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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
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901 FrancisSgtBritish3 Sqd

902 FrancisNoel Inglis ChalmersSgt (later F/O)40817RAFBritish247 Sqd

GladiatorKIA1941-12-09Stoke upon Tern St Peter Church Cemetery
903 FranklinWalter Derrick KerrFg Off40217RAFJAM74 Sqd
Spitfire1DiedOctober 2000Born 14 September 1916 in Jamaica. Joined RAF 23 August 1937. 12 E&RFTS Prestwick. 1 RAF Depot Uxbridge for a short induction course, then 9 FTS Hullavington. Joined 142 Sqd at Andover on 20th August 1938. On 2nd September 1939 the squadron flew its Battles out to France. It suffered heavy losses in May 1940 and was withdrawn to Waddington on 15th June. Volunteered for Fighter Command. Joined 74 Sqd 21 August at Kirton-in-Lindsey. Shared damed Do17 September. Ju87 destroyed on 14th November. On 30th December 1940 to CFS Upavon for an instructors course. He was instructing until 1945, when he went for a course at the Empire Test Pilots School at Cranfleld, after which he was posted to Farnborough. Franklin returned to Jamaica 1947 to run the family-owned hotel. Later sold it and returned to England. Died in October 2000 in Southampton.

904 FranklinWilliam HenryPlt Off44753RAFBritish65 Sqd

DFM & Bar

Spitfire13MIA1940-12-12Grew up in east London. RAF aircraft apprentice in 1929, qualifying as a fitter, aero engines. Later selected for pilot training. Joined 65 Sqd at Hornchurch in 1937. At the outbreak of war he was a Flight Sergeant with the squadron. During operations over France in May and June 1940, Franklin achieved ace status. DFM on 9 July. In the Battle of Britain Franklin continued as a scourge of the Luftwaffe. Between 7 July and 16 August he destroyed eight Bf 109s, damaged another and damaged a Do 17. Bar to the DFM on 13 August. After a period ‘non-effective sick’ Franklin re-joined 65 on 13 October, the day he was commissioned. On 12 December Franklin and Sergeant Merrik Hine failed to return from a pursuit of a German bomber in circumstances which have never been fully established. Squadron Leader Gerald Saunders, 65’s CO, wrote to the widow of Bill Franklin, saying: “I personally feel that I have lost a real friend. To his fellow pilots his absence has come as a real blow and to the squadron as a whole, the loss of this most popular, experienced and cheerful pilot is very heavily felt.”

Official Ace. First combat over Dunkirk where he helped to damage a Ju 88. Shot down Bf 109 and a Bf 110 on the 26 June 1940. DFM and promoted to Flight Sergeant. J.K.Qill said in his book that Franklin had 'eyes like a hawk': he was often the first to see and recognise the enemy. Commissioned October 1940 Shot down and killed by Ju 88 near Selsey 1940-12-12 in Spitfire (R6978) at 14:20hrs. Score stood at 13 with 3 shared. Runnymede Age 29

905 FrantišekJózefSgt793451PAFCzech303 Sqd Polish

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Croix de Guerre
Hurricane I R4175 RF-R17KIA1940-10-08Fled to Poland when country was overrun. Joined Polish Air Force, then when Poland fell, he went to France (via North Africa) and joined the Armee de l'Air, and received the Croix de Guerre for an air-to-air victory.Then went to England when France fell, joined the RAF, and was a founding member of No 303 (Polish) Squadron. In the space of a month, he shot down 17 aircraft, 9 of which were Bf 109s. DFM but otherwise received no official recognition for his exploits. Killed when his Hurricane I (R4175) crashed on the 8th of October 1940, the cause was unknown, but suspected of flying to impress his fiancée.He had absolutely no concept of discipline or teamwork. He would fly in formation with the squadron until the enemy was sighted, then would go his own way. His exasperated British Squadron Leader finally decided enough was enough; for all his results, such behaviour couldn't be tolerated. He offered to arrange for Frantisek to transfer to a Czech squadron, but Frantisek preferred to stay and fight alongside his Polish friends. He was too good to be grounded, and all pilots were valuable, so a compromise was made. Frantisek was replaced in the Squadron formation, but allotted a "spare" aircraft so he could fly as a "guest" of the Squadron as and when - and how - he saw fit. Thus freed to fight his own private war, he would still accompany the squadron on intercepts sometimes, but at other times he would take off after them to fly a lone patrol over Kent, in the area through which he knew the German aircraft being intercepted would fly on their way back to base. it is a mystery why his tactic of lying in wait at the coast was not copied officially. Northwood Cemetery Age 26

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906 FraserRobert Henry BraundSgt741810RAFVRBritish257 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-10-22Shot down by Bf 109 and killed in Hurricane I (V6851) 1940-10-22 over Folkstone at 16:50hrs. Glasgow Craigton Cemetery Scotland Age 20

907 FreebornJohn ConnellFg Off70854British74 Sqd
DFC & Bar
Spitfire8.5Died2010-08-28Official Ace. born in Middleton near the city of Leeds in December of 1919. He joined the RAF in 1938 at the age of 18. Following his training, he joined 74 Sqd (Tigers) at RAF Hornchurch in October of 1938. Within days of the declaration of war, flying Spitfires, Freeborn and other members of his squadron engaged what they thought was an enemy force. Sadly, it was a Hurricane Squadron and Freeborn and another pilot of 74 Sqd shot down the first two British airplanes of the Second World War (the so-called Battle of Barking Creek). The ensuing court martial absolved Freeborn and his mate, but caused deep wounds within the squadron when their Flight Leader, 'Sailor' Malan testified against them. Despite the outcome, Freeborn continued with 74 Sqd as did Malan, and when Malan became the squadron commander he often let Freeborn lead, such was his respect for his fighting skill. Freeborn became an ace in the Battle of Britain, and was awarded a DFC in August at the height of the Battle. Throughout the rest of 1940 and into 1941, he increased his score and led the squadron on occasion. In February of 1941, he was awarded a second DFC and then went on to an instructor’s course. This was followed by an appointment as an RAF liaison officer with the RAF’s training program in the United States—specifically in Alabama and Florida. It was here that he test flew the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt. In December of 1942, he returned to England to take command at RAF Harrowbeer and then Bolt Head. In February 1943, he was added to the already full strength of 602 City of Glasgow Sqd, leading the squadron escorting bombers. Later that year, he took command of 118 Sqd at RAF Coltishall and led them for six months. He returned to an Operational Training role, and then took command of 286 Wing in Italy. After the war, he remained connected to the RAF until 1954, and then went into the business world. He died in 2010.

Joined 74 Sqd 1938-10-29 from No 8 FTS. He was an 'A' Class Reservist and the first to join the Tigers. Made a forced landing 1940-07-10 after battle damage to Spitfire (K9863) whilst attacking some 26 Dorniers escorted by fighters over a convoy near Dover. DFC 1940-07-31. He shot down Bf 110 on 11 September 1940 from II Gruppe of ZG 76 which crashed off Dungeness with its crew were picked up by the German rescue outfit, Seenotdienst. 1 December 1919 – 28 August 2010

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Hurricanes of No 32 Squadron and Spitfires of No 74 Squadron engaging Messerschmidt Bf 110s over the Kent coast. Freeborn's aircraft ZP-C is shown on the cover artwork.

