The Airmen's Stories - P/O W Beaumont
Walter Beaumont was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire on 21st March 1914. He studied for his BSc at the University of London and joined the Air Squadron there, from January 1937 he was also a member of the RAFVR.
His number 740000 would seem to indicate that Beaumont was the very first man to join the RAFVR. He was then living at Coulsdon, Surrey. With a degree in science and an interest in physical education he took a PE teacher training course at Leeds Carnegie College.
He was then appointed to a teaching post at Enfield Grammar school and was married with a child, Michael, when he was called up on 1st September 1939. He completed his training and joined 152 Squadron early in 1940.
Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 152 Squadron early in 1940.
On 12th August Beaumont shared a Me109 and damaged two Ju88’s, on the 16th he claimed two Me109’s destroyed, on the 18th two Ju87’s and a shared Me109, on the 22nd a Ju88, on the 25th another Me109 and on the 27th he shared in the destruction of a He111.
On this day Beaumont was hit by return fire from a Ju88 and baled out safely. His Spitfire, R6831, crashed into the sea eight miles off Portland.
Beaumont failed to return from an operational sortie on 23rd September 1940. His Spitfire, R7016, is believed to have crashed into the Channel, cause unknown.
He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 7.
Beaumont was 26 years old and was awarded the DFC (gazetted 22nd October 1940).
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner