Battle of Britain London Monument – F/Lt. G O Budd

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George Oliver Budd was born in Reigate in 1911. He joined 604 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force at Hendon on a five year commission on 15th June 1935. He was called to full-time service on 24th August 1939 and remained with the squadron.

On 22nd May 1940 Budd damaged a He111 over Dunkirk and on 16th June he damaged two more.

 

On the night of 10th/11th April 1941 he destroyed a He111 and damaged another, on 2nd/3rd May he destroyed a Ju88, on 11th/12th June he damaged a He111 and on the 13th/14th he destroyed another.

He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 4th July 1941), the citation crediting him with three enemy aircraft destroyed at night and four more damaged.

 

Above: Budd is far right, others unknown of 604 Squadron.

 

Above images courtesy of the collection of F/Lt. RH Scott, 604 Squadron.

 

On 11th July 1941 Budd was posted to 54 OTU Church Fenton as OC ‘D’ Squadron. He was posted away on 26th January 1942 to command 1455 Turbinlite Flight at Tangmere, which he did until August 1942.

Thereafter, until the end of the war, he had a series of staff jobs, including Senior Air Liaison Officer with Anti-Aircraft Command from September 1943 until 1944. He then commanded 141 Wing at HQ 46 Group before being released from the RAF on 8th September 1945 as a Wing Commander.

Budd died in August 1991.

 

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