The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. H R A Beresford
Hugh Richard Aden Beresford was born at Ampthill, Bedfordshire in 1915, the son of the Rector of Hoby, Leicestershire. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in 1935 and after completing his training he was posted to 3 Squadron at Port Sudan on 6th March 1936.
Beresford returned to the UK with the squadron in August and on 1st April 1937 he was posted to the staff of No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit at Biggin Hill. On 4th October he was appointed Personal Assistant to the AOC of 11 Group.
On 17th May 1940 257 Squadron was reformed at Hendon and Beresford joined it as a Flight Commander. He shared in destroying a He111 on 18th August and claimed a Me110 on the 31st.
Beresford was shot down in Hurricane P3049 in combat over the Thames Estuary on 7th September 1940. The aircraft crashed at Elmley Spitend Point, Sheppey and Beresford was reported 'Missing'.
Excavations in 1979 revealed the aircraft with his remains still in the cockpit. He was buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery on 16th November 1979 with full military honours.
He was 24 when he was killed.