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John Keith Alexander


Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71S, Bf109 damaged shared 15-5-41, Hurricane Mk I damaged friendly fire !! [John Flynn] 15-5-41.



  • John Flynn

    Military | Flying Officer | Pilot
    Enlisted RCAF, Joined RAF, assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Missing from sweep to St.Omer in Spitfire Vb BM206 27-4-42 F/O John F Flynn Killed in Action (KIA).

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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....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Joplin, MO, USA 23 January 1912

Born 23rd August 1912 in Joplin, Missouri to Ernest Earl and Gladys Juanita Burton Alexander.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1940

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

Assigned Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Suffolk, UK 1941

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

E/A Damaged 15 May 1941

Bf109 damaged, shared 15-5-41.

Friendly A/C Damaged 15 May 1941

Hurricane Mk I damaged 15-5-41. Pilot P/O John Flynn OK. Friendly fire !!

Died 16 January 1983

Died 16th Jan 1983.

Lived in Missouri, USA
Buried Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Arlington Memory Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK


Date Contributor Update
15 October 2015 14:24:28 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

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