Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O D J Hammond

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Derek John Hammond joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training course on 10th July 1939. After completing his flying training he was posted to 4 Ferry Pilot Pool.

He went to 7 OTU Hawarden on 3rd September 1940. After converting to Spitfires he joined 54 Squadron at Catterick on the 24th.


He was immediately sent on to 245 Squadron at Aldergrove to convert to Hurricanes. He then moved to 253 Squadron at Kenley on 16th October.

Hammond damaged a Me109 on 5th November. He was posted away and embarked at Liverpool on 17th December 1940 for the Middle East. On 29th January 1941 he flew a Hurricane to Malta and joined 261 Squadron.

By March 1942 Hammond was serving with 272 Squadron in Malta.

In May he was serving with the squadron in the Western Desert and on the 11th he probably destroyed a Ju88 and shared a He111.

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

Hammond died in 1989.


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