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    Default Battle of Britain 249 squadron Pilots P.R.F Burton & J.R.B Meaker

    Hi everyone,

    I've been researching a couple of Battle of Britain pilots. I'll put all the info I have here, and if there's anything I've missed, please let me know- or if anyone has any conflicting information.

    F/O Percival Ross-Frames “Percy” Burton
    6 June 1917- 27 September 1940
    Pilot Battle of Britain. Service number 74348. 1 confirmed air victory.
    249 Squadron Church Fenton 1940
    Hawker Hurricane MK1 V6683 (GN-H)
    Flying low level, Deliberately rammed Messerschmitt Bf110C flown by the C/O of V/LG1 Hauptmann Horst Leinsberger and crewman Unteroffizer Albert Kopge at Hailsham 27/9/40. All KIA. Was promoted from Pilot Officer to Flying Officer 26/9/40
    Flew P3384- on 2nd September 1940 & made forced landing after dogfight.
    Flew V6610- 3rd, 5th September
    Flew V7313- 8th September
    Flew V6566- 9th September
    Flew V6683- 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th – 19th, 22nd– 27th September
    Flew P3834- 13th September
    Flew P3615- 20th September


    P/O James Reginald Bryan Meaker DFC
    19 January 1919- 27 September 1940
    Pilot Battle of Britain. Service number 42514. 7 Confirmed air victories
    46 Squadron Digby & 249 Squadron Church Fenton 1940
    Hawker Hurricane MK1 P5206 (GN-L)
    Attacking a group of JU-88’s on his own, his plane was hit by defensive fire and upon bailing out, his head struck the tail section of his Hurricane P3834. Fell dead with an unopened parachute 27/9/40
    P5206 (GN-L)- 2nd-14th September
    Flew V6534- 2nd,
    Flew V6559- 18th
    Not listed- 15th (5 sorties), 17th (1 sortie), 18th (2 sorties), 24th (2 sorties)
    Flew V6635- 20th 23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th September. (2 sorties on the morning of the 27th)
    Flew P3834 27th Afternoon


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    (Link in original post is to a photograph of the two pilots pictured after a sortie). I don't know when & where this photograph was taken.

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    Hi ArcticWarspite
    Have you not seen my book '249 at War'?

    What additional information are you looking for?

    Cheers
    Brian

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    P/O James Reginald Bryan "Jim" Meaker # 42514 is one of my mystery Pre April 1940 Parachute Incidents
    some time between Feb and April 1940 he was involved in a collision (probably with P/O Charles Francis Ambrose #42583.) when he was in formation flight and hit from behind and lost his tail. He parachuted to safety and if Ambrose involved so did he.

    Incident Prob late Feb 1940

    But where, when, what etc remains a mystery

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    Hi Paul

    Of course, as you are aware, pre-249 Squadron.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Yes pre 249 Sqn

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    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for your reply. No I was not aware of your book. Where can it be purchased?

    Basically I'm fact checking, and confirming what I have is correct. Though anymore information on both these pilots during the BoB period would also be useful. I know Meaker was actually an ace with 7 kills, so some more information on that would be useful.

    About 10 years ago when at Art School, I was doing a project which revolved around BoB pilots which had been KIA. I painted a series of black & white portraits (8 in total), and these two pilots were part of that series, though their portraits came from different sources. It wasn't until recently did I find out that their portraits were from the same photograph, and that they were in the same squadron and killed on the same day. Incidentally, I found all that out on 27 September. 77 years to the day that they were killed.

    Thanks,
    Nyle


    Quote Originally Posted by brian View Post
    Hi ArcticWarspite
    Have you not seen my book '249 at War'?

    What additional information are you looking for?

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Hi Paul,

    Yes, I had read that before, though I didn't know who it was he collided with.

    Thanks,
    Nyle

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    Hi Nyle

    Let me have your address and I'll pop a copy in the post (it will be a slightly damaged copy - but free!!!)

    Brian
    briancullauthor@gmail.com

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    Thanks Brian, have emailed you.

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