The Airmen's Stories - F/O J C E Robinson
James Clifton Edmeston Robinson of Colwyn Bay, Wales was born on 31st August 1917 and educated at Oundle School and Christ's College, Cambridge where he read Engineering. He was a member of the University Air Squadron and was called to full-time service and commissioned on 8th November 1939.
Robinson completed his flying training at FTS Cranwell and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 7th September 1940. After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to No. 1 Squadron at Wittering on the 28th.
He claimed a Do17 destroyed on 29th October. He damaged a Me109 over Maidstone on 21st April 1941 and on 11th May he intercepted a He111 over Redhill, silenced the gunner and claimed the enemy bomber as probably destroyed.
On 21st May 1941 Robinson was part of a Circus in Hurricane IIa X2764. He was attacked by Me109s of JG51 over the Channel and never seen again.
He was 23 and is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 30.
Robinson's portrait was drawn by Cuthbert Orde.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner