The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. N M Hall
Noel Mudie Hall was born in Alverstoke, Hampshire on 25th December 1915, the youngest son of Admiral SS Hall of Hamble, Hampshire and was educated at Hilton College, South Africa.
He entered RAF College, Cranwell in September 1933 as a Flight Cadet and represented
the College at Cricket, Athletics and Hockey.
Above image and letter courtesy of Siân Stratton-Brown.
After graduation in July 1935, with a Permanent Commission, Hall was posted to 3 Squadron at Kenley. On 2nd November 1936 Hall went to the Station Flight at Mildenhall and began meteorological duties.
For his work there, he was awarded the AFC (gazetted 2nd January 1939). On 14th January 1939 Hall was temporarily attached to 19 Squadron at Duxford before going on the 21st to the Wireless Flight at RAE Farnborough.
He was posted to 257 Squadron at Hendon at its reformation on 4th June as a Flight Commander. On 22nd July he was recalled to RAE but managed to return to 257 on the 27th.
Hall was shot down and killed on 8th August 1940 in combat with Me109s off St Catherine's Point, in Hurricane P2981.
Above: the letter to Hall's father from S/Ldr. H Harkness.
His body was recovered by the Germans but buried as an unknown airman. However in 1948 his father identified his initialled cigarette case, a gold cufflink and watch as his and a correct headstone was installed.
He is buried in Criel Communal Cemetery, France.
Hall was 24.