So it Began.....Their Finest Hour

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by Gage, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. CL1

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

    Weather: Cloudy with local showers chiefly in the north and east.
    Day: Fighter-bomber raids on London and Kent.
    Night: Raids on London, the Midlands, Manchester and Liverpool.
    25th/26th October 1940

    It is confirmed that an aircraft of No 219 Squadron destroyed an enemy aircraft off Seaford at 1910 hours on 25th October.

    26th October 1940

    Enemy action by day

    Enemy activity during the day appears to have consisted chiefly of raids by small formations of Me109s on the South Eastern areas. On only one occasion - in the morning - were the raids sufficiently close together to constitute a major attack and few enemy aircraft penetrated to Central London.

    There was some enemy activity in the straits of Dover and the Channel, extending as far West as Poole.

    In the morning, shipping in the Estuary and in the Channel appears to have been visited.

    Reports so far received indicate that our fighters destroyed 4 enemy aircraft, plus 4 probable and 8 damaged. Our casualties were 2 aircraft and pilots.

    Main Attack

    At 1136 hours, formations varying in size from 3+ to 30+ and totalling 80+ aircraft, crossed from the Gris Nez and Boulogne areas to Lympne. Some of these did not penetrate far inland, whilst others flew to Tonbridge and some on to London.

    Small Attacks and Reconnaissance

    South East and the Channel

    Between 0600 and 0658 hours, the night raids on London continued. Between 0600 and 0820 hours, many single aircraft were active in the Straits of Dover and a section was despatched to intercept one of them believed to be reconnoitring a convoy.

    Between 0700 and 0800 hours, one enemy aircraft reconnoitred from Selsey to Northolt, Newmarket, Bristol, Christchurch and the Needles.

    At 0915 hours, 15+ aircraft visited a convoy in the Estuary.

    At 0945 hours, a raid of 6+ aircraft from Gris Nez crossed the Coast at Lympne and penetrated about 30 miles into Kent.

    At 1127 hours, a raid from Dieppe went in and out again almost immediately at Rye, and another raid - later shown as 15 aircraft - flew to London.

    At 1245 hours, 1+ enemy aircraft came in near Tangmere, going North West and 12 unidentified aircraft were plotted from Eastbourne to Biggin Hill.

    Between 1300 and 1700 hours, 12 small raids crossed at various points on the Sussex and Kent Coasts. Penetration behind Brighton, Beachy Head and Dungeness was shallow but some raids went to Guildford, Kenley, Sheppey, the Estuary and Essex. One of these small raids is reported to have attacked Ventnor.

    Between 1741 and 1808 hours, a single aircraft from the Somme area patrolled off Beachy Head, and between 1743 and 1835 hours, another reconnoitred from mid-Channel to Beachy Head.

    South and South West

    At 1045 hours, a reconnaissance was made from the Bristol Channel South to St Eval and out by the South Coast. One to six enemy aircraft were plotted between Poole and the Straits of Dover. Several tracks were plotted off Start Point and a number off the Coast of Cornwall.


    During the afternoon, two reconnaissances were flown along the coast of East Anglia to the Mouth of the Humber and back over the Thames Estuary.

    At 1713 hours, a Dornier which went inland North of Lowestoft flew to Martlesham and then back up the Coast, going out North of Orfordness. It passed over a convoy and made towards Dunkirk.

    At 1748 hours, a single aircraft appeared 50 miles East of Mablethorpe, patrolled to about 50 miles Eat of the Coast and faded off Flamborough Head at 1850 hours. It is possible that this aircraft was looking for out outgoing bombers.

    At 1757 hours, an aircraft approached the Firth of Forth from a point 50 miles East of St Abb's Head and was lost off Fifeness. It reappeared at 1848 hours going South East and two sections of fighters were sent up.

    At 1745 hours, an unidentified aircraft - later reported as two enemy aircraft - attacked the RAF Station at Lossiemouth and a site at Wick. One of these aircraft crashed on the aerodrome at Lossiemouth and exploded.
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  2. CL1

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


    41481, 229 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 21
    on 26 October 1940
    Son of Herbert Massey Simpson and Hilda Cameta Simpson, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
    Remembered with honour
    F/O G.M.Simson a New Zealander flew with No 229 Squadron in Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. G.M.Simson was K.I.A. on the 26th of October 1940, his Hurricane I (W6669) was shot down off the French coast by a Bf 109 after he attacked a He 59 at 11:30hrs.:poppy:

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  3. CL1

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


    740713, 602 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 21
    on 26 October 1940
    Son of Gilbert Frederick and Isabel Jane Elcome, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
    Remembered with honour
    Sgt Douglas William Elcome of No 602 Squadron was reported M.I.A. when he failed to return from patrol in his Spitfire I (R6839) on the 26th of October 1940.His body was never recovered. Earlier that summer Douglas was flying a Spitfire I which crash-landed. He was knocked unconscious and hospitalised for a short while. He insisted on going back to flying and was accepted. However, on returning from patrol on the 26th of October 1940 he appeared to black out or go unconscious and his plane crashed into the sea off Selsey Bill. It was conjectured that this might have occurred because of his earlier crash.:poppy:

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  4. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    229 Sqd, Northolt
    Hurricane W6669.
    Shot down by 109s whilst attacking He 59 moored off the French coast 11.30am. Crashed in sea. F/O G.M. Simpson missing. Aircraft lost.:poppy:

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    2 Blenheims
    7 Hurricanes
    3 Spitfires

    5 in Combat - 7 Accident/MF/Unknown

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    He 59 (1984). Shot down by Sgt Ommaney of 229 Sqd whilst engaged on air sea rescue mission over the Channel off Boulogne 11.00am. Lt Wilke, Uffz Backmaier and Gefr Michels killed. Aircraft lost.:poppy:

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    1 He 59
    1 He 115
    4 Ju 88
    9 Me 109
    2 Me 110
    7 He 111
  5. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    66 Sqd, Gravesend
    Spitfire II P7539.
    Crashed and burned out at Half Moon Lane, Hidenborough north west of Tonbridge 8.30am. Cause unknown but possible anoxia victim. P/O J.R. Mather killed. Aircraft a write off.:poppy:

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    7 Hurricanes
    10 Spitfires

    12 in Combat - 5 Accident/MF/Out of Fuel

    Do 17Z. Returned to base damaged in fighter attack during mission over England. Fw Passler Killed. Aircraft repairable.:poppy:

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    1 Hs 126
    1 Fi 156
    7 Ju 88
    13 Me 109
    1 Me 110
    3 He 111
    4 Do 17
  6. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    No Fatal Fighter Command Losses

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    2 Spitfires

    0 in Combat - 2 Accident/MF

    Me 109E-4 (1420). Shot down in combat with RAF fighters over south coast 2.00pm. Believed crashed in sea. Fw Dieterjohn killed. Aircraft 10+ lost.:poppy:

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    1 Do 24
    3 Do 17
    3 Me 110
    3 He 111
    5 Ju 88
    5 Me 109
  7. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    257 Sqd, North Weald
    Hurricane V6852. Caught taking off during low level attack on base by 109s of II(S)/LG2 4.40pm. Crashed and burned out. Sgt A.G. Girdwood killed. Aircraft a write off:poppy:

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    19 Hurricanes
    7 Spitfires
    1 Blenheim

    8 in Combat - 19 Accident/MF/Out of Fuel/Collisions

    Note: 6 aircraft collide on this day

    Me 109E-4 (3657). Shot down by AA fire during sortie over the Isle of Wight. Crashed in sea. Oblt Wolf (Gruppe Adjutant) killed. Aircraft lost.:poppy:

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    1 Do 17
    5 Ju 88
    1 Ar 196
    2 He 115
    18 Me 109
    2 He 111
    2 Me 110
  8. CL1

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

    Weather: Channel overcast. Haze in northern France and Dover Straits.
    Day: London and Southampton raided.
    Night: Heavy raids on London and the Midlands.
    Enemy action by day

    Enemy activity consisted of five main attacks in the South East, two attacks in the Portsmouth area and an attack at dusk on aerodromes in East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Hostile patrols were maintained in the Straits and Channel, and a number of reconnaissances of shipping were made.

    During the day our fighters destroyed 27 enemy (plus 8 probable and 10 damaged). Our casualties were 7 aircraft, of which 5 pilots are safe.

    South East

    First Attack

    At 1025 hours 15+ enemy aircraft crossed the Coast at Folkestone and split North of Maidstone, one part penetrating to West and North West London, the other flying to Central London. These aircraft returned over Kenley and recrossed the coast at Beachy Head and Deal.

    Second Attack

    At 1045 hours 9+ enemy aircraft crossed at Deal and swept over Manston, flying out along the Estuary.

    Third Attack

    At 1220 hours 2 raids of 30+ and 20+ crossed the Coast at Dungeness and Dover respectively. The former raid flew over Biggin Hill area to West London and then turned East, returning home via Rochester area. The other raid split near Canterbury, one part flying over the Isle of Sheppey to Hornchurch and the other part to Rochester, returning over Maidstone.

    Fourth Attack

    At 1255 hours, 12+ crossed near Dungeness and flew to Maidstone, where they turned and recrossed the Coast at Dungeness. While this raid was in progress 15+ flew over Dover and penetrated to Central London, returning over Dover at 1340 hours.

    Fifth Attack

    At 1255 hours, 12+ crossed near Dungeness and flew to Maidstone, where they turned and recrossed the Coast at Dungeness. While this raid was in progress 15+ flew over Dover and penetrated to Central London, returning over Dover at 1340 hours.

    Portsmouth Area

    First Attack

    At 1430 hours, 50+ enemy aircraft approached the Isle of Wight, where they split, one part approaching Portsmouth, while the other part flew to Thorney Island area. All raids were returning to Le Havre at 1500 hours.

    Second Attack

    At 1700 hours, 30+ enemy aircraft off Selsey Bill turned to attack Portsmouth but were dispersed without penetrating inland.

    Attack on Aerodromes in East Anglia, Lincolnshire & Yorkshire.

    At 1740 hours, a number of raids showing strengths of 1+ to 3+ crossed the East Coast at various points, and approached aerodromes in East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. About nine raids crossed between Orfordness and Southwold, and about twelve between the Wash and the Tees. Most of these raids were returning home by 1850 hours.

    Patrols and Reconnaissances of Shipping

    At 0830 hours, 2 enemy aircraft flew over a convoy near Selsey Bill, but turned away before fighters from Tangmere could intercept.

    Small patrols were maintained in the Straits and Channel between 0900 and 1300 hours, but strengths of up to 30+ were plotted between 1700 and 1800 hours.

    A convoy off Dover was visited by enemy aircraft at 0945 and 1025 hours.

    Between 1515 and 1540 hours, 2 convoys in the Thames Estuary were shadowed, and one of them asked for help at 1640 hours.

    At 1735 hours, a convoy off Lowestoft is reported to have been attacked.
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  9. CL1

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

    Sub-Lieutenant (A) ARTHUR GILES BLAKE

    H.M.S. Daedalus (Fleet Air Arm), Royal Navy
    attd. 19 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 29 October 1940
    Son of John Henry Laws Blake and Mary Jayne Blake.
    Remembered with honour

    Sub/Lt A.G.Blake of No 19 Squadron was killed on the 29th of October 1940 when his Spitfire II (P7423) crashed near Chelmsford, Essex after an encounter with a Messerschmitt Me 109 at 17:15hrs.:poppy:

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  10. CL1

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

    Weather: Low cloud and continuous drizzle in all regions.
    Day: Nuisance raids on a reduced scale.
    Night: Activity reduced.
    Enemy action by day

    The enemy made two fighter sweeps over South East England, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A few single reconnaissance aircraft were reported in other parts of the Country.

    Our fighters destroyed 9 enemy aircraft (plus 8 probable and 7 damaged), and our losses were 5 aircraft and 4 pilots killed or missing.

    First Attack - 1130-1245 Hours

    It is estimated that about 150 aircraft operated in three waves. In the first wave about 60 aircraft came in over North Foreland to Shoeburyness, where they turned South and flew out over Kent. This was followed by a second wave of about 40 aircraft which turned south over North Foreland and passed out over Hawkinge. A third wave crossed the Coast at Hastings but turned back at Ashford. Some bombs were dropped in Kent by these raids. Ten bombs were dropped in Kent by these raids. Ten Squadrons of 11 Group were sent up, of which 6 sighted the enemy; three Squadrons intercepted and destroyed 3 enemy aircraft (plus one probable and 6 damaged).

    Second Attack - 1540-1650 Hours

    This attack was divided into two phases. In the first about 80 enemy aircraft approached Maidstone of which 40 continued North West to South East London, where a few bombs were dropped; these latter aircraft were then intercepted and split up by two of our Squadrons. In the second phase five small formations totalling about 50 aircraft crossed the Coast between Dover and Beachy Head, and one formation of 12 reached Harwich. Several of these formations were intercepted and quickly retired. In all, ten Squadrons were detailed to meet these raids and 5 enemy aircraft were destroyed (plus 7 probable and one damaged). 12 Group were grounded on account of bad weather conditions.


    During the morning the usual reconnaissances were reported in the Straits and Channel. In the afternoon single aircraft were plotted off Exeter, Portland and in the Firth of Forth. Attempts to intercept these aircraft were not successful. One He111, which dropped bombs near Skegness, was destroyed.
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  11. CL1

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

    D F C

    42720, 249 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 23
    on 30 October 1940
    Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Hay Millington, of Edwardstown, South Australia.
    Remembered with honour
    P/O William 'Bill' H.Millington an Australian flew with No 79 Squadron and No 249 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. Whilst flying with No 79 Squadron on the 31st of August 1940 he was wounded when he crash landed his Hurricane I (P3050) on fire after combat with a Bf 109 over Romney at 18:00hrs. W.H.Millington moved to No 249 Squadron. He was K.I.A. on the 30th of October 1940. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V7536) over the Channel at 13:00hrs.:poppy:

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  12. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    222 Sqd, Hornchurch
    Spitfire N3119.
    Wing shot off during combat with 109s. Crashed and burned out on Upper Wilting Farm. Crowhurst 12.11pm. P/O A.E. Davies killed. Aircraft a write off.:poppy:

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    6 Hurricanes
    9 Spitfires
    1 Blenheim
    1 Beaufighter

    11 in Combat - 6 Accident/MF/Out of Fuel

    Hs 126 (4008). Crashed at Pierre during operational sortie. Cause unknown. Oblt Obenhuber and Fw Hartmann both killed. Aircraft a write off.:poppy:

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    2 Hs 126
    2 Do 17
    1 Ju 87
    10 Me 109
    1 He 111
    2 Ju 88
  13. CL1

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

    Weather: Drizzle in the Channel, haze in the Thames estuary and Dover Straits.
    Day: Fighter-bomber and fighter sweeps.
    Night: Activity greatly reduced.
    Enemy action by day

    Hostile activity was very reduced in the morning. In the afternoon it was a little more marked and this increased in the late afternoon to flights inland especially in East Anglia. The objective would appear to have been reconnaissance of aerodromes. The activity resembled night operations on a reduced scale.

    There were no interceptions and no casualties to the enemy or ourselves.

    North and North East Coast

    At about 1100 hours a ship off Rattray Head and the Bell Rock Lighthouse were machine-gunned. While this ship was being salvaged in the afternoon it was again attacked.

    East Coast

    Between 1300 and 1700 hours, five tracks were plotted of single aircraft in the East Anglian area. Between 1700 and 1800 hours one aircraft flew inland at Mablethorpe to Kirton-in-Lindsey, and a second at 10,000 feet from Cromer to Spurn Head, Driffield and Hull thence South again to Kirton-in-Lindsey. Four other single aircraft made flights in the neighbourhood of Lowestoft, Norwich, Dereham, Mildenhall, Downham Market and Bassingbourn, the last named is reported to have been bombed at 1300 hours. Reconnaissance of or attacks on aerodromes may have been the objective.

    South East Coast

    At 0720 hours one aircraft flew inland from Dover to Detling and is reported to have dropped bombs at Martlesham. Other reconnaissances took place in the Straits up to 0900 hours. Between 1300 and 1700 hours, three raids were plotted inland to Hornchurch, Debden and Kenley areas.

