Flt Lt Richard Carew “Dickie” Reynell

Flt Lt Richard Carew “Dickie” Reynell

Reynella, Onkaparinga City, South Australia, Australia
Death 7 Sep 1940 (aged 28)
Blackheath, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London, England
Burial Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England
Plot 56 St. Bartholomew's Avenue Grave 202417
Memorial ID 56201756 · View Source
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Only Son of the late Lieutenant Colonel Carew Reynell and May (nee Byard) Reynell. Husband of Enid Marjorie Reynell of West End, Surrey, England. He was educated at St. Peter's College, Adelaide. He went to England in 1929 and passed the Oxford University entrance examination to read Agriculture at Balliol College, U.K. He joined the University Air Squadron and was commissioned in the RAFO in March 1931. He relinquished this on being granted a short service commission in the RAF in September 1931. On the 28th Reynell was posted to 5 FTS, Sealand and with training completed he joined 43 Squadron at Tangmere on March 8th 1932. He flew one of three Furies of the squadron, which performed at the International Air Meeting at Brussels on June 11th 1933. He went to the Station Flight at Duxford on December 6th 1934 and then joined the instructing staff at 8 FTS, Montrose on May 4th 1936. He went on to the RAFO on January 15th 1937. After a visit to Australia Reynell returned to Britain and became a test pilot at Hawker's. At the outbreak of war, he remained on the RAFO but was seconded to Hawkers to continue his test pilot duties. On August 26th 1940 he was attached to 43 Squadron at Tangmere, for operational experience. He claimed a Me109 destroyed on September 2nd. On the 7th September 1940 he was stationed with No 43 Squadron flying Hawker Hurricanes from RAF Tangmere near Chichester. He had come back to the squadron two weeks previously to look at the attributes of the Hawker Hurricane in combat conditions. On the morning of the 7th he was called back to Hawkers because of the death of another test pilot, but opted to finish out the day with the squadron. In the afternoon the squadron was called out against what turned out to be the first big raid on London and the start of the Blitz. The squadron had 12 aircraft against well over 100. The squadron attacked the bombers all the way from Beachy Head to London. At approximately 5.00 PM he was shot down over Greenwich. He baled out, wounded but his parachute failed to open and he fell dead near Blackheath. The Hurricane (V7257) itself was blown into three pieces with the engine going through the roof of St Ursula's Convent which set the building on fire. He was 28 years of age.
Flight Lieutenant, 43 Squadron, Royal Air Force - Service No. 32091

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In Loving Memory of
A Fighter Pilot
Killed in Action over London
September 7th 1940. Aged 28.
We will not mourn you Richard. You were
young and swift and tall. A paladin among
the guardian few. Your peers:
You flew too high for tears
And lived as if illumined. In a fire
of self-forgetfulness-O land of heart's desire!


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