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The Airmen's Stories - F/O J H G Walker


John Harold Gilbert Walker of Nottingham was born on 1st March 1918, the son of John William and Grace Walker.

He was educated at Nottingham High School and entered the RAF on a short service commission in June 1937.

He was posted to 3 FTS South Cerney on 21st August and joined the staff at the School of Naval Co-operation at Ford on 26th March 1938.

Walker was serving with 25 Squadron at the outbreak of war and remained with it throughout the Battle of Britain.

He married Iris Vivienne Burrows Tacey on 8th June 1940 in Wollaton, Nottinghamshire.



Walker was reported missing on 9th May 1942 as a Squadron Leader with 118 Squadron, aged 23. His Spitfire Vb BL264 was last seen in combat with Fw190s near St. Omer during Circus 168.

Twelve days later his body was recovered from a dinghy eight miles south of Dungeness, it must be assumed that he died from exposure. He is buried in St Leonard's churchyard, Wollaton, Nottinghamshire.






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