Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O G A Denby

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Gordon Alfred Denby of Herne Hill, Middlesex was born on 27th February 1915. He attended Dulwich College from 1928 to 1932, going on to work for the Imperial Tobacco Company and later Roneo Ltd.

In November 1938 Denby joined the RAFVR as an Airman u/t Pilot and began weekend flying at 15 E&RFTS Redhill. Called up at the outbreak of war, Denby was posted to No.1 ITW at Cambridge. After completing his flying training at 12 FTS he was commissioned and then posted to No.2 School of Army Co-operation on 15th June 1940.


Above image courtesy of the collection of P/O AJ Glegg, 600 Squadron.


He moved to 5 OTU Aston Down on the 22nd and after converting to Blenheims he joined 600 Squadron at Northolt on 9th July.

Denby claimed an enemy aircraft probably destroyed during the night of 27th September after it disappeared into cloud on fire. In the evening of 13th March 1941 Denby, with P/O Guest as his radar operator, shot down a He111 raiding Glasgow. It crashed at Dunure, Ayrshire.

Denby was awarded the DFC (gazetted 22nd April 1941), credited with one enemy aircraft destroyed and two probables.

In May 1942 Denby was posted away as an instructor. He returned to operations in July 1942, when he joined 125 Squadron at Fairwood Common.

Denby was killed on 10th December 1942 as a Squadron Leader Flight Commander with 125. His Beaufighter X7963 had an engine fail and the aircraft came down in the sea 110 miles east of Peterhead. P/O ES Burrows was also lost.

Denby is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 65.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner


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