Entries by Ben Trumble

Flight Lt Richard Hillary

Flight Lt Richard Hope Hillary (20 April 1919 – 8 January 1943) Hillary was called up to the Royal Air Force in October 1939 and in July 1940, having completed his training, he was posted to B Flight No 603 Squadron flying Spitfires. The Squadron moved south to RAF Hornchurch on 27 August 1940 and immediately […]

Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane

Brendan Eamonn Fergus Finucane Irish born ‘Paddy’ Finucane was posted in July 1940 to 64 Squadron flying Spitfire MK 1’s from RAF Hornchurch. His first victory was scored on 12th of August 1940 – an ME109. By the January of 1942 he had been promoted Squadron leader and took over 602 Squadron and though wounded […]

Peter Townsend

Group captain Peter Townsend, author and pilot originally flew Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain where he was commanding 85 Squadron. However during the making of the film ‘The Battle of Britain’ in 1969, where he was one of the advisors, he took to the air again – this time in Spitfires. As he said […]