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The Airmen's Stories - P/O J H R Young


James Hugh Roumieu Young, of Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire was born on 19th July 1918 and educated at Aylesford House Preparatory School and St Albans School. On leaving, he became interested in cinematography and went for training to Elstree Studios. At 17, he was selected to assist on a film made in Morocco, Algiers and the Balearic Islands. He later worked on films at Denham and other studios.

He joined the RAF on a short service commission in July 1939. Young completed his training and arrived at 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge on April 28th 1940. After converting to Hurricanes, he was posted on May 15th to PDC, Uxbridge for allocation to a squadron in France. Instead he was posted to 74 Squadron at Hornchurch.



Above: F/O Bird, P/O HM Stephen, F/O JC Mungo-Park, P/O BV Draper, P/O PCF Stevenson, P/O DG Cobden, P/O A Smith, P/O JHR Young, WO Mayne, P/O D Hastings

F/Lt. AG Malan, S/Ldr. FL White, F/Lt. WEG Measures

Sgt. EA Mould, F/O DHT Dowding, F/O JC Freeborn




He was killed on July 28th, shot down into the Channel, possibly by Oberleutnant Muncheberg of III/JG26. His Spitfire, P9547, crashed near the Goodwin Sands.

Young was 22. He is buried in Pihen-les-Guines Cemetery, France.





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