    South and West Coast

    At 1145 hours one aircraft crossed the coast at Worthing and flew to Bristol, Monmouth and Newport. Glascoed is reported to have been bombed.

    At 1230 hours one aircraft flew along the coast and bombed an RAF Station at Poling. At 1235 hours an enemy aircraft was plotted over Liverpool.

    Between 1300 and 1700 hours, eight raids crossed the coast to Wittering, Spurn Head, Nottingham and East Anglia. In addition other raids were plotted from the Isle of Wight to Salisbury and Swindon, to Middle Wallop - Warwick and then South East to London.

    Night Operations - 31st October/1st November 1940

    Enemy activity was divided into two phases, one in the early evening and the other in the early morning. Adverse weather conditions accounting for intervening absence of any enemy operations.

    First Phase - 1825 Hours to 2100 Hours

    At 1825 hours the first night raiders (approximately 30) were leaving Dieppe on the usual North Westerly route. Strong westerly gales blew them off course so that landfalls were made in the Hastings/Dungeness area. These raids were joined by two from Calais and all proceeded towards West and Central London, though only a few achieved their objective.

    In addition two raids were suspected of minelaying off Spurn Head. All raids returned on reciprocal courses.

    By 2020 hours the London area was quite clear and by 2100 hours no enemy raiders were plotted in or near the country.

    The "All Clear" was sounded at 2100 hours.

    Second Phase - 0245 Hours to 0600 Hours 01/11/40

    Two attacks developed with London and the Midlands as their respective objectives. The Midland raids of approximately six aircraft made landfall in the Weymouth area, the majority proceeding to Birmingham and in one or two cases further North. Approximately 25/30 raids from Dieppe/Le Havre Coast were concerned in the London attack. At 0500 hours the attack on London began to slacken and the last raids on the Midland area were leaving the country. A few raids were still active at the close of this report.


    Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours, 31st October 1940

    Blenheim - 40
    Spitfire - 227
    Hurricane - 399
    Defiant - 10
    Gladiator - 8
    Total - 684


    During the night of 20th / 31st October - 6 patrols involving 6 sorties.
    During the day of 31st October - 53 patrols involving 145 sorties.
    It is estimated that about 65 enemy sorties operated over or near our coasts during the day of 31st October.

    No report.
    Serviceability of Aerodromes:

    No report.

    No report.
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    General Summary
    Date: 31st October 1940
    Enemy air activity during the day took the form of aircraft operating singly in widespread parts of Great Britain. Very little damage was done but a characteristic feature of the raids was the machine-gunning of many towns. Birmingham & district appeared to receive most attention from the enemy.
    The evening raids started at 1830 hours but the "All Clear" was received in London at 2100 hours and there was no further activity until 0030 hours when London and Birmingham again became the main objectives of the enemy bombing.
    Detailed Summary
    RAF Stations 30th October 1940
    Fowlmere: Two HE were dropped on the landing ground at 2245 hours and one Spitfire was damaged.
    RAF Stations 31st October 1940
    Bassingbourn: the enemy attacked the Aerodrome at 1300 hours with HE bombs and five craters were formed but otherwise there is no damage to report.
    Lawford Heath: The Aerodrome, which is under construction, was attacked at 1345 hours and five HE were dropped and 16 wooden huts were badly damaged.
    Ingham: Four HE bombs fell at dusk on the edge of the Aerodrome but no damage occurred.
    Horsham St Faith: Five HE were dropped during the evening on the landing ground but there was no damage.
    Newton: The Aerodrome was attacked at 1745 hours and two unexploded HE were dropped. The enemy aircraft then proceeded to machine-gun an adjacent main road.
    Duxford: At 1948 hours 5 HE fell East of the Aerodrome. No further details available.
    Gravesend: A number of incendiary bombs fell near the Aerodrome at 2018 hours but no fires have yet been reported.
    The following Aerodromes are reported to have been bombed but no further details are yet available:-
    Sutton Bridge.
    Major Damage 31st October 1940
    The Royal Ordnance Factory at Glascoed was attacked by a single enemy aircraft at 1250 hours. The attacking aircraft dropped 12 bombs, three of which are still unexploded and then proceeded to machine-gun the factory from a height not greater than 200 feet. The roof of the building was damaged and whilst the unexploded bomb is being removed there will be a slight interference with production.
    The LMS Goods Siding at Washwood Heath received serious damage from HE bombs which will cause interference with rail traffic.
    Other Incidents
    With regard to the recent bombing of the Pobjoy Ammunition & Aircraft Ltd it is likely that production will be affected for two days owing to damage done to the gas, water and electricity mains.
    At 1325 hours, an HE fell on the Works of the British Portland Cement Co and damaged the electricians' shop but production is not likely to be affected.
    Castle Bromwich
    At 1444 hours, five enemy aircraft machine-gunned many houses in the vicinity and some damage was done to roofs and glass from AA guns and blast. The Repairable Equipment Ltd Factory was the chief sufferer but the extent of the damage is not yet known.
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  14. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    No Fatal Fighter Command Losses

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    2 Hurricanes

    0 in Combat - 2 Accident/MF

    No Fatal Luftwaffe Losses

    Aircraft lost/damaged (repairable):

    1 Hs 126
    1 Ju 52
    2 Ju 88
    2 Do 17
  15. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    RAF Loss/Damage Figures For October 1940
    Figures from 1st - 31th

    RAF Lost/Damaged for August 174 in Combat - 190 in Miscellaneous

    The days with the biggest losses/damaged to combat were the 5th with 13, 7th with 21 and the 15th with 22.
  16. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    RAF Totals :-

    • Combat Losses = 1412
    • Miscellaneous = 533
    The biggest three days of losses were:

    • 15th August = 55
    • 15th September = 54
    • 27th September = 55
  17. Kite

    Kite Junior Member

    F/O G.C.B.Peters of 79 Squadron (Hurricanes, at Pembrey) shot down and killed 29th of September 1940 over the Irish Sea.
    Does anyone have any more information about him?
  18. CL1

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


    40593, 79 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 27
    on 29 September 1940
    Son of George Henry Boyce and Marion Peters, of Aldwick, Sussex.
    Remembered with honour
    CWGC :: Cemetery Details

    F/O G.C.B.Peters of No 79 Squadron was killed on the 29th of September 1940 at 18:30hrs. He was shot down in his Hurricane X (P5177) during combat with a He 111 over the Irish Sea.

    40593 Flying Officer George Charles Boyce Peters

    George Peters was the son of George Henry Boyce and Marion Peters of Aldwick, Sussex. He is buried in Rathnew Cemetery, County Wicklow.

    F/o Peters was serving as a Pilot with No.79 Squadron RAF when his aircraft Hurricane P2719, went missing some 50 miles north west of St David's head at 18:50 hrs on 29th September 1940.
    WW11 RAF Casualties buried in Ireland

    Battle of Britain London Monument - F/O G C B Peters

    George Charles Boyce Peters joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1938. Peters was posted to 3 FTS, South Cerney on April 9th, completed his training and then joined the staff of 2 School of Technical Training at Cosford on December 23rd 1938.

    Peters joined 79 Squadron at Biggin Hill in early August 1940. On the 15th he claimed a Me110 destroyed, on the 30th a He111, on September 4th he shared a Me110 and on the 7th probably damaged a Do17.

    He failed to return from intercepting He111’s over the Irish Sea on September 29th. His Hurricane, P5177, crashed into the sea and his body was recovered.

    Peters was 27. He is buried in Rathnew Cemetery, Co Wicklow, Ireland

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  19. robbieHughes

    robbieHughes Junior Member

    This is my Great Uncle James Murray and my first post. I have been researching what happened to him and it's lovely to see him remembered on here, God rest his soul. I've just discovered the forum so I'm going to have a good look, I Just wanted to say thank you and hello.

  20. robbieHughes

    robbieHughes Junior Member

    Sorry, this is him as above. :poppy:Sergeant JAMES MURRAY

    625327, 22 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 20
    on 10 September 1940
    Son of John Daniel and Catherine Lilian Murray, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
    Remembered with honour

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