The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. O K Sly
Oswald Kenneth Sly, from Weston-super-Mare, was born in June 1920 and worked in the Bristol branch of the Road Transport & General Insurance Company Ltd. He had been in the Weston-Super-Mare sub-office for four years before the outbreak of war.
Sly joined the RAFVR in August 1939 as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. Called up on 1st September 1939 he completed his training and joined 29 Squadron at Digby from 5 OTU on 7th August 1940.
On 13th October 1940 Blenheims K7135 and L6637 were aloft from Tern Hill when they were attacked in error by S/Ldr. J Ambrus, F/Lt. HAG Comerford and Sgt. J Stehlik in Hurricanes of 312 Czech Squadron over the Point of Ayr, SW of Liverpool.
Despite firing the colours of the day L6637 was shot down into the sea with the loss of Sgt. RE Stevens, Sly and AC2 A Jackson.
K7135 with F/O JD Humphreys, Sgt. EH Bee and AC1 JF Fizell was able to break off and return to base.
Sly is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 19.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner