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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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12.08.1940 213 Squadron Hurricane I P2802 Sgt. Stuckey

Operation: Patrol

Date: 12th August 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No. 213 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P2802

Code: AK-R

Base: RAF Exeter

Location: Bognor, Sussex.

Pilot: Sgt. Sidney George Stuckey 516338 RAF Age 26. Killed


Took off on patrol in the early afternoon and a dog fight commenced with members of the NKJ. over the Channel near Bristol. Massive attacks were made this day by the Luftwaffe against British radar installations and airfields.

Sgt. Sidney George Stuckey joined the RAF a few years before the war and at the time of the outbreak he was serving with 73 Squadron.

A dark day indeed for fighter command, with no less than 18 aircraft lost, two landed and repaired and one struck off charge. 11 pilots lost their lives, 5 were wounded some with terrible burns. Another 213 Squadron Hurricane was lost during the same patrol, Sgt. Geoffrey N. Wilkes flying Hurricane P2854 AK-M was also shot down over Bognor and killed at around the same time.No further details as yet on this loss and we invite further information from any source.

He is shown below with other 73 Squadron pilots in France. On June 18th he returned to Church Fenton with the squadron and after a short break of leave he was then posted to 213 Squadron at Exeter.

Centre: Sgt. Sidney Stuckey with 73 Squadron pilots (Courtesy IWM)

Burial Details:

Sgt. Sidney George Stuckey. Runnymede Memorial Panel 20. Son of Sidney John and Annie Florence Stuckey, of Bristol.

For the brother of Sidney and all his friends. Acknowledgments: George Clark, Norman Franks - Fighter Command Losses, CWGC.


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