Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O G E Ellis

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Gordon Eric Ellis was born in 1915, he joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his elementary flying training on 6th March 1939. In April he went to No. 1 RAF Depot Uxbridge for a short induction course.



On 29th April 1940 Ellis moved to 14 FTS Kinloss and joined No. 1 Course there, which had begun on 13th April. His late arrival may have been the result of health problems which he had been experiencing.

The course ended on 6th November 1939 and Ellis joined 264 Squadron at Sutton Bridge direct from 14 FTS on 9th November. He was sent to RAF Halton for interview by the Central Medical Board on 27th March 1940. Ellis was first posted to 229 Squadron then sent on attachment to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 19th May to convert to Hurricanes. However he was then posted to 64 Squadron at Kenley on 20th July 1940, operating Spitfires, so he may have also flown these at 6 OTU too.

Ellis flew one operational sortie with 64 Squadron, on 22nd July. There is no further mention of him in the 64 Squadron ORB though it is possible that he was injured in a crash-landing in early August. He relinquished his commission on 1st February 1941 because of ill-health and was released from the RAF.


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