The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. N H D Ramsay
Norman Hugh Donald Ramsay was born on 29th July 1919 at Eastcote, Middlesex and joined the RAFVR about March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. At that time he was an apprentice at Vickers Supermarine at Southampton.
Ramsay began his elementary flying training at 3 E&RFTS Hamble and had soloed on the Avro Cadet before he was called to full-time service at the outbreak of war.
After a course at 3 ITW Hastings, Ramsay was posted to 10 FTS Tern Hill on 5th November 1939, completed his training and joined 92 Squadron at Croydon on 12th May 1940.
He moved to 610 Squadron at Gravesend in June and on 14th August claimed a Me110 destroyed.
On 5th September Ramsay joined 222 Squadron at Hornchurch. He was attacked by a Do17 over Coltishall on 10th February 1941 whilst on a night training flight. He took violent evasive action, escaped undamaged and the enemy aircraft was driven off by Sgt. RG Marland of 222 and Sgt. LD Barnes of 257.
Commissioned in March 1941, Ramsay was posted away to 61 OTU Rednal on 22nd October as an instructor. He went to West Kirby for overseas preparation on 17th December 1942 and on 11th January 1943 joined 1435 Squadron at Luqa, Malta. Ramsay was posted back to the UK on 29th July 1943 and awarded the DFC (gazetted 28th September 1943).
He held a series of staff appointments until 20th August 1946 when he was posted to 61 OTU for a refresher course before joining No. 1 Squadron at Tangmere on 11th September.
Ramsay stayed in the RAF postwar and retired from the RAF on 29th July 1962 as a Flight Lieutenant. He later went to live in New Zealand.