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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. N Morrison


Neil Morrison was born in 1915, the son of Donald Morrison and Mary Morrison (nee Rankin).

He joined the RAFVR about September 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He was probably the Sergeant Morrison RAFVR, who was attached to 63 Squadron at Upwood from 12 E&RFTS Prestwick on 1st April 1939 for six months continuous training with the regular RAF.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he was also probably the Sergeant Morrison serving with 8 B&GS in early 1940 as a staff pilot.



He arrived at 7 OTU, Hawarden on 2nd September. After converting to Spitfires, he joined 54 Squadron at Catterick on 17th September 1940. His first flight was made on the 18th, a sector reconnaissance.

Morrison moved to 72 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 4th October and then to 74 Squadron, also at Biggin Hill, on the 26th.


Above: a 74 squadron group, Morrison second from left.


He probably destroyed a Me109 on 29th October, destroyed another over the Channel between Dover and Calais on 1st November and shared in the destruction of a Me109 on 2nd December, with S/Ldr. AG Malan.

Morrison shared in the destruction of a Me110 on 22nd February 1941.

Two days later Morrison was posted 'Failed to Return' after a patrol in Spitfire IIa P7618. His body was washed ashore at Lydd-on-Sea on 6th May 1941 and he is buried in Eastwood Cemetery, Glasgow.







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