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The Airmen's Stories - Sub/Lt.(FAA) S H Bunch


Samuel Hoskin Bunch was born in January 1919 in Thornton Heath, the son of Herbert Ernest and Jane McKenzie Bunch (nee Tippett), of Roehampton, London.

He was educated at Richmond & East Sheen Grammar School.

He entered the Air Branch of the Royal Navy on 1st May 1939, rated as Midshipman (A). He did his elementary flying training at 14 EFTS Elmdon, then went on to No. 1 FTS Leuchars on 6th November 1939 on No. 6 Course, which ended on 21st April 1940.

Bunch joined 804 Squadron at Hatston on 20th June 1940, flying Sea Gladiators defending the Scapa Flow dockyard

He married Sonia Borrild in Brentford, Middlesex in July 1940.

Bunch was killed on the early hours of the 11th June 1941 when his Sea Hurricane V7244 of 880 Squadron collided with Swordfish K8370 flown by Lt. Cross during take off at HMS Condor (RNAS Arbroath). Cross was unhurt.

Bunch was 22. He is buried in Arbroath Western Cemetery, Fife, Scotland.




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