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Posted on Tuesday 23rd October
Flight Lieutenant William Walker was born in Hampstead, London, and joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in September 1938 at Kidlington, Oxford, and flew his first solo flight there. He was called up for full-time service on 1 September 1939 and later commissioned and posted directly to 616 Squadron.
During a Luftwaffe raid in August 1940, Mr Walker's Spitfire was hit and damaged and he was forced to bale out into the Channel with a bullet in his ankle and rescued by a fishing boat.
Mr Walker suffered a stroke last Thursday and died in hospital on Sunday, 21 October.
Battle of Britain(Commemorative magazine)
by Roni Wilkinson
The Battle of Britain took place between July and October 1940.
The Germans needed to control the English Channel to launch their invasion of Britain. To control the Channel the Germans needed control of the air. This meant that they had to take on Fighter Command, led by Sir Hugh Dowding, of the Royal Air Force.
At the start of the war, Germany had 4,000 aircraft compared to… Read more...
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