The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G W Brimble
George William Brimble, from Ward End, Birmingham was born on 27th May 1917, the son of George Brimble (1894-1984) and Alice Beatrice Brimble (nee Bonehill 1896-1979).
He joined the RAFVR in March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.
Called to full time service on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and was posted to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 28th April 1940. After converting to Hurricanes he joined 242 Squadron in France in mid-May.
The squadron was withdrawn on 18th June. On 30th August Brimble claimed a Me110 destroyed and on 18th September a Do17.
On 6th November he was posted to 73 Squadron and embarked on the carrier HMS Furious. On 29th November he took off from the carrier to deliver his aircraft via Takoradi and the Middle East ferry route to Heliopolis.
But he was killed on 1st December when he flew into a sandstorm and is buried in Khartoum War Cemetery, Sudan.
Portrait courtesy of the Tomkinson family, relatives of Brimble.
Cemetery photographs courtesy of CWGC