The Airmen's Stories - F/O M Ravenhill
Malcolm Ravenhill, of Sheffield, was born on 13th January 1913 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in March 1938. He was posted to 4 FTS Abu Sueir, Egypt on 3rd June. On return to the UK Ravenhill arrived at 12 Group Pool Aston Down on 29th January 1940.
Above image courtesy of https://malcolmravenhill.co.uk - a dedicated site by a family member.
Above: 229 Squadron - L to R:
P/O RAL Duvivier, F/O RR Smith, F/O VM Bright, Sgt. RR Mitchell , F/O M Ravenhill, P/O RE Bary, F/O AS Linney, F/O RC Brown, Sgt. SW Merryweather
After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 229 Squadron at Digby on 9th March. On 11th September Ravenhill was shot down in combat over Biggin Hill in Hurricane P3038. He baled out and was admitted to Shorncliffe Hospital, suffering from shock.
Back with the squadron, Ravenhill was shot down and killed by Me109's on 30th September. His Hurricane, P2815, crashed and burned out at Church Road, Ightham.
Ravenhill was 27 years old and is buried in City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.
His portrait was made by Cuthbert Orde in 1940 (below).