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

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    SERGEANT EDWARD MANTON
    Service Number: 810081
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)

    610 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 28 August 1940

    Age 25 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    HAWKHURST CEMETER

    • Country of ServiceUnited Kingdom
    • Additional InfoSon of Edward Frederick and Sarah Manton, of Bebington, Cheshire.
    • Personal InscriptionTHE STRIFE IS O'ER, THE BATTLE DONE; NOW IS THE VICTOR'S TRIUMPH WON

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  2. CL1

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

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    FLIGHT LIEUTENANT HARRY RAYMOND HAMILTON
    Service Number: 39316
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Air Force

    85 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 29 August 1940

    Age 23 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    HAWKINGE CEMETERY

    Plot O. Row 1. Grave 26.

    United Kingdom
    • Country of Service United Kingdom
    • Additional Info Son of Walter Wesley Hamilton and Nina Pearl Hamilton, of Oak Point, King's Co. New Brunswick, Canada.
    • Personal Inscription IN GOD WE TRUST


    1940 September Quarter death registration-
    Name: Hamilton, Harry R----Age: 23
    District: Elham (Volume & Page: 2a & 3289)
    **Flight Lieutenant Hamilton was killed when 85 Squadron's Hawker 'Hurricane' (V6623) aircraft was shot down by an ME-109 German aircraft during the Battle of Britain. He had also flown during the Battle of France; he had been on 46 RAF Squadron-flying the 'Hurricane', and on 611 RAF Squadron-flying the 'Spitfire'.
    Military Service-
    Rank: Flight Lieutenant
    Trade: Pilot
    Service Number: 39316
    Age: 23
    Force: Air Force
    Unit: Royal Air Force
    Division: 85 RAF Squadron

    Son of Walter Wesley Hamilton and the late Nina Pearl (née Hamilton) Hamilton of Oak Point, King's County New Brunswick, Canada.

    Flight Lieutenant Harry Raymond Hamilton is commemorated on Page 13 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.

    On 15 Sept 2016 the organization, “Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve”, installed a special memorial stone, in memory of F/L Hamilton, at the site near Camber Castle where his Hurricane crashed. The stone (once part of Smeaton’s Harbour) was donated by the Environment Agency
    and has an inscription carved into it.


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  3. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

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    Dave
     
  4. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Sergeant Edward Manton
     
  5. CL1

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

  6. CL1

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

    PILOT OFFICER JAROSLAV STERBACEK
    Service Number: 81901
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    310 (Czech) Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 31 August 1940

    Buried or commemorated at
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Panel 10.
    United Kingdom


    • Country of Service United Kingdom
    • Additional Info Son of Frantisek Sterbacek and Frantiska Sterbackova, of Dolni Lhota.
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  7. CL1

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

    FLIGHT LIEUTENANT PERCY STEVENSON WEAVER
    Service Number: 70719
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Air Force

    56 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 31 August 1940

    Age 25 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Panel 5.

    United Kingdom


    • Country of Service United Kingdom
    • Awards Distinguished Flying Cross
    • Additional Info Son of Ernest Norman Weaver, and of Katharine H. Weaver, of Chippenham, Wiltshire.



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  8. CL1

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

  9. CL1

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

    4th September 1940
    The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. L A W Rasmussen


    Lauritz Andrew Woodney Rasmussen was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th September 1921 and educated at Auckland Grammar School. In early 1939 he joined the 3rd Auckland Regiment as a territorial soldier. At the outbreak of war Rasmussen volunteered for aircrew duties. He reported to the Ground Training School, Weraroa on 18th December 1939 and moved to the Air Observers' School, Ohakea in mid-January 1940 for a Lewis gunnery course.

    Rasmussen sailed for the UK on 26th April in the RMS Rangitiki. On 17th July he was posted to 5 OTU Aston Down and, after being awarded his air-gunner's badge, he joined 264 Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 29th August.

    At 2205 on 4th September 1940 he was crewed with F/O DKC O'Malley in Defiant N1628, they were ordered to take off on an interception patrol. For some reason the aircraft remained at low altitude until striking the ground near Northorpe, about 3 miles west of the airfield. Both men were killed.

    Rasmussen is buried in Kirton-in-Lindsey Burial Ground.

    He was the youngest of the New Zealanders who took part in the Battle of Britain and had only 19 hours as an Air Gunner at the time of his death.

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    Battle of Britain London Monument - Sgt. L A W Rasmussen
     
  10. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

    Such a Sad Loss for Both Airmen :poppy: :poppy: and so-far from Home for Sgt L A W Rasmussen. R.I.P. to them Both.
     
  11. CL1

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

    Flight Lieutenant WILLIAM PERCIVAL CAMBRIDGE
    37791, 253 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died
    on 06 September 1940
    Son of Sidney John and Agnes Helen Cambridge; husband of Mary Margaret Blackwell Cambridge, of Caversham, Reading, Berkshire.
    Remembered with honour
    READING (HENLEY ROAD) CEMETERY
    S/L W.P.Cambridge of No 253 Squadron was shot down and killed on the 6th of September 1940 at 09:15hrs. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3032) but was dead on landing


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  12. CL1

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

    SERGEANT ALBERT FREDERICK CHARLES SAUNDERS
    Service Number: 748574
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    600 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 07 September 1940

    Age 19 years old
    Buried or commemorated at
    WANDSWORTH (EARLSFIELD) CEMETERY

    Block 32. Grave 40.

