The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. F W Flood
Frederick William Flood was born in Roma, Queensland, Australia on 18th March 1915. He carried out his flying training with the RAAF at Point Cook in 1935 and sailed for England in January 1936 to take up a short service commission.
On 6th March 1936 Flood was posted to 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill. He moved to 8 Squadron at Khormaksar, Aden on 24th October 1936. Flood was appointed PA to the AOC British Forces in Aden on 4th April 1938, returning to his squadron on 18th October.
When 235 Squadron was formed at Manston in October 1939, Flood joined it as a Flight Commander. Over Dunkirk on 1st June 1940 he damaged a He111 and on an escort operation to Le Havre on 21st August he shot a Hs126 down into the sea.
Three days later his Blenheim was damaged in an attack by Hurricanes of No 1 (RCAF) Squadron over Thorney Island. Flood escaped with minor damage to his aircraft but another Blenheim was shot down and its crew killed. It was the Canadians first operational sortie.
On 11th September 1940 Flood led six Blenheims of 235 on an escort operation for FAA Albacores attacking Calais. They were attacked by Me109's and Flood's aircraft, Z5725, was shot down. Flood and his crew, P/O NB Shorrocks and Sgt. BR Sharp, were all reported 'Missing'.
Flood is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 4.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner