Battle of Britain London Monument – F/O J Lockhart

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James Lockhart, from London, was commissioned in the RAF in November 1939. He completed his training and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 14th May 1940 to convert to Hurricanes. His first posting was 85 Squadron at Debden, where they had withdrawn from France three days earlier.

 

Above L to R : P/O JL Bickerdyke, F/O PP Woods-Scawen, F/O J Lockhart,

F/O RHA Lee, Sgt. L Jowitt, F/Lt. Bieber(MO), Sgt. ER Webster

 

He moved to 213 Squadron at Tangmere on 16th September 1940, staying with them until November 1941 when he was appointed CO.

In January 1942 he was posted to 258 Squadron, then being reformed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). In the big attack by Japanese carrier-borne aircraft and subsequent air battle over Colombo on 5th April 1942 Lockhart was shot down and killed in Hurricane IIB BD701.

He was 26 and is buried in Kanatte cemetery, Colombo.

 

 

 

 

 

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