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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. I W Matthews


Ian Walter Matthews was born in 1921, the son of Walter and Ellen Maud Matthews from Eltham in London.

He joined the RAFVR in May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September 1939 he completed his training and arrived at 64 Squadron at Leconfield on 22nd September 1940.

Commissioned in July 1941, Matthews was serving with 238 Squadron in the Western Desert in 1942.

He claimed a Ju87 damaged on 16th July 1942.

On 1st September 1942 he was shot down in Hurricane Z5666 and killed by two Me109s south of El Imayid.

Matthews was 21 years old and is buried in El Alamein War Cemetery.








Photographs courtesy of Colonel C R Romberg RA, British Embassy Cairo.


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