Sergeant (Pilot) Eric Mervyn Robert Fleming
Sergeant Eric Mervyn Robert Fleming was born in Portsmouth on 21st October, 1915.
His Father, William Robert Fleming was from Portsmouth and in 1939, is listed as a Road Traffic Supervisor at H.M. Dockyard. His Mother was Catherine Irene Elizabeth Fleming (nee Morgan) who was born and brought up in Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire. Eric had one brother, Donald, who died in infancy.
Details of Eric’s service are sketchy, but he obtained his Royal Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate on 28th September, 1938, at Portsmouth Aero Club, giving his Rank/Trade as “Aircraft Rigger – Mechanic.”
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. The cause of the accident remains unknown.
Notice of his death appeared in the Portsmouth Evening News, Saturday, 31st May, 1941:
“ROLL OF HONOUR: FLEMING – In loving memory of our dearly beloved only son, Eric Mervyn Robert, aged 25, Sergeant-Pilot, R.A.F., killed 16th May, 1941, late of 111, Tangier Road and Hong Kong. He gave his life for England. – From his sorrowing Mum and Dad.”
Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.