Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. G L Gould

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Gordon Leslie Gould joined the RAFVR in October 1939 as an Aircrafthand. He remustered as an Airman u/t WOp/AG, completed his wireless training and was posted to 235 Squadron at Bircham Newton in August 1940.

He had six flying hours in his logbook.

For most of the operational sorties of his tour Gould flew with P/O HH Crawford on bomber-escorts, offensive sweeps over enemy-occupied territory and convoy and anti-U boat patrols. On a sweep over Denmark a Do 18 flying boat was destroyed.

In March 1941 they shared in the destruction of a He111 and on another occasion they attacked some He115’s but no results were seen.

Gould was posted away from 235 in November 1941 and he went to the RAE at Farnborough for experimental flying duties.

During the war years he flew in many different British and American aircraft and after May 1945 in many different German types.

On 13th May 1944 he was one of a crew of three in a Whitley running elevator stick force tests. During manoeuvres one of the engines caught fire but the crew were able to bale out safely.

Gould was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Warrant Officer.

He died in 1984.

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