Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. O A Dupee

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Oswald Arthur Dupee joined the RAF Reserve about September 1934 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He was called up on 1st September 1939 and was on No. 5 Course at 12 FTS Grantham from 25th September to 10th April 1940.

He joined 219 Squadron at Catterick direct from 12 FTS on 20th April.



On the 15th of the month he was flying in Blenheim L8698 with Sgt.TA Banister when the aircraft was hit by return fire from a He111 engaged off Scarborough. Dupee was wounded in the arm.

Banister went forward, assisted Dupee from his seat and took control of the damaged aircraft. Dupee, although weak from loss of blood, directed Banister who was able to make a forced-landing at Driffield with the undercarriage retracted.

For this action both men were awarded the DFM (gazetted 24th September 1940).

Dupee rejoined 219 Squadron on 26th November 1940 but was declared fit for non-operational flying only on 6th December by a Medical Board.

Commissioned from Warrant Officer in May 1942, Dupee was awarded the DFC (gazetted 21st January 1944) as a Flying Officer with 684 Squadron, a Mosquito photographic-reconnaissance unit in the Far East.

Dupee was released from the RAF after the war but rejoined in December 1948 in the Technical Branch (Signals).

On 30th April 1968 he joined the Engineering Staff of Strike Command.

He died in Greenwich, London in 1969.


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