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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. J V Renvoize


James Verdun Renvoize was born on 15th March 1916 in North London. He went to school in Palmers Green and his first job was in an office in the City of London.

He applied to join the RAFVR in 1938 but was advised to take a six month course in mathematics and aircraft engineering at Chelsea Aeronautical College first. After completing the course he was enrolled on 4th May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.



Renvoize commenced flying training at 13 E&RFTS White Waltham. Called up on 1st September 1939, he went to No. 1 ITW Cambridge in October 1939, moved to 10 EFTS Yatesbury on 5th December and then to 3 FTS South Cerney on 28th April 1940.

With his training completed, Renvoize was posted to 5 OTU Aston Down on 4th August where he converted to short-nose Blenheims. He joined the newly-reformed 247 Squadron at Roborough on 14th August to fly Gladiators in defence of the Devonport Naval Dockyard. The squadron began to receive Hurricanes in December 1940 and later began intruder raids over France.

Commissioned in October 1941, Renvoize was posted to 276 (ASR) Squadron at Warmwell on 10th February 1942 as 'A' Flight Commander. He was still with the squadron when it went to France in September 1944.

He was posted away to 2 FIS Montrose on 7th February 1945 for an instructors course.

From 28th May Renvoize was at 7(P)AFU Peterborough, as assistant to the Wing Commander Flying. He was released from the RAF in January 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Postwar he ran a photography and fishing tackle business in Newquay, Cornwall.

Renvoize died on 6th August 2004 in Truro.


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