6 July 1940

6 July 1940

A new pilot joins No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron, Pilot Officer Douglas H. Hone. Douglas Harold Hone (80816) was born on 30 September 1917, at Purley. After studies at Jesmond College and the Wallington County Grammar School, he worked as a bank clerk when he joined the RAFVR in September 1938 where he trained at No.19 E&RFTS Gatwick. Mobilized, following the declaration of war, he joined No.1 ITW Cambridge (11 November 1939) then No.12 FTS Grantham (30 December 1939) before being transferred to No.6 OTU Sutton Bridge (3 June 1940) to begin his conversion on Hawker Hurricane. He joined No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron on 6 July 1940[1].

Source : Battle of Britain London Monument

In the late afternoon (20h15 – 21h55), Flying Officer Peter Collard (P2768?), Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo (P2963?) and Pilot Officer Sydney J. Madle fly in the protection of a maritime convoy.

[1] Battle of Britain London Monument, The Airmen’s Stories – P/O D H Hone : http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Hone.htm ; BREW Steve. Blood, Sweat and Valour : 41 Squadron RAF 1942 – 1945. Fonthill, 2012, p.800.

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