The Airmen's Stories - F/O G G Hyde
George Gordon Hyde was born on 11th February 1914 in Montreal, Canada. He joined the RCAF on 1st September 1938 and was with No.1 (RCAF) Squadron when it arrived in the UK on 20th June 1940.
Hyde was shot down in combat with Me109's on 31st August and baled out with burns. His Hurricane, P2971, crashed near Staplehurst.
He was killed in a flying accident on 17th May 1941 as a Flight Lieutenant with 402 (RCAF) Squadron at Digby. His Hurricane came down while performing aerobatics over Metheringham as part of the village's War Weapons Week celebration.
(Above: his portrait was made by Eric Kennington)
Hyde is buried in Scopwick Burial Ground, Lincolnshire.