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Flight Lieutenant L H Schwind RAF. Shot Down 27th September 1940
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2018, 22:41:42 »

Flight Lieutenant Lionel Harold Schwind RAF. 1913 - 1940.

Lionel H Schwind was born on the 15th June 1913, the son of Charles and Florence Schwind of Crowborough, East Sussex.
He joined the RAF in 1936 on a short service commission. On completing his training he joined 54 Squadron at Hornchurch. He was posted to Iraq in December 1937 and returned to the UK in early September 1938. Shortly afterwards he was seriously injured in a car accident. In January 1939 he was posted to No. 1 AACU at west Freugh.
He married at Edinburgh in December 1939.
He converted onto Hurricanes in August 1940 and was posted first to 257 Squadron, then to 43 Squadron and then, finally, on the 20th September, to 213 Squadron at Tangmere.
On the 27th September 1940, while flying Hurricane Mk l, N2401, on a morning patrol, Flt/Lt Schwind was shot down and killed by Messerschmitt Bf 109's over Gatwick. Hit in the tail and on fire, the aircraft came down at 09.25hrs on the eastern edge of Chance Wood on the Wildernesse Golf Course at Seal near Sevenoaks.
Buried Crowbrough Burial Ground, Sussex, grave 1723.
In 1980 a memorial plaque was placed at the site of his crash.

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