The Airmen's Stories - P/O M S H C Buchin
Maurice Simon Henri Charles Buchin was born in Brussels on 2nd July 1906. He was serving as an instructor in the Belgian Air Force at the time of the German attack. He escaped to France in May 1940 and was employed there ferrying aircraft. In mid-June he sailed from Bayonne in a cargo ship for Britain, arriving on the 23rd.
He was commissioned in the RAFVR, converted to Hurricanes and joined 213 Squadron at Exeter on July 23rd. He shot down a Ju88 on August 11th but four days later he was killed whilst flying in Hurricane I V7227 which failed to return from a patrol over Portland.
He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial and has a memorial grave at the Pelouse d'Honneur Cemetery of Brussels at Evere.
Buchin was 34 years old.
Photos and additional research courtesy of Andre Bar at www.bamfbamrs.be/RAF/index.htm