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The Airmen's Stories - P/O J R Hamar

 

Jack Royston Hamar was born in Knighton, Radnorshire on 21st December 1914 and educated at the primary school there and at John Beddoes Grammar School, Presteigne. He worked in the family grocery business in Knighton.

On 16th May 1938 Hamar was accepted as an RAFO pupil pilot and began his elementary flying training at 10 E&RFTS Yatesbury.

 

 

 

Having passed his initial training course, he went to No. 1 RAF Depot Uxbridge on 9th July where he was commissioned in Class 'A' of the RAFO and put through a short induction course.

Hamar completed his flying training at CFS Yatesbury and joined 151 Squadron at North Weald on 3rd March 1939. He relinquished his RAFO commission in May 1939 on being granted a short service commission in the RAF.

Hamar crashed in a Magister at Debden on 11th February 1940 but was unhurt.

On 17th May 151 landed at Abbeville in France to help the hard-pressed squadrons and on this day Hamar probably destroyed a Ju87. 151 was withdrawn on the 22nd and, flying from Manston, escorted three Ensign transports to Merville.

On the way back 151 attacked Ju87's dive-bombing St. Omer. Hamar destroyed one and probably a second.

On 25th and 29th May he destroyed Ju88's over Dunkirk. Hamar damaged a Me110 on 9th July and destroyed a Me109 on the 14th.

He was killed on 24th July when he stalled when attempting an upward roll prior to landing in Hurricane P3316. He crashed inverted from 500 feet onto North Weald aerodrome.

Hamar is buried in Knighton Cemetery.

He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 30th July 1940), which was presented to his mother by the King at Buckingham Palace on 17th September 1940.

 

 

 


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