Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O M H Maggs

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Mervyn Henry Maggs was born at Axbridge, Somerset in October 1899 and served in an infantry regiment in the Great War. He transferred to the RFC in 1918 and trained as a Sopwith Camel pilot.

Maggs joined the RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman under training for Operations Room duties. Called up on 1st September 1939, he served in the Operations Room at 11 Group.

In February 1940 Maggs volunteered for aircrew duties and was posted to the Gunnery School at Penrhos. He was commissioned in April and then posted on 3rd May to 78 Squadron, operating in Whitleys from Linton-on-Ouse.

On 11th June 1940 Maggs was posted to 264 Squadron and on the 20th he was sent to 7 BGS for a Gunnery Leaders course. While there he crashed on 2nd July and sustained a broken neck. He rejoined 264 Squadron on 10th September 1940 and began flying night operations.

Maggs was posted away to 287 Squadron on 16th June 1942 and then to 605 Squadron at Ford in October, to fly in Bostons.

He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 9th March 1943), the citation stating ‘During a long career, he has displayed exceptional keenness and unswerving devotion to duty. He has destroyed two enemy aircraft at night’.

Maggs was released from the RAF in 1945.

He died in November 1987, the oldest survivor of those who flew with the RAF in the Battle of Britain.


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