NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN LONDON MONUMENT

HAROLD JOHN AKROYD 86360. P/O. BRITISH.

Born on the 6th September 1913, Akroyd was serving as a Sergeant Pilot with 152 Sqn at Acklington at the start of The Battle Of Britain. The squadron moved south to Warmwell in Dorset. On August 15th 1940 Akroyd claimed a Ju 87 destroyed. On the same day he returned to Warmwell in the late afternoon after combat over Portland, damaged and with a jammed rudder, In Spitfire R6910. In combat with enemy fighters over Lyme Regis in the afternoon of October the 7th Akroyd was shoot down. His aircraft, Spitfire N3039, crashed and burned out at Nutmead, Shillingstone. He was severely burned and died the next day. He is buried in the Holy Trinity, Warmwell.           P/O 25.9.1940

JOHN KEETH BARKER 566251. SGT. BRITISH.

Barker served as a ground wireless operator in the pre-war RAF before being trained as a Pilot. He was with 152 Sqn at the start of The Battle Of Britain. On the 18th August 1940 he claimed a Ju 87 destroyed and on the 25th of August a Bf 109. Barker did not return from a sortie on September the 4th 1940. He is believed to have been shot down by return fire from a Do17 engaged 25 miles off Bognor. He baled out but was killed. His bpdy was washed up on the French coast and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

IAN NORMAN BAYLES 74327. F/O. BRITISH. Born on August the 13th 1918, Bayles was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Oxford. He was a member of the University Air Squadron and was called to full-time service in October 1939. Bayles was with 152 Sqn at Acklington. On the 25th of September he claimed a Ju 88 destroyed and a shared a He 111. He commanded 135 Sqn in India from February to November 1943 and 273 Sqn in Burma from December 1944 to April 1945. Bayles was awarded the D.F.C (2.10.45). He was released from the RAF in 1946, As a Wing Commander.

P/O 16.10.39 F/O 26.9.40. F/L 26.9.41. SQN/LDR 30.6.45.

GEOFFERY THEODORE BAYNHAM 41518. F/O. BRITISH.

234 & 152 Sqns. Born in 1915, Baynham joined 234 Sqn at Middle Wallop in mid September 1940. He was posted to 152 Sqn at Warmwell on the 5th October. In March 1941 he returned to 234, also then stationed at Warmwell. Baynham destroyed a Bf 109 on the 19th May 1941 and on 17th July he shot down Three more. He was posted back to 152 Sqn on the 17th April 1943, as a Flight Commander. The Squadron was then at Souk-El-Khemis in North Africa. Bayham was awarded the D.F.C (10.9.43). He was released from the RAF in 1945.

APO.14.12.38. P/O 3.9.39. F/O 3.9.40. F/L 3.3.42.

WALTER BEAUMONT 76308. P/O. BRITISH.                          

Beaumont was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. He had a BSc from the University of London, and was a pre-war member of the RAFVR and was then living at Coulsdon, Surrey. He was called up for full-time service at the outbreak of war and joined 152 Sqn at Acklington in early 1940. After the Squadron moved to Warmwell in July Beaumont took part in many combats. He claimed two Bf 109s destroyed on the 16th of August, two Ju 87s and a shared Bf 109 on the 18th, a shared Ju 88on the 23rd, another Bf 109 on the 25th and a shared He 111 on the 27th. On this day Beaumont was hit by return fire from a Ju 88 and baled out. His Spitfire R6831, crashed into the sea eight miles off Portland. Beaumont failed to return from an operational sortie on the 23rd of September 1940. From an unknown cause his Spitfire R7016 is believed to have crashed into the channel. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 7. He was was 26 years old and was awarded the D.F.C (22.10.40)

P/O 10.12.39

DEREK PIERRE AUMALE BOITEL-GILL 28142. F/L. BRITISH.

Boitel-Gill was born in 1909 and joined the RAF in 1929, going to 5 FTS, sealand on the 28th of September. He joined 3 Squadron at Upavon on the 9th September 1930. He went on to the reserve of Air Force Officers in September 1934 when his period of service ended, Sometime personal Pilot to Nizam of Hyderabad, Boitel-Gill was a Pilot with Imperial Airways before the war. He was recalled to the RAF in April 1940 and joined 152 Sqn at Acklington, as a Flight Commander. Boitel-Gill claimed a Ju 88 destroyed on the 12th of August, two Bf 110s and a Ju 87 on the 15th, another Ju 87 on the 18th, a Ju 88 and Bf 109 on the 25th and a Ju 88 on the 26th September. He was awarded the D.F.C (22.10.40) and commanded 152 from November 1940- June 1941. On the 18th september 1941 he was killed in a flying accident at Carlisle, as a Wing Commander. He was cremated at West Norwood Crematorium, Lambeth, London.

