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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G A Steward


George Arthur Steward of Bromeswell, Suffolk was born on 9th December 1914 and educated at Melton Council School and Leiston County Secondary School.

He was awarded Aero Certificate 11917 at the Eastern Counties Aeroplane Club on 26th May 1934.

Steward joined the RAF in January 1936 as a direct-entry Airman u/t Pilot. He completed his training and was serving with 17 Squadron at the outbreak of war. 

The squadron went to France on 18th May 1940. The following day Steward claimed a Me109 destroyed and on the 21st he shared a Hs126. The squadron was withdrawn to Kenley on the 24th.

Next day Steward damaged a Ju87 in the Calais area and he damaged a Do17 near Dunkirk on the 27th.

On 6th June he damaged a Me109. Steward shared a probable Me110 on 27th August, destroyed another on 27th September, shared a Do17 on 6th October, destroyed a Ju87, probably another and damaged a third on 8th November and probably destroyed a Me109 and shared another on the 11th.



He was awarded the DFM (gazetted 17th December 1940).

Commissioned in February 1941, Steward was killed on 23rd October 1941 as a Flight Lieutenant with 17 Squadron.

Two Hurricane IIb aircraft, Z2485 and Z3906, took off from Tain airfield, Scotland. They collided shortly after takeoff and crashed within a few hundred yards of each other. Sgt. CP Allsop was also killed.

Steward was 26 and is buried in St Edmund's churchyard, Bromeswell.










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