The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R E Stevens
Robert Edward Stevens, of Croydon, was born in April 1920 and educated at Winton House School, Croydon and Dover College. He joined the RAFVR in February 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.
Called up on 1st September 1939, Stevens completed his training and arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 27th May 1940. After converting to Blenheims he was posted to 29 Squadron at Digby on 16th June.
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 Stevens, Sgt. OK 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.
Stevens is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 19.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner