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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. E H Bee


Ernest Horace Bee was born on 11th December 1919 and joined the Aircraft Crew Section of the RAFVR in May 1939 as an Airman u/t  WOp/AG. Called up on 1st September 1939, he trained as an Air Gunner. He joined 29 Squadron on 17th May 1940.

Just before midnight on 18th June, flying in a Blenheim piloted by P/O JD Humphreys, Bee was involved in the destruction of a He111 off the Norfolk coast.



On 13th October Blenheims K7135 and L6637 of 29 Squadron were aloft from Tern Hill when they were attacked in error by Hurricanes of 312 Squadron flown by S/Ldr. J Ambrus, F/Lt. Comerford and Sgt. J Stehlik over the Point of Ayr, SW of Liverpool.

Despite firing the colours of the day L6637 was shot down with the loss of Sgt. RE Stevens, Sgt. OK Sly and AC2 A Jackson.

K7135 with F/O JD Humphreys, Bee and AC1 JF Fizell was able to break off and return to base.

He married Beatrice Smith in January 1941 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.



Bee was posted away from 29 Squadron on 22nd March 1941, his subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Warrant Officer.

Bee died on 27th March 1987.


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