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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R T D Mercer


Robert Turner Deighton Mercer of Broadstairs, Kent was born on 12th June 1916, the son of Alexander Mercer (1876-1962) and Ethel Maude Mercer (nee Day 1881-1963).

His father was a surgeon, originally from Blackburn, Lancashire.

RTD Mercer was employed by the Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd in their Rochester branch. He joined the RAFVR about May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 22 EFTS and 5 FTS and then joined 609 Squadron at Middle Wallop on 26th October 1939.



Above image courtesy of St. Margarets Village Archive


He was still serving with 609 Squadron on 9th May 1941 when his Spitfire, P7305, was damaged by Me109s over the Channel. Attempting a forced landing on the beach at St. Margarets Bay his aircraft struck a mine and Mercer was killed.

He is buried in Folkestone New Cemetery.







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