Battle of Britain London Monument – F/Lt. G C Matheson

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Geoffrey Charles Matheson joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1936. He was first posted to 10 FTS Tern Hill on 16th January 1937 and joined 41 Squadron at Catterick on 7th August. In September 1939 he was serving with 19 Squadron at Duxford and by the start of the Battle in July 1940 he had moved to 222 Squadron at Hornchurch.

 

 

He claimed a Me109 destroyed on 30th August but was shot down himself and made a crash-landing near Sittingbourne in Spitfire P9443, seriously injured.

 

Above: After crash-landing at Sittingbourne (image courtesy of RAF Re-Enactors/Collectors Forum).

 

Once recovered he had further postings to 5 GTS Shobdon, 51 OTU High Ercall and then to 418 Squadron RCAF at Ford in early August 1943 as a Squadron Leader.

On 24th August 1943 Matheson’s Mosquito FB VI HJ773 failed to return from a night intruder sortie to Orleans & Chateaudun. His observer, F/Sgt. LW Bush, was also lost.

He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 118.

 

 

Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner

 

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