Battle of Britain London Monument – F/Lt. P W D Heal

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Philip William Dunstan Heal was born on 15th January 1912 and joined 604 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in early 1937. He was called to full-time service on 24th September 1939 and served with the squadron for a period of the Battle of Britain.

 

Above: Heal is seated on the far side with a newspaper

 

On 11th April 1940 Heal was detached from 604 to RAF Farnborough for No. 8 Oxygen Course. He was posted away to 5 OTU on 15th August 1940 for instructor duties.

He crashed at Aston Down on 4th September in Hurricane L1658, unhurt.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was awarded the AFC (gazetted 8th June 1944) as an Acting Wing Commander.

He stayed on in the RAF and retired on 24th February 1962 as a Group Captain.

 

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