Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O E Farnes

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Eric Farnes joined the RAF in February 1940 with a direct-entry commission as an Air Gunner. He was serving with 141 Squadron at Turnhouse by early July and went south with it to West Malling on the 12th.

 

On the morning of 19th July twelve Defiants were ordered forward to Hawkinge. At 12.23 hrs they were ordered off to patrol twenty miles south of Folkestone but three dropped out with engine trouble. At about 12.45 hrs they were surprised by Me109’s of III/JG51 attacking from a higher altitude out of the sun.

Farnes Defiant, L7001, was badly damaged and crashed near Hawkinge due to engine failure with the pilot, F/Lt. MJ Loudon wounded. Farnes baled out and was rescued from the sea, uninjured.

Only two of the nine aircraft got safely back to base.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until 1947 when Farnes was released from the RAF as a Squadron Leader.

He died on 23rd September 1985.

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