order. Spitfire AD455 Shot down into sea. Polish War Memorial Age 26
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627 DaveyBrianPlt Off79537RAFVRBritish504 Sqd

32 Sqd

254 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-06-12Rochford St Andrew Churchyard Age 22
628 DaveyJohn Arthur JosephPlt Off44182RAFBritish1 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-11Awarded a Cadetship to the RAF College Cranwell from RAF Halton. Killed when he crashed and burned out Hurricane I (P3172) on Sandown golf course on the 11th of August 1940-08-11 at 11:20hrs after combat with a Bf 110. Sandown Cemetery Age 20
629 DavidWilliam DennisFg Off (later Grp Cpt)40805RAFBritish87 Sqd

213 Sqd


DFC & Bar



Hurricane20 (probably 27+)Survived war25th August 2000Born in Surbiton, Surrey England on 25 July 1918 and spent his early childhood at Tongwynlais, a village near Cardiff. Official Ace. Flew Hurricanes 87 Sqd in Battle for France until October 1940 and then joined 213 Sqd. He shot down 8 enemy and 5 unconfirmed in France and 7 confirmed in the Battle of Britain. Group Captain. One of the highest-scoring RAF pilots of the first half of the Second World War, Dennis David notched up the astonishing total of 11 combat victories in May 1940, before the Battle of Britain had even begun. His Hurricane squadron, No 87, had been posted to France in the early days of the war, as part of the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force. There, throughout the 'Phoney War' months, September 1939 to April 1940, it saw little of the enemy apart from the odd reconnaissance machine. All this was to change with dramatic suddenness on the 10th of May 1940, when the full fury of the German Blitzkrieg burst on the frontiers of Holland, Belgium and France. David was in action from the opening hours of the German invasion, performing with incredible coolness against Luftwaffe pilots, many of whom had honed their combat techniques in the Spanish Civil War.

Joined RAF in 1938. Joined 87 Sqd at Debden, near Saffron Walden flying Hurricanes. Posted to France together with 85 Sqd in September 1939 as part of No 60 Wing in the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force. Stationed at Lille, near the Belgian Border, and saw little action until the German Army began its blitzkrieg through the Netherlands, Belgium and North Eastern France. During May 1940 the RAF in France was greatly outnumbered, often 10 to 1 or worse. During this period Dennis David shot down 14 aircraft before suffering from exhaustion due to the intense fighting and was repatriated to England by air ambulance. Upon returning he rejoined 87 Sqd at Exeter, reforming in preparation for the Battle of Britain. In action from July to October 1940 and during this time his score climbed to 20, with many others unconfirmed, as he was always attacked by other enemy fighters before firm claims could be made. David continued to fly during the Battle of Britain, for which 87 Squadron was moved to Exeter, where it saw heavy fighting and took a severe toll of the enemy. David continued his remarkable run of combat victories. He shot down two aircraft on the 11th of August, a Ju88 and a Messerschmitt 109. He was credited with two more, a Ju87 "Stuka" and a Messerschmitt 110 twin-engined fighter, besides having a half share in another Me110 on the 15th of August; this was the day of Germany's heaviest losses in the air, and was ever after referred to in Luftwaffe circles as 'der schwarze Donnerstag' (Black Thursday). 87 played its part in repelling the 1,786 sorties that were launched at Britain that day. David's third "two-kill" day was the 25th of August, when he shot down another Ju88 and a Messerschmitt 109. In October, he was posted as a flight commander to 213 Squadron, another Hurricane squadron, also based at Exeter. David's final kill was on the 19th of October when he shot down a Ju88 to bring his score to 20.In October 1940, Dennis David posted to be a Flight Commander in 213 Sqd, Tangmere where he damaged a Ju88 so badly, that it crash landed in Northern France, taking his tally to over 20 victories. In November 1940 he was posted to command a Flight of 152 Sqd, Warmwell flying Spitfires. From 1941 to 1943 rose to the rank of Wing Commander and was then posted to the Middle East to command 89 Sqd flying night-fighting Beaufighters, at Tobruk and Tripoli. In November 1943 moved to the Far East where he was promoted to Group Captain and took part in the liberation of Burma as SASO 224 Group. Continued to serve in the RAF until his retirement in 1967. During which time he was appointed Honorary Aide to the Viscount Trenchard, the ‘Father of the Royal Air Force’, from 1954 until the Viscount’s death. He was also Her Majesty’s Air Attache in Budapest at the time of the Hungarian Uprising and became responsible in assisting 400 people to escape from Hungarian and Russian Secret Police, for this he was knighted by the exiled ruler of Hungary, Grand Duke Arpad of Hapsburg.

630 DavidsonHenry JohnSgt61945RAFVRBritish249 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1942-10-06Official Ace. Manchester Crematorium Age 27

631 DaviesAlfred EricPlt Off90963RAFBritish610 Sqd

222 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-30KIA 1940-10-30. Shot down by a Bf 109 over Sussex at 12:10hrs. His Spitfire I (N3119) was repaired later and re-used. Tanworth in Arden Churchyard England Age 23

632 DaviesGraham Gordon AyerstPlt Off41989RAFBritish236 Sqd

222 Sqd

136 Sqd

607 Sqd (CO)

249 Sqd (CO)

HurricaneWIASurvived war1986Born on 6th March 1919 . Lived in Paris as a young child. School in Folkestone. Joined the RAF on a short service commission. 236 Sqd in early November 1939. To 222 Sqd at the end of the month.Over Dunkirk on 31st May 1940 when his engine failed. Landed on a beach. Returned to England in a paddle steamer. 30th August Davies damaged a Do17. Two days later he was shot down in flames by a Me109 over Ashford. He baled out, burned on the hands and face. His Spitfire, P9337, probably crashed near Huntbourne St Michaels, Tenterden. Rejoined the Squadron on 10th December. Davies damaged a He111 on 14th May 1941.Posted to CFS Upavon for an instructor's course, after which he went to 5 FTS Tern Hill in January 1942 and moved to 5(P) AFU Peterborough in June. Posted to India in April 1943, Davies was initially at No. 1 SFTS Ambala but in August 1943 he was posted to 225 Group, Bangalore then to RAF Cholavarum, Madras. In December he moved to the AFTU Armarda Road, went to 136 Sqd at Rumkhapalong in February 1944. Commanded 607 Sqd in March 1944. Heavy fighting at Imphal. Flew back to the UK for a Fighter Leaders course at Milfield. He rejoined 607 Sqd in November 1944 and led it until May 1945, when he was posted to 73 OTU Fayid, Egypt. In October he took command of 294 Squadron, an air-sea rescue unit. Stayed in the RAF postwar. From 1946 to 1948 he was Air Attache in Paris, he later served at HQ Middle East Air Force as a liaison officer, commanded 73 Squadron in Malta, was OC 7 Wing British Air Force in Belgium and was serving with NATO in London when he retired on 17th June 1959 as a Squadron Leader.

Wounded 1940-08-31 at 18:15hrs. Shot down by Bf 109 over Tenterdern Spitfire I (P9337). Burned on face and neck.

633 DaviesJohn AlfredSqd Ldr90212RAF AAFBritish604 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-10-16Hartland St Nectan Churchyard England

634 DaviesJohn WilliamSgt938521RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

KIA1940-09-07Roundhay St John Churchyard England Age 22
635 DaviesLeonardSgt143088British151 Sqd

636 DaviesMaurice PeterSgt119872British1 Sqd

213 Sqd

637 DaviesP F MFg Off40088British56 Sqd

HurricaneShot down 1940-08-13 by Bf 109s, at 16:15hrs in Hurricane I (N2429). Baled out over Sheppey with burns on his hands, arms, legs and face. These injuries meant he was medically unfit for operational flying. Continued as a ferry pilot and then a test pilot.
638 DaviesRoy BlackburneFg Off40995British29 Sqd

639 Davies-CookePaul JohnFg Off36167RAFBritish72 Sqd

610 Sqd
SpitfireKIA1940-09-27 Age 23Born 14th November 1916. Shrewsbury School from 1930 to 1935, Trinity College Cambridge. Joined 610 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in 1937, commissioned in July. Joined RAF on a direct-entry permanent commission as a University Entrant. 10 B&GS as a staff pilot. 613 Sqd at Odiham from Annan 8 January 1940, which was a satellite landing ground for 10 B&GS. 7 OTU Hawarden on 22nd August, converted to Spitfires rejoined 610 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 3rd September. 72 Squadron, also at Biggin Hill, on the 20th. Shot down by a Me109 over Sevenoaks on 27th September. He baled out but fell dead near Hayes Station. Eyewitnesses claimed that Me109's had fired on him while he was descending by parachute. Spitfire, N3068, crashed into numbers 70 and 72 Queensway at West Wickham.

Killed 1940-09-27 at 09:40hrs. Spitfire I (N3068) shot down by a Bf 109 over Sevenoaks in Kent. Baled out but was dead when landed. Rhydymwyn St John Churchyard Wales Age 23

640 DavisAlfred Stewart (Stuart?)Sgt744961RAFVRBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived warMarch 1980 in Beverley, Humberside.Born 28 December 1911. Joined RAFVR March 1939 as an Airman u/t Aircrew. Called up 1 September 1939. Joined 235 Sqd on 18th July 1940. mFirst sortie 21 July. Posted with his flight to Aldergrove on 19th November 1940, where it combined with a flight from 236 Sqd to reform 272 Sqd. First sortie with 272 on 28 November 1940. No further information.
641 DavisCarl RaymondFg Off90131RAF AAFAmerican601 Sqd

Hurricane10KIA1940-09-06US citizen born in South Africa of American parents. Sent to England at 13 to be educated at Sherbourne School, later Trinity College, Cambridge and McGill University. Became a mining engineer. 1936 Davis joined 601 Sqd AAF, commissioned in August 1936. Full-time service 601 Sqd flying Hurricanes on 1939-08-27. He shot down a Bf 110 on the 11th of July 1940, added two more Bf 110's on the 11th of August 1940, then three more Bf 110's on the 13th. DFC 1940-08-30. 5 more kills. Shot down and killed 1940-09-06. Hurricane I (P3363) was shot down in combat with a Bf 109 over Tunbridge Wells at 09:30hrs. It crashed, inverted, and burned out in the back garden of Canterbury Cottage at Matfield, Brenchley, near Tunbridge Wells. St Mary's Churchyard, Storrington, Sussex. England Age 29

642 DavisCharles TrevorFg Off33563RAFBritish238 Sqd

Hurricane5KIA1941-03-26 Age 20Official Ace. He was killed when he flew into a hill coming down through cloud near Winchester. His brother Michael had been killed 5 months earlier. Woking St John Crematorium England

643 DavisJohn NormanSgtBritish600 Sqd

BlenheimObserver who, on 10 May 1940, the first day of the Blitzkrieg, was a member of the crew of Squadron Leader Wells of 600 Squadron, flying Blenheims. Wells led an attack on Waalhaven airfield, south of Rotterdam, where German reinforcements were being landed from Ju 52s. A planned fighter escort for the six Blenheims did not materialise and the force was attacked by Bf 110s, which quickly shot down five of the RAF aircraft. Davis was the only survivor of his crew. He sustained a head injury and burns, but later said that Squadron Leader Wells had “practically kicked me through the escape hatch”. Davis evaded capture, linked up with Dutch troops and sailed to Harwich on HMS Hereward when it carried members of the Dutch Royal Family and Government away from their country. He went on to fly 13 sorties with 600 in the Battle of Britain and was commissioned from Warrant Officer in 1943.
644 DavisJackSgt50555British54 Sqd


SpitfireJoined 54 Sqd 1940-08-09. 1940-08-31, was one of 3 pilots trying to take off during a bombing raid. Spitfire (possibly No N3110) was thrown over the boundary fence by a bomb blast just as it took off, and it crashed into the River Ingrebourne. Other pilots were E.F.Edsall and A.C.Deere. Davis disappeared and assumed killed. 2 hours later he turned up at the main gate, unhurt and carrying his parachute. He had been thrown clear but had to walk halfway around the aerodrome to get back in as he couldn't find a gap in the fence. AFC 1945-04-03.

645 DavisPeter EdgarSgt551875British600 Sqd

Blenheim1Flew in one of the six Blenheims from 600 Sqd which attacked Waalhaven aerodrome, Rotterdam, in daylight. Only one Blenheim returned from the mission. Haine claimed a Bf 109 destroyed and two Ju52s damaged before he was shot down and made a force-landing in Holland. He and his gunner, P/O M.Kramer, and the CO's navigator, Sgt Davis, evaded capture and made it back to England. For this action Haine received the DFC on the 9th of July 1940.

Joined the RAF as a Boy Entrant. Volunteered for flying duties, completed his training and joined 236 Sqd on 24 October 1940 as a WOp/AG. 1942 he was serving with 35 Squadron. On 2nd June 1942 Halifax R9444 TL-D of 35 Squadron was returning to Linton-on-Ouse after bombing Essen when it was shot down by night fighters. The pilot, Sgt. PA Hilton, brought it down near St. Leonards, Brecht, Belgium. All the crew survived as prisoners. He was held in Stalag Luft 6 at Heydekrug. Freed in 1945, as a Warrant Officer, he was released from the RAF later in the year.

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646 DavisPhilip OscarSgt115138RAFVRBritish222 Sqd

511 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1943-08-10 Age 22Crash landed Spitfire I (R6773) 1940-10-26 at 17:45hrs. Engine caught on fire but he escaped injury.

Born Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, England March 1921. Joined RAFVR April 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up 1 September 1939. Joined 222 Sqd at Hornchurch on 25 September 1940. 26 October 1940 crashed on Purleigh Barns Farm, Latchingden when his engine caught fire during a patrol in Spitfire R6773. Plane wrecked but Davis unhurt. Commissioned in January 1942, Killed on 10th August 1943, serving with 511 Sqd an Albemarle transport unit. Albemarle GT1 serial P1433 is presumed to have crashed into the sea at its last known position 120 miles west of Gibraltar. Malta Memorial

647 DavisWilliam LeeSgt61459RAFVRBritish249 Sqd

HurricanePoW? KIA1941-03-18Died 18 March 1941. Wounded 1940-09-11 when Hurricane I (V6682) shot down during an attack on a He 111 over Benenden in Kent. [In 1941 became a PoW after being shot down over enemy territory.?] CWGC has him buried Sutton Bridge St Matthew Churchyard England

648 DavisonJohn TregonwellPlt OffNZ70020RNZAFNew Zealander235 Sqd

George Medal


BlenheimSurvived warMatamata on 9th October 1981 Age 67Born at Ashburton, South Island New Zealand 7 January 1914. Accepted July 1939 RNZAF. Ground Training School at Weraroa 17 October. Moved to No. 1 EFTS Taieri and to No. 1 FTS Wigram on 16th January 1940. He passed out as a Sergeant-Pilot and was then commissioned soon afterwards. Left for the UK in the Mataroa on 24 May 1940, arriving on 10 July. Posted to No. 1 (C) OTU at Silloth, Cumberland on 27 July. To RAF Prestwick for No. 2 Blenheim Course. Converting to Blenheims returned to Silloth on 17 August and posted to 235 Sqd at Bircham Newton. 23 November took part in a bombing attack on two heavily-armed enemy merchant vessels. During the action he was wounded in the foot and the thigh.

10 March 1941 -According to advice received at Air Headquarters this morning, another New Zealander serving with the Royal Air Force has been decorated for gallantry. He is Pilot Officer John Tregonwell DAVISON, of Christchurch, who has been awarded the George Medal. This is the third George Medal to be awarded to a New Zealander, and the first to be awarded for gallantry overseas. The previous awards were to Pilot Officer D T Herrick and Sergeant E A Stratton for their gallantry at the time of an aircraft accident at Taieri. Pilot Officer Davison was born at Ashburton 27 years ago. His next-of-kin is his mother, Mrs N A Davison, of Wairarapa Terrace, Christchurch. Pilot Officer Davison was the pilot of an aircraft which took part in a bombing attack on two heavily-armed merchant vessels. During the action he was wounded in the foot and thigh, but succeeded in flying his aircraft back to its base. Owing to severe damage sustained by the hydraulic gear, it was necessary to make a crash landing. The pilot did not know that a bomb remained on the rack, and it exploded when the plane landed, severely wounding the rear gunner, and setting fire to the aircraft. Pilot Officer Davison and his observer jumped clear, but they then discovered that the rear gunner was still in the aircraft. Regardless of the fire and the likelihood that the petrol tanks might explode, they succeeded in extricating the wounded gunner and dragging him to safety. By their courage and gallantry, the pilot and the observer undoubtedly saved the life of the gunner. Educated at the Christehurch Boys' High School, Pilot Officer Davison was selected for a ehort service commission just before the outbreak of war, and after training at Taieri and Wigram, left New Zealand in the middle of last year. Auckland Star , 10 March 1941, Page 8

(The bomb remaining on the rack exploded on impact, severely wounding the Wop/AG, Sgt. ATR Aslett, and setting fire to the aircraft. Davison and his observer, Sgt. Brazier, jumped clear but on realising that Aslett was still in the blazing aircraft, they went back, regardless of their own safety and dragged him out. They were both badly burned. Brazier was awarded the BEM and Davison the GM 13 March 1941. )

Posted away to form the Nottingham University Air Squadron at Newton, as Flying Instructor and Adjutant. Chief Instructor to the Cambridge University Air Squadron at Duxford on 1 January 1942. Posted to the Empire CFS Hullavington in February 1943 for a CGI course. Picked for a CGI post in Rhodesia but the RNZAF requested that he return to New Zealand. On 4th September 1943 became CGI at the ITW at Rotorua, moving to a similar appointment at RNZAF Delta on 17th July 1944. Posted to Melbourne for an RAAF War Staff Course on 1st October 1944 and on his return was made Deputy Director of Personnel Services on 10th February 1945 at the Air Department, Wellington. Recalled to the UK for special duties in November 1945 and on the 20th he became CGI at the Empire CFS. OBE 1st January 1948, returned with his family to New Zealand in late 1948 and retired from the RNZAF on 24th June 1951 as a Wing Commander.

649 DavyThomas Daniel HumphreyFg Off (later Flt Lt)41383RAFVRBritish266 Sqd

72 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1942-09-13 Age 22His name does not appear in several Battle of Britain lists

Born Shanghai, China 3rd May 1920. Joined RAF 6th October 1938. On 14th December 1938 12 FTS. 31st December 1938 flying training at 11 FTS. Joined 35 Sqd at Cottesmore on 22nd July 1939. 30th September 1939 joined 98 Sqd at Hucknall on Fairey Battles. On 3rd January 1940 posted to 150 Sqd of the Advanced Air Striking Force (AASF) in France. Attached to 12 Squadron at Amifontaine on 6th January 1940. 12th May the squadron was ordered to bomb bridges over the Albert Canal at Maastricht. The attack was carried out in the face of intense ground fire. After making a dive-bombing attack. Petrol tank set alight in attack by Fw Sawallisch of 2./JG27 during sortie to bomb the Vroenhoven bridge over the Albert Canal at 0935hrs. Forced landed at St-Germains-les-Mons. Pilot Officer T D H Davy unhurt. Sergeant G D Mansell baled out North East of Maastricht, returning unhurt. AC1 G N Patterson also baled out but hit the tail and slightly injured, landing outside the Hospital des Anglais in Liege where he was later captured. Aircraft PH-G later burned to prevent capture. L5241 was attacked by a Me109 which was fought off by his gunner, LAC GH Patterson. The port fuel tank of the Battle was on fire and Davy ordered the crew to bale out. He stayed with the aircraft, eventually making a forced-landing eight miles short of base, his Battle bursting into flames on landing. It was the sole survivor of the six aircraft which set out. Sgt. GD Mansell had landed safely and made his way back to the squadron. LAC Patterson struck the tailplane on baling out and on landing was taken to hospital in Liege, where he was later captured. Davy was awarded the DFC and Patterson the DFM for the action. Last operation with 12 Sqd was on the night of 25th/26th July to Evere in Belgium but he returned because of bad weather. Posted to 12 OTU Benson on 12th August. Joined 19 Sqd on 18th August, to 226 Sqd at Wittering on the 22nd. To 72 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 28th September. Posted to 315 (Polish) Squadron as Flight Commander on 29th January 1941. Joined the Merchant Shipping Fighter Unit (MSFU) on 20th June 1941. 3 sea trips, promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 3rd September 1941 took charge of the MSFU detachment in Gibraltar on 26th September 1941. On 17th April 1942 he returned to the MSFU at Speke. Killed on 13th September 1942 in Hurricane P3868 in an interception exercise with the MFSU. As his aircraft was approached by the fighters, it was seen to carry out a steep turn to the right at about 2,000 feet and a few seconds later was seen to be spinning. The aircraft crashed into a field near Bryn-y-gwynt farm, Flintshire and caught fire. Buried Liverpool Anfield Cemetery England Age 22

650 DawVictor GeorgeFg Off41561British32 Sqd

651 DawbarnPeter LesliePlt Off41905British17 Sqd
HurricaneDiedOn patrol 1940-07-15 Hurricane (P3482). Crashed near Elsenham, Essex Aircraft was a write off but he survived.
652 DawickKennethSgtNZ/391828RNZAFNew Zealander111 Sqd

SurvivedDied 22 March 2005Born 21 August 1916, Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui - Died 22 March 2005. Enlisted 18 December 1939 age 23 Husband of Noeline; father of John and Helen A Printer with Spooners Ltd before enlistment Pilot Officer 7 February 1942 Flight Officer 7 November 1942 Flight Lieutenant 7 February 1944 Learnt to fly privately at Middle Districts Aero Club. After discharge, rejoined Reserves. Retired from work December 1977.
653 DawsonThomasSgt629727British235 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived warOban 22 May 1979 Aged 69Born on 29th August 1920 in the mining town of Seaham, Durham, on the North East coast of England. Records confirm that Thomas Dawson enlisted with the Royal Air Force on 29th December 1938, only 4 months after his 18th birthday. He was given the number 629727 which would follow him throughout his RAF career. After enlistment Thomas reported to Number 2 Depot Cardington., a former airship base in Bedford. Training as ACH/W.Opt (Aircraft Hand / Wireless Operator) at the rank of AC2. On 10th March 1939 relocated from Cardington to 2 Wing of the RAF until 5th September 1939. 5th September 1939 to the Inland Area Aircraft School in England. Training initially as a Wireless Operator and then also as an Air Gunner. 7th October 1939 first squadron posting, to 219 Sqd where he remained until 17th May 1940 located at RAF Catterick operating Bristol Blenheims. Intended to carry out shipping protection missions, it began to be used as a night fighter unit until becoming fully operational in February 1940. Promoted to Sergeant on 27th March 1940. 17th May 1940 Thomas to 235 Squadron on Blenheim. Flew in 35 operational sorties during Battle of Britain. •235 Squadron on 26th June 1941, Blenheims from Dyce near Aberdeen. 119 Squadron on 30th June 1941, Consolidated Catalina Mark 1b, probably in Oban. 413 Squadron on 8th July 1941, Consolidated Catalina, again probably in Oban. 210 Squadron on 15th August 1941 in RAF Oban on Catalina. During his time with Coastal Command Squadrons both during and for 2 years after the Battle of Britain, Thomas flew sufficient sorties to be awarded the Atlantic Clasp in addition to the Air Crew Europe Star. This is awarded to aircrew who have flown at least 2 months of operational flying over Europe. The award of the clasp however indicates that he flew at least double that qualifying period. He flew a total of 110 operational sorties - 8 with 219 sqdn, 93 with 235 sqdn, and 9 with 210 sqdn. Left the UK on 21st December 1942, and arrived at RAF HQ in Washington USA on 1st January 1943. To No1 BFTS in Terrell Texas, a further 1300 miles to the South West and 30 miles outside Dallas. Stationed there as an RAF Instructor, to give training in presumably air gunnery and operation / maintenance of wireless apparatus. Thousands of trainees passed through the BFTS’s during WW2.

