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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R B M Young


Born in Palmerston North, New Zealand on August 1st 1918, Robert Bett Mirk Young worked as a bank clerk. He volunteered for aircrew duties after the outbreak of war and reported to the Ground Training School at Weraroa on January 15th 1940. Young moved on to the Air Observers School, Ohakea in February for a gunnery course. He sailed for the UK on March 23rd in the SS 'Akaroa'.

Young was posted to 264 Squadron flying Defiants at Duxford on June 4th for further training. He completed his training with the squadron, was promoted to Sergeant on August 7th and received his air gunner's badge on the 15th.

The squadron went south to Hornchurch on the 21st. Young shared in destroying a Ju88 on the 24th and probably destroyed a Do17 on the 26th. The remnants of 264 were withdrawn to Kirton-in-Lindsey on the 29th.

In the late evening of October 8th Young and his pilot, Pilot Officer HI Goodall, were patrolling from Halton to Maidenhead at 10000 feet. At 21.20 hrs Goodall reported that he was going to investigate a suspected enemy aircraft. Nothing more was heard and at 21.40 hrs it was reported that a Defiant, N1627, had crashed at Marlow and the crew were killed. The aircraft had suspected bullet holes, so enemy aircraft may have been engaged. The colour cartridge of the hour had been fired.

Young is buried in Northwood Cemetery, Middlesex.


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