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19 July - Sgt Jimmy Buck baled out over Channel but was not rescued in time to be saved

James Alan Buck from Chorltonville, Manchester was born in July 1916, the youngest of five sons of a minister in the Catholic Apostolic Church, who had previously been a stockbrokers clerk.

JA Buck joined the RAFVR in October 1938, as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and then joined 43 Squadron at Acklington on 5th February 1940.

While on leave he married Rene Broadbent at Barton, Lancashire, in October 1939.

On patrol over France on 7th June he landed at Rouen-Boos with a burst tyre but he returned to Tangmere the next day.

On 7th July he shared a Do17.

On the 19th Buck was shot down in combat with Me109s of III/JG27 off Selsey. He baled out, wounded, but drowned. His Hurricane, P3531, crashed into the sea.

Buck was 24. He is buried in Stretford Cemetery, Lancashire.

A daughter was born on 26th February 1941.

Above: 43 Squadron in Scotland

L to R: Sgt. JA Buck, P/O A Woods-Scawen, F/Lt. CB Hull, F/O Wilkinson, Sgt. GA Garton

Photos and text courtesy of Battle of Britain Monument website

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