14.07.1944 No. 197 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN209 DV-A F/O. Trott
Date: 14th July 1944
Unit: No. 197 Squadron
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: ALG B.15, Normandy, France
Location: Pont-l'Evéque, France
Pilot: F/O. Kenneth Albert John Trott RAFVR Age 22. PoW. Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria.
REASON FOR LOSS:
On the evening of July 13th that year, four Typhoons of No 197 Squadron took off from an advanced landing ground in Normandy to carry out an armed reconnaissance sortie near Caen. Trott and his number two strafed an armoured vehicle, and were rejoining their two colleagues when a large force of Messerschmitt Bf109s of JG1 attacked.
Pilot: F/O. Kenneth Albert John Trott
F/O. Trott saw one of the enemy aircraft approaching him, and made a head-on attack firing his cannons. As he broke away, the starboard wing of his Typhoon struck the Bf 109. In the collision his head and shoulder struck the side of the fuselage as the canopy disappeared, his helmet, oxygen mask and goggles were torn off him, and he was catapulted into the air with only his parachute intact.
Having succeeded in pulling the ripcord, Trott lost consciousness. He woke up to find himself suspended from a tree and surrounded by armed German soldiers. He spent the rest of the war as a PoW, much of the time in the hospital at Stalag Luft III.
Right: 197 Squadron Typhoon IB
None, F/O. Trott survived - he passed away on September 12th 2013 Age 90. Further information: Awarded Pilot's Wings October 1942. Joined 195 Squadron (Typhoons) from April 1943 to January 1944. Joined 197 Squadron in February 1944. Became PoW July 1944, released May 1945. Became air traffic controller at RAF Tangmere until demobbed in 1946. Wife of Kathleen (nee Jordan).
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the following for further information, Daily Telegraph, Norman L.R. Franks - 'Fighter Command Losses Vol 3', 197 Squadron, Aircrew Remembered own archives.