RAF Australians - Wing Commander Robert Henry Swan King

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    Wing Commander Robert Henry Swan King
    The next on the list - Wing Commander Robert Henry Swan King

    From: Roll of Honour - Surrey - Godalming, Charterhouse School - World War 2

    Wing Commander RAF. Born 22.4.1911, only son of Commodore Rt Hon Henry Douglas King CBE DSO PC MP and Margaret E.King née Swan, husband of Irene Nicholaevna King of Adelaide, South Australia.

    He was at Charterhouse School [V] 1925 – 1928 and joined the RAF in 1935. He was CO of 21 Squadron when he was killed on 22.6.43, aged 32, flying Ventura AE910 in an attack on a gun position near Abbeville-Drucat airfield, France. He is buried in Abbeville communal cemetery extension, grave 6.C.3. His crew and his Station Commander are buried in graves 6.C.1-2 and 6.B.9-10.

    Pilot Officer King Confirmed P/O 16th April 1936

    W/C King is listed on the Australian Commemorative Roll which is for those "Australians" who died in other allied units/branches.

    22 June 1943

    21 Squadron
    Ventura I AE910 'Y'

    W/C. R H S. King +
    F/O. H W. Gattiker +
    P/O. J H J. Koller +
    P/O. R N. Kinglake +
    G/C. W V L. Spendlove +

    Shot down by flak approx 1620 hrs during an attack on Abbeville-Drucat airfield. The unit commander Wg Cdr R H S. King and his crew were lost as was the Methwold Station Commander, Gr Capt W V L. Spendlove DSO who was flying with them on this date.

    '2nd Tactical Air Force' Vol.1 - Shores/Thomas.


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