The Airmen's Stories - F/O J R Walker
James Richard Walker of Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1938. He arrived at 7 OTU Hawarden in early July 1940. After converting to Spitfires he joined 611 Squadron at Tern Hill on 27th July 1940 and moved to 41 Squadron at Hornchurch on 29th September.
Walker claimed Me109's destroyed on 7th and 9th October.
In October he volunteered for service in the Middle East. In mid-November 1940 the carrier HMS Argus sailed from Gibraltar with Hurricanes for Malta. Walker was one of six pilots who flew off on 16th November led by a FAA Skua. A series of mishaps saw the Hurricanes run out of fuel and fall one by one into the sea, with the loss of all six pilots.
Walker is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 6.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner