Battle of Britain London Monument – Lt.(FAA) G C McE Guthrie

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Giles Connop McEacharn Guthrie was born on 21st March 1916, the son of Sir Connop Guthrie, 1st Baronet. He was educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was the winner, with CWA Scott, of the Portsmouth – Johannesburg Air Race in 1936.

 

Guthrie joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1939 and was with 808 Squadron at Wick in July 1940, flying Fulmars on dockyard defence. He embarked with 808 in HMS Ark Royal on 22nd October 1940 and took part in operations in the Mediterranean in 1941, including Operation Tiger (a Malta relief convoy) on 8th May.

On 23rd July 1941 Guthrie shared in the destruction of a SM79, on the 25th he shared a Cant Z506B and a SM79 and damaged another SM79, on 27th September he shared a SM84 and on 17th October he shared another Cant Z506B.

He was awarded the DSC (gazetted 25th November 1941). Guthrie was made an OBE (gazetted 1st January 1946) and released from the Navy on 30th January 1946 as a Lieutenant Commander (A).

He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1945 and died on 31st December 1979.

 

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