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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. L Pidd


Leslie Pidd, of Dunswell, near Hull, Yorkshire was born in Withernsea on 12th August 1918, the youngest of five children. He won a scholarship to the Spencer School in Beverley, on leaving he joined the RAFVR about December 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. The 1939 Census gave his trade as 'motor mechanic'.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 8 FTS Montrose.

His RAF record shows him going to 17 Squadron on 19th May however this cannot be correct as 17 Squadron were then in the process of withdrawing from France and Pidd had yet to fly anything other than training aircraft.

It is known that he arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 26th May 1940 to convert to Hurricanes. As the course was normally four weeks and he did not join 238 Squadron at Middle Wallop until 18th July this leaves a window of 22nd June to 17th July which he likely spent with 17 Squadron at Debden, though the details are currently unknown.



Pidd claimed a Me109 destroyed on 11th August two miles east of Weymouth. He returned to base after this combat with slight injuries and with his starboard wing and glycol system damaged.

On 15th September Pidd was shot down and killed in combat with He111s and Me110s over Kenley. His Hurricane, P2836, crashed into an oak tree at Kent College, Pembury.

Pidd is buried in St Peter's churchyard, Woodmansey, Yorkshire.

His older brother Stanley (below) also served in the RAF as a driver.










Below: Pidd is commemorated on his school war memorial, as is Sgt. JW Ramshaw, killed on 4th September serving with 222 Squadron.



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