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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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No. 74 Squadron
06.07.1941 No. 74 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb W3317 Sgt. William Guy Lockhart

Operation: Circus 35

Date: 6th July 1941 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 74 Squadron (motto: 'I Fear No Man')

Type: Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb

Serial: W3317

Code: ZP-?

Base: RAF Biggin Hill, Kent

Location: Avesnes, Pas-de-Calais, France

Pilot: Sgt. William Guy Lockhart 748117 RAFVR Age 24. Evader

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1941 Spitfire (courtesy Australian War Museum) Spitfire Mk Vb (courtesy Imperial War Museum)


Sgt. William Guy Lockhart was based at RAF Gravesend but took off from RAF Biggin Hill at 13.39hrs to escort six Stirling aircraft on an operation to Lille. The aircraft was shot down at 14.30hrs in the Pas-de-Calais area near Renty. Enemy gunfire had shot away part of one of the wings. Sgt. Lockhart parachuted down but was knocked unconscious on landing. He was slightly injured and spent some time in Renty recovering from his injuries. Making his way to Lille, Chalon, Marseilles, Perpignan and then arrested in Spain and confined in prison camps.

Sgt. William Guy Lockhart was released from prison in Spain for repatriation and arrived back at RAF Mount Batten on the 21st October 1941. William Guy Lockhart was granted a short service commission as Acting Pilot Officer 26th November 1941. Wing Commander William Guy Lockhart DSO, DFC and Bar was killed on the 27/28th April 1944. For further information (see Lancaster JB676)

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