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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. J U Mathers

 

James Urquhart Mathers was born on 9th January 1920 and joined the RAF about June 1940 as an Aircrafthand.

He volunteered for flying duties and went on a short radar course after which he joined 23 Squadron at Middle Wallop in September.

He flew his first sortie with the squadron on the 19th and his last on 25th October.

Mathers then moved to 29 Squadron at Digby and flew his first sortie with them on 29th October.

He is next recorded as serving with 89 Squadron, operating Beaufighters from Luqa, Malta.

On 20th January 1943 he was aloft in Beaufighter V8221, piloted by F/Sgt. CC Webb on a night sortie. The aircraft was lost in undocumented circumstances, Webb was killed and Mathers made PoW.

He ended up in Stalag Luft L6 at Heydekrug. Webb is commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

Mathers died in October 1997 in Newport, Monmouthshire.

 


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