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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R F Sellers


Raymond Frederick Sellers was born in London on 9th October 1919 and joined the RAFVR in August 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

He was called up at the outbreak of war, went to 3 ITW Hastings on 18th September, to 6 EFTS Sywell on 26th November and then to 8 FTS Montrose on 9th April 1940.



Sellers completed his training on 25th July and was posted to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge. After converting to Hurricanes he joined 111 Squadron at Croydon on 17th August. Following a combat with enemy aircraft over Essex on the 26th, Sellers crashed near Brightwell Church, Martlesham Heath in Hurricane R4096. He was admitted to hospital with slight injuries and shock.

On 15th September 1940 Sellers joined 46 Squadron at Stapleford and claimed a share in the destruction of a Me110 on the 27th.

On 15th December 1940 he married Marjorie Edith Tolhurst in Walton, Surrey.

He was posted away to 2 CFS Cranwell on 13th January 1941 for an instructors course, after which he went to 5 EFTS Meir on 23rd March.

Sellers was instructing for the rest of the war. He was posted to Church Lawford and served with three different units there; with 2 CFS from 12th September 1941 to 28th June 1942, with No. 1 FIS from 5th July to 26th October 1942 and with 18(P) AFU from 27th October to 6th December 1942. Sellers then went to 3 FIS, serving with it from 7th December 1942 until 15th July 1944.

Initially at Castle Camps, the unit moved to Lulsgate Bottom on 1st October 1943.

He was commissioned in October 1942 and awarded the AFC (gazetted 8th June 1944).

The final posting for Sellers was to 7 FIS Upavon. He was there from 15th July 1944 to 9th December 1945. He was released from the RAF on the 10th December as a Flight Lieutenant.

Sellers served in the RAFVR at Fair Oaks from 1946 to 1951.

Postwar he settled in Hampshire and was Deputy County Treasurer for the county.

He died on 16th May 2010.


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