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The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. A S Hunter


Alastair Stuart Hunter was born in July 1916, the son of Lt. Col. Cecil Stuart Hunter OBE RA and his wife Gladys (nee Scott). He attended Bradfield College from May 1930 to July 1934.

Lt. Col. Hunter died in 1935.

Hunter joined 604 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force in 1937 and was called to full-time service on 24th August 1939.

He shot a He115 down into the sea near Dunkirk on 18th June 1940. It was 604 Squadron's first night victory.




Above images courtesy of the family of F/Lt. RH Scott, 604 Squadron.


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On 12th December 1940 he and his radar operator Sgt. GA Waller claimed a probable Ju88 over Hungerford at night.

On 6th February 1941 Hunter and his radar operator, P/O T Genney, took off from Middle Wallop in the dark for a delayed air test. Their Beaufighter R2054 went into a spin as it approached to land. Both men were killed.

Hunter was 24.

Probate was granted to his sister-in-law Rosemary Violet Hunter, wife of his older brother Nigel Stuart Hunter.

His mother Gladys died on 8th October 1942, cause unknown.



Alastair Hunter is buried in St Andrew's churchyard, Hatfield Peverel, along with his mother and older brother.







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