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87 Squadron Crest
15.08.1940 No. 87 Squadron Hurricane I P3215 Sqq/Ldr. Lovell-Gregg

Operation: Interception

Date: 15th August 1940 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 87 Squadron (10 Group)

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P3215

Code: LK-?

Base: RAF Exeter, Devonshire

Location: Abbotsbury area

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Terence Gunion Lovell-Gregg 29244 RAF Age 27. Killed


Scrambled at 17:00 hrs to combat a Luftwaffe force of some 120 aircraft off Portland. During the heavy combat he was hit and the aircraft caught fire.

The pilot headed towards Warmwell apparently under control, but then circled the Abbotsbuty area where he then crash landed the Hurricane at about 18:00 hrs in a copse, striking an oak tree he was thrown clear - sadly found dead by the time assistance arrived.

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. Terence Gunion Lovell-Gregg. Warmwell Churchyard (Holy Trinity). Born on the 19th September 1912 in Wanganui, the son of Dr. John Lovell-Gregg, M.D., and Dora Leila Lovell-Gregg, of Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand. Joined 87 Squadron at Church Fenton on the 15th June 1940, taking command on the 12th July when the CO was posted away. Aware of his lack of operational experience Lovell-Gregg allowed the experienced Flight Commanders to lead the squadron until he felt able to do so.

A total of 2178 flying hours logged and on his 9th operational sortie when he was killed. Grave inscription reads: “In Loving Remembrance Of Terence Who Gave His Life In The Battle Of Britain. "One Of The Few" Dearly Loved Son Of Dora And The Late John Lovell-Gregg, Md. Of Marlborough, New Zealand”

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY - 07.09.2017

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