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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. K B Hollowell


Kenneth Bruce Hollowell was born on 11th December 1915 in Danbury, Essex.

He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford.

Hollowell joined the RAFVR about December 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 5 FTS Sealand on No. 45 Course, which ran from 11th December 1939 to 10th June 1940.

He arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 22nd June and after converting to Blenheims was posted to 25 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 6th July 1940.




He served with the squadron in the Battle of Britain.

During the night of 4th May 1941, still serving with 25 Squadron, Hollowell destroyed an unidentified enemy aircraft and probably another north of the Wash in Beaufighter R2156, with Sgt. RG Crossman as his radar operator.

On the 16th he destroyed a He111 over the sea near Cromer, again in R2156 with Crossman. On 4th June they destroyed a He111 at West Runton, near the Wash in Beaufighter R2154.

Commissioned in November 1941, Hollowell was awarded the AFC (gazetted 8th June 1944). He was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Hollowell died on 14th February 2007.


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