Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. M A Beatty

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Marcus Alfred Beatty joined the RAFVR in May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he carried out his elementary flying training at 12 EFTS Wick, after which he was at 5 FTS Sealand, on No. 49 Course which ran from 16th June to 7th September 1940.

He converted to Spitfires at 7 OTU Hawarden and joined 266 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 30th September 1940. Beatty was commissioned in May 1941.

 

 

He was one of the pilots chosen to appear alongside David Niven in the film ‘First of the Few’, shot at RAF Ibsley, Hampshire in 1942.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

An unsubstantiated report records that he flew postwar for BOAC but died from a heart attack, possibly in Cairo, in or around 1959.

 

British Airways Heritage Centre were unable to verify his death but did confirm that he flew with BOAC and kindly supplied his ID photo (below).

 

 

 

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