The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. D H Ayers
David Hart Ayers was born in November 1914 on the Isle of Wight, his family later moving to Herne Bay in Kent. He was educated at Kent College, Canterbury from 1926 to 1931. Employed in a bank, he joined the RAFVR in July 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot and was called up on 1st September 1939.
Ayers joined 600 Squadron, operating Blenheims, from 12 Group Pool on 16th September 1939. In August 1940 he was posted to 74 Squadron at Wittering, it seems that he managed the conversion to flying Spitfires on the squadron. On 11th September he flew R6606 on that day’s `Big Wing` operation from Duxford.
On 23rd September, whilst engaging a Do17 in Spitfire P7362, Ayers baled out into the sea south-east of Southwold, possibly hit by return fire. His body was recovered on 4th October and he was buried in Ipswich Cemetery, Suffolk. He was 26 years old.