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The Airmen's Stories - F/O I W Sutherland


Ian Welsh Sutherland was born on 8th October 1918 in Blean, Kent but his family moved to Liverpool around 1927.

He was educated at Merchant Taylors School, Crosby and Magdalen College, Oxford where he read Modern Languages and earned a Rugby Blue.

He learned to fly with the University Air Squadron and was commissioned in the RAFVR in November 1938.

Above image courtesy of Adrian Cork


Called to full-time service in September 1939, Sutherland completed his training at 11 FTS and joined 19 Squadron at Duxford on 12th May 1940. On 1st August he was posted to the Air Fighting Development Unit at Northolt.

On the 4th Sutherland was a passenger in Blenheim R3771 of 15 Squadron, engaged in a fighter affiliation exercise with Hurricanes of 1 Squadron. Whilst taking evasive action at low level, the Blenheim crashed at Norbury, near Whitchurch, Shropshire killing Sutherland and the three other crew members, these were P/O M Hohnen, Sgt. HN Beard and Sgt. W Watson.





Above images courtesy of Duncan Sutherland

Sutherland was 21. He is buried in St Michael's churchyard, Halton, Buckinghamshire.



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