Woods-Scawen Brothers (Battle of Britain)

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  1. RAF Pilot

    RAF Pilot Junior Member

    Hello Crew,
    Hope you are doing well.

    I am looking for Patrick and Anthony Woods-Scawen's Hurricanes that they used during the Battle of Britain (Code Letter and Serian Number), they flew with No 85 Squadron and No 43 Squadron.
    The story of this brothers really touch me, they died tragically and they were in love of the same woman Una Lawrence.

    Thanks in advance.
    Best Regards.
     
  2. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    F/O PP Woods-Scawen 85 Sqd - Serial No P3150

    P/O CA Woods-Scawen 43 Sqd - Serial No V7420

    Hello and welcome to the forum.
     
  3. CL1

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

    Wo-pilots

    F/O C.A. 'Tony' 'Wombat' Woods- Scawen of No 43 Squadron destroyed a Bf 110 ten miles south of the Isle of Wight on the 8th of August 1940 . On the 13th of August at 07:30 while on patrol in his Hurricane (R4102) he crash landed near Midhurst, Sussex after combat with a He 111. He added 6 more enemy aircraft to his score before being shot down on the 2nd of September 1940 at 14:15hrs by a Bf 109. Woods-Scawen baled out too low after the Hurricane I (V7420) he was flying caught fire. Woods-Scawen did not survive, he was aged 22.
    His brother P.P.Woods-Scawen also died in tragic circumstances on the 1st of September 1940

    F/O Patrick 'Woody' Woods-Scawen, was born at Karachi, India and flew with No 85 Squadron. He had scored 14 kills and was awarded the D.F.C. In a tragic incident, P.P.Woods-Scawen baled out of his Hurricane ( P3150) after a combat with a Bf 109 on the 1st of September 1940, and was killed when his parachute failed to open. His body was found on the 6th of September1940 near Kenly. He was 24. His brother C.A. 'Tony' Woods-Scawen also died in a similar incident on the 2nd of September

    CBFS: Last of the Few - 85 Squadron photo of Patrick

    Hurricane

    Pilot Officer CHARLES ANTHONY WOODS-SCAWEN
    D F C

    40778, 43 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 22
    on 02 September 1940
    Son of Philip Neri Woods-Scawen and Kathleen Florence Woods-Scawen, of South Farnborough, Hampshire. His brother, Flying Offr. Patrick Philip Woods-Scawen, D.F.C., also died on service.
    Remembered with honour
    HAWKINGE CEMETERY

    Flying Officer PATRICK PHILIP WOODS-SCAWEN
    D F C

    40452, 85 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 24
    on 01 September 1940
    Son of Philip Neri Woods-Scawen and Kathleen Florence Woods-Scawen, of Farnborough, Hampshire. His brother Charles Anthony also died on service.
    Remembered with honour
    CATERHAM AND WARLINGHAM (CATERHAM) BURIAL GROUND
     
  4. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Clive
    Thanks for the info, knew they were the only brothers to fight and die in the BOB, always thought that they had a loose attachment to the same girl who had grown up with them.
     
  5. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    A very tragic story all round.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  6. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Well done on the background, C.
     
  7. RAF Pilot

    RAF Pilot Junior Member

    Thank you very much for your answers.
    I have that information, also I know the Anthony flew on FT-C L1592 and Patrick on VY-P N2319 during the Battle of France but I am looking for serial numbers and code letters on the Hurricanes that they flew during the Battle of Britain.

    Best Regards.
     
  8. CL1

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

    a bit more re the story here

    Battle of Britain: Romance which ended in tragedy; Two brothers loved the same girl, but both lost their lives during Battle of Britain. Ross Reyburn reports | Birmingham Post (England), The Newspaper | Find Articles at BNET

    In the article there was a family member still around in 2000,may well be worth trying to contact them although 10 years have past.

    with regard to the Serial numbers I assume you require the pilots logbook.
    Have you tried RAF Hendon
    Department of Research & Information Services
     
  9. tristanws

    tristanws Junior Member

    Just came across this site. I have copies of their combat reports and some info which might help you. happy for you to email me if this is of interest.

    best
    Tristan Woods-Scawen
     
  10. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Tristan
    welcome to the forum and thank you for your kind offer, if you don't mind why not add them to this thread it seems very fitting.
     
  11. CL1

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

    Flying Officer PATRICK PHILIP WOODS-SCAWEN
    D F C

    40452, 85 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died age 24
    on 01 September 1940
    Son of Philip Neri Woods-Scawen and Kathleen Florence Woods-Scawen, of Farnborough, Hampshire. His brother Charles Anthony also died on service.
    Remembered with honour
    CATERHAM AND WARLINGHAM (CATERHAM) BURIAL GROUND
     
  12. Giulia Clark

    Giulia Clark New Member

    Dear Tristan, I know you posted this some time ago but I'm hoping you might get this message. I too have been reading about Patrick and Anthony Woods-Scawen for a project I'm working on - would it be possible to have a brief chat? What's the best way to get in touch? Many thanks!
     
  13. CL1

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

    Tristan last seen in 2011
    I have sent him a message on your behalf
     
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  14. tristanws

    tristanws Junior Member

    Feel free to email me tristanws at yahoo.com
     
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