Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. J C Cheetham

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John Cowper Cheetham of Dunbar, East Lothian appears on the war memorial of Herbert Strutt School, Belper, Derbyshire so it may be assumed that he attended the school. He joined the RAF as a direct-entry pilot in August 1935.

By June 1940 he was serving with 23 Squadron, operating Blenheims from Collyweston. He served with the squadron throughout the Battle.

Cheetham was commissioned in July 1941 but his subsequent postings are currently unknown until 15th July 1944. On this date Cheetham was killed when serving with 46 MU at Lossiemouth. While on a flight test Beaufighter X7875 crashed into the sea.

There was no other crew, his body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 201.

 

 

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