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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. E H Marsh


Edward Howard Marsh was born on 20th February 1917 in Dudley and joined the RAFVR in July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

He flew a few times at 14 E&RFTS Castle Bromwich before being called to full-time service on 1st September 1939.


In early October Marsh was posted to 3 ITW St. Leonards. He did a Link Trainer course at Derby in December, returned to 3 ITW and moved on to 22 EFTS Cambridge on 12th April 1940.

Above: 152 Squadron - Sgt. JS Anderson, Marsh

Marsh completed his flying training at 5 FTS Sealand on No. 49 Course, which ran from 16th June to 7th September 1940.

He arrived at 7 OTU Hawarden on 7th September, converted to Spitfires and then joined 152 Squadron on the 28th.

On 14th March 1941 he destroyed a Ju88, which crashed into the sea off Jersey, on 18th July he shared a He111, on 28th August damaged a Me109 and on 7th September destroyed another.

Marsh was posted to CFS Upavon on 4th October 1941 for an instructors course, after which he went to 10 FTS Ternhill. He later instructed at 2 FIS Montrose and 3 FIS Hullavington, Babdown Farm, Castle Combe and Lulsgate Bottom.

Commissioned in July 1943, Marsh was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

He worked for Wolverhampton Aviation, obtained his private and commercial licences and flew until 1953, when bad hearing forced him to retire.

Marsh died on 7th March 2001.


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