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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. J Stenhouse


James Stenhouse joined 603 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in 1939 as an Aircrafthand. Called up on 24th August 1939, he later remustered as an Airman u/t Pilot. He completed his training at 9 FTS Hullavington on No. 20 Course, which ran from 9th June to 7th September 1940.

He arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 9th September and after converting to Hurricanes he joined 43 Squadron at Usworth on 28th September 1940.

Whilst with 43 Squadron he flew three operational sorties, two on 13th October and another on the 28th.

In early November he was posted to 73 Squadron and he was still with it when it left Debden on 9th November 1940 for Birkenhead, to embark for service in the Middle East.

The 73 Squadron history records that he was shot down by enemy anti aircraft fire near Mecheli, Libya in Hurricane V7559 on 26th January 1941. He was admitted to hospital with a broken leg.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was commissioned on 27th June 1943.

He does not appear in the CWGC records so it may be assumed that he survived the war.


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