|P/O Terence M.Kane of No 234 Squadron was made a P.O.W. on the 23rd of September 1940 he crashed his Spitfire I (R6896) off the coast of France at 11:00hrs after shooting down a Bf 109.|
|Sgt Stanislaw Karubin from Poland flew with No 303 Squadron. He was injured when he crash landed his Hurricane I (V7290) on the 6th of September 1940 at 09:15hrs. He crashed near Pembury after combat with a Heinkel He 111. On the 30th of September 1940 he was flying in a Hurricane (V7504) and shot down a Bf 109 flown by Karl Vogl off Beachy Head. He was credited with 7 confirmed kills. He was posted on to No 58 O.T.U. and then on to 55 O.T.U.|
|P/O T.W.Kawalecki joined the RAF after escaping Poland and after completing his training he was posted to No 151 Hurricane Squadron on the 8th of August1940.|
|Sgt A.Kay of No 248 Squadron was killed along with his crew (B.W.Menser & W.J.Garfield) on the 13th of September 1940 at 19:00hrs. Their Blenheim IVf (L9451) went missing during a sortie off the Norwegian coast.|
|S/L Joseph Robert Kayll joined No 604 Squadron in 1934 and flew with them until he became leader of No 615 Hurricane Squadron in May 1940 while in France. He was awarded the D.F.C. and the D.S.O. by the King on the 27th of June 1940. In the Battle of Britain he accounted for 2 Bf 109's a Do 17 and a He 111. He was shot down and captured in July 1941 whilst leading the Hornchurch Wing.|
|Sgt F.J.Keast was flying with No 600 Squadron on the 8th of August 1940 at 11:55hrs. The Blenheim (L8665) in which Feast flying was shot down in flames by Oberleutnant Sprick of III Gruppe of JG 26. The pilot flew his burning aircraft clear of Ramsgate, crashing into the sea. Feast his pilot D.N.Grice and J.B.W.Warren were killed. Feast was 32.|
|Sgt G.E.Keel of No 235 Squadron was shot down over the Channel and killed along with the pilot P/O J.C.Kirkpatrick and crew P/O R.C.Thomas on the 9th of October 1940 at 17:30hrs. They were flying aerodrome protection duty South of Thorny Island in a Blenheim IVf (N3530).|
|F/O G.Keighley was a former pre-war member of No 610 Squadron, he rejoined them in May 1940. On the last day of May he was shot down by defensive gunfire from a Dornier 215 and baled out of his Spitfire into the Channel. Keighley was picked up by a trawler then transferred to Naval pinnacle. He baled out again on the 20th of July 1940 when his tail was shot off by Oberfeldwebel Schmid of I Gruppe of JG 51 .The Spitfire (N3201) he was flying crashed at Wootton, Kent at 18:30hrs. Keighley was wounded.|
|S/L Ronald Gustave Kellet of No 303 Polish Squadron was slightly wounded on the 6th of September 1940 when part of his Hurricane's starboard aileron was shot away, also great strands of fabric were torn away from the tail plane. Both ammunition boxes had exploded ripping holes a man could have leapt through in the wings, and the Hurricane still continued to fly. Kellett landed the Hurricane at Biggin Hill. His tally of kills for the war was 5 confirmed 2 probable and 1 damaged.|
|F/Lt. D.Piers D.G.Kelly joined No 74 Squadron on the 15th of July 1940. He flew in Spitfire's during the Battle of Britain.|
|P/O J.L.Kemp of No 54 Squadron baled out of his Spitfire I (N3184) because of engine failure on the 21st of July 1940 East of Clacton and was rescued by the Navy.|
|P/O J.R.Kemp a New Zealander was killed at 12:45hrs on the 19th of July 1940 along with his crewman Sgt R.Crombie in a Defiant (L6974) of No 141 Squadron. They were on convoy patrol, and at 12.45hrs were shot down off Dover by a Bf 109 from JG 51.|
|P/O Nigel Leslie Digby Kemp flew with No 242 Squadron flying Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain. He was awarded the D.F.C. on the 7th of October 1941.|
