Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. HJ DAVIDSON

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Henry John Davidson, of Stretford, Manchester, joined the RAFVR about February 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on September 1st 1939 he arrived at 5 OTU, Aston Down on May 19th 1940. He was posted to 249 Squadron on June 9th. On August 7th Davidson claimed a Do17 destroyed, on August 15th and September 2nd he shared in the destruction of Me110’s, on the 5th he got a probable Me109, on the 7th claimed a Do17 destroyed and a Me109 damaged, on the 27th he shot down a Ju88 and shared a Me110 and on October 29th he destroyed a Me109.

Commissioned in March 1941, Davidson went to the newly-formed Merchant Ship Fighter Unit (MSFU) at Speke on May 9th. He made the first experimental launch from the SS ‘Empire Rainbow’ on May 31st. After launching, the Hurricane dropped below the ship’s bow and the port wing touched the sea but Davidson regained control and landed at Abbotsinch. With modified equipment and changes in pilot technique, Davidson sailed for Nova Scotia on June 8th in the ‘Empire Rainbow’ but he saw no action on the voyage.

Davidson was killed on October 6th 1942 as a Flying Officer with 285 Squadron, an anti-aircraft co-operation unit. His Defiant AA297 spun in at Calveley, cause unknown.

He was 27 and was cremated at Manchester Crematorium.

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