    United Kingdom


    • Country of Service United Kingdom
    • Additional Info Son of Albert Victor and Eliza Amelia Saunders, of Clapham.


    Unlike their German counterpart the Bf110 British twin engine fighter aircraft like the Blenheim avoided clearly unequal combat with the enemy in daylight. It was then relatively unusual for such aircraft to be flying on the busy and dangerous afternoon of September 7, 1940.

    At 16:43 that afternoon a Hornchurch based 600 (City of London) Squadron Bristol Blenheim, L6684 ("BQ-S"), crashed at East Close, Rainham, Essex, killing its crew of two, Sergeant A Saunders and Sergeant J W Davies. The aircraft was approaching the aerodrome from the south when its port engine failed, causing it to crash into East Close, a location only a stones throw away from the crash site of the JG26 Messerschmitt Bf 109 a week earlier.

    Crew fatalities:
    Flight Sgt Albert Frederick Charles Saunders (pilot, Service Number 748574, aged 19) - killed; buried at Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery, Wandsworth, London Block 32. Grave 40.
    Flight Sgt John William Davies (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 938521, aged 22) - killed; buried at Rounday (St. John) Churchyard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Sec. C. Joint grave 180.
    Accident Bristol Blenheim Mk IF L6684, 15 Aug 1940




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  13. CL1

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

  14. CL1

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

  15. CL1

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

    SIERZANT STEFAN WOJTOWICZ
    Service Number: P/5024
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Polish Air Force

    303 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 11 September 1940

    Age 21 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    NORTHWOOD CEMETERY

    Service Section H Grave 209.

    United Kingdom


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  16. CL1

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

    PORUCZNIK ARSEN CEBRZYNSKI
    Service Number: P/1416
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Polish Air Force

    303 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 11 September 1940

    Age 28 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    NORTHWOOD CEMETERY
    Service Section H Grave 187.

    United Kingdom


    • Country of ServicePolish
    • Additional InfoAwarded Polish Cross of Valour and 2 Bars.

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  17. CL1

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

    Battle of Britain London Monument - W/Cdr. J S Dewar
    The Airmen's Stories - W/Cdr. J S Dewar


    John Scatcliff Dewar was born at Mussoori, Lahore Province, India in 1907. He was educated at King's College, Canterbury and entered RAF College Cranwell as a Flight Cadet in January 1926. He was a brilliant student with 'exceptional' ratings. Dewar graduated in December 1927 and on the 17th of the month he joined 13 (Army Co-operation) Squadron at Andover.
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    He was posted to the School of Naval Co-operation, Lee-on-Solent on 18th July 1929. Dewar joined 822 Squadron on the carrier HMS Furious on 6th May 1933 and was posted to 801 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron also on the Furious, on 10th July 1934. On one occasion, whilst serving in Furious, Dewar was washed overboard during a gale in the Bay of Biscay but was quickly rescued.


    Dewar went to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment at Martlesham Heath as a test pilot on 23rd June 1936. He was posted to SHQ Thorney Island on 26th March 1938. On 21st November 1939 Dewar arrived at 11 Group Pool, St. Athan for a refresher course.

    He was posted to 60 Wing in France on the 25th and in December 1939 he took command of 87 Squadron at Lille/Seclin. He broke his shoulder in a flying accident but continued to fly regularly. The squadron destroyed more than sixty enemy aircraft during its stay in France, of which Dewar was credited with five. He was one of the first four officers to receive the double award of DSO and DFC (gazetted 31st May 1940).


    The squadron was withdrawn to England on 22nd May and after a few days at Debden it moved to Church Fenton to refit. On 5th July 87 Squadron moved to Exeter and on the 11th Dewar claimed two Me110’s destroyed and probably another.


    On the 12th Dewar was promoted to Acting Wing Commander and made Station Commander at Exeter. He continued to fly occasional operational sorties, generally with 213 Squadron. On 13th August he shared a Ju88 and on the 25th he destroyed a Ju88 and probably a Me109.

    Dewar failed to arrived at Tangmere on a routine flight from Exeter on 12th September 1940 in 213 Squadron Hurricane V7306 and was reported 'Missing'. His body was washed up at Kingston Gorse, Sussex on 30th September. No cause was ever discovered.

    He is buried in St John the Baptist churchyard, North Baddesley, Hampshire.

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  18. CL1

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

    PILOT OFFICER JOHN VINTER GURTEEN
    Service Number: 81918
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    504 Sqdn.

    Date of Death
    Died 15 September 1940

    Age 24 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    HENDON CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM
    Panel 5. Cremation.

    United Kingdom


    • Country of ServiceUnited Kingdom
    • Additional InfoSon of Conrad Sharp Gurteen and Frances Annie Gurteen, of Sturmer, Essex.


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