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The Airmen's Stories - F/O B G Hooper


Beresford Gwynne Hooper was born on 16th August 1918 and educated at Lady Hawkins Grammar School at Kington, Herefordshire.

He was awarded Aero Certifciate 15228 at Worcestershire Flying School on 8th August 1937. His occupation was recorded as 'Student'.



He joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training course on 7th March 1938. On 7th May Hooper went to No. 1 RAF Depot Uxbridge for a short induction course and on the 19th moved on to 11 FTS Shawbury.

With his training completed, Hooper joined 25 Squadron at Hawkinge in December 1938. At the outbreak of war the squadron moved to Northolt and in January 1940 to North Weald.

During the Battle of Britain period Hooper claimed a He111 damaged at night and a Do17 damaged in a daylight sortie.

On 15th September 1940 the squadron ORB recorded Hooper as crashing an unidentified Beaufighter, he was alone so it may have been an air test. It was not classed as serious and he was flying again three days later.

In 1942 Hooper was seriously injured when his Lysander crashed following engine failure. After several months in hospital, he returned to duty and was transferred to the Fighter Control Branch in late 1942.

After serving in the Middle East and Far East, Hooper was released from the RAF in 1946. He rejoined in 1947 on an Extended Service Commission.

He retired in 1952 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Hooper died in December 1993 in Poole.


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