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The Airmen's Stories - P/O R J Boret


Robert John Boret was born in late 1919 in Brentford and joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939.

He completed his flying training and was posted to 41 Squadron in March 1940. His father, Air Commodore JA Boret, had commanded the squadron from May 1933 to February 1937.




In October 1940 Boret was posted overseas and was in the aircraft carrier HMS Argus when she sailed from Gibraltar in mid-November for Malta.

He was one of six pilots who flew off on 16th November in a flight of Hurricanes, led by an FAA Skua. A series of mishaps saw the Hurricanes run out of fuel and fall one by one into the sea, with the loss of all six pilots.

Boret was 20. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 7.


Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner


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