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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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249 Squadron Crest
02.09.1940 No. 249 Squadron Hurricane I V7532 P/O. Wynn

Operation: Patrol

Date: 02nd September 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No. 249 Squadron (Pugnis et calcibus - "With fists and heels")

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: V7352

Code: GN-?

Base: RAF North Weald

Location: near Chartham

Pilot: P/O. Richard Edward Ney Elias Wynn 81375 RAFVR Age 24. Injured


Radar stations informed Fighter Command at 07:30 hrs that two separate formations were approaching (Observer Corps reported 70 plus Do17's with 50 plus Bf110 as close escort and Bf109s as high cover)

P/O. Wynn was one of three from the Squadron hit during the sortie. P/O. Hugh Beazey flying Hurricane P2988 baled out unhurt over Gillingham, P/O. Percival Burton flying Hurricane P3384 managed to crash land at Meopham - unhurt and aircraft repaired.

P/O. Richard Wynn managed also to crash land his Hurricane near Chartham, wounded he spent some three months in hospital before he could return to his Squadron. Sadly he was to lose his life on the 07th April the following year. Flying Hurricane IIa Z2663 GN-O when returning from a convoy patrol his aircraft spun into the ground at Ongar.

Burial details:

P/O. Richard Edward Ney Elias Wynn. North Weald Bassett Churchyard (St. Andrew). Grave Row 2. Grave 6. Son of Group Captain W. E. Wynn and Evelyn Wynn, of Cambridge, England. Grave inscription reads: "The Things Which Are Seen Are Temporal; But The Things Which Are Not Seen Are Eternal".

With thanks to Andy Baker for grave photograph. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.

KTY 18.11.2018

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