Battle of Britain London Monument – F/O A S Linney

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Anthony Stuart Linney of Hemsworth, Yorkshire joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training course on 28th December 1938. With his training completed he was posted to 229 Squadron on 4th October 1939 when it reformed at Digby.

The squadron sent a flight to France in May 1940, from the 18th to the 24th. On the 23rd Linney damaged a Me109 in the Merville area.



 Above: 229 Squadron – L to R:

P/O RAL Duvivier, F/O RR Smith, F/O VM Bright, Sgt. RR Mitchell , F/O M Ravenhill, P/O RE Bary,

F/O AS Linney, F/O RC Brown, Sgt. SW Merryweather



The squadron moved to Wittering on 26th June. Over Dunkirk on the 29th Linney was shot down in Hurricane N2521 and baled out, returning safely to the squadron.

He made his last sortie with 229 on 18th September 1940, an uneventful one with no contact made with the enemy.

He was posted away in October and in July 1941 was serving with the MSFU at Speke. After completing his catapult training Linney was posted to Canada as a back-up pilot to replace any pilot fired off on a voyage from the UK and killed or injured. He remained at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for nine months as CO of the MSFU Pool.

Linney was made an OBE (gazetted 2nd June 1943) and was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Wing Commander.

He died in 1983.


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