Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. L H Hayden

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Lawrence Hamilton Hayden joined the RAFVR about May 1939 as an Airman u/t Aircrew. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and was serving with 264 Squadron at Duxford in early May 1940 as an Air Gunner.


264 Squadron Air Gunners

Cpl. A Lippett* Sgt. RC Turner Sgt. FJ Barker Sgt. SB Johnson* Sgt. LH Hayden Sgt. JF Wise Sgt. P Lille

Sgt. ER Thorn** P/O FH King   LAC HT Fairbrother* P/O Williams* LAC A Fidler* Sgt. WE Cox

** Sgt. Thorn was a pilot

* not a Battle of Britain participant

Cpl. A Lippett (MIA 31st May 1940)
Sgt. SB Johnson (MIA 31st May 1940)
LAC A Fidler (KIA 31st May 1940)

Hayden teamed up with P/O TD Welsh. Off Dunkirk on 27th May they shared in the destruction of a He111 and on the 29th destroyed a Me109, a Me110 and two Ju87’s. On 24th August they destroyed a Ju88 and damaged a Me109 in the Hornchurch area.

264 Squadron went over to night fighting from September 1940.

During the night of 12th/13th March 1941 Hayden and Welsh shot down a He111 south of Hastings. Hayden was awarded the DFM and Welsh the DFC (gazetted 11th February 1941).

Commissioned in May 1941, Hayden was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

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