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Hubert Weatherby Cottam, of Sunderland, joined 607 Squadron, AuxAF before the war as an Aircrafthand. He remustered as an Airman u/t Pilot about April 1939, when the opportunity for pilot training was first extended to non-commissioned members of the Auxiliary Air Force. Called up on August 24th 1939, Cottam completed his training, was commissioned in March 1940 and arrived at 6 OTU on May 18th. He converted to Hurricanes and was posted to 213 Squadron at Exeter on the 25th.
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On August 12th and 15th Cottam claimed Me110’s destroyed.
He was killed on December 5th 1941, whilst serving as a flying instructor at 22 SFTS in Southern Rhodesia.
Oxford I T1118 flew into the ground near Whites Run while on a low flying exercise. Sgt. IL Falconer was also killed.
Cottam was 22 and he is buried in Bulawayo Cemetery, Zimbabwe.