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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. E N L Guymer


Eric Norman Laurence Guymer was born on 25th November 1909 in Southsea. He learned to fly at the Hampshire Aero Club and was awarded Aero Certificate 11941 on 5th June 1934.

He married Marie Christian Cory in July 1937 in Alverstoke.



He joined Class 'F' of the RAF Reserve in 1936 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He was called to full-time service on 1st September 1939.

He was serving with 12 Squadron at Thorney Island on 17th August 1940. On this day he flew his only operational sortie with the squadron, a daylight attack on shipping in Boulogne Harbour, in Fairey Battles.

Guymer joined 238 Squadron at St. Eval on 7th September 1940. He was attached to 5 OTU from 14th September, converted to Hurricanes and rejoined 238, then at Chilbolton, on 9th October. He became operational on the 11th.

He served with 238 until March 1941. His subsequent service is currently undocumented though it is known that he was commissioned in January 1942 and released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

He died in Portsmouth in April 1994.


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