J.T.Craig of No 111 Squadron
fought in the campaign for France. He was shot down in May 1940 but escaped
injury. Craig was injured on the 31st
of August 1940 at 09:20hrs. He baled out of his Hurricane
I (P2888) after combat with a Bf 110
No 43 Squadron broke his thigh on
the 16th of August 1940 when he
baled out of his Hurricane I
(L1736). He had been on patrol and there was a fire caused by a glycol
P.G.Crofts of No 605 Squadron
was killed on the 28th of September
1940 at 13:55hrs. His Hurricane
I (V6699) was shot down by a Bf 109
over Sussex, he baled out but his parachute failed to open.
L.G.B.Croke was in charge of the St. Eval Sector Station (Coastal Command)
Fighter Section HQ during the Battle of Britain. He initially controlled
234 Squadron flying Spitfire's
and No 247 Squadron flying Gladiator's.
During the Battle Squadrons were moved around to rest or re-equip.
R.Crombie of No 141 Squadron
was killed at 12:45hrs, on the 19th
of July 1940 along with his pilot J.R.Kemp
in a Defiant (L6974). They were on
convoy patrol, and at 12.45hrs were shot down off Dover by a Bf
109 from JG 51.
David M. Crook joined No 609 ( West
Riding) Squadron on the 30th of June 1940 at Northolt Sector
Station near London. He was K.I.A. after the Battle of Britain. He was
friends with Peter Pease and was the author of
Pilot an excellent book to read.
Mike Nicholson Crossley was educated a Eton and the College of Aeronautical
Engineering. He joined the R.A.F in 1936 and joined
32 Squadron. During the Battle for France Crossley had shot down seven
enemy aircraft, including four Bf 109's,
and was awarded the D.F.C. on the 21st of June 1940. During the Battle
he was promoted to Squadron Leader and he shot down another 14 German aircraft
while being shot down twice. At around 13:30hrs on the 18th
of August he helped to shoot down a He
111 flown by R.Ahrens from I Gruppe of Kg 1. Later on that day he baled
out of his
Hurricane I (N2461)
safely over Gillingham after combat with a Bf
109, at 17:30hrs. He was shot down again on the 24th
of August 1940 over Folkestone in his Hurricane
I (P3481) by a
Bf 109 of JG 26
at 16:30hrs. Crossley was awarded the D.S.O. on the 20th of August 1940.
He was sent to America in 1941 as a test pilot with the British Air Commission.
He returned to England in 1943, but his operational flying career ended
when he contracted tuberculosis.
J.D.Crossman an Australian
flew with No
32 Squadron and
46 Squadron was killed on the 30th
of September 1940 at 13:30hrs. He was shot down in his Hurricane
I (V6748) at Forest Row, Sussex.
Dennis (Crow) Crowley-Milling was born on the 22 of March 1919 and
educated at Malvern College in Worcester. He was an apprentice at Rolls
Royce and learned to fly in the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve. He was called
up on the 23rd of August 1939 and completed his flying training and was
posted to No 615 Squadron flying
The Squadron was re-equipped with Hurricane's.
He flew in France with No 607 Squadron
and on his return was posted to No 242
Squadron with famous fighter pilot Douglas
Bader who took command of the much depleted and demoralized squadron,
reforming and reorganizing it to become operational again on the 9th of
July 1940. He shot down a He 111 on
the 30th of August 1940 his first
kill. On the 6th of september1940
he made a forced landing after being hit in combat. He shot down 2 more
enemy aircraft during the September 1940
a Bf 110 and a Bf
109. Later in the war he was awarded the D.F.C and the D.S.O. and attained
the rank of Air Marshal and he also recieved a Knighthood.
J.Cruttenden joined No 43 Squadron
in late June. He baled safely out of a Hurricane
I on the 9th of July after attacking a Do
17 near Beachy Head. He was shot down in combat ten miles south
of the Isle of Wight on the 8th of August
1940 at 16:45hrs in his
I (P3781) and reported as "Missing", aged 20.
L.Cryderman a Canadian
from No 242 Squadron ditched his
I (V6823) into the Channel off Clacton after combat with a Do
17 on the 8th of February 1941. His body was never found.
J.L.G.Cunningham of No 603 Squadron
was shot down and killed on the 28th
of August 1940 at 16:45hrs. His Spitfire
I (R6751) was shot down by a Bf 109's
John Cunningham flew with No 604
Squadron during the Battle of Britain night flying in Blenheim's.
He was born in 1917 and became one of the R.A.F.'s most famous night fighters
in Blenheim's an Mosquito's. At
the end of the war he had amassed a score of 20 kills of which 19 of the
were at night. He attained the rank of Group Captain whit the C.B.E., D.S.O.
and two bars, D.F.C. and bar, Silver Star (U.S.), F.R.Ae.S. After the war
he became Chief Test Pilot at De Haviland test flying the Comet, Sea Vixen,
Trident an many others.
A.G.Curley was a gunner in a Defiant
of No 141 Squadron. On the 19th
of July 1940 he and his pilot (R.A.Howley)
were on convoy patrol. Their Defiant
(L6995) was shot down by a Bf 109
of JG 51 at 12:45hrs and they were both killed .
Christopher Fredrick Currant was commissioned in March 1940 and was
posted from No 151 Squadron to
605 Squadron flying the Hurricane.
He shot down 9 enemy aircraft during September
and October 1940 and was awarded the
D.F.C. He later became a Squadron Commander and saw a lot more action.
J.W.Cutts of No 222 Squadron
was killed on the 4th of September 1940
at 13:30hrs. His Spitfire I (X4278)
was shot down over Maidstone by a Bf 109.
F.Czajkowski from Poland
flew with No 151 Hurricane Squadron
during the Battle of Britain. He was wounded on the 31st
of August 1940 at 10:25hrs. His Hurricane
was attacked by a Bf 109 and he force
landed at Foulness and wrote the aircraft off.
Count Manfred Beckett Czernin was educated at Oundle. His mother was
English and his father Austrian. He was a pre war bomber pilot and joined
85 Squadron in May 1940 in France scoring several victories. After
the fall of France he joined No 17 Squadron
flying Hurricanes during the Battle
of Britain. His score was 13 confirmed, 2 unconfirmed and 3 probables wih
Tadeusz Czerwinski from Poland
flew Hurricane's with
302 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. His score for the war was
4 confirmed kills. He attained the rank of Squadron Leader.