Battle of Britain London Monument – F/Lt. R V Jeff

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Robert Voase Jeff of Tenby, Pembrokeshire was born on 31st March 1913 at Kuala Lumpur, Federated Malay States. He attended Cheltenham College from May 1927 to July 1930 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1936.

Jeff was posted to 3 FTS Grantham on 11th January 1937 and on 7th August joined 87 Squadron at Debden. He went with the squadron to France at the outbreak of war.

On 2nd November 1939 he destroyed a He111, the first enemy aircraft to fall on French soil in the war. For this action Jeff was awarded the Croix de Guerre (France), pictured below, which was presented to him by General Vuillemin in early February 1940.

 

 

Jeff was also awarded the DFC (gazetted 8th March 1940). On 10th and 15th May 1940 he destroyed Do17’s and on the 20th a Me109. He was awarded a Bar to the DFC (gazetted 4th June 1940) being then credited with five enemy aircraft destroyed.

Jeff was reported ‘Missing’ on 11th August 1940. He was last seen diving to attack enemy aircraft off Portland Bill in Hurricane V7231. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 4.

 

 

Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner

 

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