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07.09.1940 No. 43 Squadron Hurricane I V7257 Fl/Lt. Reynell

Operation: Patrol

Date: 7th September 1940 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 43 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: V7257

Base: RAF Tangmere, Sussex

Location: Crown Point, Blackheath.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Richard Carew Reynell 32091 RAF Age 28. Killed


A bleak day indeed for fighter command losing some 18 Hurricanes and 10 Spitfires.

Intercepted by Bf109 over South London, shot down at 16.45 hrs. He baled out, wounded but died on landing.

An Australian by birth became a pilot with the Oxford University Squadron in 1929, then a member of the Fury Acrobatic Team. Joined the RAF in 1931 prior to joining Hawker Aircraft as a test pilot in 1937. Richard had been a long time friend of Caeser Hull from Transvaal, South Africa who tragically lost his life at the same time.

One of 3 Hurricanes lost this day from 43 Squadron due to enemy action.

Sgt. A.L.M. Deller Hurricane V7309 shot down, with the aircraft crashing at Babylon Farm, Sutton Valence, but landed safely after baling out over Ashford.

Sq/Ldr. Caeser Barraud Hull DFC (1) Hurricane V6641 shot down over Purley, Surrey, aircraft crashing at the grounds of Purley High School killed at the same recorded time as others.

(1) Sq/Ldr. Hull DFC brother 2nd Lt. Robin Yorke Hull was also killed, serving with the Rand Light Infantry, South African Army in North Africa.

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Richard Carew Reynell. Brookwood Cemetery, St. Bartholomew's Avenue, Grave 202417. Son of Colonel Carew Reynell and May Reynell, husband of Enid Marjorie Reynell, of West End, Surrey. Also father of a son - no further details.

Researched by Stephen Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered and dedicated to the relatives/friends of the pilot. Acknowledgments, Flight Global magazine, Kentish Mercury and the Greenwich Heritage Centre. Further information courtesy Peter Cornwell and 'Battle of Britain - Then and Now' publication.

KTY 20.04.2017 Further details added

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