The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W A Sutcliffe
William Alfred Sutcliffe, of Middlesex, was educated at Spring Grove Central School. He joined the RAF in January 1931 as an Aircraft Apprentice and passed out in December 1933 as a Metal Rigger. He later served in the Middle East. He applied for pilot training and was selected.
In early September 1940 Sutcliffe arrived at 7 OTU Hawarden to convert to Spitfires. He then joined 610 Squadron at Acklington on 23rd September.
He was next posted to 74 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 3rd December 1940 but left the squadron soon afterwards. The reason for this is currently unknown as is why he came to be flying on the 17th December 1940 in Airspeed Oxford P6814 of the Central Flying School.
Sutcliffe was killed when this aircraft crashed at Rowde, near Devizes in Wiltshire, due to icing conditions.
He was 25 and is buried in St. Wyllow's churchyard, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall.