Richard Clare Whittaker was a Suffolk lad, born on 26 November 1919 in Yoxford. After attending Framlingham College, between 1931 and 1937, he joined the RAF on a Short Service Commission in January 1938.
On 20th July, 1927, Pilot Officer Richard Griffith Pace of 32 squadron, Kenley, became the first pilot to lose his life at Holbeach ranges, The Wash, Lincolnshire, when his Gloster Gamecock (J7907) crashed during target practice. He was only 22 years old.
"In all his actions he exemplified the highest ideals of the RCAF and the people of Pouce Coupe may well be proud of his record."
On 5th October 1942, Pilot Officer Robert Gordon Riddell died in a training accident after only two days with 401 squadron RCAF.
Thomas Charles Hey was born in Hampshire on 11 June, 1911, the son of Thomas Hey and Jessie Maud (nee Driscoll) Hey.
On Saturday 4 April, 1942, New Zealander Pilot Officer Fox, known as ‘Dene’, was 21 years old with 259 flying hours to his credit. He had been posted to 485 Squadron RNZAF the previous month and was still a novice at operational flying.
On 15th May 1943, 403 squadron R.C.A.F. lost two more young pilots while escorting a bombing mission to Poix. Pilot Officer William Thompson Lane, flying Spitfire BR986, was shot down in a dogfight at around 5 p.m.
On 11th May 1941, 302 (Polish) Squadron were returning from a patrol in darkness. Porucznik (Pilot) Aleksander Ryszard Narucki was killed when his Hurricane WX-B Z3435 collided with Hurricane Z3433 flown by P/O Z Wróblewski as they came in to land at Kenley.
Husband of E. Hobson, of 101, Pitsmoor Rd., Pitsmoor, Sheffield.
Private William Albert Smith was serving with 12th (H.D.) Battalion of the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) when he was severely injured during the air raids which devastated RAF Kenley on 18th August, 1940 - 'the Hardest Day.'
On 5th July 1942, No.611 squadron, stationed at Kenley, lost Sergeant Pilot Alexander James Proctor Walton and Warrant Officer Victor Cecil Mayo Wheeler, when Miles Magister Mk.I (L8130), stalled during low level aerobatics and crashed at Woldingham.
Arnold, known as "Mick", was born on 9th December, 1919. He was the son of William and Emily McNeil (nee Burgess), of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Arthur Dumbell Smith was a long-standing member of No.66 Squadron. He hailed from Forest Gate, London, and was born on 3rd April 1918, the son of Charles H. Smith and Constance Isabel Dumbell.
Eric met his end in a flying accident, on 16th May, 1941, while serving with No.258 Squadron at Kenley. His Hurricane Mk.II, Z2589, dived into the ground near Lingfield, Surrey.
James was the son of Patrick and Annie Burke (nee Maher) of Temuka, Canterbury, New Zealand.
John Holt Dickinson was born in Bolton on 1 March, 1919. His parents, Norman and Mary Dickinson moved to Southport, where John attended King George V School.
Marmaduke Ridley was the son of M. Ridley and Isabel Ridley (nee Brown), of Benwell, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
SGT. OWEN MICHAEL JENKINS R.A.F.V.R. of 615 Squadron, Kenley, was shot down over Calais flying Hurricane I, V6980, Code: KW-U.
On 18th August, the "Hardest Day", Peter was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf109 of Fighter Geschwader 3, near Kenley at 1.23pm. It was only his eighth sortie. Tragically, in apparently trying to avoid some houses, his Hurricane Mk.I (P2768) crashed onto Morden Park Golf Course and he was killed.
Son of William Allen Fenemore and Gertrude Fenemore, of Whitewell, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Wilfred was born circa 1898. His parents were Robert and Jane Gibson, of Easington Lane, Hetton-Le-Hole and he had one sister, Margaret.
At the time of the Battle of Britain, William Burley Higgins was older than most fighter pilots having been born at Sherwood Cottage in Belph, part of the Welbeck Abbey estate in Derbyshire, in September 1913.
Albín was born in Prague on 21st August, 1919. He was the son of MUDr. Albín Nasswetter, the local doctor in Dolan, Olomouc, where Albin was brought up.
Andre Robert Hedger was born on 20 January 1920 in Bethnal Green, to Andre and Ethel Hedger.