The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W H Machin
William Howard Machin was born in 1920 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire and joined the RAF in September 1939 as an Airman u/t Air Gunner.
After completing his training he joined 264 Squadron at Hornchurch on 22nd August 1940.
He was flying as gunner with P/O RS Gaskell in Defiant L6965 on the 24th when they were shot down by Me109's of JG51 over Hornchurch.
Machin died of his wounds and Gaskell was slightly injured.
Machin was 20 and is buried in Handsworth Cemetery.