Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. J S Bucknole

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John Stanley Bucknole joined the RAFVR in March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he went through training at 16 EFTS and 5 FTS before being posted to 54 Squadron at Catterick on 29th September 1940. He later made the transition to Bomber Command and in 1941 was serving with 103 Squadron, which operated Wellingtons from Newton.

On 24th July 1941 he was killed when his Wellington IC N2770 crashed into the sea off Brest during a daylight raid on the Scharnhorst which was berthed near the port. Also lost were:

F/O R Shaw
F/Sgt. F Barker
F/Sgt. R Critchley
Sgt. GJ Beckwith
Sgt. EC McDonald RNZAF

Bucknole is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 40.

 

 

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