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234 Squadron Crest
25.07.1940 No. 234 Squadron Spitfire Ia P9493 P/O. G.K. Gout

Operation: Patrol?

Date: 25th July 1940

Unit: No. 234 Squadron

Type: Spitfire Ia

Serial: P9493

Base: RAF St. Eval

Location: Mawla near Porthtowan, Cornwall

Pilot: P/O. Geoffrey Kenneth Gout 41918 RAF Age 24. Killed


During a routine patrol the pilot was returning to St. Eval but found it to be blacked out. It seems that perhaps he became disorientated then, when very low on fuel at 23.45 hrs crashed in a field close to a Tin mine shaft at Maval near to the village of Porthtowan.

The aircraft was recovered on the 5th August 1940 by 50 Maintenance Unit and returned to Taunton for spares/scrap.

Sherborne School, Dorset - Any further information that you are able to assist them with fallen former pupils from all wars, we would be pleased to pass onto them. 

Burial details:

P/O. Geoffrey Kenneth Gout St. Eval Churchyard. Row 1. Grave 13. Further information (supplied by Sherborne School Archives): Son of Geoffrey Davee Vernon Gout, and of Dorothy Marguerite Gout (later Mrs. Gennert), of Sevenoaks, Kent, England. Attended Sherborne School (School House) 1929-1933; 6th form. Automobile Engineering College, Chelsea. Prior to breakout of war he had been a keen motorist and raced at Brooklands. Joined the RAF in February 1939 on a short service commission.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of the pilot with thanks to Sherborne School Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered own Archives.

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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