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Battle of Britain Pilots Buried at Brookwood

In celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain it is appropriate to list all those pilots who served during the Battle and who are buried at Brookwood.


The accompanying list shows that 31 pilots are buried in the cemetery. Of these 13 were killed during the course of the Battle, 12 were killed during the course of the Second World War, whilst the remainder have died since.


Of those killed during the War, 20 are buried in the Military Cemetery – either in the RAF section, the “old” part of the military cemetery, or in the Canadian Military Cemetery. The majority of the rest are buried in the Czechoslovakian sections, and most of these are in the Czechoslovakian Ex-Servicemen’s section at the far end of plot 134 (just outside the military cemetery). Only one is buried in the “civilian” section – Pilot Officer Peter Kennard-Davis who is buried in his family’s grave in plot 26.


Amongst those buried at Brookwood are Alexander Hess, one of the oldest pilots serving in the Battle of Britain; and Andy Mamedoff, an American pilot serving with the RAF.


Although there are a number of memorials in the main cemetery at Brookwood with epitaphs to “the Few” (such as the headstone of Flying Officer John F. Painter DFC in plot 15) they are not listed here as they are not members of that select group who flew and fought during the Battle of Britain.


There is a headstone commemorating Jaroslav Sterbacek in the Czechoslovakian Ex-Servicemen’s plot. He was the first Czechoslovakian airman to be killed in action with the RAF on 31 August 1940. This is believed to be a marker stone since seventy years on Sterbacek remains one of those “missing in action”.




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Notes/Key to table

AU = Australian

BMC = CWGC Military Cemetery (original part, behind the RAF section)

CA = Canadian

CAN = Canadian Military Cemetery

CZ = Czechoslovakian Military Cemetery

CZA = Czechoslovakian Ex-Servicemen’s Plot

P/O = Pilot Officer

PO = Polish, Polish Military Cemetery

RAF = RAF Military Cemetery

SA = South African

US = American

SA = South African

Sources


Battle of Britain London Monument website at www.bbm.org.uk

CWGC website at www.cwgc.org

Name

Died

Nation

Squad

Age

Grave

Beresford, F/Lt Hugh

7 Sep 1940

UK

257

24

RAF 24-D-14

Brimble, Sgt John J

4 Sept 1940

UK

73

23

RAF 24-D-13

Chalupa, P/O Jan

16 Oct 1940

PO

302

21

PO

Cizek, P/O Evzen

26 Nov 1942

CZ

No 1, 312

37

CZ

Drake, P/O George J

9 Sep 1940

SA

263, 607

20

RAF 22-E-2

Edwards, F/O Robert

26 Aug 1940

CA

1 RCAF

28

BMC 3-C-1A

Egan, Sgt Edward J

7 Sep 1940

UK

600, 615, 501

19

RAF 24-D-16

Ellis, Sgt John H M

1 Sep 1940

UK

85

21

RAF 20-E-16

Fechtner, P/O Emil

29 Oct 1940

CZ

310

24

CZ

Francis, P/O Colin D

Thursday August 29 1940

UK

253

19

RAF 20-E-18

Gilders, Sgt John S

21 Feb 1941

UK

72, 41

21

RAF 20-E-15

Hess, P/O Alexander

10 Aug 1981

CZ

310

75

CZA

Hobbs, Sgt Sydney J

14 Aug 1941

UK

235, 143

25

RAF 25-B-20

Hybler, P/O Josef Emil

9 Jan 1984

CZ

310, 234, 286

70

CZA

Kennard-Davis, P/O Peter F

10 Aug 1940

UK

64

19

Plot 25

Kominek, F/Sgt Josef

8 Jun 1941

CZ

310

27

CZ

Lochnan, F/O Peter W

21 May 1941

CA

1 RCAF,

400

27

CAN 30-F-2

Logan, P/O Colin

25 Mar 1941

UK

266

29

RAF 25-A-19

Maly, P/O Jaroslav M

5 Jun 1941

CZ

310

35

RAF 20-B-1

Mamedoff, P/O Andrew

8 Oct 1941

US

609, 71, 133

29

RAF 21-A-7

Mansfield, Sgt M

22 Oct 1991

CZ

111, 68

78

CZA

Meares, Sq Ldr Stanley Thomas

15 Nov 1941

UK

54, 611, 74

25

RAF 24-A-20

Mould, Sgt Edward A

20 Jan 1943

UK

74, 85

26

RAF 24-C-14

Peterson, F/O Otto J

27 Sep 1940

CA

1 RCAF

25

BMC 3-K-1A

Prchal, Sgt Eduard M

4 Dec 1984

CZ

310, 68, 511

73

CZA

Puda, Sgt Raimund

17 Mar 2002

CZ

310, 605, 24

89

CZA

Ramsay, P/O John B

18 Aug 1940

UK

24, 151

21

RAF 20-E-17

Reynell, F/Lt Richard

7 Sep 1940

AU

43

28

Plot 56

Smither, F/O Ross

15 Sep 1940

CA

1 RCAF

27

BMC 3-H-1

Staples, P/O Michael

9 Nov 1941

UK

609, 604

24

RAF 21-A-19

Sterbacek, P/O Jaroslav

Saturday August 31 1940

CZ

310

28

CZA [Marker stone; Sterbacek is regarded as Missing]

Van Mentz, P/O Brian

26 Apr 1941

SA

213, 504, 222

24

RAF 25-A-9

Vybirali, P/O Tomas

21 Feb 1981

CZ

312

69

CZA