The Airmen's Stories - F/O R A Winter
Richard Arthur Winter was born on 7th September 1914 in Bexley and joined the RAFVR in April 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He was commissioned in March 1939 and called up on 1st September.
He then went on to the newly-formed 152 Squadron at Acklington on 2nd October. He was one of four pilots detailed to form a defence flight at Sumburgh, Shetlands arriving on 25th November 1939.
He was still there when it was renamed the Fighter Flight Sumburgh on 5th January 1940. On the 1st August the flight was posted to Roborough and re-designated 247 Squadron, its new role was the defence of Plymouth dockyards. They were still equipped with Gladiators.
Above: at Sumburgh
L to R: F/O RA Winter, F/Lt. FM Thomas, F/O TW Gillen
On 28th October Winter intercepted a He111 over Plymouth at night but without result. He damaged another on 6th November.
He had married Dorothy Bennett Turnbull at Shilbottle Church, Northumberland in early October 1940.
Winter's subsequent service is currently undocumented but he survived the war and was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Squadron Leader.
He died on 7th March 1970.