The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G W Tabor
George William Tabor was born on 22nd May 1920 in London, the son of William Powrell Tabor and Ethel Anne Tabor (nee Clarke) of Woodford Bridge, Essex. He joined the RAF about August 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.
Called up on 1st September, he completed his training at 12 EFTS and 10 FTS before being posted to 65 Squadron at Turnhouse on 2nd September 1940. He moved to 152 Squadron at Warmwell on 9th October.
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F/O JBH Nicholas, P/O NE Hancock, P/O B Drobinski, P/O ED Glaser, Sgt. GW Tabor, Sgt. CR Hewlett.
His Spitfire, N3176, was damaged in a surprise attack by Me109s over Portland on 10th November and Tabor landed back at base with a burst tyre, unhurt.
Escorting Stirlings to Lille on 6th July 1941 he claimed a Me109F damaged.
On 8th July 1941 he claimed two Me109s destroyed.
He was killed on 23rd July 1941 as a Flight Sergeant with 603 Squadron when his Spitfire Va W3184 was shot down on a sweep. It crashed in the hamlet of Quehin, in the commune of Ergny, NE of Montreuil.
French civilians took his body to the Mairie to prepare a coffin but Germans arrived and took it to the local cemetery for burial. The Mairie retained an ID Disc which was handed over to the British forces after liberation.
Tabor was 21 years old.
He is buried in Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, France.