11.08.1940 No. 238 Squadron Hurricane I P3222 P/O. Frederick N. Cawse
Date: 11th August 1940 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 238 Squadron
Type: Hawker Hurricane MkI
Base: RAF Middle Wallop
Location: English Channel off Weymouth
Pilot: P/O. Frederick Norman Cawse 80543 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
12 Hurricanes from the Squadron took of at 10:14 hrs to intercept Luftwaffe bombers with fighter escort.
Shot down by a Me109 in a combat off Weymouth at around 10:50 hrs. His Hurricane, P3222, crashed into the sea. Cawse's body was later washed up on the French coast.
A bad day for 238 Squadron with 2 Hurricanes returning to base with various degrees of damage. 4 pilots lost, the others:
Hurricane I P3819 Flown by 31 year old, F/O Jan Michał Stęborowski 76794 PAF from Regnów, Poland.
Hurricane I R4097 Flown by 23 year old, Fl/Lt. Stuart Crosby Walch 40063 RAF from Tasmania, Australia.
Hurricane I P2978 Flown by Sgt. Geoffrey Gledhill 742857 RAFVR.
P/O. Frederick Norman Cawse. Cayeux-Sur-Mer Communal Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Grave 8. Son of Ernest Frederick and Emma Mary Cawse, of Bridgwater, Somerset. Further information: Joined the RAFVR about March 1938 as an Airman Pilot U/T. Called up on 1st September 1939 he completed his training at 11 FTS, was commissioned on 8th June 1940 and then went to 6 OTU for conversion to Hurricanes. He joined 238 Squadron at RAF Middle Wallop on 7th July 1940. Grave inscription reads: “Norman. Killed in Battle Of Britain. One Of The Few.”
Researcher Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - September 2016. With thanks to the Battle Of Britain Monument for portrait photo and Dominique for photograph of grave.