Howard Peter “Cowboy” Blatchford

Howard Peter “Cowboy” Blatchford

Birth
Edmonton, Edmonton Census Division, Alberta, Canada
Death 3 May 1943 (aged 31)
Burial Englefield Green, Runnymede Borough, Surrey, England
Plot Panel 118.
Memorial ID 162007164 · View Source
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Wing Commander Howard Peter Blatchford, DFC. RAF 37715. Aged 31. Son of Kenneth A. and Grace L. Blatchford, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Wing Commander Blatchford, DFC, Mid, perished when his Supermarine Spitfire aircraft crashed into the English Channel; he had been escorting bombers to Amsterdam.
From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial-
Military Service:-
Rank: Wing Commander
Trade: Pilot/Commanding Officer [RAF Coltishall]
Service Number: 37715
Age: 31
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Air Force
Division: 257 Burma Squadron, [MOTTO: Thay Myay Gyee Shwe Hii [‘Death or Glory’]); RAF Coltishall (Norfolk, England)

Citations: Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C) Awarded as per London Gazette 6 December 1940, "In November 1940 this officer was the leader of a squadron which destroyed eight and damaged a further five enemy aircraft in one day. In the course of the combat he rammed and damaged a hostile fighter when his ammunition was expended, and then made two determined head-on feint attacks on enemy fighters which drove them off. He has shown magnificent leadership and outstanding courage"
Mentioned in Despatches

Wing Commander Howard Peter ('Cowboy') Blatchford is commemorated on Page 606 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.
Contributor: SJ Hearn (46864594)


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  • Created by: Amanda West
  • Added: 1 May 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 162007164
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Howard Peter “Cowboy” Blatchford (25 Feb 1912–3 May 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 162007164, citing Runnymede Memorial, Englefield Green, Runnymede Borough, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Amanda West (contributor 48710611) .