Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O G M Forrester

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George Mathwin Forrester was born in Newcastle on 17th February 1914 and attended Haileybury College from 1927 to 1930. After leaving he went into business in Portsmouth where he became an active member of the Rowing Club and Rugby Football Club. Forrester later moved to Oxford, played for the Exiles RFC and joined the RAFVR about April 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called to full-time service at the outbreak of war, Forrester completed his flying training at 12 FTS Grantham. He was commissioned on 6th July 1940 and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on that day for a conversion course on Hurricanes. He was posted to 605 Squadron at Drem on 3rd August. The squadron moved south to Croydon in early September.

In a late afternoon engagement on the 9th Forrester collided with a He111 of Stab/KG53 over Alton, Hampshire. The bomber lost a wing and crashed at Southfield Farm, near Chawton. Forrester was killed when his Hurricane, L2059, crashed at Southwood Farm near Shalden.

He is buried in Odiham Cemetery, Hampshire.



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