The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G Stevens
Geoffrey Stevens was born on 21st August 1917 and joined the RAFVR on 5th July 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He did his elementary flying at 13 E&RFTS White Waltham and later at 5 E&RFTS Hanworth and 19 E&RFTS Gatwick.
Called to full-time service on 1st September 1939, Stevens was posted to 8 FTS Woodley for an instructors course. In November he went to 3 ITW Hastings and in mid-February 1940 moved to 15 FTS Lossiemouth for a course on Harvards.
On 3rd August Stevens went to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge and after converting to Hurricanes he joined 151 Squadron at North Weald on 31st August.
The squadron was about to move to Digby for a rest and Stevens volunteered to serve with a squadron in the south. He was sent to Tangmere to join 213 Squadron. Stevens was shot down on 17th October and crashed just outside Ashford in Hurricane V6866, unhurt.
In January 1941 213 was posted overseas but Stevens remained on the staff at RAF Castletown. He later went to No. 1 AACU at Western Zoyland and then 2 AACU at Aberporth. In September 1942 he was posted to 59 OTU Milfield as an instructor. Two months later he joined 609 Squadron.
In January 1943 Stevens was commissioned from Warrant Officer. He went to North Africa in April and joined 253 Squadron at Jemappes. He was promoted and appointed 'A' Flight Commander.
Stevens took command of 87 Squadron in Italy in September 1943. He was posted away in July 1944 and went to Egypt in October, eventually taking over the Fighter Affiliation Flight at Abu Sueir.
Stevens returned to the UK in December 1945 and was released from the RAF. He rejoined and was posted to 61 OTU Keevil in March 1946.
He was invalided out on 4th May 1968 as a Flight Lieutenant.
All photographs courtesy of Stevens' daughter Jo Oddie who also sent these very interesting but uncaptioned images.