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The Airmen's Stories - P/O F H Posener


Frederick Hyam Posener was born in East London, South Africa on 11th August 1916. His parent were Jack and Cissie Posener, his father was an insurance agent and the family travelled regularly between South Africa and Great Britain.

He was educated at St. Andrews College, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape before in 1938 moving to Britain and joined the RAF on a short service commission as part of the Empire Flying Training Wing.



He trained at 3 FTS South Cerney flying Hawker Harts, on completing his training he joined 152 Squadron on the 1st October 1939, then at Acklington equipped with Gloster Gladiators.

Posener was one of the first seven Pilot Officers to join the Squadron and on the 25th November 1939 Blue Section of B Flight was sent to Sumbergh to reinforce the air defence of the Orkney Islands.


Above L to R: P/O FH Posener, F/Lt. ES Hogg, P/O W Beaumont.


On 23rd December 1939, aloft in Gladiator N5701, Posener overshot on landing and spun in from 100ft, he was seriously injured.

Once recovered he rejoined 152 Squadron at Acklington. The squadron moved to Warmwell in early July 1940.

On 20th July Posener was shot down by Oberleutnant Homuth of 3/JG 27 over the Channel off Swanage, in Spitfire K9880.

He was 23 years old and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 9.






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