The Airmen's Stories - F/O A L Edy
Allen Laird Edy from Winnepeg, Canada joined the RAF on a short service commission in November 1938. After completing his training at 5 FTS Sealand he joined 613 Squadron, operating Lysanders at Odiham, in September 1939.
When the call came in August 1940 for more pilots for Fighter Command Edy volunteered and went to 7 OTU Hawarden to convert to Spitfires. He afterwards joined 602 Squadron at Westhampnett on 8th September 1940.
He claimed a Do17 destroyed on the 15th. Edy was awarded the DFC (gazetted 5th November 1940) for his services with 613 Squadron with the AASF in France.
Edy was shot down by Me109's near Folkestone on 12th December 1940 and crash-landed at Shorncliffe, unhurt, in Spitfire X4658.
He was posted to 315 (Polish) Squadron when it was formed at Acklington on 21st January 1941. He moved to 457 (RAAF) Squadron when it was formed at Baginton on 16th June 1941.
Edy was killed on 5th December 1941 when his Spitfire IIA P7502 caught fire over Ramsey, Isle of Man. He baled out but was too low and his parachute failed to open.
He is buried in St Andrew's churchyard, Andreas, Isle of Man. Edy was 25 years old.