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The Airmen's Stories - F/O G W Cory


Guy Webster Cory was born on 2nd September 1916 at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. He joined the RAF on a short service commission on 7th May 1938 and commenced flying training at 11 FTS Shawbury on No. 9 Course, which ran from 23rd May to 17th December 1938.

With his training completed he joined 41 Squadron at Catterick shortly afterwards.

Cory married Mary Isabel Stewart on 29th June 1940 at St. Bartholomews, Notgrove, Glos.

He was still serving with 41 Squadron at the start of the Battle of Britain.




On 7th September 1940 Cory damaged a Me109 and a Do17, on the 23rd he probably destroyed a Me109 and on 25th October he damaged two Me109s.

In early 1941 Cory was posted to CFS Upavon for an instructors course, after which he joined the staff at 6 FTS Little Rissington, instructing there from 3rd March 1941 to 18th April 1942.

He then went on in the same role at 2 FIS Montrose until 12th January 1944.

He was awarded the AFC (gazetted 1st January 1944).

After the war he went to Oxford, reading English and also commanding the University Air Squadron there.

In January 1952 Gory was Admin Officer at Kai Tak, Hong Kong.

He retired from the RAF on 24th July 1954 as a Wing Commander.

Cory died on 20th June 1981.

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