00 – 501 Squadron Roll of Honour

RAF GRAVESEND’S BATTLE OF BRITAIN ROLL OF HONOUR (501SQ)

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Pilots who lost their lives whilst flying from RAF Gravesend, during the Battle of Britain (10 July 1940 to 31 October 1940):

 

 

F/O Phillip Anthony Neville Cox MIA 27/7/1940In May 1940 Cox was at 6 OTU, leaving there for Hendon on 6th June for onward posting to France where he joined 501 Squadron as a Flight Commander. The squadron was withdrawn on the 18th from Dinard and operated on the 19th from Jersey, covering the BEF evacuation from Cherbourg. It re-assembled at Croydon on the 21st.Cox claimed a Me109 destroyed and shared in the destruction of another on 20th July.In combat over Dover Harbour on the 27th Cox was shot down in Hurricane P3808 by either Leutnant Marx of Erprobungsgruppe 210, or Feldwebel Fernsebner  Fernsebner of III/JG52 and reported ‘Missing’. At the time Cox was thought to have been a victim of the Dover anti-aircraft guns

F/O Kazimeriz Łukazewicz MIA 12/8/1940F/O Łukazewicz (a Pole) was shot down by enemy fighters over the English Channel, off Ramsgate. His body was never foun

 

 

 

P/O John Wellburn Bland KIA 18/8/1940P/O Bland was shot down and killed on 18th August 1940 at 13:35 in Hurricane P3208. His was one of four Hurricanes from the Squadron shot down over Canterbury by Gerhard Schöpfel, an Ace Luftwaffe fighter pilot, flying a Messerschmitt Bf 109.

 

 

F/L George Edward Bowes Stoney KIA 18/8/1940Stoney joined 501 Squadron at Croydon from 6 OTU on 28th July 1940 as a Flight Commander. He claimed a Ju87 destroyed on the 29th and another on 11th August. He was killed on the 18th, shot down by Hptmn. Fozo of II/JG51. His Hurricane, P2549, crashed near Stile Farm, Chilham.

 

 

P/O Pawel Zenker MIA 24/8/1940Pawel Zenker was born in Poland on 25th December 1914. When the German invasion began in September 1939, he was serving with the 142nd Fighter Flight and after the fighting in Poland ended he escaped through Romania to France but did not serve with the Polish squadrons in the French Air Force but carried on to England, arriving in late 1939.After converting to Hurricanes at 5 OTU Aston Down he was posted on 7th August 1940 to 501 Squadron at Gravesend.P/O Zenker was reported missing after combat with Do17’s and Me109’s four miles north-west of Dover on 24th August. When the German formation broke up Zenker was last seen pursuing an enemy aircraft out to sea in Hurricane P 3141.

He is commemorated on the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt. Zenker was awarded the KW and Bar (gazetted 1st February 1941) and a second Bar.

P/O Arthur Thomas Rose-Price MIA 2/9/1940Aged only twenty-one, P/O Rose-Price joined 501 Squadron on the morning of 2nd September 1940. He was shot down in the afternoon of the same day, while on patrol over Dungeness at 16:30. He was flying Hurricane L1578.

P/O Rose-Price was the brother of British film and stage actor, Dennis Price.

 

P/O Hugh Charles Adams KIA 6/9/1940Adams destroyed a Me109 on 2nd September and was then himself shot down and killed  in combat south of Ashford in Hurricane V7234. His aircraft crashed at Clavertye, near Elham. Adams was 22 and is buried in St Peter’s churchyard, Tandridge, Surrey. His commission was gazetted on the day he was killed and in the casualty list he was down as ‘Killed in Action’ as a Sergeant.

 

Sgt Oliver Vincent Houghton KIA 6/9/1940Sergeant Houghton was posted to 501 Squadron on 27th August 1940. He was only nineteen years old. He was shot down in Hurricane V6646 during combat and crashed into Long Beech Wood, Charing, on 6th September 1940 at 09:00.

 

 

Sgt Geoffrey Wilberforce Pearson KIA 6/9/1940On 6th September Sgt Pearson failed to return from combat over Ashford. His Hurricane, P3516, crashed at Cowleas Farm, Kempton Manor near Hothfield. Pearson, aged 21, was killed.For reasons unknown he was buried as an Unknown Airman at St. Stephens churchyard, Lympne. In 1982 his brother-in-law Richard Griffiths initiated lengthy enquiries that proved that the unknown airman was Pearson and a named headstone was installed.