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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. J W McLaughlin


John William McLaughlin was born in mid-1920 in Byker, Northumberland and joined the RAFVR about July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 10 FTS Ternhill on No. 20 Course, which ran from 11th May to 16th August 1940.

He arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 17th August and after having converted to Hurricanes joined 238 Squadron at Middle Wallop on 12th September.





He was shot down by Me109's on 5th October in Hurricane P3611. He baled out with multiple burns and was admitted to Shaftesbury Hospital.

McLaughlin later went to Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead for skin grafts, becoming a Guinea Pig.

Commissioned from Warrant Officer in April 1943, he was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

He later settled in South Australia and died there in 2001.


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