The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G Laurence
George Laurence joined the RAF as an Aircrafthand in 1934. He was later accepted for pilot training and by June 1940 was flying Defiants with 141 Squadron at Turnhouse near Edinburgh. Flying from Biggin Hill and with Sgt. WT Chard as his gunner, he destroyed a Ju88 at night on 17th September 1940, the aircraft falling at St Andrews Close, Maidstone.
In May 1941 Laurence destroyed another enemy aircraft by night and was awarded the DFM on 30th May. In December he was commissioned and continued to serve with 141 till December 1942.
On 9th November 1944, by then a Flight Lieutenant, he was killed serving with 219 Squadron. Beaufighter ND160 took off for a test flight but the port wingtip struck a vehicle on the takeoff run and the aircraft somersaulted and crashed. WO WT Chard was seriously injured. Chard, also a Battle veteran, died in the UK in 1947 perhaps as a result of these injuries.
Laurence is buried in Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia.
Above cemetery images courtesy of The War Graves Photographic Project