The Airmen's Stories - F/O E J Wilcox
Edgar John Wilcox was born on 8th March 1917 in Croydon, the son of Ernest John and Grace Alice Wilcox.
He was educated at Winton House School and Croydon High School.
Wilcox joined the RAF on a short service commission in November 1937 and did his initial training at 3 E&RFTS, Hamble.
He went to 8 FTS Montrose on 11th December and joined 72 Squadron at Church Fenton on 9th July 1938.
Over Dunkirk on June 2nd 1940 he destroyed a Ju87 and claimed a share in the destruction of a He59.
On 31st August Wilcox was shot down and killed over Dungeness. His Spitfire, P9457, crashed in Hungerford Field, Checkenden Farm, Staplehurst.
Wilcox was 23 and is buried in All Saints' churchyard, Staplehurst.