Battle of Britain London Monument – F/O A J O Jeffrey

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Alistair John Oswald Jeffrey was born in India on 21st June 1918. He returned to the UK and attended Edinburgh Academy from 1931 to 1936, he was a member of the boxing team.

Jeffrey joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training on 15th March 1937. He was posted to 2 FTS Brize Norton on 5th June and with his training completed joined the staff of SHQ RAF Church Fenton on 10th June 1938.

Jeffrey was serving with 64 Squadron at Church Fenton on 1st September 1939. He was flying in Spitfire K9844 on 25th March 1940 when he heard a loud crack which proved to be a structural failure in the rear fuselage. He rolled the aircraft over and baled out, landing unhurt.

Over Dunkirk on 1st June he destroyed a Ju87 in the air and three more and a Ju86 on the ground. On 7th July he claimed a Me110 destroyed and on the 19th two He115 floatplanes.

Jeffrey failed to return from a combat near Dover on 25th July 1940. His Spitfire, P9421, crashed into the sea. He was 22 years old. Jeffrey was awarded the DFC (gazetted 13th August 1940).

His body was later recovered by the Germans but mistakenly buried as S/Ldr. Holson. Postwar a RAF recovery team realised that there was no casualty of that name and in 1948 they opened the grave and found that the body interred was wearing uniform marked to AJO Jeffrey.

He now lies in Vlissingen Northern Cemetery, Netherlands.

His portrait was made by William Rothenstein.


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