The Airmen's Stories - Sub/Lt. (FAA) H W Beggs
Henry William Beggs was born on 6th September 1916 at Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, N Ireland and joined the RAF as a candidate for a short service commission in November 1936.
He was commissioned as an Acting Pilot Officer, completed his training at Scottish Aviation Prestwick and was posted to 115 (Bomber) Squadron on 4th September 1937.
For reasons unknown reason Beggs' commission was terminated on 28th December 1937.
Beggs joined the Fleet Air Arm in May 1939. He was attached to the RAF on 15th June 1940, converted to Hurricanes and joined 151 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 1st July.
He destroyed a Me109 of 4/JG 52 over Kent on 14th August. The next day Beggs was shot down, in Hurricane P3605, in combat with Me109s over Dover and crashed at Shorncliffe, wounded.
He returned to the FAA shortly afterwards. In January 1942 Beggs was posted to 883 Squadron (FAA) and he
was lost when HMS Avenger was sunk by a U-boat on 15th November 1942 while returning to the Clyde from the landings in North Africa.
He was 25 is remembered on the Lee-on-Solent FAA Memorial.