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The Airmen's Stories - P/O R Mottram


Roy Mottram was born in Willesden on 28th March 1917, the son of Richard Henry Mottram and Jennie Mottram (nee Wyke).

He joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939 and, with his training completed, joined 92 Squadron at Croydon on 26th April 1940.


Above L to R: FO Garland (Eng Off), FO T Weiss (Intell), PO R Mottram, Sgt RE Havercroft, FLt CBF Kingcombe, S/Ldr JA Kent, FO TBA Sherrington, PO CH Saunders, FO RH Holland, FO AR Wright, Sgt H Bowen-Morris, Sgt JW Lund



On 15th September he claimed a He111 destroyed and a Do17 damaged. Three days later he crashed at Hollingbourne after a combat with Me109s. His Spitfire burned out. Mottram was admitted to Orpington Hospital with slight burns.

On 20th October he shared a He111 and on the 26th probably destroyed a Me109.

Mottram was killed on 31st August 1941, as a Flight Lieutenant with 54 Squadron. He was shot down in Spitfire Vb W3712 escorting Blenheims on Circus 91 to Lille.

He is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, France.











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