The Airmen’s Stories

The Airmen’s Stories

(The word Airmen rather than pilots is used throughout the site as obsolete twin-engined Blenheim aircraft were used as fighters and these carried a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (Wop/Ag) and sometimes an Observer)

March 2008 – there is now too much biographical data and/or photographs on individual airmen to list on this page (and this is being researched and added all the time) – where any data exists the airman’s name will appear in blue text on the lists under The Airmen below, click on the name to go to that airman’s page.

Sgt. R T Holmes
…. who brought down a German bomber onto Victoria Station in London
P/O R J W Brown
…. survived the Battle to work on the development of ejector seats post-war
F/Lt. C R Davis
…. one of nine American volunteers, he lost his life over Kent
P/O V C Simmonds
…. survived the war to be commemorated in a poem in 2000
P/O R E Jones
…. a personal recollection
Sgt T G Oldfield
…. lost at 21 but commemorated in stone in 2007
P/O D R Stubbs
…. who went on to fly with the Pathfinders of Bomber Command
Sgt. E Salway
…. lost in especially tragic circumstances
F/Lt. I L McG Hallam
…. survived the war only to die in a mid-air collision
Sgt F Sumner
…. yet another air gunner who survived the Battle but not the war
F/O N J M Barry
…. a South African who became yet another young casualty
F/O B E Finucane
…. an Irish pilot whose fame led to 3000 people attending his memorial service in London
P/O R A Marchand
…. another casualty of 15 September 1940
Corporal Daphne Wallis
…. gives a first-hand account of serving at RAF Debden during the height of the Battle