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The Airmen's Stories - P/O F C Sutton


Frederick Charles Sutton was born on 14th April 1911 and joined the RAF in April 1940, with a direct-entry commission as an Air Gunner.

After gunnery training, Sutton arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 14th June and, after converting to Defiants, he was posted to 264 Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 9th July 1940.



Above (L to R) : Sgt. F Gash, F/O FD Hughes and Sutton



Initially teamed with P/O Peter Bowen, they were shot up by Me109’s of JG26 on 28th August 1940. In the engagement he claimed one Me109 destroyed and two more damaged.

Flying with the CO, S/Ldr. PJ Sanders, Sutton shot down He111’s at night on 8th April over Hitchin and 11th May 1941.

He was posted away from 264 on 16th May 1942 and went to Canada on 1st October as a gunnery instructor. He was stationed at RAF Penrhos at the war's end and was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Postwar he was manager with the National Westminster Bank and a founder of the Air Gunner’s Association.

Sutton died in June 1981 in Kingston upon Thames.


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