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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W G Silver


William Gerald Silver was born in December 1912 in Hampshire and educated at Portsmouth Junior Technical School. He joined the RAF in January 1929 as an Aircraft Apprentice and passed out in December 1931 as a Fitter.



He later applied for pilot training and was selected. Silver was a staff pilot at 7 BGS when he was temporarily attached to 4 Ferry Pilot Pool on 17th May 1940.



Silver later converted to Spitfires at OTU and was serving with 152 Squadron in early July 1940. On 25th September he failed to return from a combat over the Portsmouth area and is believed to have been shot down by enemy aircraft, in Spitfire P9463.

Silver was 27. His body was recovered and he is buried in Milton Road Cemetery, Portsmouth, alongside his daughter who died in childbirth.




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