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82 Squadron Blenheims, RAF Watton, 1940
82 Squadron Blenheims, RAF Watton, 1940
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Ford, Alan Arthur

Alan Arthur Ford
Air Crew Europe Star
Air Crew
Europe Star
1939 - 1945 Star
1939 - 1945
Star
1939 - 1945 War Medal
1939 - 1945
War Medal
 
Pilot Officer Alan Arthur Ford (88662)
Died on Wednesday 2nd April 1941, aged 23
 
82 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
 
Son of Arthur Lewis Ford and Martha Elizabeth Ford (née Kell), of Caversham, Oxfordshire.
 
Commemorated:Runnymede Memorial
Panel 32.
 

Alan Ford was born on 10th December 1917 and was baptised at St.Catherine's church, Bearwood on 3rd February 1918.

Alan was a Pilot Officer in 82 Squadron, part of 2 Group RAF, and was based at RAF Bodney in Norfolk. He took off at 14:20 on 2nd April 1941 in Blenheim IV No.Z5818 code named UX-P, probably acting as Observer in the crew of three. They were on an anti-shipping strike by 19 Blenheims of various squadrons off Dutch coast, patrolling Beats E and A.

The aircraft was lost without trace and fellow crew members Sgt. W.C.Haynes, believed to be the pilot, and Sgt A.Lee were also killed. They are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 

 

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in morning
We will remember them.
Lawrence Binyon