Battle of Britain London Monument – F/O R L F Day

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Robert Lionel Frank Day, of Herne Bay, was educated at Belvedere School there and The Kings School Canterbury. He joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his training on 29th August 1938.

After completing his training Day was posted to 111 Squadron at Northolt on 31st August 1939. He moved to 54 Squadron on 2nd September, then to 604 Squadron on 5th September.

 

 

He was admitted to hospital on 19th September. On discharge he rejoined 111 Squadron from RAF Uxbridge on 13th October.

Day was posted to 11 Group Pool St. Athan on 20th November 1939 for training. From there he joined 141 Squadron at Grangemouth on 9th December 1939. He flew his first operational sortie on 9th July 1940 and served with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain.

During the night of 6th/7th May 1941 Day, flying with P/O FCA Lanning as his gunner, shot down a He111 and on a later patrol the same night a Ju88, which made a forced-landing on Holy Island, Northumberland.

The aircraft was burned by the crew, who were all taken prisoner. Day and Lanning were both awarded the DFC (gazetted 6th June 1941).

When 141 was being re-equipped with Beaufighters they were posted to 410 (RCAF) Squadron at Ayr on 14th July 1941.

Day was serving with 132 Squadron at Ford by mid-June 1944, flying Spitfire IX’s.

On 18th June he was shot down and killed by flak near Evreux whilst chasing a Fw190 in Spitfire ML120.

He is buried in Connelles Cemetery, France.

At some point he had qualified to become a member of the Guinea Pig Club.

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