Battle of Britain London Monument – F/O J H Laughlin

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John Hamilton Laughlin joined the RAF on a short service commission in June 1937. Laughlin was posted to 3 FTS South Cerney on 21st August and after completing the course he went to RAF Gosport on 26th March 1938 for further instruction. Laughlin was posted to the FAA Pool at Gosport on 10th October 1938.

He joined 235 Squadron, operating Blenheims, on 22nd January 1940.

 

On 13th August he destroyed a He115 over the North Sea.

In September an aircraft carrying a full load of bombs crashed among parked aircraft and burst into flames. Laughlin, P/O J Coggins and another officer immediately ran to these aircraft, started the engines and taxied them away. During this time two of the bombs exploded. Three aircraft were taken to safety without damage and a fourth with only minor damage.

Laughlin and Coggins were awarded a MBE (gazetted 21st January 1941).

Laughlin later transferred to Bomber Command, gaining a DSO (gazetted 23rd March 1945) while serving as a Squadron Leader on Lancasters with 149 Squadron.

He was released from the RAF in 1946. His portrait was made by Sir William Rothenstein (below).

 

 

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