18.09.1940 No 1 Squadron (RCAF) Hurricane I P3859 P/O. E.W. Beardmore
Date: 18th September 1940 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 1 Squadron (RCAF)
Type: Hurricane I
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Northolt
Location: Thames Estuary
Pilot: P/O. Eric Walter Beardmore C/820 RCAF Age 29. Bailed out - safe
We are extremely grateful to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist) for supplying photographs and information to Aircrew Remembered in October 2017. All photographs shown within this page are available to relatives at a higher resolution (as are most of those named within this page) - courtesy of François.
REASON FOR LOSS:
During the morning the Squadron were on patrol when they became involved in attacking the enemy that were approaching over the Thames Estuary. P/O. Beardmore from Montreal in Canada, was shot down but managed to bail out suffering slight injuries.
In early December 1940 he was repatriated to Canada. He took command of 118 Sqd (RCAF) at Rockliffe (Ottawa) on 13 December 1940 and held that command until 4 April 1941 when relieved by his Battle of Britain CO, Sq/Ldr. McNab. He left the RCAF on the 18th October 1945, holding the rank of Wing Commander. He passed away on the 23rd August 1966 age just 55.
Rear L-R: Fl/Lt. Pollock, F/O. Trevena, F/O. Briese, F/O. Pitcher, F/O. Lochnan, F/O. Reyno, F/O. Blaiklock, F/O. Norris, F/O. Yuile, Cpt. Rankin. Front: F/O. Peterson, F/O. Sprenger, Sq/Ldr. McNab, F/O. Beardmore, F/O. Nesbitt, F/O. Christmas.
None - survived the war.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Francois Dutil and sources as quoted below: