Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. W T CHARD

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Wilfred Thomas Chard joined the RAFVR in March 1939 as an Airman u/t Aircrew. Called up on September 1st 1939 he completed his training and had joined 141 Squadron as a Gunner in Defiants at Turnhouse by June 1940.

Flying with Sgt. G Laurence on September 17th 1940 they intercepted a Ju88 north of Ashford and shot it down. The aircraft, B3+OL wk nr 2152 from I/KG54 at Evreux, came down in St Andrews Close, Maidstone. The crew, Lt Ganzlmayr, Obfw Faschinger, Uffz Bauer and Scloesser, were all killed.

On 7th January 1944 Chard, still teamed with Laurence, was serving with 219 Squadron at La Sebala, NW of Tunis, Tunisia.

Beaufighter ND160 took off for a test flight but the port wingtip struck a vehicle on the takeoff run and the aircraft somersaulted and crashed. Laurence was killed and Chard seriously injured.

Nothing further has been traced of Chard’s service but he is buried in Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend, Essex.

The headstone is a standard CWGC design implying that he was killed in action or died of wounds. It is dated 17th May 1947, obviously outside of WW2 so it may be assumed that he never totally recovered from his injuries.

 

 

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