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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. N A Lawrence


Norman Anthony Lawrence was born on 24th December 1917 in Clacton and joined the RAFVR about June 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot.



He was awarded Aero Certificate 14028 at Hampshire Aeroplane Club on 1st July 1936, his occupation being recorded as 'Student'.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he was serving with 54 Squadron at the start of the Battle.

Lawrence claimed a Me109 destroyed on 9th July and three Ju87's on 15th August. After the destruction of the dive bombers, Lawrence was shot down by a Me109 and crashed into the sea off Dover in Spitfire N3097. He was rescued by the Navy and admitted to Dover Hospital.

Lawrence was commissioned in December 1940.

On 26th June 1943 he was slightly injured when Martinet I HN956 of 289 Squadron flew into the ground west of Turnhouse.

The flight was unauthorised and Lawrence was dismissed from the RAF by a court martial in July 1943.

He died on 22nd August 1958.


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