Sergeant (Pilot) Alexander James Proctor Walton
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 near Lunghurst Rd, Woldingham.
Alexander James Proctor Walton was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India on 18th October, 1916. His Father, Herbert Samuel Walton was from Birkenhead and his Mother, Margaret Olive Walton (nee Little) was born in Bombay, as was his older sister, Julia. The Walton family were living in Wentworth Way, Pinner, Middlesex, at the outbreak of War.
Alexander was educated at Bradfield College, Berkshire and went on to study for a B.Sc. in Engineering at Kings College, London, from 1937-1940.
He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and appears to have done at least some of his flying training at the Spartan School, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he must have been one of the first RAF students, arriving in the middle of June, 1941.
No.611 Squadron had been at Kenley for about a month when Walton and Wheeler were killed in the crash of Magister L8130 at Woldingham.
Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.