The Airmen's Stories - F/O M R Hill
Michael Rowland Hill, of South Africa, was born in 1918 and educated at Leys School and Trinity College, Cambridge where he read History.
He was a member of the University Air Squadron and was commissioned in the RAFVR in October 1938.
Called up on 1st September 1939, Hill completed his elementary flying training at 5 EFTS
Hanworth. He moved on to 5 FTS Sealand for No. 49 Course, which ran from 16th June to
7th September 1940 and arrived at 7 OTU Hawarden in early September 1940 to convert to Spitfires.
On the 21st his Spitfire I R6917 crashed on takeoff but Hill escaped unhurt and was able to join 266 Squadron at Wittering on the 28th.
His subsequent service is currently unknown but by early 1945 he was serving with 19 Squadron as a Squadron Leader.
He was killed on 12th March 1945. 19 Squadron were escorting 44 Mosquitos of the Banff Strike Wing on a shipping sweep in the Skagerrak area. They were passing Lista to the south when they were bounced by a least 12 Me109's. Hill's Mustang III KH444 was seen to go into the sea.
He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 265.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner