Sgt Lionel S Pilkington, F/L Reginald E ‘Unlucky’ Lovett and F/O Newell 'Fanny’ Orton of No 73 Squadron RAF, standing by a Hawker Hurricane Mk.1, enjoying a brief respite from operations at Reims-Champagne, Bétheny, France in April 1940.
Pilkington KIA 20/9/41, Lovett KIA 7/9/40, Orton KIA 17/9/41
22 year old F/Lt Lionel Sanderson Pilkington DFM was shot down over Hazebrouck in France, he had been due to get married six days later. He is commemorated on the memorial at Runnymede
26 year old F/Lt Reginald Eric Lovett DFC was also shot down and killed in combat. His Hurricane, P3234, crashed on Fritze Farm, Stock, near Billericay, and he is buried in Hendon Cemetery.
26 year old S/Ldr. Newell 'Fanny’ Orton DFC was shot down over Saint-Omer and neither his body nor the wreckage of his Spitfire W3772 were ever found. He has no known grave and is remembered on the 28th Panel of the memorial at Runnymede.
can we send u selfies and u reply with like what idol you think we look good as a couple with? It'd be a super cool way of you interacting with us & you'd know some of our faces so it'd be a deep bond, dfm? Like a weekly thing. ❣️
What do you guys think? some others been saying this for a long time but I forgot about it, I have to be the one to say, let’s do this and this is what you need to do lol and I completely forgot about it
Flight Sergeant Edward Roland Thorn (pilot, left) and Sergeant Frederick J Barker (air gunner) of No 264 Squadron RAF and their Teddy Bear mascot, presented to them by their ground crew, posing with their Boulton-Paul Defiant Mark I L7005 - PS-B at Biggin Hill, Kent, after destroying their first Heinkel He 111. May/June1940
Over Dunkirk on 28th May 1940 they destroyed three Me109’s, on the 29th they destroyed two Ju87’s and a Me110 and shared a He111 and on the 31st destroyed a He111 and damaged two more. Both men were awarded the DFM (gazetted 14th June 1940).