His grandson wrote a wonderfully touching family history: Thomas Dawson

Dawson's medals with Battle of Britain and Battle of Atlantic clasps

Grave in Oban .
654 Dawson-PaulFSub Lt (FAA)FAABritish64 Sqd

655 DayFrank SamuelSgt (later P/O)123055 759128 RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1942-07-24Otherwise known as Deitchman born Hackney 1914, was a Sgt. Observer in 248 Sqd and came from Golders Green. He fought throughout the campaign, was commissioned in May 1942 but was killed in action on 24 July 1942 with 86 Sqd, en route to Malta in a Beaufort Torpedo Bomber with 3 other crew. He was son of Nathaniel and Rika and is buried at St Illogan churchyard, Cornwall, Row 1, grave 20. Illogan Churchyard Age 28
656 DayRobert Lionel FrankFg Off41263RAFBritish141 Sqd

132 Sqd


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KIA1944-06-18Connelles Churchyard Eure France


657 De Hempricourt de GrunneCompte Rudolph Ghislain CharlesPlt Off82158RAFVRBelgian32 Sqd

HurricaneWIAKIA1941-05-21On patrol 1940-08-16 shot down a Bf 109 and the following day, when a German formation attack on Biggin Hill 32 Sqd and 610 Sqd intercepted, he brought down his second Bf 109. 18 August he achieved his third success with a Do 17 but baled out of Hurricane I (V6535) badly burned after combat with a Bf 109 of JG 26 near Biggin Hill, at 17:35hrs. 1941-05-21 flying with 609 Sqd on a Circus, killed when his Spitfire II (P7436) broke up during combat over the Channel. Runnymede

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658 De KeyserJohn LionelP/O79166RAFSouth African206 SqdHudson1940-10-25206 Squadron RAFVR Coastal Command. Former member of Stepney Jewish Boys club. He was the son of William and Asneth of Johannesburg, South Africa. Runnymede Panel 8 Age 25
659 De la BoucherFrancois Henri Edmond Joseph AndreAdj30593 ?Free French85 Sqd

660 De la PerelleVictor BretonPlt Off36211 ?New Zealander245 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived war1983Born in 1919 and learned to fly at Otago Aero Club before joining the Royal New Zealand Air Force on a short service commission. To UK to serve with the RAF in 1939. Converted to Hurricanes and joined 245 Sqd at Aldergrove, Northern Ireland, on 30 September 1940. Went to 258 Sqd in November and became a Flight Commander in August 1941. The squadron was posted overseas and eventually arrived at Seletar, Singapore. With 258 and 605 Sqds flew against the Japanese and briefly commanded Seletar. On 21 February 1942 was promoted to acting Squadron Leader and appointed liaison officer with the Dutch Air Force in Java. Forced to surrender and were sent to a prison in Batavia, with de la Perelle in charge. Released in September 1945. After recuperation in New Zealand, returned to the RAF and commanded 165 Sqd. Seconded to the USAF, carrying out secret work in Korea during the Korean War, and was awarded the US Bronze Star. He retired from the RAF in 1958, as a Squadron Leader.
661 De ManchaRicardo AdrianiPlt Off80546RAFVRBritish43 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-07-21Killed when Hurricane I (P3973) collided with a Bf 109 of JG 27 at 15:15hrs. Runnymede Age 23
662 De MontbonXavierSgtFree French64 Sqd

663 De MontbronXavier de CheradeSgtFree French64 Sqd

664 De Mozay (Demozay)Jean É François2nd LtFR297 ?French1 Sqd

242 Sqd (RCAF)

91 Sqd


DFC & Bar

Hurricane21KIFA1945-12-19Born in Nantes in 1915, he joined the Armée de l’Air in 1936. Commercial pilot until 1939, when he assisted the RAF in France as an interpreter and liaison officer with 1 Sqd. Left behind when pilots withdrew their Hurricanes to England in advance of the German occupation. He commandeered a Bristol Bombay troop transport that was left behind with a minor technical problem, got it fixed and flew himself and 15 RAF ground crew back to England. Reported to the Free French Headquarters where he asked to be able to stay with the RAF. He converted to Hurricanes in time for a brief participation in the Battle of Britain with 1 Sqd. He fought aggressively throughout the war with 1 Sqd, 242 Sqd (RCAF) and 91 Sqd. 21 victories in over 400 combat missions. In addition to his DSO and DFC he received many decorations from other air forces. He died in December 1945 in an aircraft accident. The Orde portrait carries the name Moses Morlaix—used to protect his family in France from retaliation and retribution.

