Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. S J Hobbs

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Sydney John Hobbs joined the RAFVR about January 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot and was called up on 1st september 1939. After completing his basic training he was posted to 5 OTU Aston Down on 6th May 1940.

He converted to Blenheims and was then posted to 235 Squadron in late May and served with it throughout the Battle.

On 21st December Blenheim IVF L9415 XK-T became lost in bad weather and ran out of fuel. The crew baled out safely and came down at Lough Swilly, County Donegal in the Irish Republic. The aircraft came down at Sladran, near Buncrana in County Donegal.

The pilot Hobbs, Sgt. HW Ricketts and Newport (all Battle veterans) were interned in the Curragh Camp but later returned to RAF service either by escaping or being released. Hobbs escaped in June 1941.

Hobbs was killed on 14th August 1941 serving as a Sergeant with 143 Squadron, a Beaufighter coastal reconnaisance unit. Beaufighter IF T4648 crashed and burst into flames on the approach to Dyce.

Sgt. A Handley was also lost.

Hobbs is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery.


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