The Airmen's Stories - P/O J A P Studd
John Alnod Peter Studd of Paignton, Devon was born in the second quarter of 1918 in Kensington and joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1938.
After completing his training he was posted as pilot and PA to the AOC 12 Group, Air Vice-Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory.
Studd arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down in mid-March 1940 and after converting to Spitfires was posted to 66 Squadron at Duxford on 6th April.
He shared in shooting a He111 down into the sea off Lowestoft on 29th July.
On 19th August Studd was shot down by return fire from a He111 and baled out into the sea. He was picked up by the Aldeburgh lifeboat but failed to regain consciousness. His Spitfire, N3182, crashed into the sea three miles south of Orfordness.
Above: Studd with his sister on her wedding day. The date is not known but his service seems to have already aged him.
Studd was 22. He is buried in Holy Trinity churchyard, Touchen End, Berkshire.
Above images courtesy of Steve Holmes via Andy Pomfrett.
Above: there is a memorial to Studd at the lifeboat station.
Grave images courtesy of Wertypop