The Airmen's Stories - F/O G ASHFIELD
Glyn Ashfield, from Oxted, Surrey, joined the RAF in September 1928 as an Aircraft Apprentice. He passed out in August 1931 and later applied for pilot training. He was granted a Permanent Commission in September 1939 and was posted to the Fighter Interception Unit at Tangmere in April 1940.
In the early hours of July 23rd Ashfield was captain of an AI-equipped Blenheim, which shot a Do17 of 2/KG 3 down into the sea off the Sussex coast. The other members of the Blenheim crew were Sergeant RH Leyland, Radar Operator, and Pilot Officer GE Morris, Observer.
It was the FIU's first successful interception leading to the destruction of an enemy aircraft at night.
Ashfield escaped unhurt when he made a forced-landing in Beaufighter R2059 at Tangmere on September 9th 1940 after his cockpit roof flew off during a night patrol and he collided with an unlit truck on landing. For his work at FIU Ashfield was awarded the AFC (gazetted 17th March 1941).
In early 1942 he was senior Flight Commander in 157 Squadron at Castle Camps. He probably destroyed a Do 217 south of Dover on May 30th. Ashfield was awarded the DFC (gazetted 4th December 1942).
He was killed on December 12th 1942, aged 30, when his Mosquito II W4099 hit a tree during a low-flying exercise and came down at Radwinter, Essex.
He is buried in St Peter's churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey.
With thanks to the family of Sgt. EF le Conte, Ashfield's FIU colleague, who supplied the photograph of Ashfield. It was annotated with his nickname 'Jumbo'.