Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. E R Jessop

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Ernest Robert Jessop joined the RAFVR in February 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September, he completed his training and was posted to 257 Squadron at Debden from 5 OTU on 1st September 1940, moved to 43 Squadron at Usworth on the 10th and then to 253 Squadron on the 28th.

Jessop joined 242 Squadron at Martlesham Heath in February 1941. He was posted away on 11th March and on 3rd April took off in a Hurricane from HMS Ark Royal, as part of a batch of reinforcements for Malta.

Jessop joined 261 Squadron at Ta Kali. On 12th May 1941 the squadron disbanded. ‘C Flight became part of a new squadron, 185, at Hal Far. The remainder of 261’s pilots went to the Middle East, Jessop among them, and became part of a new 261 Squadron when it was reformed at Habbaniya on 12th July 1941.

Jessop was killed in a flying accident on 15th November 1941, as a Flight Sergeant.

He is buried in Khayat Beach War Cemetery, Israel.

 

 

 

 

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