The Airmen's Stories - F/O J W Seddon
John Wilfred Seddon of Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1918 while his father was there on business.
He was educated at Bryanston School and Jesus 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 3rd October 1939. Seddon completed his training at FTS Cranwell and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 9th September 1940.
After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 601 Squadron at Exeter on 28th September.
Above: at Exeter
L to R: Unknown, unknown (non-flying officer), unknown, Seddon (seated), F/O HT Gilbert, P/O HC Mayers
Although Seddon appears on the strength of 601 up until his death there is a written report recording that on 28th November 1940 he was on a patrol in Hurricane I P3349 of 238 Squadron when the engine failed. He force-landed at Picket Piece, 3 miles NE of Andover, Hampshire. Seddon was slightly injured in the
incident. However another report records P3349 as being destroyed in a crash-landing at Gravesend on 31st July 1940.
Seddon was killed on 31st March 1941, still with 601.
Seddon and P/O TC Smith had been detailed to deliver two war-weary Hurricanes to Crosby-on-Eden and return with newer Mk.II aircraft.
As they crossed the Lake District they were caught in a snowstorm and both aircraft crashed on high ground, killing both pilots.
Seddon, in V7539, struck Scar Crags along from the summit of Causey Pike.
He was 23 and is buried in Painswick Cemetery, Gloucestershire.
Additional research and photographs courtesy of Julian Seddon (nephew).