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The Airmen's Stories - Sub/Lt.(FAA) J H C Sykes


John Humphrey Charlesworth Sykes was born on 20th May 1919 and was serving with the Fleet Air Arm when he was attached officially to the RAF on 29th June 1940. He had arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on the 23rd. He crashed in Spitfire R6684 on the aerodrome on 1st July, unhurt.

He joined 64 Squadron at Kenley on the 8th and served with it until 15th September, when he was posted to 807 (FAA) Squadron.



Sykes went with the squadron to Dekheila in Egypt in November 1940 and flew on operations in the Western Desert. He was later with 806 Squadron in Ceylon and took part in the Madagascar landings in HMS Indomitable.

He served as Air Gunnery Officer in Coimbatore, India in 1944, at RNAS Nowra in 1948, at the RAN Carrier School at HMS Albatross in 1949, at Yeovilton in 1952 and finally at HMS Centaur.

He retired on 29th July 1958 as a Lieutenant Commander.

Sykes died on 1st November 2007 in Sherborne, Dorset.


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