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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. H C Grove


Harry Cyril Grove, of Herne Hill, London, was born in April 1911 in Lambeth, the son of Albert George Grove (1868-1945) and Alice Maud Grove (nee Worrall 1871-1947).

He joined the RAF in May 1936 as a direct-entry Airman u/t Pilot.

Grove trained initially at 3 EFTS Hamble and then at 7 FTS Peterborough, he was awarded his wings on 24th October 1936. While attached to 52 Squadron, Upwood, he wrote off Hind K5411 in a night flying accident on 10th May 1937.

He joined 3 Squadron at Wick in August 1940 and moved to 501 at Kenley on 29th September.



In an action near Sevenoaks on 8th November 1940 Grove was shot down and killed in Hurricane V6805, which crashed and burned out at Pound Farm, Blackham.

Grove was 29. He is buried in St Luke's churchyard, Whyteleafe, Surrey.


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