02.09.1940 No. 249 Squadron Hurricane I V7532 P/O. Wynn
Date: 02nd September 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. 249 Squadron (Pugnis et calcibus - "With fists and heels")
Type: Hurricane I
Base: RAF North Weald
Location: near Chartham
Pilot: P/O. Richard Edward Ney Elias Wynn 81375 RAFVR Age 24. Injured
REASON FOR LOSS:
Radar stations informed Fighter Command at 07:30 hrs that two separate formations were approaching (Observer Corps reported 70 plus Do17's with 50 plus Bf110 as close escort and Bf109s as high cover)
P/O. Wynn was one of three from the Squadron hit during the sortie. P/O. Hugh Beazey flying Hurricane P2988 baled out unhurt over Gillingham, P/O. Percival Burton flying Hurricane P3384 managed to crash land at Meopham - unhurt and aircraft repaired.
P/O. Richard Wynn managed also to crash land his Hurricane near Chartham, wounded he spent some three months in hospital before he could return to his Squadron. Sadly he was to lose his life on the 07th April the following year. Flying Hurricane IIa Z2663 GN-O when returning from a convoy patrol his aircraft spun into the ground at Ongar.
P/O. Richard Edward Ney Elias Wynn. North Weald Bassett Churchyard (St. Andrew). Grave Row 2. Grave 6. Son of Group Captain W. E. Wynn and Evelyn Wynn, of Cambridge, England. Grave inscription reads: "The Things Which Are Seen Are Temporal; But The Things Which Are Not Seen Are Eternal".
With thanks to Andy Baker for grave photograph. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.