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Offline alkhamhills

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Re: Fatal Hurricane Crash, Temple Street, Strood. 30 August 1940
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2017, 19:43:12 »
From Find a Grave:-

Squadron Leader (Pilot)ERIC BRUCE KING,
Son of Sydney Robert and Kate Elizabeth King, of Bournemouth, Hampshire
Royal Air Force
151 Sqdn.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 30/08/1940
Service No: 32199
Grave Reference: Square 74. Grave 40453.
Cemetery: HIGHGATE CEMETERY LONDON

Eric was born in Dublin and attended Dulwich College 1922 - 1929. After leaving he worked for Asiatic Petrolem Co and in 1932 joined the RAF on a Short Service Commission at RAF 2 FTS Digby
He was at the Army Co-operation Squadron at Catterick in August 1933 and then moved to 31 Squadron at Karachi on Feb 14 1934. He returned to the UK in 1936 to Henlow on an officers engineering course.

He was granted a permanent commission and posted to instruct at 2 FTS Brize Norton June 15 1937 and then went to 612 Aux AF Squadron at Aberdeen Sept 12 1938.
He was posted as SL to 253 at Turnhouse July 17 1940 and then to 249 at Church Fenton on Aug 5th.
On the 14th they moved south to Boscombe Down and was flying with FL J H Nicholson [ later VC ] over Southampton when they were attacked by Bf 109s. SL King managed a forced landing back at base in a badly damaged Hurricane.

He took command of 151 Squadron at Stapleford Tawney [ North Weald ] on Aug 21 and had his airsacrew shot off by a BF 110 on the 24th but landed safely.

King led the squadron on Aug 30 to intercept some enemy aircraft over Rochester and his aircraft Hurricane V 7399 crashed at Temple Street Strood.

At Dulwich after the war the King Memorial Prize was instituted with two annual awards for areonautical subjects

Probate. Of Flat 1, 6 Bryanstone Rd, Winton, Bournemouth. Admin to Kate Elizabeth King, widow(wife). Effects 766

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Re: Fatal Hurricane Crash, Temple Street, Strood. 30 August 1940
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2017, 21:40:04 »
The Battle of Britain Monument have revamped their website.
New link.
S/Ldr. E B King.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/KingEB.htm
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Fatal Hurricane Crash, Temple Street, Strood. 30 August 1940
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2015, 23:44:01 »
I think I remember the incident at 1140 on 30/8/1940. Mum, Dad and I were in the garden at Ross Street, Rochester, watching some barely visible planes over James Street and flying south. I can't remember if there was the 'brrrr' of machine guns or not - the planes were very high, so it might be an association of ideas - but suddenly one came down in a vertical dive at full throttle (think of those newsreel shots of German Stukas, only with an increasingly high pitch) which seemed to last forever, with the plane getting ever larger, finally ending with a 'thump'.

We looked at each other, and then Dad quietly said "Christ!"

The aeroplane was Hawker Hurricane V7369, of Squadron Leader Eric Bruce King, No 151 Squadron RAF, flying from Stapleford.
More at http://www.bbm.org.uk/KingEB.htm

Squadron Leader Eric Bruce King. Born Dublin 7 June 1911. Buried in Highgate Cemetery, London.
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