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The Airmen's Stories - P/O N D Solomon


Neville David Solomon was born on 21st February 1914 in King's Norton, Leicestershire. His father, Archibald Baron Z Solomon appears in a Freemason membership register of 1919 as a dealer in fine art.

Solomon attended King Edwards School in Birmingham before joining the RAFVR about September 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

He was awarded Aero Certificate 19209 at York & Leeming Flying Club on 24th July 1939, his profession recorded as 'Assistant manager Marks & Spencer'.



Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training, was commissioned and sent to 5 OTU Aston Down on 27th May 1940.

After converting to Blenheims, Solomon was posted to 29 Squadron at Digby on 16th June. He arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 16th July on attachment from 29 Squadron for a refresher course but on the 18th his attachment ceased and he was posted to 17 Squadron at Debden. With no Hurricane experience, Solomon returned to 6 OTU on 25th July and after converting to Hurricanes he returned to 17 Squadron on 10th August.

Solomon was reported 'Missing' on the 18th, after an action with Me109s off Dover. His Hurricane, L1921, crashed into the sea.

Solomon was 26 and is buried in Pihen-les-Guines Cemetery, France.










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