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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. H H Allgood

 

Harold Henry Allgood was born in Cambridge in 1915 and educated at the Central School there. He left in July 1931 and joined the RAF at Halton as an apprentice metal rigger in September.

Allgood later volunteered for pilot training and was accepted on September 13th 1938 but did not begin training until 1939. He was at 11 FTS, Shawbury from September 25th until April 6th 1940. After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 85 Squadron at Lille-Seclin in France on May 14th. Two days later, on the 16th, he was detailed to fly Hurricane L1898 (which appears to have been unserviceable and due for repair) to Merville when he was shot down shortly after take-off (possibly by Oberleutnant Bolz of 5/JG52) coming to rest north-west of Lille. Allgood was wounded and this must explain why, when 85 was withdrawn to Debden on the 21st, Allgood was not with them.

He was officially reported back on June 22nd and rejoined 85 at Martlesham Heath in early July. On August 11th 1940 Allgood claimed a Me109 but the same day returned to base with his mainplane damaged by a Me110, engaged over a convoy off the east coast.


He escaped unhurt from Hurricane P2827 when he crashed making a dusk landing at Church Fenton on September 9th. Allgood was posted to 253 Squadron at Kenley on September 28th.

He was killed on October 10th when his aircraft, Hurricane L1928, crashed into houses at Albion Place, Maidstone. The cause of the crash was never established.

He is buried in St Mark's Burial Ground, Grantchester, Cambridge.




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