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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R P Freeman


Richard Powell Freeman was born on 21st August 1912 in West Ham, Essex. In 1939 he was living at the family home in West Ham. His occupation is shown as 'concrete traveller hanger'. Freeman joined 500 Squadron AAF before the war as an Aircrafthand.

He was called up on 24th August 1939, remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner and with that training completed went to 5 OTU Aston Down for Blenheim training.

He joined 29 Squadron at Digby from 5 OTU on 7th August 1940. He flew his first operational sortie with the squadron on 13th August. He flew four sorties during the Battle of Britain period.

Freeman carried out radar training and by November 1940 he was classed as a radar operator and was still serving with 29 Squadron on 8th December 1940.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented but it is believed that he survived the war.


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