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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R J Sharp


Ronald James Sharp was born on 14th May 1914 in Dover and joined the RAF in January 1933 as an Aircrafthand. He later applied for pilot training and was selected. He remustered as an Airman u/t Pilot on 13th March 1939.


He was at 9 FTS Hullavington on No. 11 Course, which ran from 30th May to 6th November 1939.

With his training completed he joined 236 Squadron at Stradishall on 6th November, direct from 11 FTS.

He served with 236 throughout the Battle of Britain. On 19th November 1940 he was posted with his flight to RAF Aldergrove, where it was combined with a flight from 235 Squadron to reform 272 Squadron on the 21st. He flew his first sortie with 272 on that day.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was commissioned from Warrant Officer in July 1942.

Sharp was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. He may have gone into civil flying as he gained Aero Certificate 20550 while serving at RAF Hutton Cranswick on 13th September 1945.

He died in June 1995 in Yeovil.


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