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The Airmen's Stories - P/O H P Hill


Howard Perry Hill was born on 17th April 1920 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He attended Marlborough College from 1932 to 1936 and then applied for an RAF short service commission in 1938. After being provisionally accepted he sailed for the UK on 16th December in RMS 'Rangitata'.

On 24th January 1939 Hill went to 13 E&RFTS, White Waltham to begin his elementary flying training. He moved to 13 FTS, Drem on 17th April. On completion of the course Hill was posted to 8 Observers School, Evanton on 9th October as a staff pilot.

Two weeks later he joined the newly-reformed 92 Squadron at Tangmere, then equipped with Blenheims but re-equipped with Spitfires in March 1940. On 26th July Hill shared in the destruction of a Ju88, on 15th September he destroyed two Do17’s and damaged a third, on the 18th a Ju88 and on the 19th a probable Me109.

North of Dungeness on 20th September 1940 the squadron was attacked from above and behind by Me109’s of JG51. Hill was in the rear section and one of the first to be attacked. He was shot down in flames by Major Molders and and killed when his aircraft crashed into high tree tops at West Hougham, Kent.

His Spitfire, X4417, remained undiscovered for a month. Hill is buried in Folkestone Cemetery and his name appears on the reredos in St George's Chapel of Remembrance at Biggin Hill.



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