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John Scatliffe Dewar
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Birth: Aug. 10, 1907, India
Death: Sep. 11, 1940, England

DEWAR, JOHN SCATLIFFE Wing Commander (Pilot)
R.A.F. 87 Squadron(213 Sqdn.)
Service No: 26029
Awards: D S O, D F C
He was born at Mussoni, Lahore in India on the 10th of August 1907, the second son of Douglas Dewar, Indian Civil Service, of 'Almora' Camberley in Surrey.

He was educated at the King's School Canterbury from January 1922 to December 1925 where he became a School Monitor in 1924 and played in the Cricket XI in 1925 and the Rugby XV in 1924 and 1925, in the same years appearing in the Public School trials. He became a Sergeant in the Officer Training Corps in 1925 and was Editor of the Cantuarian in the same year. He played in the Kent Public Schools Rugby trials from 1924 to 1926.

In 1926 and 1927 he attended the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell and following his graduation was appointed as a Pilot Officer on the 17th of December 1927 and posted to an Army Co-operation Squadron. He was promoted to Flying Officer on the 17th of June 1929 and qualified for deck landings on carriers afterwards serving as a flying instructor at the School of Naval Cooperation as instructor at one of their home training schools and later with a Fleet Air Arm squadron on HMS "Furious" in the Mediterranean.
On one occasion he was washed overboard in the Bay of Biscay but was rescued.

He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant on the 1st of February 1934 and from 1936-38 served in the Armament Testing Section at the Experimental Establishment on flying duties being promoted to Squadron Leader on the 1st of February 1938.
He married Kathleen (nee Bowyer) at Christchurch Highfield Southampton on July 10th 1937.

Just before outbreak of war he injured his right shoulder in a bad flying accident, despite which he flew regularly.

During the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain he commanded 87 Squadron leading them in the destruction of some 60 enemy aircraft of which he claimed 5 including the shared destruction of two Messerschmitt BF110C aircraft on the 11th of July 1940 off Wittering in Sussex one of which was forced to land at Grange Heath near Lulworth which resulted in the capture of the crew of two.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross which appeared in the London Gazette of the 31st of May 1940. The citation reads:-

"This officer has shot down five enemy aircraft and led many patrols with courage and skill."

In the same edition of the Gazette he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order with the following citation:-

"Before intensive operations started this officer injured his right shoulder in a severe flying accident. Despite this, he flew regularly and led his squadron with skill and dash, more than 60 enemy aircraft being destroyed by them. He remained in command of the squadron throughout the operations, in spite of the injured shoulder, trained his new pilots well and continued throughout to be a very efficient commander, inculcating an excellent spirit in his squadron."

On the 1st of September he was promoted to Wing Commander and was the Officer Commanding RAF Exeter.

On the 11th of September 1940 he took off on a routine flight from Exeter for Tangmere(an "unofficial" flight (to visit his wife) in Hurricane V7306 but failed to arrive. The weather was very poor and enemy operations were hampered that day. Dewar was the only RAF casualty that day and the highest ranking officer to be lost during the battle. His body was washed ashore on September 30th at Kingston Gorse in Sussex. There is some mystery surrounding his death as some reports suggest that he had taken to his parachute and that his body "was riddled with bullets" when it was found implying that he had been killed in his parachute during his descent.(Body washed ashore at Kingston Gorse Sussex 30.9.40)

He was the highest ranking officer to be killed in the Battle of Britain and one of the first four officers to be awarded the double honour of DSO and DFC of the war.

 
 
Burial:
North Baddesley St John the Baptist Churchyard
North Baddesley
Test Valley Borough
Hampshire, England
Plot: N.W. part.
 
Created by: wertypop
Record added: Nov 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62212720
John Scatliffe Dewar
Added by: Mark Andrew
 
John Scatliffe Dewar
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John Scatliffe Dewar
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 Added: Nov. 28, 2010
 
 
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