Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O A E Hill

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Archibald Edmund Hill, from Calne, Wiltshire*, joined the RAF on a short service commission in March 1939 and began training at 10 E&RFTS Yatesbury, going on to 5 FTS Sealand on 30th May. His first posting was 248 Squadron at Hendon on 6th November 1939.

 

 

Above – 248 Squadron ‘B’ Flight

P/O R Haviland,P/O AE Hill,F/Lt. JB Holderness,F/Lt. REG Morewood,P/O FRC Elger, Sgt. JH Fripp,Sgt. EL Holmes

P/O GB Atkinson,P/O CJ Arthur,P/O GM Baird

 

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He served with the squadron throughout the Battle before being posted to 254 Squadron.

He was killed flying in Blenheim IV L8840 QY-P which was shot down by an enemy fighter near the island of Huftaroy, south of Bergen on 15th April 1941.

Also lost were P/O RHL Cressy and Sgt. GJW Webb.

All are buried at Rossebo cemetery, Haugesund, Norway.

 

* September 2016 – Hill’s British nationality must have been assumed from his next-of-kin being his wife Edna Hill at an address there.

However 248 Squadron’s ‘Line Book’ has recently become available and Hill is referred to therein as ‘…the Big Man from Johannesburg..’. There is therefore a strong possibility that he was South African.

 

 

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