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Spitfire I K9894 Sgt. Denis Norman Robinson (Battle of Britain pilot)
Date: 08th August 1940 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 152 Squadron (motto: 'Faithful Ally')
Type: Spitfire I
Base: RAF Warmwell, Dorset
Location: Spyway Farm, Langton Matravers
Pilot: Sgt. Denis Norman Robinson 741360 RAF Age 26. Safe
REASON FOR LOSS:
Cloudy in the morning with the possibility of showers in the southeast. Cloudy inland but remaining dry. Cloud cover should break up during the afternoon. Visibility is good with cloudy periods with bright intervals in the west.
Returning from a patrol flying in a very tight formation of 3 (a common practice in the early days of the war) when they were bounced by Me. 109's from II/JG53. Two were shot down, the other being P/O. Walter Beaumont 76308 RAFVR. Both pilots survived after forced landings, Sgt. Robinson came down in a field at 16:15 hrs. but failed to see a ditch that placed his aircraft tail up.
P/O. Beaumont escaped injury when on the 27th August 1940 flying Spitfire I R6831 was hit during combat but safely baled out off Portland at 12:20 hrs. Sadly (holder of the DFC) he was later posted as missing on the 23rd of September 1940. Flying Spitfire R7016 when he failed to return from a patrol over the English Chanel.
Recorded on the 23rd August 2010 92 years old, Denis Robinson from Winchester looks back at his service.
Sgt. Denis Norman Robinson survived the war. Born on the 24th June 1918 at Christchurch, Dorset. Married Angusina Mackinnon Leslie. Denis was released from the RAF in 1946 and joined BOAC as a civilian pilot. Passed away on the 28th July 2015, age 97. See obituary page.
P/O. Walter Beaumont DFC. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 7. Born on the 21st March 1914. Son of Fred and Delia Beaumont (née McNulty) and husband of Doris J.N. Beaumont, of Coulsdon, Surrey. B.Sc. (Lond).
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Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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