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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R E B Sargent


Robert Edward Butler Sargent was born on 29th July 1916 and joined the RAFVR about October 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot, he carried out his elementary training at 6 E&RFTS Sywell.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he went to 10 FTS Ternhill for No. 17 Course, which ran from 9th December 1939 to 26th May 1940.


He went to 5 OTU Aston Down on 27th May. After converting to Blenheims, Sargent joined 219 Squadron at Catterick on 17th June and served with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. He was attached to RAF Debden in early December 1940 for a short AI course.

Commissioned in May 1942, Sargent was awarded the AFC (gazetted gazetted 3rd April 1945).

He was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. He served with the RAFVR after the war.

Sargent died in April 1992 in Southampton.


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