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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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92 Squadron Crest
13.09.1941 No 92 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3562 Sgt. Postlethwaite

Operation: Training

Date: 13th September 1941 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 92 Squadron (motto: Aut pugna aut morere - 'Either fight or die')

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: W3562

Code: QJ-?

Base: RAF Biggin Hill, Kent

Location: Near airfield

Pilot: Sgt. Frederick Edgar Postlethwaite 1258780 RAFVR Age 19. Killed


According to the Squadron operation record book no flying during the day due to bad weather conditions. In the early evening at around 19:00 hrs. the squadron were practising formation flying, Sgt. Atkins overshot and went over but survived. However, for no apparent reason Sgt. Postlethwaite dived out of control from 2,500 ft. hitting a house and lost his life.

Above as described - courtesy Michael Taylor, nephew. These were discovered in the personal effects of his sister Barbara Taylor (née Postlethwaite)

Burial details:

Sgt. Frederick Edgar Postlethwaite. Carshalton Churchyard (All Saints) Sec. O. Grave 5A. Son of Frederick William and Alice Marion Postlethwaite and ward of Elsie May Cogger, of Carshalton Beeches, Sutton, England. Grave inscription reads: "Until We Meet".

With thanks to Stephen Hunnisett for research and also to Sam Dorrington for grave photograph. For further details our thanks to the following sources:

SH/KTY 14.01.2019

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