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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. D Fulford


David Fulford from Dinnington, Yorkshire was educated at King Edward VII School in Sheffield. He entered RAF College Cranwell as a Flight Cadet in September 1939. The scheme was suspended and Fulford became an Airman u/t Pilot in October. He carried out his flying training at FTS Cranwell, passing out as a Sergeant-Pilot.

In August 1940 he joined 64 Squadron at Kenley and moved to 19 Squadron at Fowlmere on 25th September. Fulford shared in the destruction of a Me110 on 15th November and shared a Me109 on the 28th.


Commissioned in March 1941, he was posted to 118 Squadron at Ibsley. On 17th July Fulford got a probable Me109 and he destroyed Me109's on 6th August and 13th October. He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 4th November 1941).

When 118 Squadron did the flying for the film 'First of the Few' Fulford appeared as himself with other Battle of Britain pilots in a short sequence.

In early 1942 he was posted to 261 Squadron in Ceylon as a Flight Commander. He was in action against the Japanese on 9th April 1942 when they launched their big carrier-borne air attack on Colombo. Fulford shot down two Zeros in the ensuing action.

Posted back to the UK in June 1942, he joined 611 Squadron at Redhill as a Flying Officer.

He was killed on 2nd November 1942 when his Spitfire IX BR622 was shot down by Fw190s over Le Touquet.

Fulford is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 67.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner




His brother Sgt. JM Fulford was killed on 8th May 1941 when Wellington 1c R1374 JN-G of 150 Squadron was shot down near Nantes after a sortie to St. Nazaire. The whole crew were lost and are commemorated on a plaque near the crash site. They are buried in Nantes (Pont-du-Cens) Cemetery.


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