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    Default Douglas Edghill 45549

    Hi
    i am trying to find about Douglas Edghill.
    He joined the RAF in about 1935. Was in Battle of Britain.
    Sergeant.27th Mar. 1941.(Seniority 26th Mar. 1941)520094 Douglas Frank Kitchener EDGHILL(45549)
    Then wounded and crippled. I understand he died after war from these injuries.
    I have definite information that he shot down a plane in 1940 but no details.
    On 31 May 1940 he was wounded after combat with Me110s (Fighter Command Losses by Norman Franks)but seems to have been able to continuing flying as he seems to reappear 22nd August, 1941.
    "Three of the pilots managed to successfully engage the Stukas, of which 229 Squadron’s Pilot Officer Douglas Edghill (Z4366) claimed two shot down (victories nos. 5 to 6 of a total of 7) " http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/commonwealth_woods2.htm

    When did he get his crippling injuries? Which aircraft did he shoot down?

    Any further info would be great.

    Cheers Motherbird

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    Hi,

    Source Aces High Volume 1 & 2 Christopher Shores

    Returned to 229 Sqn 1941 posted Middle East - HMS Furious flying off to Egypt via Malta. In the Desert claimed four more victories and awarded D.F.C. On the 7/9/41 returning from combat in Hurricane W9326 he fractured his spine in a landing crash.

    After treatment he was posted non effective sick and was sent to South Africa on medical grounds in January 1942. In August returned UK where on 25/12/42 he was obliged to resign his commission due to his injuries . He died on 10/2/1961.

    Mark

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    Default douglas edghill

    hi. motherboard
    douglas is not listed in the last edition of men of the bob.
    regards. tom

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    Default Other references

    Hi motherbird
    I found other references to him in:
    Flight Global 4 Nov 1941
    London Gazette 9 May 41 Issue 35158 page 2671 Sgt to on probation Plt. Off.
    22 Aug 41 Issue 35254 page 4864 DFC (while on 229 Sqn)
    15 Jan 43 Issue 25868 page 388 Plt. Off. D. F. K. EDGHILL, D.F.C. (45549) relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health and retains his rank. 25th Dec. 1942.
    There was also a 2 references in Flight Global:
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1940/1940%20-%201787.html
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1941/1941%20-%202640.html

    Hope this helps
    Dee

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    Default Douglas Edghill

    Quote Originally Posted by motherbird View Post
    Hi
    i am trying to find about Douglas Edghill.
    He joined the RAF in about 1935. Was in Battle of Britain.
    Sergeant.27th Mar. 1941.(Seniority 26th Mar. 1941)520094 Douglas Frank Kitchener EDGHILL(45549)
    Then wounded and crippled. I understand he died after war from these injuries.
    I have definite information that he shot down a plane in 1940 but no details.
    On 31 May 1940 he was wounded after combat with Me110s (Fighter Command Losses by Norman Franks)but seems to have been able to continuing flying as he seems to reappear 22nd August, 1941.
    "Three of the pilots managed to successfully engage the Stukas, of which 229 Squadron’s Pilot Officer Douglas Edghill (Z4366) claimed two shot down (victories nos. 5 to 6 of a total of 7) " http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/commonwealth_woods2.htm

    When did he get his crippling injuries? Which aircraft did he shoot down?

    Any further info would be great.

    Cheers Motherbird
    Hi Douglas was my great uncle , I still have his flying hat and also a african shield that he was given when he was shot down , i do believe it was a hurricane .
    Kind regards Christopher Edghill
    chriskbox@aol.com

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