The Airmen's Stories - F/Sgt. C Sydney
Charles Sydney, of St Mary Cray, Kent, was born in July 1915 in St. Pancras and joined the RAF in 1931 as an aircraft apprentice. He later volunteered for pilot training and qualified before the war began.
With his training completed he was posted to No 1 AACU.
From there he was posted to 54 Squadron at Hornchurch on
6th September 1939. Sydney moved to 66 Squadron at Duxford
on 28th September. At some later date he went to 6 OTU
Sutton Bridge as an instructor.
On 18th August 1940 Sydney joined 19 Squadron at
He moved to 266 Squadron at Wittering on the
24th and to 92 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 10th September. He
probably destroyed a Me109 on the 15th.
He was shot down and killed on the 27th, crashing at Station Avenue, Walton-on-Thames in Spitfire R6767. The site has been marked by a plaque (below).
He was 25 and is buried in St Mary Cray Cemetery, Orpington, Kent.
Photographs courtesy of Dean Sumner