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No. 253 (Hyderabad) Squadron Royal Air Force in the Second World War 1939-1945 - The Wartime Memories Project -

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No. 253 (Hyderabad) Squadron Royal Air Force

10th July 1940 Battle of Britain begins

30th August 1940 Battle of Britain

31st August 1940  Battle of Britain

2nd Sept 1940 Battle of Britain

4th September 1940 Battle of Britain

5th September 1940 Battle of Britain

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11th September 1940 Battle of Britain

14th Sept 1940 Battle of Britain

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17th September 1940  Battle of Britain

1st July 1944 Reorganisation

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Those known to have served with

No. 253 (Hyderabad) Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Stevens Richard Playne. (d.15th Dec 1941)

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Richard Playne Stevens 253 Squadron (d.15th Dec 1941)

Since reading, 'Johnnie' Johnson's book "Wing Leader", I have been fascinated by the story surrounding Flt. Lt. Richard Playne Stevens, 253 Squadron, RAF pilot. JJ speaks highly of him in his book and the great man himself, Dougie Bader, has referred to him, yet little is known of the man. I have found a few tidbits which reveal the death of his baby daughter in a house fire and that Stevens, for obvious reasons, took it very badly. Following this tragedy, it is said that he would scream like a man possessed when engaging the enemy during his time as a night fighter pilot and that he scored a very high tally against enemy aircraft without using any of the emerging technology at that time. One tale reveals that he got so close to an exploding Heinkel He 111 he was attacking, that ground crew found human remains and blood on the fuselage of his Hurricane after the sortie and he made them leave it on his aircraft. Whilst posted to 253 Squadron, Stevens set out to attack an airfield in Holland, Hulten near Grize- Rijen, on the 15th of December 1941, from Hibaldstow. He crashed near the Dutch airfield at 21:30 hrs that night and his remains were interred in the local cemetery at Bergen op Zoom and re-interred after the war at the CWWG site at Zuilen. If you know any more about this individual or the aircraft he flew I would appreciate it if you could forward information on to me. It is a tragic but fascinating story.

Steven Booth

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