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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W H J Westcott


William Henry James Westcott was born on 4th August 1913 in West Ham, London and joined the RAFVR about March 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and was serving with 235 Squadron in early July 1940.



235 Squadron Bircham Newton 5th October 1940. Photograph taken from the port wing of Blenheim N3530.

Rear row (L to R): Adjutant F/O A Pinnock (not BoB), P/O AW Martin, P/O NB Shorrocks, Sgt. PF Hall, Sgt. WHJ Westcott, Sgt. LPVJ Ricks (Canadian), Sgt. KE Naish.

Front row (L to R): S/Ldr. RN (Neville-) Clarke, P/O LLG Javaux (Belgian), P/O JL Kirkpatrick (Belgian).

(Image courtesy of Andrew Pinnock)


His subsequent service is currently undocumented until February 1943 when he was serving with 23 Squadron in Malta.

Westcott was commissioned from Warrant Officer in July 1943 and released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

He died in May 1989 in Birkenhead.



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