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603 Squadron Crest
08.11.1940 No. 603 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7285 Fl/Lt. Kirkwood

Operation: Patrol

Date: 08th November 1940

Unit: No. 603 Squadron

Type: Spitfire IIa

Serial: P7285

Base: RAF Hornchurch

Location: English Channel East of Deal, Kent

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Mark Tyzack Kirkwood 39287 RAF Age 25. Missing


During a patrol shot down by Me109’s from NKG off Deal in the afternoon.

Above area of loss, with left: Fl/Lt. Kirkwood (courtesy Sherborne School Archives)

Left: 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:

Fl/Lt. Mark Tyzack Kirkwood. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 4.  

Right: Runnymede Memorial Panel 4

Further information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Tyzack Kirkwood of The Moorings, West Cledham, Surrey, England. Born in 1915, Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) 1929-1932. Cadet in the Merchant Navy. Acting Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force, October 1936. 1940 served with 4 Ferry Pilot Pool, 7 OTU 6th September 1940. After this conversion to Spitfires joined 610 Squadron on the 22nd September 1940 before finally joining 603 Squadron.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Sherborne School Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered own Archives. Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3.

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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