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The Airmen's Stories - P/O G L Roscoe


Geoffrey Lawrence Roscoe, of Stoke-on-Trent, was born in September 1916 and commissioned in the 5th Battalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment (TA) in April 1935. He transferred to the 41st (North Staffordshire Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Corps of Royal Engineers in December 1936.




Roscoe was seconded to the RAF and granted a temporary commission in March 1940. After completing his training he joined 79 Squadron at Pembrey on 17th September 1940. He moved to 87 Squadron at Church Fenton on 8th October.

Starting in December 1940 the squadron maintained a detachment at St. Mary's in the Scilly Isles. On 21st July 1941 Roscoe shared in the destruction of a He111 which went down into the sea off the islands.

Roscoe was killed on 24th February 1942 as a Flight Lieutenant with 87 Squadron, aged 25. His Hurricane IIC Z3776 flew into the ground, cause unknown, near Northleach in Gloucestershire.

He was cremated at Stoke-on-Trent Crematorium, Staffordshire.






Below: the crash site is marked by a commemorative plaque.


Above image courtesy of Rick Chase.


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