The Airmen's Stories - P/O M E Staples
Michael Edmund Staples, of Rolvenden in Kent, was born on 7th June 1917 in India. His father was Major Edmund Staples MC.
He joined the RAFVR about November 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training, was commissioned and arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 23rd June 1940.
After converting to Spitfires he joined 609 Squadron at Middle Wallop on 8th July.
On 12th August Staples claimed a Me110 destroyed, on the 13th destroyed a Ju87 and damaged another, on 7th September he got a probable Me110 and damaged two others, on the 15th shared a Do17, on the 24th destroyed a Do17, probably destroyed Me110s on the 27th and 29th and got a probable Me109 on the 30th.
On 7th October Staples was shot down in flames in a surprise attack by enemy fighters over Yeovil. He baled out, wounded, and was admitted to Blandford Hospital. His Spitfire N3231 crashed at Shotcombe Farm, Wynford Eagle. He did not return to 609 Squadron.
Staples was killed on 9th November 1941 as a Flying Officer with 604 Squadron. He crashed coming in to land in Beaufighter If T4638 NG-F at night at Middle Wallop. The aircraft struck high ground at Quarley Hill.
He was 24 and is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery.