Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. D C Deuntzer

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Derrick Canut Deuntzer was born in Greenford, Middlesex on 21st September 1919. He joined the RAFVR about December 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his flying training at 4 EFTS and 10 FTS Tern Hill.

Deuntzer arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 11th September 1940 and after converting to Hurricanes he joined 79 Squadron at Pembrey on the 30th. He moved to 247 Squadron at Roborough on 26th October.

Still with 247 in September 1941, Deuntzer was flying as No. 2 to his Flight Commander, F/Lt. KW MacKenzie, when the latter was shot down and captured during a dusk attack on Lannion airfield, Brittany on the 29th.

Commissioned in October 1941, Deuntzer was with 43 Squadron in North Africa in 1942 at Maison Blanche. On 9th November he shared a probable Ju88 over Algiers Harbour.

On 18th April he destroyed a Me210 off Bone.

On 16th September 1943 he damaged a Fw190, shared a Fw190 destroyed on the 17th over Salerno, damaged a Fw190 later that day, and destroyed a Me109 off Littoria on 2nd November.

He was posted away from 43 in December 1943. He was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

This is all that is known of his service and postwar it is only recorded that he died in Levin, New Zealand on 14th December 2010.


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