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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. N Brumby


Norman Brumby was born in Kingston-upon-Hull in September 1920, the son of Bernard Brumby (1890-1953) and Kate Muriel Brumby (nee Grindall 1891-1968).

He was educated at Boulevard Secondary School. On leaving he was employed by Couper, Friend and Company of Wincolmlee, Hull who dealt in industrial chemicals.

Brumby joined the RAFVR in October 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He was called up on 1st September 1939, completed his training and joined 103 Squadron, flying Fairey Battles.



The squadron was sent to France as part of the British Component and based at Souge, SE of Le Mans. On 14th June 1940 the squadron attacked an armoured column in woods SW of Evereux. Brumby's aircraft was badly damaged by flak and had to crash-land in an orchard near Laval. Brumby and his crew Sgt. Hedley and LAC Werner were unhurt. They were back in combat the next day but were hit by flak over Laval and crash-landed near Vitre. They survived this too and were able to join the evacuation of the squadron back to England which commenced on the same day.

Brumby volunteered for Fighter Command and was posted to 615 Squadron at Prestwick on 3rd September 1940. He moved to 607 Squadron at Tangmere on the 21st.

He was shot down in combat with Me110s over the Isle of Wight on 1st October and killed.

Brumby was 22. He is buried in Hull Northern Cemetery, Yorkshire.








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