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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. D B Sykes


Duncan Broadford Sykes was born on 10th June 1914 in West Derby, Lancashire and joined the RAFVR about May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 8 FTS Montrose and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 22nd July 1940.




After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 145 Squadron at Drem on 17st August. He is believed to have made a forced-landing at Holmer Green, near Amersham on 27th October after a combat with Me109's. His Hurricane, N2494, was a write-off.

On 7th November 1940 Sykes was shot down by a Me109 of JG2. He crash-landed near Ventnor, Isle of Wight, slightly injured, in Hurricane P2924.

Sykes was promoted to Warrant Officer on 1st January 1942, his subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was released from the RAF in 1946.

He died on 12th December 1998 in Turriff, Aberdeenshire.


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