908 FreemanRichard PowellSgt812312British29 Sqd

909 FreerPeter FosterPO65990RAFVRBritish29 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-05-11 Age 22Son of Herbert and Mary Edith Freer, of Cottingham. Cottingham Cemetery England

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910 FreeseLaurence EricSgt742568RAFVRBritish611 Sqd

74 Sqd

Spitfire3KIA1941-01-10 Age 24Barking Rippleside Cemetery England Age 24

Born Ilford in June 1917. Joined RAFVR about November 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939. Completed training at 18 EFTS and 5 FTS, converted to Spitfires at 7 OTU Hawarden and was posted to 611 Squadron at Tern Hill on 29th September 1940. Joined 74 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 26th October. 14th November claimed a Ju87 destroyed and another damaged and on the 15th he destroyed a Me109 and probably another. On 10th January 1941 the squadron went on an anti-shipping strike but they were sent too far out and ran out of fuel on the return trip. Freese was fatally injured attempting to make a forced-landing at Detling in Spitfire IIa P7561.

911 FrenchThomas LennoxSgt65991RAFVRBritish29 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1942-12-14Edinburgh Corstorphine Hill Cemetery Age 24
912 FreyJuliusz ArturFlt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)P-0322PAFPolish607 Sqd

Krzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

Hurricane1991-03-30After the fall of France, he was evacuated to Great Britain. After 5 OTU, he is assigned on October 11, 1940 to 607 Sqd RAF and later 303 Sqd. Where he fulfills the duties of a squadron commander, he fought in the Battle of Britain. From February 22, 1941, he was the 1st Commander of 316 Sqd - on March 18, 1943, he would join the 418 Sqd RCAF (Night Fighter). On December 28, 1943, after a short stay at the Polish Base in Blackpool, he was directed to the Air Defense Command in Great Britain. In 1944, on December 18 transferred to Fighter Command, where he took the position of deputy liaison officer. In 1946, after his release, he went to Canada.
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913 FriendJack RichardSgt904234RAFVRBritish25 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-12-07Wittering All Saints Churchyard Age 26
914 FriendshipAlfred Henry BasilPlt Off81637British3 Sqd


915 FrippJoffre HarrySgt (later Flt Lt)120212RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived warJune 1973 in Birmingham.Born 27th May 1915 Smethwick, Staffordshire. Joined RAFVR August 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939. Training at 10 FTS Ternhill on No. 13 Course. Joined 248 Sqd 6th June 1940, Commissioned in April 1942. Released from RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. Commissioned in RAFVR in September 1949.
916 FrisbyEdward MurrayFg Off (later Flt Lt)90507RAFVRBritish504 Sqd

HurricaneKIFA mid air collision during training1941-12-05Born Cropston, Leicestershire England on 22 April 1917. Aero Certificate 14220 at Leicestershire Aero Club on 20 August 1936. Joined 504 Sqd Auxiliary Air Force in 1938. Commissioned in October. Full-time service on 28 September 1939. Served with 504 throughout the Battle of Britain. Killed on 5 December 1941 serving with 6 EFTS as a Flight Lieutenant, piloting Tiger Moth II N6968 which collided with Wellington X9799 of 20 OTU near Piddington, Northamptonshire. His student LAC DQ May and the Wellington crew were also killed: F/O CE Beloe, Sgt. AG Johnstone. Sgt. HS Loader, Sgt. DJ Marcus, Sgt. JH Mattingly, Sgt. TA Nesbitt, Sgt. SG Parrott, Sgt. H Wright Great Glen St Cuthbert Churchyard England

917 FrithEric Thomas GSgt742091RAFVRBritish611 Sqd

92 Sqd

SpitfireWIA KIA1940-10-17Badly burned when baled out of Spitfire I (X4597) 1940-10-09 following combat with Bf 109s near Ashford, Kent at 12:50hrs. He died from his injuries on the 17th of October 1940. Oxford Botley Cemetery Age 26
918 FrizellCharles GeorgePlt OffCanadian257 Sqd

HurricaneBaled out of burning Hurricane I (L1703) 1940-08-15. Hurricane crashed near Edgware but he was unhurt.
919 FrostJack LynchPlt Off84681RAFVRBritish600 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived war20th December 2005 in Lincolnshire.Born on 15th March 1908 RAFVR in February 1939 as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. Called up on 1st September 1939. Serving with 600 Sqd at Northolt by June 1940. Commissioned in August 1940, Frost made his last flight with 600 on 28th September, Hornchurch to Redhill. Administrative Branch transfer on 24th May 1941. 23rd January 1942 Frost was dismissed from the RAF by sentence of a General Court Martial
920 FulfordDavidSgt (later F/O)63787RAFVRBritish64 Sqd

19 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1942-11-02Runnymede Age 22
921 FumertonRobert Carl 'Moose'Plt OffCanadian32 Sqd

922 FurneauxRex HortonSgt103486British3 Sqd

73 Sqd

923 Fürst (Firt)BohumirSgt787556 68152RAFVRCzech310 Sqd Czech

605 Sqd

Hurricane5Died1978-01-02Died Ledeč nad Sázavou

Sergeant Bohumir Fürst of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron is greeted by the squadron mascot on returning to Duxford after a sortie in his Hawker Hurricane Mk I, 7 September 1940.
924 GabszewiczAleksander KlemensFg Off (later Grp Cpt)P-0163PAFPolish607 Sqd

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DSO & Bar


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Croix de Guerre (France)

Order of Polonia Restituta

Medal Lotniczy

Odznaka Za Rany i Kontuzje (Wound Badge)
Hurricane8Died1983-10-10After the fall of France, he was evacuated to Great Britain and after a brief training on October 11, 1940, he was assigned to 607 Sqd RAF. November 13, 1940 is transferred to 303 Sqd. In February 1941 assigned to 316 Sqd forming at Pembrey, and on November 16 he became its commander. On January 28, 1943, he took command of the 1st Polish Fighter Wing. In 1944, he commanded 133 SM from July 12 to May 31, 1945. On February 2, 1946, he became commander of RAF Coltishall Airport. In 1947 he retired from aviation and stayed in Great Britain. In the years 1964 - 1968 he was the president of the Polish Aviators Association in Great Britain. Flew Hurricanes with 607 Sqd during the Battle of Britain. Later in the war he became a Group Captain and was credited with 8 confirmed kills plus 3 shared.
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925 GaddJames EdwardSgt801453British611 Sqd

926 GageDouglas HughPlt Off83248RAFVRBritish602 Sqd

SpitfireMIA1941-06-06Born in January 1918. After converting to Spitfires at 7 OTU Hawarden he was posted to 616 Sqd at Coltishall on 2nd September 1940. He moved to 602 Sqd at Westhampnett on the 21st. He was killed on 6th June 1941, aged 23, serving with 91 Sqd at Hawkinge. Runnymede Age 23

927 GallusPaweł PiotrSgt794124PAFPolish303 Sqd Polish

316 Sqd Polish

309 Sqd Polish

Virtuti Militari


Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

Hurricane2011-04-19Assigned 303 Sqd in the rank of sergeant -01.07. - 31.10.1940 actively participated in the Battle of Great Britain. In 1943 transferred to 316 Sqd, then 9.45 to 309 Sqd. Died Northampton
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928 GamblenDouglas RobertFg Off39657RAFBritish41 Sqd

Spitfire N3038MIA1940-07-29Age 25 when killed. Shot down and killed in Spitfire I (N3038) 1940-07-29 at 07:45hrs. In combat with Ju 87s and Bf 109s off Dover. Lost over Dover. Remembered on Panel 5 of the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 5.

