The Airmen's Stories - P/O H R Gunn
Harold Raymond Gunn, of Oxhey, Hertfordshire was born in Devonport on 7th May 1913 and went to Watford Grammar School. He joined the RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice on 27th August 1929 and passed out on 19th August 1932 as a Fitter, Aero Engines.
He later applied for pilot training and was selected.
(Above: Gunn is the pilot closest to the Hurricane wingtip, Northolt 1938)
At the outbreak of war Gunn was a Sergeant-Pilot with 111 Squadron at Northolt.
Gunn was presented to the King when HM visited the squadron at Drem in February 1940. In early April Gunn was commissioned from Sergeant and on the 18th he was posted to 74 Squadron at Hornchurch.
He claimed a Me109 destroyed on 28th July.
He was shot down into the Channel off Folkestone on the 31st in Spitfire P9379, possibly by Oberleutnant Fozo of 4/JG51.
Gunn was 27. His body was recovered by the Germans and he is buried in Ostende New Communal Cemetery, Belgium.