The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. S E Bann
Samuel Eric Bann, from Macclesfield, was born on 26th February 1914, the son of Samuel and Credence Bann. He was educated at Athey Street School and went on to study aeronautical engineering at Manchester College of Technology.
He joined the RAFVR in May 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot, the 1939 Census records that he was employed as a 'Sheet metal worker on aircraft'.
He was called up at the outbreak of war.
He married Agnes May Buttler in
January 1940 in Birmingham (below).
Bann completed his flying training and joined 238 Squadron at Tangmere in June 1940.
On 11th August he claimed the destruction of a He111 and on 21st September shared a Ju88.
Bann's Hurricane, V6776, was severely damaged in combat over Fareham on 28th September and he baled out over Brading Marshes, Isle of Wight but was killed when his parachute failed to open.
Bann was 26. He is buried in Macclesfield Cemetery, Cheshire.
His mother wrote to the Isle of Wight Police and received this reply: