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The Airmen's Stories - F/O R U P Shuttleworth


Richard Ughtred Paul Kay-Shuttleworth was born on 30th October 1913, the son of Lawrence Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth, barrister-at-law, killed in action on 30th March 1917 whilst serving as a captain in the Royal Field Artillery. The family home was Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley, Lancashire.

Kay-Shuttleworth was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He was a member of the University Air Squadron and was commissioned in the RAFO in July 1937.

He relinquished this and was commissioned in the RAFVR in December 1938. He was a JP and a County Councillor for Lancashire.



Kay-Shuttleworth succeeded his grandfather in 1939, becoming the 2nd Baron. Called to full-time service in September 1939, he completed his training and joined 145 Squadron at Tangmere in June 1940.

On 11th July Shuttleworth shared in the destruction of a He111 and on the 27th he shared a Ju88.

He failed to return from a combat with Ju87's and Me110's over a convoy south of the Isle of Wight on 8th August in Hurricane P3163.

Shuttleworth was reported 'Missing'. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 6.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner

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