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The Airmen's Stories - P/O T D Welsh


Terence Deane Welsh was born in Staines, Middlesex on 28th January 1916 and educated at Ashford County School. He joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training on 6th March 1939.

Welsh went to 12 FTS Grantham for No. 2 Course, which ran from 15th May to 6th November 1939. He then joined 264 Squadron at Sutton Bridge.



Above images courtesy of Christopher Terence Smith, Welsh's son.


He was detached to the School of Air Navigation at St. Athan on 5th May 1940 for a navigation course, which began on the 6th. However Welsh was recalled to 264 on 20th May whilst the course was still in progress.

Welsh teamed up with LAC LH Hayden as his gunner. Over Dunkirk on the 27th he shared in the destruction of a He111 and on the 29th he claimed a Me109, a Me110 and two Ju87's destroyed.

During 264 Squadron's last spell of day-fighting at Biggin Hill, Welsh destroyed a Ju88 and damaged another on 24th August.

He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 11th February 1941) and on 12th/13th March 1941 he destroyed a He111 at night, again with Hayden.



Welsh was posted away in June to join 125 Squadron, then forming at Colerne. He left the squadron in November 1941 to be an instructor at 60 OTU East Fortune.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until 1945 when Welsh was released from the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant.

He died on 18th September 1980.



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