The Airmen's Stories - P/O J Brewster
John Brewster, of Winsleyhurst, Yorkshire was born on 16th March 1916 and was employed as an Estate Agent in Cambridge when he joined 616 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force.
He was called to full-time service on 24th August 1939.
After completing his training he was posted to 6 OTU at Sutton Bridge on 28th April 1940. After converting to Hurricanes Brewster was sent to PDC Uxbridge on 15th May for allocation to a squadron.
He was posted to 615 Squadron at Kenley in May 1940 after its withdrawl from France.
On 1st July he rejoined 616 Squadron at Leconfield and shared in destroying a He111 on the same day.
On 19th August the squadron was posted south to Kenley. He claimed a Me109 on 1st September and on 5th November crashed in a Spitfire at Kirton-in-Lindsey landing in adverse weather conditions and poor visibility. He was unhurt.
In 1941 Brewster was serving with 118 Squadron at Filton. On 6th April 1941, in a practice dogfight, Brewster in Spitfire X4822 collided with X4826 flown by P/O HA Williams, both men were
Brewster was 25 and is buried in St Giles' churchyard extension, Stanton
St Quintin, Wiltshire.
Above: on 14th September 2014 a memorial to the two men was unveiled at the crash site at Seagry, west of Swindon.