Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. J J Griffin

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John James Griffin of Twickenham, Middlesex, joined the RAFVR about November 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and in early 1940 he was with No. 4 Ferry Pilots Pool.

 

 

He joined 73 Squadron in France on 31st May.

He claimed a Ju88 destroyed on 15th August. In an action over Maidstone on 14th September, Griffin was shot down and baled out. He was admitted to West Kent Hospital with a dislocated shoulder and minor wounds to the legs. His Hurricane crashed at Clapper Lane, Staplehurst.

Griffin was killed on 7th April 1942 as a Warrant Officer with 273 Squadron, then based at China Bay, Ceylon. His Fairey Seal K4781 collided with a Swordfish as it took off from Kokkilai.

Also killed was F/Lt. JC Anstie and F/Sgt. TA Quinn.

Griffin was 32 and is buried in Trincomalee War Cemetery, Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

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