Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. J C O Medworth

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John Charles Oswald Medworth was born in Tooting, London in October 1918 and joined 600 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in 1938 as an Aircrafthand. Called up on 24th August 1939, he remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner and served with 600 until June 1940 when he was posted to 25 Squadron at North Weald.

When 25’s Blenheims were replaced by Beaufighters in December 1940 Medworth retrained as a Radar Operator. He moved in this role to 29 Squadron at West Malling in May 1941.



In September 1941 he took up instructing duties before being promoted to Warrant Officer in March 1942. In September 1942 he returned to operations with 85 Squadron, operating Havocs, though these were soon replaced by Mosquitos.

Commissioned in April 1943, Medworth and his pilot damaged a Fw190 in June. Flying with the CO, S/Ldr. GL Howitt, on the night of 22nd/23rd August they shot down a Me410 of 15./KG2, it came down at Chelmondiston, Suffolk.

Medworth was posted to 9 Group in October 1943 and later to the FIU at Ford, serving there until March 1944.

Posted then to HQ 84 Group, he was with them at the end of the war. Released in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant, Medworth re-enlisted in August 1947 and served in the Fighter Control Branch until retiring in August 1964.

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