The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. I R Sims
Ivor Reginald Sims, from Gloucester, was born on 11th September 1910 and was employed by the Gloucester Gas Company before joining the RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer.
Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 248 squadron from 1 (Coastal) OTU on 25th June 1940.
He flew with F/O EH McHardy from September 1940 till July 1941 when 248 converted to Beaufighters.
Above: (L to R) Sgt. Wilcock , Sgt. IR Sims, P/O EH McHardy (NZ) of 248 Squadron
Sims was then posted to 404 (RCAF) Squadron at Sumburgh.
On 18th of December 1941 he was aloft in Blenheim MkIVf Z5753 EE-T with W/Cdr. PH Woodruff (from Edmonton, Alberta) and WOp/AG P/O Matthew to intercept a Ju88 weather reconnaissance aircraft.
The Ju88 crew had been maintaining a regular schedule and this enabled the interception, Sims spotting the Ju88 at 3 o'clock, 50 miles east of Sumburgh.
The Ju88 was shot down into the sea and the victory was confirmed the following day, 404 Squadron's first.
In 1942 he was serving with 604 Squadron and was commissioned in April of that year, being awarded the DFM (gazetted 22nd September 1942) for services carried out while a Flight Sergeant with 404 Squadron.
Sims was killed on 13th January 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant when Oxford V3769, on a GEE (Radar Guidance) exercise, struck the north west of Bredon Hill while descending through cloud on approach to Pershore airfield.
The crash site was just above Woolas Hall, near Eckington, Worcestershire.
Also killed were the pilot P/O M Larkin and Sgt GW Stafford.
Sims is buried in Coney Hill Cemetery, Gloucester.