The Airmen's Stories - P/O J H Rothwell
John Hedley Rothwell, from Brighton, was born in 1921 and educated at Tonbridge School. He entered RAF College, Cranwell in April 1939, as a Flight Cadet.
After the outbreak of war, the course was shortened and Rothwell passed out in March 1940 with a Permanent Commission.
He had a short posting with 98 Squadron in France before returning to
England and joining 12 Squadron at Finningley on 12th June 1940.
He must have volunteered for Fighter Command as on 28th August he joined 601 Squadron at Debden but was sent on to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 3rd September. After converting to Hurricanes Rothwell was posted to 32 Squadron at Acklington on the 21st.
He moved to 605 Squadron at Croydon on 12th October. He claimed a probable Me109 on 1st November.
Rothwell was killed on 22nd February 1941 when his Hurricane II Z2347 crashed at Upper Bush
Lane, Cuxton, Kent, possibly due to oxygen failure.
He is buried in Poynings Cemetery, Sussex.