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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. H E Black


Herbert Ernest Black was born in Measham, Leicestershire on 12th June 1914 and after leaving school was employed as a Weights and Measures assistant.

He joined the RAFVR about August 1937. He was called up on 1st September 1939, completed his training and was posted to France early in 1940 to join 226 Squadron, operating Fairey Battles.

After the squadron was withdrawn to England in mid-June Black volunteered for Fighter Command. He was posted to an OTU to convert to Hurricanes and joined 32 Squadron at Acklington on 3rd September 1940. 



On the 17th he went to 257 Squadron and finally he was posted to 46 Squadron at Stapleford Tawney in October.

On 29th October Black was shot down in combat with Me109s in Hurricane P3066 and is believed to have crashed in Hothfield Park, near Ashford. He was wounded and badly burned.




He had married Gwendoline Annie Cuthbert earlier in 1940 and she was by his bedside when he died in Ashford Hospital on 9th November 1940.

Black was 26 and is buried in St. Denys' churchyard, Ibstock.


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