The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. E F St.Aubyn
Edward Fitzroy St.Aubyn was born on 12th March 1907 and educated at Eton before joining the Grenadier Guards as an officer. He resigned his Army Reserve commission when he joined 503 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force in 1937.
In late 1938 it was decided to disband 503 and from it form a new squadron, 616, at Doncaster. Squadron Leader the Earl of Lincoln began the formation on 1st November 1938 and St.Aubyn transferred from 503 to be one of the first two officers in 616.
Called to full-time service on 24th August 1939, he completed his training and rejoined 616, then at Leconfield, in early August 1940.
On the 26th his Spitfire, R7018, was damaged by a Me109 over Dungeness and St.Aubyn made a crash-landing on the perimeter of Eastchurch aerodrome, where it burned out. He was admitted to Minster County Hospital with burns.
He was killed on 27th May 1943 as a Squadron Leader with 170 Squadron, operating in Mustangs on army co-operation duties. His Mustang I, AL968, flew into the North Sea off Flamborough, cause unknown, during a patrol.
He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 119.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner