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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Fighter Command Crest
18.09.1940 No 1 Squadron (RCAF) Hurricane I P3859 P/O. E.W. Beardmore

Operation: Patrol

Date: 18th September 1940 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 1 Squadron (RCAF)

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P3859

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: Thames Estuary

Pilot: P/O. Eric Walter Beardmore C/820 RCAF Age 29. Bailed out - safe


We are extremely grateful to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist) for supplying photographs and information to Aircrew Remembered in October 2017. All photographs shown within this page are available to relatives at a higher resolution (as are most of those named within this page) - courtesy of François.


REASON FOR LOSS:

During the morning the Squadron were on patrol when they became involved in attacking the enemy that were approaching over the Thames Estuary. P/O. Beardmore from Montreal in Canada, was shot down but managed to bail out suffering slight injuries.

In 1941 he was repatriated to Canada where he then formed 118 Squadron at Rockliffe, Ottawa. He left the RCAF on the 18th October 1945, holding the rank of Wing Commander. He passed away on the 23rd August 1966 age just 55.

Rear L-R: Fl/Lt. Pollock, F/O. Trevena, F/O. Briese, F/O. Pitcher, F/O. Lochnan, F/O. Reyno, F/O. Blaiklock, F/O. Norris, F/O. Yuile, Cpt. Rankin. Front: F/O. Peterson, F/O. Sprenger, Sq/Ldr. McNab, F/O. Beardmore, F/O. Nesbitt, F/O. Christmas.

Burial details:

None - survived the war.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Francois Dutil and sources as quoted below:

KTY - 09.10.2017

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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