|P/O P.F.Kennard-Davis of No 64 Squadron was shot down in flames in his Spitfire I (L1039) on the 8th of August 1940 while in combat with a Bf 109 of JG 51. His aircraft crashed at West Langdon, Kent at 12:05. P.F.Kennard-Davis died of his wounds on the 10th of August 1940.|
|F/Lt J.C.Kennedy an Australian of No 238 Squadron was on patrol in a Hurricane (P2950) on the 13th of July 1940, he shot down a Do 17 off Chesil Beach at 15:20hrs but he was killed when he crashed while trying to avoid some H.T. cables.|
|P/O P.L.Kenner of No 264 Squadron and his gunner P/O C.E.Johnson were killed on the 28th of August 1940 at 08:55hrs. Their Defiant I (L7026) was shot down by a Bf 109 of JG 26 over Thanet.|
|Group Captain John A.Kent, D.F.C. and bar, Virtuti Militari (Polish). He was born in Canada, Johnnie Kent spent most of his life in the United Kingdom. He became a pilot aged 17 and held a commercial licence when he was 19. In 1935, aged 21, he joined the RAF and flew Gauntlets with No 19 Squadron. In September 1939 he joined No 212 Squadron in France. His first victory was when a Bf 109 attacked him but could not pull out of its dive and went into the River Seine. There were no witnesses so he could not claim it. He flew Hurricanes with No 303 Squadron before Commanding No 92 Squadron on Spitfire I's. In October 1940 he notched up his Squadron's 100th wartime victory. He left the R.A.F. in 1956.|
|Sgt. J.Keprt a Czech from No 312 Squadron was flying his Hurricane I (L1644) when it caught fire near Cambridge on the 10th of September 1940.|
|P/O Veron Charles 'Shorty' Keogh
was an American and had
signed originally to fight for Finland against Russia, but arrived in Europe
too late for that war. After a spell in France, they came to England on
the last ship from the port of St Jean-de-Luz and joined the R.A.F.
He was accepted by the RAF and on July 5 then went to 7 O.T.U. Hawarden.
He was sent to No 609 Squadron on
the 8th of August 1940 and they
became operational on the 16th of August
on his first patrol encountered the enemy. He saw combat during August
and he shared in the destruction of a Do
215 on the 15th of September 1940
before transferring on the 18th of September
1940 to the to help form the No 71 'Eagle' Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey,
Lincolnshire. Vernon C. 'Shorty' Keogh had a civil pilots licence in America.
He had been a professional parachute jumper with over 500 jumps. He was
the smallest pilot in the R.A.F. and had to use two cushions in his Spitfire
to see out of the cockpit.
"Shorty" was last seen spinning into the sea off Flanborough Head during the chase of a Heinkel. He was 29 and is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
|F/Lt R.G.Ker-Ramsey of the F.I.U. was on night patrol over the French coast near Calais on the 13th of September 1940. He and his crew (G.Dixon & E.L.Byrne) baled out of their Blenheim IVf (Z5721) and became P.O.W's.|
|P/O John W.Kerwin
a Canadian was a pre-war member
of the RAF. He joined No 1 (R.C.A.F.)
Squadron in August. On the 31st
of August he destroyed a Do 215.
On the 1st of September he destroyed
another Dornier and a Bf
110. He was then shot down and he baled out of his Hurricane
I (P3963) over Shipbourne at 14:25hrs, with burns
J.W.Kerwin was K.I.A. in the Aleutians on the 16th of July 1942.
|S/Lt I.H.Kestin of No 145 Squadron was shot down and killed on the 1st of August 1940 at15:00hrs. He was on patrol in his Hurricane I (P3155) South of Hastings and was hit by return fire from a Heinkel Hs 126.|
of No 65 Squadron on the 18th
of August at around 13:30hrs helped to shoot down a He
111 flown by R.Ahrens from I Gruppe of KG 1.
He was shot down and killed in his Spitfire I (K9909) on the 22nd of August 1940 off Dover at 19:35hrs. He was attacked by a Bf 109 of JG 26. M.Keymer is buried at Bazinghem, France. He was 24 years old.
|P/O R.Kidson a New Zealander from No 141 Squadron was shot down and killed along with his gunner (F.P.J.Atkins) in their Defiant (L7015) off Dover by a Bf 109 of JG51 on the 19th of July1940 at 12:45hrs.|
|Sgt F.W.G.Killingback of No 249 Squadron was wounded on the 7th of September 1940 at 17:05hrs. His Hurricane I (R4230) was shot down by a Bf 109 over Maidstone, Kent. He baled out.|
|F/Lt John Ignatius 'Killy' Kilmartin an Irishman joined the R.A.F. before the war. He went to France with No 1 Squadron at the start of hostilities. His score in France was 11 of which 6 were Bf 110's, 4 Bf 109's and a Ju 88. He flew with No 43 Squadron in Hurricane's during the Battle of Britain shooting down a Bf 110' and a Bf 109 in September 1940.|
|P/O D.S.Kinder of No 73 Squadron was badly burned on the 23rd of September when his Hurricane I (P3226) was in combat over the Thames at 11:05hrs with a Bf 109.|
|S/L Eric King flew with No 249 Squadron until the 21st of August 1940 and then transferred to No 151 Squadron. S/L E.King was shot down in his Hurricane I (V7369) and killed by Bf 110's on the 30th of August 1940 at 11:50hrs near Strood, Kent.|
|P/O Fredrick Harry King was in No 264 Squadron until the 24th of August 1940 at 12:40hrs when he and his pilot (Squadron Leader P.A.Hunter) went missing after chasing a Ju 88 out to sea flying a Defiant (N1935). He and his pilot shot down a total of 9 and 1 shared.|
|P/O M.A.King of No 249 Squadron was killed on the 16th of August 1940 at 13:55hrs. He had been shot up by a German fighter over Southampton and he baled out of his Hurricane I (V7369) but his parachute collapsed.|
|F/O P.J.C.King from No 66 Squadron was killed on the 5th of September 1940 at 16:00hrs. He baled out of his Spitfire I (N3060) after combat with a Bf 109 over the Medway. His parachute failed to open.|
|Sgt Donald Earest Kingaby
joined No 266 Squadron in June 1940,
but was not credited with any successes with them. He was posted to
92 Squadron at the end of September, he destroyed four enemy
aircraft before the end of the Battle. On the 27th of October he force
landed his Spitfire I (R6721) near
Leatherhead, Surrey. Between the end of the Battle and the 2nd of July
1942, he destroyed 12 Bf 109's and
was described in the press a "The 109
specialist". He was awarded the D.F.M. on 6th of December 1940.
airman has displayed great courage and tenacity in his attacks against
A Bar to the D.F.M on the 29th of July 1941.
('This airman pilot has continued to prove himself a very able section leader who fights with coolness and courage. He has now destroyed at least 14 enemy aircraft and damaged others.')
He destroyed three more Bf 109's up to the 3rd of October 1941. He was then awarded a second Bar on the 11th of November 1941, he was the only man to receive two Bars to the D.F.M. during the war.
'This airman leads his section, and occasionally the Flight, with great skill and courage. He has participated in 36 operational sorties during which he has destroyed 17, probably destroyed six, and damaged a further seven enemy aircraft. F/Sgt Kingaby has at all times displayed the greatest determination and sound judgement, combined with a high standard of operational efficiency.'
Kingaby was awarded the D.S.O. on the 9th of March 1943, CdeG (Belgium) in October 1944, the D.F.C. (US) on the 15th of May 1945, and the A.F.C. on the 5th of June 1952. He attained the rank of Group Captain. His total score for the war was 22 ½ enemy aircraft.
|Charles Brian Fabris "Kingpin" Kingcombe was Ex Cranwell. He flew with No 65 Squadron before the Battle of Britain. R.R.S.Tuck requested his transfer to No 92 Squadron as his flight commander and described him as knowledgeable and immensely popular in his book (Fly For Your Life). C.B.S.Kingcombe was officially credited with 11 kills. He was shot down on the 15th of October 1940 in his Spitfire I (X4418) at 11:45hrs. It happened as he was gliding back to Biggin Hill after using up his ammunition. His aeroplane was filled with holes and he baled out safely with a wound to the leg. He was later awarded the D.F.C.|
|P/O R.A.Kings of No 238 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (P3830) over the Isle of Wight on the 26th of September 1940 after combat with a Bf 110 at 16:35hrs. He was injured on the 30th of September 1940 at 14:00hrs. He baled out after his Hurricane I (L1702) collided with the Hurricane I (N2474) of P/O V.C.Simmonds near Shaftsbury.|
|Sgt T.B.Kirk of No 74 Squadron baled out of his Spitfire II (P7370) badly wounded after combat with some Bf 109's over Maidstone, Kent on the 20th of October at 14:55hrs. He died in July 1941.|
|P/O J.C.Kirkpatrick a Belgian of No 235 Squadron was shot down over the Channel and killed along with his crew, P/O R.C.Thomas and Sgt G.E.Keel on the 9th of October 1940 at 17:30hrs. They were flying aerodrome protection duty South of Thorny Island in a Blenhiem IVf (N3530).|
|Sgt D.I.Kirton of No 65 Squadron was killed when he was shot down over Manston in his Spitfire I (K9911) by a Bf 109 from 9 Gruppe of JG 26 at 11:40hrs on the 8th of August 1940.|
|Sgt. Z.Klein from No 152 Squadron was shot down and killed by a Bf 109 off the Dorset Coast on the 29th of November 1940. He was flying on patrol in Spitfire I (P9427).|
|P/O Stefan Klelzkowski from Poland flew with No 302 Squadron in Hurricane's during the Battle.|
|Sgt W Klozinski was a former bomber pilot and instructor with the Polish Air Force. Klozinski joined No 54 Squadron on the 2nd of June 1940. He destroyed a Bf 109 on the 12th of August. On the 15th of August 1940 his Spitfire I (R7015) was shot down after combat over Dover with a Bf 109 at 11:45hrs, it crashed near Hythe. He was severely wounded. He did not return to duty until October 1942 but was never medically fit to fly again, serving as a ground instructor until war's end. He was awarded the K.W. and Bar on 15th of July 1941.|
|P/O W.R.A.Knocker from No 264 Squadron was killed along with P/O F.A.Toombs when the engine of their Defiant I (N1547) cut out on the15th of November 1940. They hit a tree on landing and the aircraft exploded near Rochford.|
|Sgt J.Kopriva a Czech. of No 310 Squadron wrote off a Hurricane I (P8811) on the 3rd of September 1940 at 10:00hrs. He had been shot down by a Bf 110 but escaped injury.|
|F/Lt. Kazimier Kosinski from Poland flew Hurricane's with No 32 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He was credited with 2 kills, 3 shared 2 probable and shared in the damaging of 2 enemy aircraft.|
|Sgt J.Koukal a Czech of No 310 Squadron was wounded on the 7th of September 1940 at 18:10hrs. He was badly burned after combat over the Thames Estuary. His Hurricane I (V7437) crashed at Harty Marshes in Kent.|
|Sgt. Julian Kowalski from Poland flew Hurricane's with No 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He attained the rank of Wing Commander and was credited with 3 plus 1 shared confirmed kills and 4 probable's.|
|P/O F.Kozlowski from Poland from No 501 Squadron was wounded on the 18th of August 1940 in his Hurricane I (P3185) at 13:30hrs. He was one of four Hurricane's from the Squadron shot down over Canterbury by Gerhard Schöpfel of III Gruppe of JG 26 flying a Bf 109.|
|On 10 May P/O M.Kramer of No 600 Squadron flew as gunner in the aircraft piloted by P/O R.C.Haine on an attack on Rotterdam airfield. His aircraft was shot down but he and his pilot, in company with the CO's navigator, Sgt Davis, evaded capture and made it back to England on a Royal Navy destroyer. Kramer was awarded the D.F.C. on the 9th of July 1940. Kramer was K.I.A. on the 21st of May 1941, aged 29.|
|S/L Zdzislaw Krasnodebski from Poland flew with the Polish Air Force in the September of 1939 and saw the Germans bombing Warsaw. He flew to Bucharest where the Romanians impounded his aeroplane then went to Italy via Belgrade. He ended up in France. Then he came to England to continue his fight against the Germans. He was with No 303 (Polish) Squadron flying a Hurricane on the 6th of September 1940 at 09:15hrs he was wounded after combat with a Bf 109 near Bexley. He baled out of his Hurricane I (P3974) badly burned.|
|P/O M.Kredba a Czech of No 310 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (P8814) on the 31st of August 1940 at 13:30hrs. He was shot down by a Bf 109 over the Thames Estuary. He was unhurt.|
|P/O W.Krepski from Poland of No 54 Squadron was killed on the 7th of September 1940 at 14:30hrs. He failed to return from a patrol over the sea near Flamborough Head in his Spitfire I (R6901).|
|F/Sgt J.Kwiecinski from Poland joined No 145 Squadron on the 4th of August 1940. Following a combat on the 12th of August 1940 at 12:30hrs with Bf 110's and Ju 88's South of the Isle of Wight in his Hurricane I (P3391), he was reported M.I.A., aged 23.|