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The Airmen's Stories - P/O F G Nightingale


Frederick George Nightingale was born in 1915 in Reigate, the son of Ernest Fred and Eliza Hannah Nightingale.

He joined the RAF in November 1934 as an Aircrafthand. He later applied for pilot training and was selected, remustering as a u/t Pilot on 28th December 1938.

He had married Jessie Elizabeth Hagger in July 1938.

Nightingale went to 3 FTS South Cerney for No. 26 Course which ran from 20th March to 21st October 1939. With his training completed, he joined 219 Squadron at Catterick from 3 FTS on 21st October 1939.

On 15th August 1940, in the Scarborough area, he damaged a Ju88.




Commissioned in October, he was killed on 17th December 1940. His Beaufighter IF R2096 spun in at Smiths Green Farm on the approach to Debden. His radar operator, Sergeant GM Leslie, was also killed.

Nightingale was 26. He is buried in Saffron Walden Cemetery, Essex.



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