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The Battle of Britain ran from 10 July to 31 October 1940. It is regarded as the first military campaign fought entirely by air forces. The success of the RAF in defending Britain prevented Nazi Germany from launching an invasion across the English Channel. Many pilots from Perthshire and Kinross-shire […]


Pilot Officer William James Young

Pilot Officer William James Young RAFVR (179795) was the son of Arthur and Jeannie Barron Young, Broomhall, Coupar Angus. William attended Coupar Angus Public School and Perth Academy where he was the sports champion in 1940. He was a member of Coupar Angus Tennis Club and a boy scout. Before […]


Flight Sergeant Roderick Forbes Sim

Flight Sergeant Roderick Forbes Sim RAFVR 748347 of 1 Addison Crescent, Crieff was killed in action on 6 November 1941 and is buried in Crieff Cemetery. He was the elder son of Mrs Isabella Sim and the late Mr William Sim. Before joining the RAFVR Roderick was employed by S. […]


Wing Commander Edward Peter William Hutton

Wing Commander Edward Peter William Hutton, DFC, AFC, DSO (37178) was born in Perth in 1916, educated at Perth Academy, Dollar Academy, Ross’s (Perth) Commercial School and resided with his grandmother Mrs J. McLaren, 14 Robertson’s Buildings, Dunkeld Road. Edward Hutton was the son of the late Edward and Mrs […]


Sergeant Ronald Staples Ogg

Sergeant Ronald Staples Ogg, RAFVR 1557938 was the son of John and Helen A. Ogg of 13 Kenmore Street, Aberfeldy and the husband of Madge Eunice Ogg, Glenfield, Leicestershire. He was posted to RAF Transport Command and went on to further training and conversion courses, culminating at RAF Bramcote near […]


Leading Aircraftman William Deuchars

Leading Aircraftman William Deuchars was killed in one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history and the largest in the UK. Only three other larger blasts were recorded during World War Two, those at Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the US New Mexico desert nuclear bomb test. In 1937, 450 square feet […]


Sergeant James Victor Gardiner

Sergeant James Victor Gardiner RAFVR 656465 was the only son of Mr and Mrs John Gardiner, The Crescent, Luncarty. He was 23 years old, formerly a pupil at Perth Academy and was studying in London when World War Two broke out. James served for a year with the South Wales […]


Sergeant Crichton Alexander Smith

Pilot, Sergeant Crichton Alexander Smith, RAFVR 1368806 died on 10 March 1942 at RAF 61 Operational Training Unit (OTU), RAF Heston, Middlesex, England. On 8 March 1942, in a Miles M.9A Master Mk.I T8504 taking off from RAF Heston, the aircraft swung 90% and crashed into four parked aircraft on […]


Pilot Officer Douglas James M. Neill

Pilot Officer Douglas James M. Neill RAFVR (81336) was the son of James M. Neill (Surveyor) and Jemima T. W. Neill, Gwalior, Newton Street, Blairgowrie. He had qualified as a pilot before the war and had a considerable amount of experience flying solo. Douglas had been nearly three years in […]


Sergeant David Neill

On Monday, 14 October 1940 the aircraft (12) of RAF 139 Squadron took off at 11.00 a for a bombing raid (raid B.H. 581) in the north of Amsterdam in the Netherlands from a station (airfield) at Horsham St. Faith (from 1963, Norwich International Airport). Sergeant David Neill RAF (976437) […]