Battle of Britain London Monument – F/Lt. S P Le Rougetel

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Stanley Paul le Rougetel was born on 18th May 1912. He was commissioned in the Reserve and began his initial training course on 8th March 1937. He completed his training during his years term of service.

He was attached to 43 Squadron from RAFVR Coventry on 6th February 1939 for advanced flying training. When the attachment ceased, Le Rougetel was posted to Reserve Command on 15th July as a flying instructor.

Recalled to full-time service on 26th August 1939, Le Rougetel initially joined 35 Squadron at Cranfield but he was later posted to 600 Squadron at Manston.

Le Rougetel joined 604 Squadron at Northolt on 13th March 1940 but rejoined 600 Squadron at Manston on 2nd April.

During night operations on 9th August his Blenheim, L8679, had engine failure and came under fire from British anti-aircraft defences. Le Rougetel and his gunner, Sgt. EC Smith, baled out.

Smith swam ashore at Westgate and Le Rougetel was fortunate to be picked up by the Margate lifeboat, they had glimpsed the luminous watch dial on the gift given to him by his fiancee on their engagement a short time earlier.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was released from the RAF in 1946. He rejoined in 1947, retiring on 11th February 1958 as a Squadron Leader, retaining the rank of Wing Commander.

Le Rougetel died in 2002.


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