Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O M R Ingle-Finch

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Michael Roscoe Ingle-Finch was born at St. Helens, Isle of Wight on 17th June 1919. He attended Harrow School from 1933 to 1937 and joined the RAFVR about June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and was commissioned.

After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 151 Squadron at Digby on 18th September 1940, moved to 607 Squadron at Tangmere on 3rd October and to 56 Squadron at Boscombe Down on the 13th.


Above (L to R) : F/O AV Gifkins (not BoB), F/O HSL Dundas, Ingle-Finch


On a flight to Kidlington in the squadron Magister on 16th November 1940, Ingle-Finch was injured when he crashed near Tidworth. He was admitted to Tidworth Hospital.

Ingle-Finch was a Flight Commander in 56 Squadron in 1942. At some time he was a test pilot at Short Bros and Harland and was awarded the AFC (gazetted 1st January 1943).

In September 1943 Ingle-Finch was given command of 175 Squadron at Lydd, a Typhoon fighter-bomber unit. He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 25th July 1944).

He completed his tour with the squadron in November 1944 and was awarded a Bar to the DFC (gazetted 23rd January 1945).

Ingle-Finch was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Wing Commander.

He died in February 2002.


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