Joined RAF in March 1937

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929 GaneSidney RussellPlt Off42117RAFBritish248 Sqd

Blenheim L9453KIA1940-10-20 Age 20Pilot. 1940-10-20 on a recce sortie off the Norwegian coast flying Blenheim IVf (L9453) when shot down and killed. The other members of the crew were M.D.Green & N.J.Stocks. Trondheim Stavne Cemetery Age 20

Joined the RAF on a short service commission in March 1939. Elementary training at 10 E&RFTS Yatesbury and intermediate and advanced training at 5 FTS Sealand. 6 November 1939 posted to 248 Sqd at Hendon. In February 1940 the squadron joined Coastal Command. Flying from Sumburgh in the Shetlands, Gane failed to return from a sortie in Blenheim L9453 over the Norwegian coast on 20th October 1940. Three Blenheims from 248 had been sent out to look for a shot-down German crew in a dinghy, an intercepted radio message indicated that a Luftwaffe floatplane was on its way to pick them up. Off Ballen Hemnefjord, L9453 was intercepted by two Me109s from 4./JG77 and shot down. Gane was able to bale out but P/O MD Green and Sgt. NJ Stocks were still aboard when the Blenheim went into the sea. Gane managed to parachute from the Blenheim but was then machine-gunned by the Me109s as he descended. His body was recovered by Norwegian civilians and buried nearby at Stamnes Farm. In 1945 he was re-interred at Stavne Cemetery, Trondheim.

930 GantErnestSgt52007British236 Sqd

931 GardinerEric CecilSgt562691RAFBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-10-30Air Gunner. Plane hit trees. Pontefract Cemetery
932 GardinerFredrick ThomasFg Off72100British610 Sqd

Spitfire1WIAJoined 610 Sqd July 1940. Wounded in the arm 1940-07-25 by Bf 109 over the Channel at 15:20 but he managed to land safely. On 25 August 1940 baled out of Spitfire I (K9931) after combat with a Bf 109 over Dover at 19:20hrs and was slightly wounded. He shot down a Bf 110. DFC 1944-03-10.
Portrait by Eric Kennington
933 GardinerWilliam NairnSgt121234British3 Sqd

934 GardnerBernard George DerrySgt740601RAFVRBritish610 Sqd

Spitfire9WIAKIA1941-06-28Pilot. Attached to 3 Sqd in France 1940, claimed three victories there. Returning to 32 Sqd after France fell, he added another before the start of the Battle. Joined 610 Sqd 27 July 1940. Shot down 2 (3?) Bf 109s on the 12 August and another on the 14 August, when he was wounded in the arm, a Ju 88 on 15 August and another Bf 109 on 16 August. DFC 1940-08-30. 1941-06-28 shot down by AA guns at Lydd Kent in Blenheim V5755 of 75 Signals Wing Also lost were Sgt. RR Barnett, F/Sgt. S L Peach and Sgt. WO Fenton. Buried in Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton. Age 24

935 GardnerPeter MelvillPlt Off40527British32 Sqd

Hurricane9Died23rd May 1984Born in Grimsby on 1st July 1918. Educated at the Imperial Service College in Windsor and then Eton House at Tonbridge School. Joined RAF November 1937. To 5 FTS Sealand on 5th March 1938 and 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 17th September 1938. In May 1940 Gardner was attached to 3 Squadron in France.15 May 1940 he claimed a Do17 destroyed, on the 18th a Do17 damaged, on the 19th a He111 and on the 20th another Do17. Back with 32 Squadron, he claimed a share in a Do17 on 3rd July, damaged a Me109 on 11th August, destroyed a Me109 and a Do17 on the 12th, destroyed a Ju88 on the 15th and another Me109 on the 16th. DFC 30th August 1940. June 1941 posted to 54 Squadron at Hornchurch as a Flight Commander. Destroyed a Me109 on 17th June. During a sweep on 11th July 1941 Gardner was shot down in Spitfire Vb P8754 and captured. He later went to Stalag Luft III.

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936 GardnerRichard Exton 'Jimmy'Sub Lt (FAA)FAABritish242 Sqd



Hurricane7.51999-03-26Joined 242 Sqd 1940-07-01 from the RNVR. He wore naval Uniform but was subject to RAF discipline as if he was a full member of a Squadron.

Born 24 July 1914. Educated at Bryanston School. Joined the Royal Navy in 1939, flying training at Gravesend in May, as a Leading Seaman. Commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant RNVR on 8th September 1939. Wings at RAF Netheravon in April 1940. Joined 760 Sqd (FAA) at HMS Raven at Eastleigh. Mid-June 1940 loaned to the RAF. 7 OTU Hawarden from 17th June doing a conversion course on Hurricanes and he left there on the 28th. He joined 242 Squadron at Coltishall on 1 July 1940. He111 destroyed on 10 July, shared a Do17 on 21 August, destroyed a Do17 on 7 September and probably destroyed two Do17's on Sep 18. Damaged by Me109's off Sheerness on 5th November but returned, unhurt, to Coltishall in Hurricane P3054. On 8 December 1940 posted to join 252 Squadron Coastal Command at Chivenor. Recalled by the Royal Navy on 6 January 1941, to RNAS Yeovilton for FAA duties. March 1941 joined 807 Squadron on HMS Furious, later in Ark Royal. In May the carrier took part in Operation Tiger, a convoy to reinforce Egypt. 8 May 1941 destroyed two Ju87's and shared a SM79. His Fulmar was badly damaged and crashed on landing back on Ark Royal. DSC (gazetted 29 July 1941) Shared a Ju52 on 23 August, a Cant Z506B on 27 September and a Fiat BR20 on 18 October. After Ark Royal was sunk in November 1941 807 Squadron joined HMS Argus for convoy duties in the Western Mediterranean. April 1942 Gardner appointed as an instructor at 760 Squadron, part of the Fleet Fighter School at Yeovilton. July 1942 he was given command of 889 Squadron, operating in Fulmars from HMS Greve at Dekheila, near Alexandria, on Canal Zone defence. Part of 889 Squadron went to Syria, to operate with 260 Wing RAF and was re-equipped with Hurricanes in October 1942. They then flew in the Western Desert until disbanded in February 1943. He returned to the UK and from May 1943 commanded 736 Squadron, formed as the School of Air Combat. In September 1943 the unit moved to St. Merryn and became the Fighter Combat School element of the School of Naval Air Warfare. Gardner then took command of 715 Squadron, which was formed from a nucleus provided by 736 Squadron. Its Corsairs and Seafires were used on fighter combat and Fighter Leaders courses. Posted to the School of Naval Air Warfare, which he commanded from November 1944. OBE (gazetted 14 June 1945) and retired on 13th March 1946. He died on 26th March 1999.

937 Gardner


John RushtonPlt OffNZ/41841RNZAFNew Zealander141 Sqd


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WIADied 6 May 2011

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Born 14 June 1918 Dunedin, Otago - Died 6 May 2011 Age 92. Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. On patrol 1940-07-19 in Defiant (L7016) when shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 51 and injured near Dover at 12:45hrs. His gunner D.M.Slatter was KIA.

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938 GarfieldWalter JamesSgt740997RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1940-09-13Pilot Killed along with crew (B.W.Mesner & A.Kay) September 1940-09-13 at 19:00hrs. Blenheim IVf (L9451) went missing during sortie off the Norwegian coast. Bergen Mollendal Cemetery Norway Age 25
939 GarradAnthony Hugh HamiltonPlt Off42119British248 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1940-11-03Runnymede Age 19
940 GarsideGeoffreySgt936021British236 Sqd

941 GartonGeoffrey WilliamSgt (later W/C)67034British73 Sqd


942 GarveyLeonard ArthurSgt740340RAFVRBritish41 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-10-30KIA 1940-10-30. Shot down in Spitfire II (P7375) by a Bf 109 over Ashford, Kent at 16:10hrs. Near Canterbury Born Aston, Warwickshire, Born 1914 son of Andrew J. & Sarah A. Garvey of Erdington, Birmingham buried in Section 56, Grave 10373 of Witton Cemetery, Birmingham. England Age 26

943 GarvinGeorge DesmondSqd Ldr34237British264 Sqd (CO)


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
WIAPilot Defiant L7021 following combat with BF 109s crashed in flames at Faversham. Sqn Ldr Garvin, the Pilot, bailed out slightly injured, Ash baled out but was killed.
944 GashFredrick 'Fred'Sgt146840British264 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
945 GaskellRichard StuartPlt Off42832British264 Sqd


Wikipedia discussion of Defiant tactics
WIAWrote off Defiant (L6965) 1940-08-24 at 16:00hrs in combat with Bf 109. He was slightly hurt but his gunner (W.H.Machin) died of his wounds.
946 GaunceLionel Manley 'Elmer'Flt Lt37632Canadian615 Sqd
HurricaneMIA1941-11-19 Age 25Gaunce came from the wide open Canadian Prairies at Lethbridge, Alberta near the Montana border, but was educated in Edmonton. He started out in the Loyal Edmonton Regiment of the Canadian Army, but soon applied for a short service commission with the Royal Air Force. He was accepted in 1936 and embarked for England and flight training. His first squadron was 3 Sqd at RAF Kenley. Here he flew the Bristol Bulldog, Gloster Gladiator and then the Hawker Hurricane. Gaunce was appointed a Flight Commander with 615 Churchill’s Own Squadron in France, flying the Gloster Gladiator. As the Germans invaded France, Gaunce and 615 were recalled to England for Hurricane conversion. During the Battle of Britain, he was shot down on 18 August, suffering slight burns. At this time he was awarded a DFC for “excellent coolness and leadership” among other things. He rejoined his squadron in a few days, but was again shot down in flames on 26 August. He was rescued from the sea, but sent to hospital suffering from shock. At the end of October, having recovered, he was given command of 46 Sqd at RAF Stapleford Tawney where he fought a rare Italian force attacking Great Britain, shooting down a Fiat CR20 fighter. He left 46 Sqd in December due to ill health, and upon his return to operational status, took over 41 Sqd at RAF Merston. He continued to fight and increase his score to ace status but was shot down by flak over the sea and killed in November of 1941. He was 25 years old. In Jasper National Park, Alberta, 7,500-foot Mount Gaunce is named in his honour.

With A.Eyre and Dutch Hugo destroyed 3 Bf 109s over the convoy 'Bosom' in mid July 1940. DFC 1940-08-11. Wounded 1940-08-18 at 13:15hrs in aHurricane I (P2966) in combat with Bf 109 near Sevenoaks in Kent. Baled out. Shot down again on 26 August 1940 at 15:15hrs by a Bf 109, baleding out of Hurricane I (R4111) off Herne Bay and was rescued. Promoted to Squadron Leader 41 Sqd. 1941-11-19 in the afternoon he was killed off St. Lo on a Rhubarb flying Spitfire Vb (AB858) Born Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, 20 September 1915: remembered on Panel 28 of the Runnymede Memorial

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947 GauntGeoffrey Norman 'Jeff'Plt Off91230RAF AAFBritish609 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-09-15Shot down and killed 1940-09-15 in Spitfire I (R6690) at 12:30hrs near Kenley. Salendine Nook Baptist Churchyard England

948 GauntWilliam EdwinSgt115719British23 Sqd

949 GavanArthurSgt115126British54 Sqd

950 GawithAlan AntillPlt Off / W/Cdr 1946NZ/41012RNZAFNew Zealander23 Sqd

BlenheimSurvived11 October 1940 - Damaged a JU88. 8 March 1941 - Damaged a HE 119 and DO 17. In a bombing attack early May destroyed an entire telephone system of German Bomber Group Deurne. He was awarded the DFC. Born 9 May 1916 9 May 1916 Masterton, Wairarapa - Died 1 March 2013 Age 96 (Info courtesy AM New Zealand)
951 GaynerJohn Richard HensmanFg Off90399British615 Sqd
HurricaneDiedWounded when he crash landed 1940-08-26 at 16:50hrs. Hurricane I (P2878) had been in combat over Portsmouth.
952 GearAlan WalterSgt144002RAFVRBritish32 Sqd

Hurricane3Survived war22nd May 2003Born on 2nd February 1916. Joined RAFVR in April 1939. Called up 20th September 1939, he was posted to 8 FTS Woodley on 23rd October. Whilst there he had a motor cycle acciden. 16th May 1940 to 9 EFTS Ansty for a refresher course. Posted to 12 FTS Grantham. To 5 OTU Aston Down on 17th September. Joined 32 Sqd at Acklington on 3rd October 1940. He stayed with the squadron until 18th October 1941 when he was posted to CFS Upavon for an instructors course. Gear instructed at 9 FTS Hullavington on Masters from 15th December 1941 until 15th July 1942. He then went to 58 OTU Balado Bridge for a few weeks, finally settling at 9(P)AFU Errol where he instructed FAA pupils on the Swordfish, Albacore and Walrus. 18th October 1942 Gear posted to 72 Sqd at Ouston and went with it to North Africa in November. On 10th December Gear damaged a Ju88, this was probably the one reported lost by KG60 on that day. He claimed a Ju87 destroyed on 5th January 1943, damaged a Me109 on 11th April and claimed one destroyed on 22nd April. Commissioned from Warrant Officer on 11th January 1943, awarded the DFC (gazetted 27th July 1943) and posted away from 72 on 14th October 1943 to become a test pilot at 59 RSU Foggia. Early January 1944 he crashed after his engine failed and suffered severe injuries, including a broken back.

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953 GeddesKeith IrvineFg Off73045British604 Sqd

954 GeeVictor DavidSgt742767RAFVRBritish219 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-03-21Hanworth St Bartholomew Churchyard
955 GenneyTerenceFg Off79204RAFVRBritish604 Sqd

Military Cross

BlenheimKIFA1941-02-06Testing Aircraft. Grainsby St Nicholas Churchyard Age 44
956 GentRaymond John KitchellSgt754361RAFVRBritish501 Sqd

32 Sqd

Hurricane1KIFA1941-01-02With 32 Sqd during July and most of August. Posted to 501 Sqd in late August and shot down a Bf 109 1940-10-25. Killed in a flying accident. Hit trees. Ashurst St Martin Churchyard Age 24
957 GibbinsDudley GuySgt119136British54 Sqd

222 Sqd

Spitfire2Joined 54 Sqd 1940-08-10. Shot down Bf 109 109 on the 31 August but was shot down in Spitfire (X4054) over Hildenborough. Baled out safely. It is believed he was shot down by a Hurricane. One more kill before the end of the Battle.
958 GibbonsCMSgtBritish236 Sqd

959 GibsonJohn Albert AxelFlt LtNZ/40969RNZAFNew Zealander501 Sqd

HurricaneSurvivedDied 01 July 2000Baled out Hurricane (P3582) safely after combat with a Ju 87 over Hawkinge on the 15th of August 1940 at 11:30hrs.

Born 24 August 1916 Brighton, East Sussex - Died 1 July 2000 Nottingham, England.

DFC citation: In August, whilst on an offensive patrol over Dover this officer engaged and destroyed a Junkers 87 and was afterwards shot down himself. Although his aircraft was in flames he steered it away from the town of Folkestone and did not abandon the aircraft until it had descended to 1,000ft. Pilot Officer Gibson has destroyed eight enemy aircraft, and has displayed great courage and presence of mind.

DSO citation: Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his achievements as a fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain, this officer has further distinguished himself both in England and more recently in the Pacific, where he has made three tours in the Solomons area. He has destroyed a total of 14 1/2 enemy aircraft, adding to his record one Japanese fighter which was fiercely attacking an allied formation over Rabual Harbour. Acting Squadron Leader Gibson, who is a brilliant pilot and born leader, has to his credit the exception total of 669 hours of operational flying covering 382 missions. Of his two latest tours in the Pacific this year, he had commanded a squadron and his enthusiasm and fearless leadership have been outstanding. His personal courage, both in aerial combat and in ground strafing and fighter bomber missions, and his long experience have been of inestimable value to his squadron, which has earned the high praise of allied commanders Transferred to RNZAF 1 December 1945

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960 GiddingsHerbert SelwynFlt Lt (later Sqd Ldr)37283RAFBritish615 Sqd

111 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1943-01-23Singapore Memorial Age 28
961 GilbertErnest GeorgePlt Off44548British64 Sqd

962 GilbertHumphrey TrenchFg Off (later Sqd Ldr)40530RAF RAFOBritish504 Sqd

601 Sqd

1442 Flight

71 Sqd (Eagle)

222 Sqd (CO)

65 Sqd (CO)

HurricaneWIAKIFA1942-05-02 Age 22 See Allied Losses & Incidents DatabaseBaled out Spitfire I (V7260) 31 August 1940 at 13:40hrs. Shot down by a Bf 109 over the Thames Estuary but was not hurt. 1940-09-06 wounded in combat with Bf 109 over Mayfield at 09:30hrs. Baled out of Spitfire I (V6647).

>Educated at Durnford School and was at Cheltenham College from January 1934 to July 1937. RAF on a short service commission in early December 1937.Ab-initio course at 7 E&RFTS, Desford on February 18th 1938, to No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge. To 9 FTS, Hullavington on March 5th. Pilots wings June 1st 1938. 73 Sqd at Digby on September 17th. CFS, Upavon on October 23rd and qualified as an instructor on December 22nd 1938. To 504 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force as Flying Instructor. On 3rd August 1940 he was posted from 9 FTS to 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge. Converting to Hurricanes joined 601 Squadron at Debden on the 16th. Gilbert shared in the destruction of a Ju87 on August 15th, shared a He111 on the 30th, destroyed a Me110 on the 31st and was himself shot down over the Thames Estuary, in Hurricane V7260. He baled out, unhurt. Destroyed a Me110 on September 4th. Two days later he was shot down by a Me109 over Mayfield. Again he baled out but this time he was wounded. He landed at Pembury and his Hurricane, V6647, crashed at Kippings Cross, near Pembury. April 1941 Gilbert 'B' Flight Commander. Temporarily attached to 1422 Flight at Heston for night sorties in a Hurricane, accompanying a Havoc in what were early tests on Turbinlite aircraft. Posted to 71 (Eagle) Squadron at Martlesham Heath on September 3rd 1941 as a Flight Commander. CO 222 Squadron at North Weald on November 1st and on December 23rd 1941 he moved to Debden CO 65 Squadron. When the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau made their Channel Dash on February 12th 1942, the squadron was involved in combat with the German fighter cover. Gilbert destroyed a Me109 and damaged another. On a Boston escort to Hazebrouck on April 12th, he shot down a Fw190.

Crashed on May 2nd 1942, attempting to take off from Debden in a Spitfire BL372 YT-Z with Flight Lieutenant David Gordon Ross the Controller on his lap. They were said to have been going to a party. Both men were killed.

Saffron Walden Cemetery England

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963 GilbertPeter Robert JosephMid (FAA)FAABritish111 Sqd

964 GildersJohn Stanley 'Gilly'Sgt741587RAFVRBritish72 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-02-21Born in Deal, Kent on 4 October 1919. Gilders spent several years in Brazil as a youth. On returning to the UK he attended Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green, Essex. May 1938 Gilders joined the RAFVR. Called up on 1 September 1939. On 15 June 1940 he received his first operational posting, when he was sent to Acklington to join 72 Sqd on Spitfires. Slightly injured in a night landing accident on 22 August. Moved to Biggin Hill on the 31st August 1940. During September Sergeant Gilders claimed five enemy aircraft destroyed, one forced down, 1 shared and 3 damaged. After the Battle Gilders went to 616 Sqd and then 41 Sqd. Killed on 21 February1941 in Spitfire, P7816 dived into soft ground near the Great Stour River at Chilham, Kent and buried itself. Gilders is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial on Panel 43. In 1990 the crash site was located, but the owner of the land would not permit access. In April 1994 the site was investigated again and Gilders’ remains were found. Remains exhumed. On 12 May 1995, John Gilders was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, with full military honours. His Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone carries the words from his family: 'Forever loved and remembered'.

Failed to Return, assumed oxygen failure and crashed, aged 21 Buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, Grave 20 E. 15, 11 May 1995

965 GillJames VivianSgt759007RAFVRBritish23 Sqd

BlenheimKIA1941-07-02Becklingen War Cemetery Age 19
966 GillamDenys EdgarFlt Lt37167RAFBritish616 Sqd

615 Sqd (CO)

312 Sqd Czech

306 Sqd (Polish)

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Hurricane/Spitfire7 (likely 4 more)Survived war1991-07-09 Ryedale Yorks England Archive Report on the loss of this aircraft

Baled out Spitfire I (X4181) 1940-09-02 at 16:35hrs. He had been in combat with a Bf 110 over Tonbridge, Kent. Unhurt.

Born on the 18th November 1915 in Tynemouth, Northumberland. Son of Thomas Henry James Gillam (died 26th May 1947) and Doris Gillam (née Homfray - born 16th March 1890, died 05th May 1988). Pilot licence obtained in 1934, joining the RAF in 1936. In June 1938, Gillam received the AFC for flying food to Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland in very hazardous conditions in a Westland Wapiti. First wife Nancye Short died. After the death of his first wife, he married Irene Scott in March 1983.

Also served with Meteorological Flight at Aldergrove, 312 (Czechoslovak) squadron, 306 (Polish) squadron, commanded 615 squadron, commanded Typhoon Wing, No 12 Group, Fighter Command, commanded 146 Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Force, RAF in GB and North West Europe. He passed away on the 09th July 1991 age 75 at Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

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967 GillamErnestSgt746755RAFVRBritish248 Sqd

BlenheimMIARunnymede Age 30
968 GillanJamesFg Off37675RAFBritish601 Sqd

Hurricane I P3783MIA1940-08-11

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Joined 601 Sqd 1940-08-05. Combat 1940-08-11 at 10:50hrs off Portland in Hurricane (P3783) posted MIA Runnymede Age 26. Born on the 24th January 1914. Son of William Murphy (died 20th September 1925, age 43) and Mary Taylor Gillan (née Scorgie, later Scullion - died 28th December 1957. aged 75), of Aberdeen. Scotland.

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969 GillenThomas WilliamFg Off70245British247 Sqd

970 GillespieJames LyonPlt Off76902British23 Sqd

BlenheimDiedNon-service related death.
971 GilliesJFlt SgtBritish602 Sqd

972 GilliesKenneth McLeodFlt Lt37799RAFBritish66 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1940-10-04KIA 1940-10-04 at 16:00hrs on patrol in Spitfire I (X4320). He failed to return from an interception of a He 111 off the East Coast. His aircraft crashed off Covenhithe, Suffolk. Thornton Garden of Rest England Age 27
973 GillmanKeith ReginaldPlt Off42053RAFBritish32 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-25 Age 19Joined 32 Sqd on the 10th of May 1940-05-10. First operational sortie 7 June 1940. Shot down Bf 109 1940-07-19. Shot down and killed on the 1940-08-25, at 19:00hrs off Dover in Hurricane I (P2755) [Alternative: failed to return from combat near Dover in Hurricane N2433.] Pilot Officer Keith Gillman, pictured in July 1940. Gillman, from Dover, was 19 when he failed to return from combat over the Channel on August 25, 1940. He was 32 Squadron's first pilot to be lost in the Battle of Britain.

974 GilroyGeorge Kemp 'Sheep'Fg Off90481British603 Sqd

SpitfireWIAInjured 1940-08-31 at 18:20hrs. Baled out of Spitfire I (X4271) over Wanstead after combat. He was injured by civilians who attacked him?
975 GilyeatHarold RoyAC1063606British29 Sqd

976 GirdwoodAlexander GeorgeSgt741908RAFVRBritish257 Sqd

Hurricane1KIA1940-10-29 Age 22Born 17 April 1918 Scotland. Joined RAFVR August 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Trained at 12 E&RFTS Prestwick. Called up on 1 September 1939. 10 FTS Ternhill on No. 16 Course which ran from 6th November 1939 to 11th May 1940. Joined 257 Sqd at Hendon on 17 May. Girdwood, Sgt. RV Forward and Sgt. RHB Fraser were the first pilots to arrive there. Sqd operational on 1 July from Northolt. 5 August flying a Magister from Martlesham Heath to Northolt when he became lost in haze. Forced-landing at Ramsey, Essex. Unhurt, aircraft was damaged. 13 August shared in a Ju88 destroyed and on 18 August he shared a He111. Shot down by a Me110 in combat over the Thames Estuary and baled out, wounded in the foot, and was admitted to Foulness Hospital. His Hurricane, P3708, crashed at Nazewick Farm, Foulness. Rejoined 257 on 16 September. Killed on 29 October 1940 when shot down in a low-level attack by Me109s of LG2 as he was taking off from North Weald. Hurricane V6852 crashed and burned out. He could not be rescued from the aircraft because of exploding ammunition and he burned to death in the cockpit.On patrol in Hurricane I (P3708) 1940-08-18. Baled safely out after combat with a Bf 110 over the Thames Estuary, at 18:00hrs. KIA 1940-10-29 at 16:40hrs while taking off in Hurricane I (V6852) from North Weald when airfield under attack by Bf 109s of LG 2. Paisley Hawkhead Cemetery Scotland

977 GlaserErnest Derek 'Dave'Plt Off82178RAFVRBritish65 Sqd

234 Sqd

549 Sqd

548 Sqd (CO)


Air Efficiency

Queen's Commendation

Spitfire1Survived war2000 Age 791940-08-18 13:30hrs he helped (with famous Test Pilot Jeffery Quill) to shoot down a He 111 flown by Rudolf Ahrens from I Gruppe of Kg 1. Born 20 April 1921

Joined 65 Sqd on 13 July 1940 at RAF Hornchurch, where he was assigned to A Flight. On the Ju 88, the first type to be shot down by their pilots on 17 May, he commented: "They had a very powerful sting in the tail in the form of 2 .5 in guns while our .303 in guns were shorter in range. When chasing the enemy we were further outranged because in effect we were shooting into wind and the enemy was shooting down wind."

Born on 20 April 1921. Educated at Lancing House and Bloxham Schools. Father was pilot in. Commissioned and posted direct to 65 Sqd at Hornchurch on 13 July 1940. Attached to the Hornchurch Sector Training Flight next day for further training and conversion to Spitfires, after which he rejoined 65 Sqd on 8 August. He made his first flight with the squadron on the 9th and flew his first operational sortie on the 15th. Shared probable of two He111s on the 18th and a probable Me109 on 22 August 1940. Early 1941 posted to 53 OTU at Heston as an instructor. In August he joined 234 Sqd at Warmwell and took part in offensive sweeps over France. Shared a Me110 on 21st June 1942 and shared a Ju88 on 25 July. On 28th July Glaser, flying alone in Spitfire Vb BL427, came across a Ju88 attacking a Royal Navy minesweeper off Falmouth. He engaged the Ju88 but was then shot down by the minesweeper's AA. Baled out into the Channel and almost drowned after becoming entangled with his parachute. The minesweeper picked him up. DFC 25th August 1942. In 1943 Glaser posted to Australia, as OC 'B' Flight of 549 Sqd, flying Spitfires in defence of Darwin, formed at Strathpine on 15th December 1943 as a sister unit to 548 Sqd, formed at Lawton in Queensland on the same day. Both squadrons did not receive their Spitfires until April 1944 and it was not until mid-June that they both moved to Darwin to take up defence duties. Took command of 548 Sqd at Darwin Civil Airport in February 1945 and held the post until the two squadrons were both disbanded on 9th October 1945, when he returned to the UK. Permanent commission in the postwar RAF and joined 64 Sqd at Linton-on-Ouse in 1946 as a Flight Commander. In 1949 Glaser went on No. 8 Course at the Empire Test Pilots School at Farnborough and afterwards he served at the Royal Aircraft Establishment there. Retired from the RAF on 26th June 1953 as a Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader, and joined Vickers Armstrong at Hurn, eventually becoming Chief Production Test Pilot. Involved in exhaustive production testing of the Valiant, the first of the RAF's four-jet bombers. He also tested the BAC 1-11, one of Britain's best selling airliners. He received the Queens Commendation in 1953 for military flying and in 1968 for civilian test flying.


978 GleaveThomas PercySqd Ldr29137RAFVRBritish253 Sqd


Bronze Star (USA)

Legion d-Honneur (France)

Croix de Guerre (France)

MiD (x2)

Hurricane6Survived warJune 1993Born 6 September 1908. Educated at Westminster High School and Liverpool Collegiate School. In 1930 he was commissioned into the RAF where he excelled; by 1933 he was a member of the RAF aerobatic team. After a period as a flying instructor he joined RAF Bomber Command on 1 January 1939. He requested a return to RAF Fighter Command, which was granted. By June 1940 he was in command of 253 Sqd, flying Hurricanes. 1940-08-30 shot down four Bf 109s in a few seconds, one of whom was E.Arnold of III Gruppe JG 27. Command was handed to Squadron Leader H Starr in August 1940, but Gleave resumed command when Starr was shot down on 31 August. Gleave's tally by the time he was shot down was five Messerschmitt 109s (in a single day) and one Junkers 88. Gleave was shot down on his first sortie after restoration of his command, on 31 August 1940, and badly burned. Initially treated at Orpington Hospital, he regained consciousness underneath a bed during an air raid. His wife was called to his bedside and asked the heavily bandaged Gleave "what on earth have you been doing with yourself?" "I had a row with a German" was his characteristically laconic reply, and this became the title of the book he wrote under the pseudonym 'RAF Casualty', published in 1941. He was transferred to East Grinstead where McIndoe reconstructed his nose. He recovered sufficiently to be returned to non-flying duties and briefly commanded RAF Northolt before taking over RAF Manston, from where he dispatched the six Fairey Swordfish of 825 Squadron in their attempt to sink the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen. He was then seconded to the planning group for what became Operation Overlord and promoted to Group Captain. He was made Group Captain Air Plans for the Allied Expeditionary' Air Force under Leigh-Mallory in November 1943. With Colonel Phillips Melville of the USAAF as co-operator he wrote the Overall Overlord Air Plan. For his outstanding work Gleave was made a CBE and awarded the US Legion of Merit, later changed to the Bronze Star because of protocol difficulties. He served as Eisenhower's Head of Air Plans at SHAEF from 1 October 1944 to 15 July 1945 and was then Senior Air Staff Officer, RAF Delegation to France, from 1945 to 1947.

Battle of Britain cover depicting Tom Gleave in a burning Hawker Hurricane of 253 Sqd after being shot at by Bf 109s while his squadron was attempting to engage German bombers attacking Biggin Hill. Gleave was Commanding Officer of the squadron at the time of being shot down having taken command of the squadron earlier in the day when the previous CO has been shot down and killed. The cover shows the famous Guinea Pig Club logo, which Tom Gleave was the vice-president and a founder member and referred to at the 'Chief Guinea Pig' the president of the Guinea Pig Club was Sir Archie McIndoe until his death, and then HRH Prince Philip accepted the position. The club was formed on 20th July 1941 at the Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead, it's members were the Guinea Pigs themselves, members of the medical staff and the friends and benefactors of the Guinea Pigs. Guinea Pig members were those who were referred to Queen Victoria Hospital for plastic surgery after being badly burnt in flying action. Plastic was a new type of procedure hence the term Guinea Pig and the procedure allowed many airmen to return to a more normal life and many returned to operations. The Guinea pig logo consists of a Guinea Pig with RAF wings. The Cover bears a 22p Lord Tedder / Typhoon stamp and is cancelled with BFPS 2641 postmark on 20 July 2001 which bears the Guinea Pig Logo and marks the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the Guinea Pig Club. Cover is signed by Flight Lieutenant J P B Greenwood who was a Battle of Britain Pilot with 253 Hurricane Squadron from October 1939 through until December 1940.

Signed envelope: Christopher Foxley-Norris, Tom Gleave, Ginger Lacey, Geoffrey Page, Sandy Johnston, Mieczysław Sawicki

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979 GledhillGeoffreySgt742857RAFVRBritish238 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-08-11Shot down and killed East of Weymouth in Hurricane I (P2978) by Bf 109 on 1940-08-11 at10:40hrs. Criquebeuf en Caux Churchyard
980 GleedIan Richard 'Widge'Flt Lt37800British87 Sqd



Croix de Guerre (France)

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Hurricane13KIA1943-04-16Born Finchley, London in 1916, the son of a Doctor. Commissioned RAF March 1936, posted to 46 Sqd at Kenley flying Gloster Gauntlet bi-planes. Promoted to Flight Lieutenant and on 17 May joined 87 Sqd in France. In the next few days he scored 5 kills plus a share in another and 1 probable. 87 Sqd returned to England on the 20 May 1940 to re-equip. 1940-08-25 flying as Red 1 and when they found the German formations T. Mitchel said over the R/T 'Green 1 to Red 1- there they are straight ahead, there's hundreds of them'. Gleed replied 'Red leader here, O/K I've got them let's surround the Bastards.' Gleed destroyed 2 fighters and possibly a third. Scored 4 more before the end of the battle. DFC September. On 1943-04-16 Gleed was killed in a fighter sweep in the Cap Bon area. He was shot down in Spitfire by Bf 109s from JG 77. Gleed and his wingman were killed. Gleed was likely shot down by the high-scoring Luftwaffe ace Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert. Reinert had claimed a P-51 Mustang, but it is believed that he misidentified Gleed's clipped-wing Spitfire Vb. Nickname 'Widge' was RAF abbreviation of Wizard-Midget (Gleed was short). Enfidaville War Cemetery Tunisia

981 GleggAlexander JosephPlt Off84021British23 Sqd

600 Sqd

219 Sqd

DFC & Bar
Blenheim10Died1992-07-05Teamed with F/O A.D.M.Boyd to shoot down ten enemy aircraft at night in Beaufighter.

Born in London in 1908. Educated at Bishops Stortford College. Joined 601 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in 1935. Called up on 24th August 1939. Airman u/t Air Gunner and began training with the squadron. He went to Jurby early in 1940 for a training course. Posted to 23 Squadron at Collyweston by June 1940. To 600 Sqd at Manston and flew his first sortie on 15th September. Teamed with F/O AD McN Boyd in November, forming a long and successful night-fighting partnership. When Boyd was given command of 219 Sqd at Scorton in March 1943, he again had Glegg with him. The squadron went to North Africa in early June and became operational at Algiers on the 30th. Bar to the DFC 7 April 1944.

982 GlendinningJohn NixonSgt740032RAFVRBritish54 Sqd 74 SqdSpitfireKIA1941-03-12Newcastle on Tyne West Rd Crematorium England
983 GlydeRichard LindsayFg Off39983RAFAustralian87 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-0813Shot down and killed 1940-08-13 in Hurricane I (P3387) by a Ju 88 off Selsey Bill, at 08:00hrs. Runnymede Age 26
984 GłowackiAntoni 'Toni'Sgt (later Sqad Ldr)P-1527PAFPolish501 Sqd
Virtuti Militari


Hurricane8WIADied1980-04-27Flew with 501 Sqd. Injured on 31 August 1940 at 13:15hrs. Hurricane P3208 'SDT' shot down by a Bf 109 over Gravesend and he baled out. His last rank whilst in the RAF was Squadron Leader. Scored to 8 kills 1 shared 3 probable and 3 damaged.
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985 GłowackiWitold JozefSgt76739PAFPolish605 Sqd

Virtuti Militari

HurricaneKIA1940-09-24Flew with 605 Sqd. Shot down by Bf 109s 1940-09-24 at 16:30hrs whilst chasing a Dornier Do 17 towards France. From RAF Croydon in Hurricane P3822 attacking German bombers. Together with P / O Nuirhead (RAF), he began chasing Dornier Do-215 from Beachy Head until the German plane crashed 5 miles from Cape Griz Nes. Flying on leftovers of fuel and without ammunition, he was surprised on the way back by 4 Bf-109. Trying to lose the Germans, at zero feet he crossed the shore at Albermuse. He was shot down and died of wounds on the same day in hospital. - buried in the municipal cemetery (military plot) in Guïnes (France). Force landed Hurricane I (P3832) in France. Treated for injuries and given an anti-tetanus injection. Died after an allergic reaction. Pilots of LG 2 buried him in Guines Community Cemetery. Age 26
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986 GmurFeliksSgt780678PAFPolish151 Sqd

Medal Lotniczy

HurricaneKIA1940-08-13Died during the Battle of Britain with 151 Sqd RAF) from RAF North Weald in Hurricane R4213 during attack a large formation of German bombers. During the flight he detached from the squadron and attacked himself. German cover fighters shot him down between Southend and Harlow Shot down and killed over the Thames Estuary 1940-08-30 at 16:00hrs. Hurricane I (R4213) crashed at Epping Green, Essex. Epping Cemetery Age 25
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987 GnyśWladysławPlt OffP-1298PAFPolish302 Sqd Polish

316 Sqd Polish

317 Sqd Polish

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Croix de Guerre (France)

Wound Badge
Hurricane3Died2002-02-28First Allied victor in Polish campaign 1939-09-01. After training on British equipment, he was sent on July 28 1940 to 302 Sqd. During July 28. - 31.10.1940 took active part in the Battle of Great Britain. On January 30, 1942, he was released from combat operations. From December 22, 1942, he again began to conduct combat flights in 302 Sqd. In February 1943 he became commander of 316 Sqd and from August 28, 1943 in 309 Sqd. In August 1944 he became the commander of 317 Sqd. On 27.08.1944 in the first combat flight which he performed as a squadron commander, he was shot down by the German Army. in the Rouen region of France. Wounded he gets captured. Sent to a prisoner-of-war assembly point in Amiens - he escaped and reached England with the help of the French resistance. After convalescence he served in RAF Fighter Command. After demobilization he went to Canada. In 1999, he was awarded the Commander's Cross with the Star of the Order of Rebirth. Polish (PR II *) - he died in St. Catherines ON Canada - buried at the Mount Osborne Cemetery in Beamsville Canada Age 90

Cover artwork by Tony Theobald shows a Fokker EV in Polish markings in 1919 which scored the Polish Air Force's first victory which was against the hostile Russians, the PZL IIc of 2nd Lt W Gnys who scored the first and second victories over the Luftwaffe on 1 September 1939, a Hawker Hurricane of No 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain and a Supermarine Spitfire IX in D-Day invasion markings and Polish markings. Underneath a Polish built MiG 29 is shown to mark the new independent Polish Air Force after years of Soviet rule. The cover bears Polish Air Force 1918 - 1998 logo and the insignia of the 121st squadron, No 303 Squadron, No 316 Squadron and 1st Fighter Regiment which corresponds to the aircraft on the artwork.
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988 GoddardHenry GordonFg Off70252British219 Sqd


989 GoddardWilliam BernardFlt Lt36126RAFBritish235 Sqd

BlenheimMIA1941-06-15 Age 27Born in Portsmouth England 14 March 1914. Joined RAF 27 August 1929 as an Aircraft Apprentice. Applied for pilot training. Granted a permanent commission in February 1938. Posted to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Martlesham Heath. 2 June 1940 joined 235 Squadron. 18 November 1940 on an escort operation, engaged two He115s. Severely wounded in one foot by return fire. He pressed home his attack and although suffering from loss of blood he got his Blenheim and crew safely back to base. DFC 6 December 1940. Killed on 15 June 1941 in Blenheim IV V5452 LA-N on an anti-shipping sortie off Norway. Shot down by a fighter. F/Sgt. H Smith and Sgt. AR Cain were also lost. Cain's body was washed up in Sweden and he is buried in Kviberg Cemetery, Gothenburg. Goddard and Smith are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 29.
990 GoddenSFSqd LdrBritish3 Sqd

991 GoldsmithClaude WallerFg Off72152RAFVRSouth African603 Sqd

54 Sqd

SpitfireWIA KIA1940-10-28Died of wounds 1940-10-28. Spitfire II (P7439) shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 51 1940-10-27 South of Maidstone, Kent at 14:05hrs. Hornchurch Cemetery England Age 23

992 GoldsmithJohn ErnestSgt901859British236 Sqd

Blenheim2KIFA27th April 1941Born Sudbourne, Suffolk 14th November 1921. Joined the RAF in late 1939 as a trainee air gunner. January 1940 posted to AGS at Jurby. In seven weeks of gunnery training there he made fourteen flights and had logged 8 hrs 45 mins before he joined 236 Sqd in late March. The squadron then in Coastal Command but in early July it was seconded to Fighter Command. First operational sortie 6th July. On a patrol on 23rd September, flying with P/O GH Russell, shot down a He111. Two days later, on a sortie to Brest and again flying with Russell, Goldsmith shot down a Do18 flying boat over St George's Channel. On 30th October 1940 he made his last flight with 236. In early March 1941 he was at 54 OTU, Church Fenton converting to Defiants. He teamed up with Sgt. Angell and they were posted to 96 Sqd at Cranage in early April. 27th April 1941 on a night cross-country flight to Digby. The Defiant, T3389, crashed four miles south of Wellingore and both men were killed. The cause was believed to be pilot disorientation. Buried All Saints' Churchyard, Sudbourne Suffolk England

993 GonayHenri Alphonse ClementPlt Off (later Sqd Ldr)81635RAFVRBelgian235 Sqd

611 Sqd

131 Sqd
359 Sqd Belgian

232 Sqd

129 Sqd

263 Sqd

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Croix de Guerre (France)

Blenheim0.5KIA1944-06-14Exceptional pilot in the Belgian Air Force before the war, Gonay was a unit Adjutant when the Germans invaded. Three days later, Gonay and his comrades were sent to France. Gonay was one of a number of personnel who deserted and boarded a Dutch ship which took them to Plymouth. Commissioned in the RAFVR, converted to Blenheims and joined 235 Sqd on 5 August 1940. This was one of the Coastal Command squadrons that flew under Fighter Command control during the Battle of Britain. He shared in destroying a He 59 off Cherbourg on 8 October. In the summer of 1941 he joined 131 Squadron on Spitfires. In the following month he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre. In October he was one of the squadron pilots who formed 350 Squadron Belgian. Moved to 232 Squadron. French Croix de Guerre for his involvement in the Dieppe operation and commanded 129 Squadron and then 263 Sqd. On 14 June 1944, Gonay’s Typhoon was hit by flak while attacking two ships off Jersey. His aircraft crashed into outbuildings at a house in St Ouen, Jersey, and the house was destroyed in the subsequent fire. Two families lived in the house; one was absent, but a mother and her two children escaped as the aircraft approached. Gonay was buried in the St Helier War Cemetery. After the war his remains reburied in the Brussels-Evere Military Cemetery. In 2018 a new house stands on the site, but a barn survives from the time of the crash. A nearby road is named Rue Henri Gonay.

Brussels Town Cemetery Belgian Airmen's Field of Honour

Belgium Aircrew Losses

994 GoodallHarold InghamPlt Off79159RAFVRBritish264 Sqd


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KIA1940-10-08 Age 25Killed with his gunner (Robert Bett Mirk Young RNZAF) in Defiant (N1627), crashed near Marlow Bucks1940-10-08 while they were on patrol.
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995 GoodenStephen FrederickSqd LdrBritish3 Sqd (CO)CBECBEDied
996 GooderhamAJSgtBritish25 Sqd

997 GooderhamAlbert ThomasSgt742947RAFVRBritish25 Sqd

151 Sqd

46 Sqd

HurricaneWIAMIA1941-11-02Wounded 1940-10-15 in Hurricane I (V6789), shot down by a Bf 109 over the Thames Estuary at 14:40hrs. MIA Nov 1941 Runnymede
998 GoodmanGeoffreySgt45491British85 Sqd



HurricaneDied1940-09-01 shot down Bf 109 with only 4 of his 8 guns working. Air lines to the other 4 guns blocked with matchsticks (possible sabotage ?).
999 GoodmanGeorge Ernest 'Randy'Plt Off (later F/O)42598RAFVRBritish/Palestine1 Sqd

Hurricane10.5KIA1941-06-19Born in Haifa on August 10 1920. Had a British passport but he was in fact an (later Israeli) 'sabra' and the only such in the Battle of Britain, commonly referred to as 'Palestinian'. Goodman’s birth certificate is in Hebrew, from the Haifa municipality in Israel. Educated at Highgate school he was son of Sydney and Bida Goodman Took a commission in the RAF in early 1939, joining his Hurricane Squadron in France in March 1940. Shared a kill of an HE 111 and shot down another later which had helped sink the SS Lancastria off St Nazaire. Flying from Northolt he shot down a Bf109, shared in another, then shot down an He 111 and then shared a Do 17 and then shot down another Bf110. On August 18 he was hit in his Hurricane P3757 but landed safely. On September 6 1940 he shot down another Bf110 Baled out Hurricane I (P2686) on 1940-09-06 at 09:30hrs after combat with a Bf 110 south of Penshurst, Kent. Unhurt. His plane crashed at Brownings Farm, Chiddingstone Causeway. Later shared a Ju 88, damaged a Do 17. DFC on 26 November 1940. Flew the ferry route for the Middle East with 73 Sqd and stopped at Lagos where his parents were working in the diplomatic service. He saw his mother for the last time and as the Squadron later flew out, they did a roll over the Goodman home. In February 1941 he shot down a CR42 in the Western Desert, and a Bf110 at Tobruk, but he was shot down but crash landed behind the British lines. He then shared an Hs 126, destroyed a Ju 87 and shared another, all over Tobruk. In April he took leave in Haifa, Israel, with his two sisters, but on June 14th 1941 he was shot down and killed by flak over Gazala. He is buried in Knightsbridge cemetery, Acroma, Libya, grave 10.C.21 Age 20

1000 GoodmanMaurice VenningSgt (later Flt Lt)135476RAF AAFBritish604 Sqd

BlenheimDied1988Sgt. Air Gunner with 604 Sqd, later Flt. Lt., and born in Hendon on 13/4/20. Educated at King’s School Colindale, he joined the AAF and was called up at outbreak of war. He served on air operations throughout the Battle of Britain and then in 1942 on special operations over Germany, severely damaging a 110. He then served on special operations in North Africa and Italy. DFC on 12 November 43.

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