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Re: Fatal Hurricane Crash, Matfield, 6th September 1940
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2018, 23:56:17 »
This is marked on pinterest as Mk 1 Hurricane UF-W lies in back garden of Canterbury cottage Matfield

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Fatal Hurricane Crash, Matfield, 6th September 1940
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 21:31:04 »
Carl Davis was born in South Africa to American parents and was educated in the UK at Sherborne School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He qualified as a mining engineer at McGill University, Montreal and became a British citizen in 1932. He joined 601 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force at Hendon and was commissioned in August 1936.

On the outbreak of war the squadron, then flying the Bristol Blenheim, was called to full time service, the squadron re-equipping with the Hawker Hurricane in March 1940. Between the 11th July and the 4th September 1940 Flight Lieutenant Davis claimed nine enemy aircraft destroyed, four probably destroyed and four damaged, one of them shared. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on the 30th August 1940.
At 9.30hrs on the 6th September 1940 F/Lt Davis was shot down by a Me Bf 109 over Tunbridge Wells, the Hurricane crashing in the back garden of Canterbury Cottage, Matfield.

Flight Lieutenant Carl Raymond Davis DFC. of 601 Squadron RAF (Auxiliary Air Force) B.A. (Cantab.), B.A. McGill University.
30th July 1911 - 6th September 1940.
Son of Carl Raymond and Clara May Davis; husband of Katharine Anne Davis, of Chelsea, London.
Buried Storrington (St Mary) Churchyard, Sussex.

By the time No. 46 MU had arrived to take away the wreckage of the Hurricane, the owner of the cottage had raised several pounds for the local Spitfire Fund by charging locals 6d to view the wreckage.

Hometown Blues Syd Arthur


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