Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O C A C Chetham

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Charles Arthur Copeland Chetham, from Newton Abbot, joined the RAFVR in September 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training, was commissioned in May 1940 and went to 6 OTU on the 27th, joining No. 1 Squadron at Tangmere in mid-June.

 

(Above: Chetham (right) with F/Lt. MH Brown (Canada) of 1 Sqdn.)

 

On 11th August he shared a Me110 with P/O GE Goodman. He was on a night flight on the 27th when he was held by searchlights and lost control. Chetham baled out and landed, unhurt, at Amersham. His Hurricane, P3897, crashed and burned out at Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire.

Back in action, he claimed a Me109 on 1st September and damaged another the next day. In 1941 Chetham was with 33 Squadron in Greece. He was killed on 15th April, aged 21, flying Hurricane P3732 or V7419, both were shot down during combat with Me109’s over Larissa.

He is buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens.

 

 

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