Battle of Britain : Frederick George Berry ,563426 ,DFM , Royal Air Force

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  1. CL1

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

    BERRY, FREDERICK GEORGE




    Rank:

    Flight Sergeant

    Trade:

    Pilot

    Service No:

    563426

    Date of Death:

    01/09/1940

    Regiment/Service:

    Royal Air Force



    1 Sqdn.

    Awards:

    D F M

    Grave Reference:

    Sec. G.5. Grave 92.

    Cemetery:

    PINNER CEMETERY
     
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  2. Paul Brady

    Paul Brady New Member

    Hello. Not sure if anyone will see or read this but I thought I would join this forum regarding Fred Berry as he is my wife's grandfather. My eldest son completed his basic training at RAF Halton last year, the same base where his great grandfather was one of the original HaltonBrats. To see my boy standing on the same parade ground that his grandfather graced so many years before filled me with great joy and pride.
     
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  3. CL1

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

    Hello Paul
    welcome to the forum
    glad you found this thread
    Just to let you know I keep an eye on the grave .It is quite weather worn but the name is still visible.

    regards
    Clive
     
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  4. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Hi Paul.
    You might find reading,Patrick Bishop, Battle of Britain,A Day By Day Chronicle.interesting.
    Page 276-279, Theres a mention of 1 Squadron on 1st September 1940.(I'm currently reading it myself.)
    best..........Graham. book2.jpg
     
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  5. CL1

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

    Current picture of the grave 3/5/18
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  6. CL1

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

    The next day he was "Top Weaver", (Tim Elkington)flying back and forth over the rest of the squadron to provide an early warning of enemy fighters, when they encountered 100 German aircraft. In the ensuing melée, he never saw the aircraft that riddled his plane with cannon shells - although, amazingly, his mother did. From nearby Hayling Island and quite unaware that her son was involved, she watched the lone Hurricane pursued by three Me. 109s. Tim's fuel tank exploded, peppering him with shrapnel.
    Perhaps not what most people would think of as good luck. Yet his luck did hold. Unconscious as he drifted seawards in his parachute, he would certainly have drowned. Then his flight leader, Sergeant Berry*, achieved the extraordinary feat of blowing him back over land with his aircraft's slipstream. "
    Flt Sergeant Berry plunged to the ground on September 1, before Tim could even thank him
     

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