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The Airmen's Stories - F/O E C Lenton


Edwin Claude Lenton was born in Montreal, Canada in 1920, his family later returned to the UK. He joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training course on 25th July 1938.

After completing his flying training Lenton served at 10 FTS Ternhill as an instructor, later going to No. 1 Air Armament School Manby as a staff pilot.

Lenton was posted from No. 1 AAS to 9 B&GS on 4th September 1939, again as a staff pilot. He went from 9 B&GS back to 10 FTS on 4th January 1940.


Above: Lenton with his cousins Richard (on left) and Wilfrid.


He arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down from 10 FTS on 5th July 1940 and after converting to Hurricanes joined 56 Squadron at North Weald on 5th August 1940. Lenton was posted to SHQ North Weald on 7th September as non-effective sick.

On 30th October 1940 Lenton was posted to 8 FTS Montrose as a flying instructor.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was released from the RAF in 1947 as a Squadron Leader.

Lenton died in September 1964 in Brighton.


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