The Airmen's Stories - P/O J A G Chomley
John Allison George Chomley was born on 6th June 1920 in Southern Rhodesia.
His father was Major GGF Chomley, who had served with the (Australian) Victorian Contingent in the Second Boer War.
John Chomley entered the RAF College Cranwell on 27th April 1939 as a flight cadet, with a Dominion nomination from Southern Rhodesia. College records show that his Guardian in England at the time was Captain the Hon MJ Pelham of Hinton,Woodford Halse, near Rugby.
The records also indicate that Chomley’s father was a farmer at that time.
As he had not completed his course at the outbreak of war he was enlisted in the RAFVR on 7th September 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.
He was disciplined for low flying and therefore did not graduate with a commission. Instead, on 22nd May 1940, he was transferred to 12 SFTS Grantham to complete his flying training, with the recommendation that he pass out as a Sergeant-Pilot.
He was commissioned in the RAFVR on 8th June 1940. Chomley arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 8th June and, after converting to Hurricanes, he joined 257 Squadron at Northolt on 7th July. He crashed on landing at Hendon on the 23rd, in Hurricane P3641, but was unhurt.
Chomley was reported Missing after a combat with enemy aircraft off Portsmouth on 12th August 1940. His Hurricane, P3662, is believed to have crashed into the sea.
He was 20 and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 7.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner