THE ROAD TO DUNKIRK" NEW RELEASE by NICOLAS TRUDGIAN
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Group Captain Billy Drake DSO DFC*
Joining the RAF on a short service commission in July 1936, after initial training he was posted to 1 Sqn. in Tangmere in May 1937. The Squadron went to France in September 1939 where he had multiple victories before being shot down by Bf 110ís on the 13th May, bailed out and wounded he was hospitalised before being flown back to the UK returning to operational duties with 213 Sqn. at Tangmere on the 2nd October. Three weeks later he was posted to 421 Flight as a Flight Commander claiming several more victories. His final score was 19 victories.
Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC
Joining the RAF in 1938 on a short service commission, he was then sent as part of the advance air striking force to France at the beginning of September 1939.
With several victories in the Battle of France he was also the first pilot to engage a BF109 in combat. With the fall of France he was recalled back to England where he became an instructor, then being posted to North Africa in 1942 he returned back to the UK in 1944 were he took part in the D-Day operations.
Flight Lieutenant Peter Hairs MBE
Joined the RAFVR in October 1937, on completing his training he converted to Hurricanes being posted to 501 Sqn on 24th January 1940. He went with the Squadron to France on the 10th May and on the 15th he shared with the destruction of a DO17. On returning to the UK he fought with distinction throughout the Battle of Britain and destroyed a Bf 109 of September 5th. He was posted to 15 FTS on the 13th October 1940.
Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM
Joined the RAF VR in April 1938. After initial training and spending 6 months with the RAF he converted to Hurricanes. On the 14th September 1939 he joined 501 Sqn. The Squadron flew to France on the 10th May 1940 where he achieved several victories. Being withdrawn from France the Squadron regrouped and moved to Gravesend on the 26th July. During the next three months he fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain scoring more victories. He was awarded the DFM on the 22nd October 1940. November 1940 he was posted to 57 OTU.
He final tally was 8 victories with many damaged.
Wing Commander Jack Rose GMC MBE DFC
He joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1938. After training and converting to Hurricanes he joined 3 Sqn. at Biggin Hill. The Squadron was then posted to France where it was attached to 63 Wing, seeing action for 10 days in May 1940 where he destroyed 3 enemy aircraft. The Squadron was withdrawn from France and returned to the UK. He was the posted to 232 Sqn. before joining 32 Sqn. on the 22nd August. On the 25th he was shot down over the Channel by Bf 109ís bailing out he was rescued from the sea.
Wing Commander Eric Barwell DFC* (ARTIST PROOF EDITION ONLY)
Joining the RAF VR in July 1938, on completing his training he was transferred to 264 Squadron converting to Defiants in late December 1940. In May 1940 he was heavily engaged in action over Dunkirk with several victories, until on the 31st his aircraft was damaged and ditched in the sea,
He flew with 264 during the Battle of Britain. During 1942 the squadron converted to Beaufighters were he spent the rest of the was flying operationally.
THE ROAD TO DUNKIRK by NICOLAS TRUDGIAN @VBADER.com
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