Portrait by Eric Kennington
665 De ScitivauxC J M PCaptFrench245 Sqd

666 De SpirletFrancois Xavier EgenoffPlt Off82163RAFVRBelgian87 Sqd

Hurricane1942-06-26Brussels Town Cemetery Belgian Airmen's Field of Honour

Belgium Aircrew Losses

667 DeaconArthur HarrySgt49756British85 Sqd 111 SqdHurricaneBaled out of Hurricane I (N2340) safely 1940-08-18 at 13:20hrs, after combat with Do 17 over Kenly while he was on patrol. His aircraft crashed at Oxted, Kent.
668 Deacon-ElliotRobertPORAFVR (later RAF)British72 Sqd




MiD (x2)

Spitfire4Survived war5th June 1997Born Church Brampton, Northampton, England. RAFVR in 1938 and trained as pilot in his spare time. Outbreak of war called up, commissioned and posted to 72 Sqd. He later rose through the ranks from Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader upwards to Wing Commander and eventually to Air Vice-Marshal. During the Battle of Britain he was shot down by a Messerschmitt 109, baled out and returned to action the same day, evening the score by downing a 109. During the four most critical days of the Battle of Britain he shot down at least one enemy aircraft a day. On 15th August 1940 he and 10 colleagues intercepted a raid crossing the coast between Acklington and Blyth of around 100 enemy aircraft. Seven attacked the He 111 bombers whilst the other four attacked the escorting Me 110 fighters. Flying at 20,000ft his oxygen supply failed, he passed out and his Spitfire, now housed in the Science Museum, went into a nose-dive. He came around at 1000ft, too low to bale out but managed to the pull the Spitfire out of the dive and land it back at RAF Acklington where his squadron was based. The Spitfire was written off but the Deac was still going. On 4th September 1940 he claimed a Me110 destroyed, on the 6th a Me109, on the 9th a Me110 and on the 11th a He111. He was shot down on 6th September in a head-on attack on a Me109 over Maidstone and baled out, unhurt. His Spitfire, N3070, crashed at Wanshurst Green. At the end of August 1940 he went with 72 Sqd to reinforce 11 Group after the battering it had taken from Goering’s Eagle Offensive. In 1941, when Fighter Command took the offensive, Deacon-Elliott took part in fighter sweeps across the Channel and into France after which he was rested for a while at Fighter Command HQ. In October 1942 he joined 84 Group as part of 2nd Tactical Air Force (2TAF) to help prepare the group to support the Allied invasion of Normandy and the Allied advance through north-west Europe. Post-war flew fighters in Cyprus, stationed as Officer Commanding at RAF Nicosia, and during the 1950s he climbed the ranks with a spell at Army Staff College as directing member of staff, followed by station commands at Leconfield and Driffield. Posted as an exchange to Air University of the USAF at Maxwell Air Force Base he returned home as 1st Commandant of the Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre at Biggin Hill. He was Air Officer Commanding RAF Gibraltar and RAF Malta as well as Deputy Commander-in-Chief (Air) Allied Forces Mediterranean after which he became Acting Air Vice-Marshal on 21st November 1966.

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Baled out safely over Kent 1940-09-04 at 13:20hrs. Spitfire I shot down by a Bf 110 over Hartfield, Sussex. Wounded 1940-09-06 at 09:20hrs. after combat over the Thames Estuary.

669 DeansleyEdward ChristopherFlt LtBritish152 Sqd

SpitfireWIASlightly wounded in combat with a Ju 87 on 1940-07-25. Shot down 3 miles off Portland in a Spitfire I (K9901). After rescue by ship he spent some time in hospital before flying again. 1940-09-26 he was shot down and wounded again 10 miles off Swanage, baling out of Spitfire I (K9982) after combat with a He 111 and a Bf 109. Deanesly was located by a Lysander and then picked up by the S.S. Empire Henchman.
670 DebenhamKenneth Barry LemprierePlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)81656RAFVRBritish151 Sqd

HurricaneWIAMIA1943-12-16Joined 151 Sqd on 1940-07-15. 2 victories during August before being shot down in his Hurricane I (R4183) on 1940-08-24 by a Bf 109. Badly wounded, including being burned. MIA on the 16th of December 1943-12-16. Believed tonhave collided with Wnd Cmdr Woods. Malta Memorial Age 24

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671 Debree ?Plt OffBritish264 Sqd


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672 DeeOrlando JohnSgt906581RAF (RAFVR?)British235 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-05-28 Age 20Born in June 1921 in Witnesham, Suffolk England. Joined RAF in November 1939 as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. Joined 235 Sqd 13th September 1940. Killed on 28th May 1941 with 235 at Bircham Newton in Blenheim IV Z5968, shot down off Texel Holland by Me109's of 2/JG52 operating from De Vlijt Holland Crew P/O JO Fenton and Sgt. RH Johnson also lost. Dee's body was carried North by sea currents, washed up and he was buried at Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf, Germany.

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673 DeereAlan ChristopherFlt Lt (later Air Commodore)NZ/40370RNZAFNew Zealander54 Sqd



DFC & Bar

Croix de Guerre (France)


Spitfire22Died 21 September 1995Born in Auckland 1917-12-12. Joined RAF October 1937. 54 Sqd in September 1938. 1940-05-23 A.C took part in a daring rescue operation. He and Pilot Officer Allen escorted their flight commander, James Leathart, to France to pick up the CO of 74 Sqd who had made a forced landing on the airfield at Calais-Marck. The pick-up was made, with Allen watching from 8000 feet and Deere circling at low level. An approaching formation of Bf 109s was spotted by Allen as the Master taxied out for take-off. A strafing Bf 109 pulled out of its dive, Deere fired a short burst and the aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea. Deere, climbing to help Allen, crossed the path of two Bf 109s, one of which turned towards him. Deere also turned, firing at the second one, which rolled over and dived away. Pursuing the first one, he caught up at treetop height and pursued him, firing off his remaining ammunition before the German headed for home. Diving towards the coast Deere called up Allen and was relieved to hear him answer. In the meantime the Master had taken off and headed for Hornchurch. In the action three Bf 109s had been shot down and three others severely damaged. During four days - 23 to 29 May - Deere shot down three Bf 109s and three Bf 110s and in June was decorated with the DFC by the King at a special ceremony at Hornchurch. J.A.Leathart and Allen were decorated at the same time. During the Battle of Britain Deere destroyed seven more enemy fighters and one bomber and was awarded a Bar to the DFC. on the Ist of December 1940 he was sent for a rest, and in January 1941 became an Operations Room Controller. He returned to operations on 7 May 1941, joining 602 Sqd in Scotland as a Flight Commander. On the 10th he was scrambled to investigate a Bf 110 flying westwards. He did not sight the enemy aircraft but after landing was told it had crashed near Glasgow. The pilot was later revealed to be Rudolf Hess. Deere took command of 602 Sqd on August the 1st 1941 and on that day destroyed a Bf 109, his first victory for eleven months. When his second operational tour ended in January 1942 Deere went to the USA to lecture on fighter tactics but was restless for a return to operations. He achieved this in May 1942, when he took command of No 403 Squadron, leading it until August before being posted to staff duties. During a temporary attachment to No 611 Squadron in February 1943 Deere destroyed an FW 190. Some days later he was appointed Wing Leader at Biggin Hill. He flew 121 sorties during his six months' leadership and increased his personal score to twenty-two confirmed victories, ten probables and eighteen damaged. Deere wrote of his experiences and his many escapes from death in his classic book, 'Nine Lives', published in 1959.


