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The Airmen's Stories - F/O W H Coverley


William Hugh Coverley was born at Lowdham, near Nottingham on 5th April 1917.

His father, Private TC Coverley, died in France on 2nd December 1917, serving in the 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial.



Coverley began his training in the RAFO on 12th October 1936. He was commissioned in December 1936 and was called to full-time service at the outbreak of war. He joined 3 Air Observer School at Aldergrove from the Reserve on 3rd September 1939. He was posted away on 27th November to 602 Squadron at Drem.

On 13th January 1940 Coverley damaged a He111 over the Firth of Forth. On 7th July he shared in destroying a Ju88. He was shot down by enemy fighters over Dorchester on 25th August and baled out, unhurt. His Spitfire, P9381, crashed and burned out on Galton Heath.

On the 31st he probably destroyed a Me109.

Coverley was shot down over the Biggin Hill area on 7th September. He baled out, badly burned but his descent was not seen and his body was not found until 16th September.

(However see subsequent newspaper reports below).

His Spitfire, N3198, crashed in flames at Fosters Farm, Hayesden Lane, near Tonbridge.

Coverley was 23.

He is buried in Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough.










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