Battle of Britain: Casualties R.A.F. or Fleet Air Arm during the period 10 July to 31 October 1940

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Battle of Britain London Monument - F/Lt. I J Muirhead
    The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. I J Muirhead


    Ian James Muirhead was born in 1913 at West Ham, East London, his family later moving to Carlisle. He was educated at Nelson School, Wigton.

    He joined the RAF in September 1929 as an Aircraft Apprentice and passed out in August 1932.

    He later applied for pilot training and was selected. Before the war Muirhead was serving with 151 Squadron. He was promoted to Flight Sergeant on 24th October 1939 and commissioned in April 1940.

    Muirhead was shot down and killed by Me109's over Maidstone on 15th October 1940. His Hurricane, N2546, crashed at Spekes Bottom, Darland, near Gillingham.

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  2. Tricky Dicky

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    Interesting in that he has a civil death registration record

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Ian J Muirhead
    Death Age: 27
    Birth Date: abt 1913
    Registration Date: Oct 1940
    [Nov 1940]
    [Dec 1940]
    Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Registration District: Medway
    Inferred County: Kent
    Volume: 2a
    Page: 2406

    Wonder what states as cause of death
     
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  3. jonheyworth

    jonheyworth Senior Member

    He is bound to have one . It’ll say “ death due to war operations “or “multiple injuries sustained as the result of an aircraft crash “
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Battle of Britain London Monument - F/Sgt. E E Williams


    Battle of Britain Hurricane excavation called off -
    A History and Honour news article

    31 July 2007

    Attempts by an MoD team of engineers, firefighters and scientists to locate a Battle of Britain pilot and his aircraft shot down over Kent in 1940, have been abandoned after the presumed crash site revealed little more than a broken-up barge. Report by Steve Willmot

    Hopes that the team had located the last resting place of Flight Sergeant Eric Williams faded after a mass of metal at the site was found four meters down at the site in Gravesend, Kent. A wheel which might have been from the Hurricane's tail section that would have sheered off at the moment of impact was all that was recovered. Project leader Wing Commander David Lainchbury, Officer Commanding the Defence Fire Services Central Training Establishment (DFSCTE) at Manston in Kent said:

    It was a huge disappointment. An enormous amount of planning and resourcing went into locating the last resting place of Flight Sergeant Williams, partly due to the fact that it is believed he was the last remaining Battle of Britain pilot still to be recovered from British soil. The disappointment at not finding him means the mystery of his last resting place endures. We wanted to help ensure that this long-lost hero of the Battle of Britain received the recognition he deserved and be afforded an appropriate final resting place. Sadly after three days effort we were not able to locate him or his aircraft.
    The Airmen's Stories - F/Sgt. E E Williams


    Eric Edward Williams, from Taplow, Buckinghamshire was born in 1912 and educated locally. He joined the RAF from school in 1928 as an Aircraft Apprentice and passed out in 1931. He was accepted for pilot training in 1934 and by 1939 was with 29 Squadron at Debden.

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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    He was killed on 7th October when he overturned attempting a forced-landing at Colliers End in Hurricane V7417.

    Jerzy Sergiusz Zaluski was born on 16th August 1916 in Riazan, Russia. He enlisted in the Polish Air Force and after completing his training joined the 4th Air Regiment at Copernicus.
    Zaluski is buried in Northwood Cemetery and is also commemorated on the Polish War Memorial at Northolt.

    Photo from m collection

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    Battle of Britain London Monument - Sgt. J Zaluski
     
  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    PORUCZNIK ALEKSANDER ZUKOWSKI
    Service Number: P/1292
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Polish Air Force

    302 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 18 October 1940

    Age 29 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    NORTHWOOD CEMETERY

    Service Section

    H Grave 297.

    United Kingdom


    • Country of Service Polish
    from my photo collection
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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    PORUCZNIK JAN BOROWSKI
    Service Number: P/0250
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Polish Air Force

    302 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 18 October 1940

    Age 28 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    NORTHWOOD CEMETERY

    Service Section H Grave 269.

    United Kingdom
    Country of ServicePolish

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  8. Tricky Dicky

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    Aleksander Zukowski (1911-1940) - Find A Grave...
    Aleksiej (Alexander) Zukowski was born on 28th March 1911 in Vilnius, Poland. He was a member of the Vilnius Aeroclub and completed gliding and powered flying training there. He enlisted in the Polish Air Force and enterd the Aviation Officers School in Deblin.
    On graduating he was assigned to 151 Squadron of the 5th Air Regiment.
    He later was posted to the flying school at Bydgoszcz as an instructor. After the September 1939 campaign he passed through Romania to France.
    He joined the Armee de l'Air and was assigned to Fighter Squadron I/145, composed of Poles flying the obsolete Caudron C714. He flew from Lyon-Bron and Dreux. He claimed a Do17 destroyed on 10th June. With the French collapse imminent, he was evacuated by ship from La Rochelle to England.



    Jan Borowski (1912-1940) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Jan Borowski flew with the Warsaw Fighter Brigade in the Polish campaign and, flying a PZL P11c, claimed a Me109 destroyed on 1st September 1939 and shared a Do17 and a He111 on the 6th.
    Escaping through Romania he arrived in France and served with GC III/6, flying MS406 aircraft from Le Luc, south of Dranguignan.
    The Group was withdrawn to Algiers from where the Polish airmen made their way via Casablanca and Gibraltar to the UK. Borowski was posted to 5 OTU Aston Down where he converted to Hurricanes. He joined 302 Squadron at Northolt on 17th October 1940.
    The next day, in very poor weather, his Hurricane P3930 WX-X crashed and burnt out while attempting to land on Kempton Park racecourse. It is thought that he may have struck a barrage balloon or its cable. F/O PEG Carter was also killed.
    Borowski was 28 and is buried in Northwood Cemetery and commemorated on the Polish War Memorial at Northolt.
    Biography copied from Battle of Britain London monument website.
    Contributor: Alun N (50229849)
     
  9. CL1

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  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Name: BLAKE, ARTHUR GILES
    Initials: A G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A) (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
    Unit Text: H.M.S. Daedalus (Fleet Air Arm)
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Air Force
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 19 Sqdn.
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 29/10/1940
    Additional information: Son of John Henry Laws Blake and Mary Jayne Blake.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 13. Grave 3.
    Cemetery: LANGLEY MARISH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD

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  11. Tricky Dicky

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    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Arthur G Blake
    Death Age: 23
    Birth Date: abt 1917
    Registration Date: Oct 1940
    [Nov 1940]
    [Dec 1940]
    Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Registration District: Chelmsford
    Inferred County: Essex
    Volume: 4a
    Page: 1363

    Birth 16 Sep 1917 Tynemouth, Northumberland, England
    Residence 1939 Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
    Death 29 Oct 1940 Chelmsford, Essex, England
    Father John Henry Laws Blake (1871-1942)
    Mother Mary Jayne Carson (1875-1968)
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    Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Giles “Admiral” Blake...


    Battle of Britain London Monument - Sub/Lt.(FAA) A G Blake
    Arthur Giles Blake was born in 1917 in Northumberland and educated at Slough Grammar SchooL He passed through the Royal Naval College, Greenwich and joined the Fleet Air Arm, gained his wings in January 1940. His first posting was HMS Daedalus, a shore station at Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire.
    On 15th June 1940 he was one of the FAA pilots attached to the RAF and he first attended 7 OTU, Hawarden, to convert to Spitfires. On 1st July 1940 Blake joined 19 Squadron at Duxford, where his colleagues gave him the nickname 'Admiral'.
    On 3rd September Blake damaged a Me110, on the 9th he destroyed a He111, on the 15th he destroyed a Me109, shared a He111 and damaged a Do17 and on the 17th he destroyed two more Me109's.
    Blake was acting as weaver during a patrol over South London on 29th October 1940, when he was shot down and killed, probably picked off by a Me109. His Spitfire, P7423, flew on for some time before crashing in London Road, Chelmsford.

    Spitfire windscreen flown by Sub. Lt. Arthur Giles Blake.
    Spitfire windscreen flown by Sub. Lt. Arthur Giles Blake.
    The bullet came from behind the pilot's head and pierced his helmet before hitting the windscreen. The bullet was fired from a Heinkel. Despite this Blake could still see through the windscreen and shot down the Heinkel.
    RAF Museum Colindale.


    A Royal Navy Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain – Sub Lieutenant (A) Arthur Blake, Fleet Air Arm, at No.19 Squadron RAF
     
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