23.08.1942 No. 164 Squadron Spitfire Va P9563 P/O. David Bruce Bridger
Date: 23rd August 1942
Unit: No. 164 Squadron
Type: Spitfire Va
Base: RAF Skeabrae
Location: Skeabrae face, Orkney Isles.
Pilot: P/O. David Bruce Bridger 118156 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Stalled off a turn and crashed into the ground at Skeabrae face.
This aircraft served in the Battle of Britain with 64 Squadron as SH-R and crash landed near Harrington during a routine patrol at 08:20 hrs. The pilot Sgt David Lloyd (1) was unhurt and the aircraft repaired (Cat C3)
P/O. David Bruce Bridger (courtesy Alan Scheckenbach)
164 Squadron on a short detachment at Tangmere 1942
(1) P/O. David Edward Lloyd was later killed on the 17th March 1942 - at this time a pilot instructor.
Left and above Sandwick Cemetery
P/O. David Bruce Bridger. Sandwick Cemetery, Orkney, Sec N. Grave 55. Son of Alexander George and Adeline Bruce Bridger, of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Grave inscription reads: "God Has Saved From Weary Strife, In It's Dawn, This Fresh Young Life".
Researched for family of P/O. Bridger, with thanks to Alan Scheckenbach and sources as shown.