The Airmen's Stories - F/O G E T Scrase
George Edward Thomas Scrase was born in April 1911 in Croydon and educated at Winchester College and St John's College, Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences. He was a member of the University Air Squadron and was commissioned in the RAFO in March 1931. He resigned this commission on March 16th 1934.
In late 1938 Scrase joined 600 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force and was commissioned in February 1939. Called to full-time service on 1st September, he arrived at 11 Group Pool on the 5th for further training.
Above image courtesy of the collection of P/O AJ Glegg, 600 Squadron.
Scrase converted to Blenheims and joined 219 Squadron at Catterick on 6th October. He returned to 11 Group Pool on 27th October and rejoined 600 Squadron at Manston on the 28th.
Scrase served with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain.
He was killed on 28th September 1941 as a Flight Commander (Acting Squadron Leader) with 600 Squadron. Whilst testing the stalling speed of a Beaufighter Mk V, he went into a spin and crashed near Acton Turville. His Radio Observer, Sgt. Ladymore, baled out safely.
Scrase was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, Hendon.