Ernest Ralph BitmeadMilitary
July 1940 - Oct 40 266 Squadron, 310 Squadron, 253 Squadron, 229 Squadron RAF.
Oct 40 - May 41 C/O, 611 Squadron RAF:
Jan 41 destroyed a Bf 109 and a Do 215
May 41, after an engagement over the Channel, his aircraft was damaged and he made a forced landing in a field near East Grinstead. An insecure hood fractured the base of his skull.
Squadron Leader, C/O 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF (North Weald) 14-8-41 [After a week, he felt that he was not fit enough and relinquished his command].
Transferred to RAF Reserve 16th Mar 1945.
Died of natural causes on 17th December 1955 whilst on active service. He was cremated at Headington Crematorium.
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Commanded 71 Sqn RAF
|North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex CM16, UK||13 August 1941 - 20 August 1941||Squadron Leader, C/O 71 (Eagle) Squadron RAF (North Weald) 13-8-41 [After a week, he felt that he was not fit enough and relinquished his command].|
|England, UK||17 December 1955||Died 17th December 1955.|
|Cholsey, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10, UK||Born in 1913 in Cholsey, Wallingford, Berkshire|
|Headington Cemetery, Oxford, Oxford OX3, UK||Cremated at Headington Crematorium.|
EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.