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The Airmen's Stories - P/O F K Webster


Frank Kinnersley Webster was born on 17th December 1913 on the Isle of Wight, the son of Jasper Kinnersley Webster and Elizabeth Mary Webster.

His family ran the Stag Hotel at Lake.

His father had served as a Captain in the Border Regiment and Royal Warwickshire Regiment in WW1. He died on 12th May 1933 aged 57.

FK Webster achieved sporting success at Bedford Modern School and worked as a buyer before joining the RAFVR in about April 1939. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his elementary training at 15 EFTS Redhill.

He moved on to 5 FTS Sealand for No. 47 Course, which ran from 29th April to 25th July 1940.



Webster was commissioned on the 27th and he joined 610 Squadron at Biggin Hill direct from 5 FTS on 28th July. He was detached to 7 OTU Hawarden on the 29th. After converting to Spitfires he rejoined 610 on 12th August.

Webster flew his first operational sortie on the 24th, a patrol.

His Spitfire, X4011, was severely damaged by a Me109 in combat over Folkestone on 26th August. Webster was killed when he crashed while attempting to land at Hawkinge.

He was 26 and is buried in Lake Cemetery, Sandown, Isle of Wight in a joint grave with his father.


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