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Battle Of Britain Pilot Honoured 78 Years After Fighting Off German Invasion

Flight Lieutenant Mortimer, A Battle of Britain hero, has been honoured 78 years after fighting off the German invasion thanks to his...

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Flight Lieutenant Mortimer, A Battle of Britain hero, has been honoured 78 years after fighting off the German invasion thanks to his Grandaughter. 

Wendy Mortimer knew her grandfather, Percival Alexander Mortimer, had been killed while serving in the RAF during the Second World War.

But his story was lost as her father moved to South Africa, aged two, so little more of Percival's involvement in the war effort was known.

Until a chance conversation led to Wendy digging a little deeper into her Grandfather's history.

Whilst working as a carer last year Wendy met June Langdon, 94, who had been a Naafi girl during the war:

“She shared lots of her wartime stories and the experience inspired me to look more deeply into my grandfather’s story.”

Whilst researching Wendy found that he was mentioned in the book Men Of The Battle Of Britain.

Flight Lieutenant Mortimer destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged a third in 1940 while flying a Hurricane with 257 Squadron.

Sadly her Grandfather was killed in a plane crash whilst training RAF recruits in 1942.

Wendy, said:

“It was a complete shock to discover my grandfather was one of The Few. I then got in touch with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and discovered that he was buried in Newcastle upon Tyne.”

Wendy also found that Percival's medals had never been issued, which has now been rectified!

 

 

 

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