The Airmen's Stories - F/O N D Edmond
Norman Douglas Edmond was born in Winnipeg, Canada on 19th September 1918, the son of Arthur Edmond (1894-1966) and Alice Edmond (nee Nicholson 1893-1980).
He was brought up in Calgary, attending Earl Grey Public School then Western Canada High School. He later graduated from the University of Alberta.
Edmond joined the RAF on a short service commission in November 1938.
He was posted from RAF Grangemouth to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 5th September 1940. After converting to Hurricanes he joined 615 Squadron at Prestwick on the 24th.
F/Lt. PS Turner, P/O JP McKechnie, F/O CIR Arthur,
F/O HI Lang, F/O ND Edmond, P/O KM Hicks
Edmond was shot down and wounded on 29th October. He did not return to 615 Squadron but joined 242 Squadron at Duxford on 22nd November.
The squadron took off for a patrol over the Channel on 20th April 1941. Close to North Foreland the CO, S/Ldr. WPF Treacy, sighted some aircraft and began a steep turn towards them. In doing so he collided with two other Hurricanes, Edmond in Z2632 and F/O Hugh Ian Lang in Z2634.
All three pilots were killed. Treacy was posted as Missing but the bodies of the other two were recovered.
Edmond is buried in St Andrew's churchyard, North Weald Bassett.
Above image and additional research courtesy of W Peter Allies.