P/O 13.9.29. F/O 13.3.31. F/O (RAFO) 13.9.34. F/L 22.4.40. SQN/LDR 1.12.40.

JOHN McBEAN CHRISTIE 741898.  SGT.  BRITISH.

Christie joined 152 Sqn at Warmwell in August 1940. On the 26th September Christie was shoot down by a Bf 109 in combat over the channel off Swanage, Dorset. His Spitfire K9882, crashed into the sea and he was picked up dead. He is buried in Arkleston Cemetery, Renfrew. He was 22 years old.

GRAHAM JAMES  COX 41668. F/O.  BRITISH.

Cox was born in Sparkhill, Birmingham in 1919. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1939. He was with 152 Sqn at Acklington in June 1940. On the 12th August he shared a Ju 88, on the 18th he claimed a Bf 109, on the 21st he shared another Ju 88 and on the 27th September he claimed Bf 110 destroyed. He destroyed a He 111 on May the 27th 1941 and with his tour completed he was posted away. He was awarded the D.F.C (17.10.41) .He returned to operations in September 1942 and went to 501 Squadron at Middle Wallop, as a Flight Commander. In may 1943 he was posted to 42 Squadron at Mateur, Tunisia. The Squadron moved to Malta on June the 8th. On bomber escort to Gerbini, Sicily. After attacking a trian at Vizzini Station with his Number 2 which destroyed the engine. He was promoted and took command of 229 Squadron at Krendi on the 5th July 1943. On the 10th of July he destroyed three Mc 200s. He was posted away in October 1943 for a rest. He returned to operations in February 1944 and took control of 92 Squadron at Marcianise in Italy. Cox was awarded the DSO (10.10.44). He was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Squadron Leader.

APO.4.3.39. P/O.2.10.39. F/O.2.10.40. F/L.2.10.41.

EDWARD CHRISTOPHER DEANESLY 90251. F/L. BRITISH.

Deansley joined 605 Squadron, Aux AF in early 1937. He was called to full-time service on the 24th of August 1939 and posted to 152 Sqn at Acklington. On the 25th of July while in action five miles of Portland his Spitfire K 9901 was damaged by return fire from a Ju 87 and he ditched in the channel, wounded. He was picked up the SS Empire Henchman and landed at Lyme Regis, where he was admitted to hospital. He was shot down again on the 26th September during combat with Bf 109s off the Needles and baled out again wounded. He was rescured by a Royal Navy launch and landed at Swanage, his Spitfire K 9982 crashed into the sea. On the 23rd of November 1940 Deanesly joined 256 Squadron at Catterick, a night Fighter unit as its Flight Commander. He was awarded the D.F.C (30.5.41) and decorated by the King in October. He took Command of 256 Squadron in September 1941 and led it until April 1942. He was released from the RAF in 1945, as a Wing Commander.

P/O.(AuxAF) 18.3.37. F/O.(AuxAf) 21.11.38. F/O. 24.8.39. F/L. 3.9.40. SQN/LDR. 1.12.41.

PETER  KENNETH DEVITT 90080. SQN/LDR. BRITISH.

Devitt learned to fly privately at West Malling in 1931, He was Commissioned in the RAFRO at Filton, Bristol and learned to fly Bristol Fighters. In 1933 he joined 600 Squadron, AuxAf at Hendon. He was called up for full-time service on the 24th August 1939 and was posted to the Operations room at Tangmere. In February 1940 he was given command of 152 Sqn at Acklington. On the 25th of September he was hit in the petrol tank by return fire from a He 111 engaged west of Bristol and forced landed at Skew bridge, Newton St Loe, near bath. Devitt was posted to HQ 9 Group at the end of October 1940. In April 1941 he went to HQ 14 Group as Senior Controller. In December 1941 he was posted to HQ 221 Group at Rangoon, leading the final withdrawal of troops out of Burma to Assam on May the 8th 1942. He was Wing Commander training at HQ 224 Group, Calcutta until June 43, when he became Station Commander RAF Ranchi. In January 44 he was given command of 189 Wing at Silchar and in September he was promoted to Group Capatain as Ops, SEAC, Barrackmore, Calcutta. He was invalided home in November 44 and went to the Air Ministry, London until being released in 45. He commanded 615 Squadron RAuxAF from 1949-1950.

P/O. (AuxAF) 13.7.33. F/O.(AuxAF) 13.1.35. F/L. (AuxAF).13.7.36. F/L. 24.8.39. S/L. 1.6.40. W/C. 1.7.44. S/L.(RAuxAF) 1.4.49.

DENNIS HUMBERT  FOX-MALE  78660. P/O. BRITISH.

Educated at Wellington College and Trinty College, Oxford, He was a solicitor before the war . He joined 152 Sqn at Warmwell on the 29th of September 1940 and remained with the Squadron until 1941. He was released from the RAF in 1946, as Flight Lieutenant. APO. 15.3.40. P/O. 7.9.40. F/O. 7.9.41. F/L. 7.9.42.

ROGER  MONTAGU DICKENSON  HALL  43009. P/O. BRITISH.

Hall was born on the 12th August 1917. He was at Haileybury Colleage fron 1931-1935. He entered the Royal Military Academy, at Sandhurst in 1936 as a Officer cadet. Hall was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant Royal Tank Regiment in 1938. Soon afterwards he became ill and did not rejoin his regiment until the end of the year. In march 1940 he applied to transfer to the RAF and after acceptance was posted to 7 EFTS, Desford for his ab initio course. He completed his training and in early August he went he wentto the school of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum. He volunteered for Fighter Command and was posted to 7 OTU at Hawarden and after converting to spitfires he joined 152 Sqn at Warmwell on the 1st September 1940. In early December 40 he went to 255 Squadron, then forming at Kirton-in-Lindsey with Defiants. He claimed the first Squadron victory on the 10th of February 1941 when he destroyed a He 111 over the Humber. In September he joined 72 Squadron at Gravesend, as a Flight Commander. He was again posted away in December. In April 1942 he went to 91 squadron at Hawkinge. He made his last operational flight on the 17th of September and left the Squadron in October and was awarded the D.F.C (24.11.42). He lost his flying category for medical reasons and transferred to the administrative Branch. He was released from the RAF in 1944, as a Flight Lieutenant. He joined the RAFVR in 1960.

P/O.8.3.40. F/O. 8.3.41. F/L. 8.3.42. F/O (RAFVR). 11.7.60

NORMAN EDWARD HANCOCK  832266. P/O. BRITISH.

65 & 152 Sqns. He joined the RAF at the outbreak of war. He was posted to ITW at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge. On the 5th of September 1939 he moved to 12 EFTS, Prestwick on March the 26th moved again to 5 FTS, then on to Sealand on May 26th 1940. With training completed He went to 7 OTU, Hawarden on the 11th August he coverted to spitfires and joined 65 Squadron at Hornchurch on the  3rd of September 40. He left them and joined 152 Sqn at Warmwell on the 10th of October 40 He remained with the Squadron until October 41. He was then posted to 56 OTU, Sutton Bridge on the 22nd of October 41 as an instructor, and went to 55 OTU, Usworth on February 1942. He went to Northern Ireland on July the 11th 42 to instruct at the 52nd Pursuit Group USAF. He returned to operations on the 18th of October 42 when he joined 128 squadron at Hastings, Sierra Leone, as a Flight Commander. Back in the UK He was posted to 198 squadron at Matlask in April on the 27th 1943 he remained with then until July. When he went to 56 Squadron at Martlesham Heath, as a Flight Commander. At the end of his tour on May the 31st 44 he was posted to 85 Group and awarded the D.F.C (23.6.44). In May 1945 he took command of 276 (ASR) Squadron at Knocke and his final appointment was as Squadron Leader Admin at RAF Cranfield. He was released from the RAF in March 1946.

P/O. 10.8.40. F/O. 10.8.41. F/L. 10.8.42

EDWARD SYDNEY HOGG 70312. F/L. BRITISH.

He joined the RAF on a short service commission in March 1937 and did his intermediate and advanced flying training at 8 FTS, Montrose. He joined 152 Sqn at Acklington at its reformation there on the 1st of October 1939. He shared in the destruction of a Ju 88 on the 23rd of August 40. He left 152 in October 1940. He was released from the RAF in 1945, as a Wing Commander.

APO. 9.5.37. P/O. 8.3.38. F/O. 8.9.39. F/L. 8.9.40. SQN/LDR. 1.12.41.

RICHARD MALZARD HOGG 33486. P/O. BRITISH.

Hogg of Jersey, entered RAF College, Cranwell in April 1938 as a flight cadet. The outbreak of war meant that the course had to be condensed and he left in September 1939. He was commissioned in October and went to the 11 Group at St Athan. He joined the newly formed 145 squadron at Croydon on October 30th . In Blenheim K7114 he collided with another Blenheim west of Gatwick on the 10th of Febuary 1940. Both aircraft returned safely to base. In early July he joined 152 Sqn at Acklington. On the 12th and 21st of August he shared in destroying two Ju 88s. He was shot down by enemy flighters in combat over the channel on the 25th of August and reported missing. Richard Hogg was 21 years old and remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 8.  

P/O. 23.10.39.

MEN OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN BY KENNETH G. WYNN

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