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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. V H Skillen


Victor Hall Skillen, from Northern Ireland, was born in September 1917 in Holywood, Belfast and attended Sullivan Upper School.

After leaving he was employed by the Ministry of Agriculture before he joined the RAFVR about March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September he completed his training and arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 27th May 1940. After converting to Blenheims, he was posted to 29 Squadron at Digby on 16th June and remained with it until 26th December 1940 when he was posted to 23 Squadron at Ford.




He was killed on the night of 10/11th March 1941, still with 23 Squadron, when his Blenheim IF L1340 YP*X collided with a He 111 during an intruder sortie.

The other crew members also killed were Sgt. FH Abbott and Sgt. RRJ Nute (another Battle veteran)

Skillen was 24. He is buried in St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France.









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