The Airmen's Stories - F/O C H Bacon
Charles Harvey Bacon was born on 15th January 1919 and was awarded a scholarship to Magdalen College.
He joined the Oxford University Air Squadron and transferred to the RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He was called up on 1st September 1939.
Commissioned in October 1939, Bacon was posted to 610 Squadron at
Acklington on 16th September 1940.
On the 30th September 1940 two Spitfires engaged in a practice dog fight collided over Alnmouth. The two Spitfires were L1037 piloted by Sgt. HR Clarke and K9818 piloted by Bacon. They were at 14,000 feet at the point of collision, a wing being chopped off Bacon's plane.
Bacon failed to bail out and was killed when the aircraft crashed into Alnmouth beach.
Clarke managed to get out of his, but it is believed he struck the tail on the way and was knocked unconscious. He did regain consciousness and found himself descending upside down with his parachute only attached by a single strap caught around his ankle. He fainted again but did manage to make it to the ground alive.
Bacon is buried in the churchyard of St.Mary's, Windermere.
There is also a Roll of Honour inside St. Mary's