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The Airmen's Stories - P/O F H Schumer


Francis Herbert Schumer was born in early 1919 in Hendon and educated firstly at Giggleswick School, where he was in Nowell House from May 1933 until July 1938.


Above: this is Nowell House in 1936, unfortunately uncaptioned.

Below: the school war memorial.




He went on to Worcester College, Oxford, where he read Literature and Humanities. He was a member of the University Air Squadron and joined the RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September, Schumer completed his training at 4 EFTS and 10 FTS, was commissioned and arrived at 5 OTU, Aston Down on 7th September 1940. He crashed on the aerodrome on the 12th, in Blenheim K7160, unhurt.

After finishing his conversion to Blenheims Schumer joined 600 Squadron at Redhill on the 24th. He was killed on 12th July 1941 when Beaufighter IIF R2317 spun into the ground at Goonhilly Downs in Cornwall whilst attempting aerobatics.

Also killed was Sgt. AR Smither.




Schumer was 22 and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, Hendon.



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