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74 (Trinidad) Squadron Spitfire LF.XI PT770 F/O. Ronald Trevor Jackson

Operation: Fighter Sweep

Date: 29th September 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 74 (Trinidad) Squadron (motto: 'I Fear No Man'). 2nd Tactical Air Force, 134 Wing

Type: Spitfire LF.XI

Serial: PT770

Code: 4D-?

Base: B.55 Wevelgem

Location: At base

Pilot: F/O. Ronald Trevor Jackson 133673 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


Took off on the 3rd patrol of the day at 13:30 hrs. The aircraft’s engine cut soon after take off. He tried to return to base but unfortunately undershot the runway and hit the top of a building and crashed on the Photography section’s lorry and tent. He was seriously burnt as the aircraft burst into flames on hitting the ground. He died in hospital 4 hours later.

He survived and returned to the squadron after being shot down by flak on the 26th August 1944 south of Rouen - Spitfire LF.XI NH461 4D-E.

Burial details:

F/O. Ronald Trevor Jackson. Kortrijk Communal Cemetery (St. Jan). Row BB. Grave 12. Born in 2nd Qtr 1923 in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales. Son of Capt. William Hector Jackson, Royal Engineers, (born 04th November 1899 in Sheffield - died in service, 22nd August, 1945), and of Ellen Dora Jackson (née Watkins, born 11th May 1895 in Monmouth - died 25th May 1973, age 78), of Melksham, Wiltshire. Husband of Betty Jackson. Epitaph: 'Sleep On, Beloved, Sleep And Take Your Rest'.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot, thanks to Air/27/642/28 National Archives, Ralph Snape, Flanders Aviation Society, other sources as quoted below:

KTY / RS 29-08-2022

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