Signed by Al Deere, Adolf Galland, Erich Rudorffer

674 DejaceLeonard JosephPlt Off81632Belgian236 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1942-07-26 Age 33Liege Robermont Cemetery

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675 DellerAlan Lawrence MartinSgtBritish43 Sqd

HurricaneJoined 43 Sqd 1940-08-03. 12 August forced-landed at Tangmere after a combat. Shot down 1940-09-07 baled out Hurricane I (V7309) unhurt after combat over the Ashford area of Kent at 16:45hrs.
676 DemetriadiRichard StephenFg Off90145RAF (A)British601 Sqd

Hurricane I R4092KIA1940-08-11

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Born 14 August 1918, educated Eton. Also remembered at St. Martin Churchyard, Westmenston, Sussex. Born 16th August 1918. in Chelsea. Son of Sir Stephen Demetriadi, K.B.E., and of Lady Gulielma Norah Mabel Demetriadi (née Bates), of Westmeston, Sussex. Attached to the King's Estate at Sandringham. Ditchling Beacon owned by Sir Stephen Demetriadi, is the highest spot on The South Downs and a significant part of it was donated to the National Trust as a permanent memorial to his son. Grave inscription: "Never In The Field Of Human Conflict Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few".

677 DemoulinRene Jean GhislainSgt116107RAFVRBelgian171 Sqd

349 Sqd (Belgian)

235 Sqd

272 Sqd
Chevalier de l'Ordre Leopold (Belgium)

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

BlenheimKIA1944-04-06 Age 23Born Comblain-au-Pont, Liege, Belgium on 25 May 1920. Joined Belgian Air Force. He was serving with the 3rd Regiment, equipped with Fairey Foxes, when Belgium capitulated and he was able to escape through France, embarking at St. Jean-de-Luz and landing in Britain on 23 June 1940. Converting to Blenheims at 5 OTU Aston Down, joined 235 Sqd on 5 August 1940 and served with it in the Battle of Britain. 19th July 1941 he flew from Edku, Egypt to Malta with 272 Sqd, on Beaufighters. 28 July he shared in damaging Z501’s in an attack on the seaplane base at Marsala. Commissioned August 1941. Shared in damaging two Ju52’s over the Gulf of Bomba on 24th September. 1942 he destroyed a Ju52. On 14 November 1942 joined 171 Sqd. January 1943 transferred in 349 Sqd (Belgian) in lkeja in Nigeria. Injured in February 1943, he was hospitalised in Freetown until June. Killed on 6 April 1944 as a Squadron Leader with 272 Sqd. Took off from Alghero in Sardinia in Beaufighter X LZ488 ‘H’ to attack shipping. The aircraft came down in flames off Port-Vendres and Demoulin and F/Sgt. J S Barker were lost. Malta Memorial Panel 12, Column 2 and Pelouse d’Honneur in Evere, Brussels.

Belgium Aircrew Losses

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678 DenbyGordon AlfredPlt Off80812RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

125 Sqd

Blenheim1 + 3 probablesMIA1942-12-10Joined 600 Sqd on 1940-07-09. 27 September Denby claimed a probable at night, aircraft was last seen entering clouds on fire. February 1941 Denby destroyed a He 111 at night. DFC1941-04-22. Killed 1942-12-10 aged 27, when his Beaufighter developed engine trouble and crashed into the sea. Runnymede Age 27

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679 DenchfieldHerbert DavidSgt748168British610 Sqd

SpitfireSurvived warSurviving aircrew
680 DenholmGeorge LovellSqd Ldr90190British603 Sqd (CO)

SpitfireBaled out Spitfire I (L1067) 1940-08-30 at 11:15hrs over Snargate, Kent after combat with a Bf 110. Spitfire I (R7019) 1940-09-15 at 15:10hrs, when shot down at Chartway Street Kent during combat with a Do 17. Survived.
681 DenisonRichard WarrenFlt Lt37596Canadian236 Sqd

682 DentonDenis AustinSgt650890RAFBritish236 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1944-08-30Escoublac-la-Baule War Cemetery France Age 22
683 DerbyshireJohn MontaguePlt Off42110British236 Sqd

684 DermottPOBritish600 Sqd

685 DeslogesJean Paul JosephFlt Lt (later W/C)C/788RCAFCanadian1 Sqd (RCAF)

HurricaneWIAKIFA1944-05-08 Age 31Shot down 1940-08-31 by a Bf 109 while attacking Do 215s. Baled out Hurricane I (N2530) at 17:00hrs over Gravesend, severely burned. Killed in a flying accident in North Africa 1944-05-08. Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery Algiers

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686 DeuntzerDerrick CanutSgt111486British247 Sqd

687 DevittPeter KennethSqd Ldr90080British152 Sqd (CO)

Spitfire Ia X4177 UM-ASafeSurvived the war

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Born on 4th June 1911. At the end of October 1940, Devitt was posted to HQ 9 Group. In April 1941 he went to HQ 14 Group as Senior Controller. Postwar he was a Lloyds underwriter. He passed away on the 29th March 1997, at age 85.

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688 DewarJohn Michael FirthPlt Off72462RAFBritish229 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1941-03-30Runnymede Age 24
689 DewarJohn ScatliffWg Cdr26029British87 Sqd

213 Sqd


Hurricane24 (?)KIA1940-09-12Commanded 87 Sqd from November 1939 until the 12 July 1940. Shot down 24 German aircraft in France in May 1940. Commanded 213 Sqd until August 1940. Promoted to Wing Commander and Station Commander at Exeter. DSO and DFC. killed 1940-09-12 while on patrol in Hurricane I (V7306). Lost over the coast while flying to Tangmere, probably shot down. Body washed ashore 1940-09-30 North Baddesley St John the Baptist Churchyard Age 33

690 DeweyRobert BasilPlt Off42815RAFBritish611 Sqd

603 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-10-27KIA 1940-10-27. Spitfire II (P7365) shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 51 south of Maidstone, Kent at14:05hrs. Hornchurch Cemetery England
691 DewhurstKenneth ShortlandFg Off41907British234 Sqd

SpitfireBaled out of Spitfire I (R6967) near Southampton 1940-08-16 at 17:30hrs after combat with a Bf 109 over Gosport.
692 DexterPeter GrenfellSqd Ldr41680RAFBritish603 Sqd

54 Sqd

SpitfireWIAKIA1941-07-14Wounded 1940-10-02 with 603 Sqd. Spitfire I (P9553) shot down by Bf 109 of JG 53 over Croydon at 10:30hrs. KIA 1941-07-14 when he collided with Spitfire from 54 Sqd on Circus 40. Baled out but did not survive. Buried at Samer Cemetery France.
693 DibnahRonald Harold 'Rolly'Plt OffRAFCanadian1 Sqd

242 Sqd

91 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived warFebruary 1990 CanadaPosted to 1 Sqd RAF in France on 27 April 1940, P/O Roland H "Rolly" Dibnah was wounded in the thigh in a combat over Ochamps on 29 May and made a forced-landing at Nancy. On 31 August, he damaged an Me 110 and on 6 September shared another destroyed. The Canadian was posted to 242 Sqd RAF at RAF Coltishall on 21 September, remaining with them until 30 December 1940. His subsequent service is currently unknown until January 1944 when Dibnah joined 91 Squadron at Tangmere. He transferred to the RCAF on 18th January 1945 and was released on 21st October 1947 as a Flight Lieutenant. He flew Vampires with the RCAF

Dibnah next to Spitfire
694 DickieWilliam GordonPlt Off80541RAFVRBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane I L2057MIA1940-08-11

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Joined 601 Sqd in June 1940. Shot down a Do17 on the 7 July. After combat 1940-08-11 in Hurricane I (L2057) off Portland was posted M.I.A., Runnymede Age 24. Son of William Bruce Dickie (died 25th March 1951 in Dundee) and Euphemia Dickie, of Dundee. Scotland.

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695 DickinsonJohn HoltSgt740861RAFVRBritish253 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-30Killed 1940-08-30 at 17:15hrs. Baled out of Hurricane (P3213) but was killed near Woodchurch. Eton St Mary Churchyard Age 21
696 DieuGiovanni Ernest FerdinandPlt OffRAFVRBelgian236 Sqd

609 Sqd

245 Sqd

Blenheim2Survived war26th October 1978 Woluwe St Lambert BrusselsBorn 12 August 1907 in Chatelineau, east of Charleroi, Belgium. Served in Belgian Army before transferring to the air arm in 1927. Civil pilot's licence at Gosselies and then as a military pilot at Wevelghem on 31st May 1928. Served with the 1st Air Regiment, then posted to the 3rd Air Regiment as Adjutant in 1937. May 1940 he was a Lieutenant at the main flying school at Wevelghem. Withdrew to France to continue the fight from there and from 26th May to 12th June 1940 he was based at Tours as a ferry pilot, moving to Bordeaux on the 13th June. With colleagues Philippart, Gonay and Buchin, made their way to Bayonne and boarded 'MS Koningin Emma' which took them to Plymouth. Landed on 23 June. Commissioned in the RAF as a Pilot Officer on 12 July 1940. 5 OTU Aston Down to convert to Blenheims. On 3 August 1940 posted to 236 Sqd. 4 August 1941 joined 609 Sqd at Gravesend. Flying Spitfire Vb AB975 with 609, got a Me109F on 27 September 1941 over Mardyck and then a Fw190 on 8 March 1942 during a fighter sweep in the Dunkirk area. To 245 Sqd in August 1942 and later to the Belgian Flying School in the UK. Air Force Cross on 13 November 1945. Discharged from the RAF on 1st October 1946 and returned to Belgium, joining the newly reformed Belgian Air Force. Retired in August 1954.

Belgium Aircrew Losses

Dieu during training in Belgium. Courtesy Philip Demen Collection

697 DiffordIvor BenisonFg Off39865RAFSouth African607 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-07Killed when Hurricane I (L1728) collided with another Hurricane I (P3860) of his Squadron flown by I.M.W.Scott 1940-10-07 at 16:00hrs. Tangmere St Andrew Churchyard

698 Digby-WorsleyMaxwell PaulSgt649007RAFBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-08-19Killed 1940-08-19 as pilot of Blenheim IVf (L9457). He and his crew W.H.Want and the pilot Sgt J.H.Round failed to return from a recce of the Norwegian coast. Runnymede Age 18
699 DitzelJohn WilliamSgt122553British25 Sqd

700 DixonChristopher Alexander WilfredSgt124628British601 Sqd

HurricaneSurvived war23 July 1977 Saskatchewan CanadaBorn 1919 in Northampton England. Joined the RAFVR June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939. 7 OTU Hawarden in mid-August 1940. Converted to Hurricanes, joined 601 Sqd at Debden on 4th September. Commissioned in April 1942 but nothing else recorded until he left RAF early 1944.

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