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Roger Hall Atkinson

Military

Pilot P/O Roger Hall Atkinson 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF was KIFA, due to his parachute failing to open after baling out of Spitfire AD123, during aerobatic practice after structural failure nr Woodford Essex 15-10-41.

Service

Units served with

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

Aircraft

  • AD123

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD123 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 6 MU 16-8-41, assigned to 71S 26-8-41, Abandoned during aerobatic practice after structural failure nr Woodford Essex 15-10-41, SOC 27-10-41, RAE 1-42.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL, USA 1921

Son of Lt. Colonel Albert King Atkinson and Florence Hall
Atkinson of Chicago Illinois, USA.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Joined RAF England, UK 1941

Joined Royal Air Force.

Died Woodford, Greater London, UK 15 October 1941

Killed In Flying Accident KIFA, due to his parachute failing to open after baling out of Spitfire AD123, during aerobatic practice after structural failure nr Woodford Essex, 15-10-41.

Buried

Brookwood Military Cemetery
Brookwood, Woking Borough
Surrey, England.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2015 17:37:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17662042

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