Pearson, G W

  • Name on memorial: Pearson, G W
  • Memorial panel: Right
  • Full name: Geoffrey Wilberforce Pearson
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Service details: 742740, 501 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
  • Age at death: 21
  • Date of death: 06/09/1940
  • Birth place: Oxford
  • Parents: Vivien Wilberforce and Frieda Marion Pearson, of East End, Witney Oxfordshire
  • Mother's maiden name: Turner
  • Parents' marriage details: Oxford Sep-17
  • Wife: unknown
  • Wife's maiden name: unknown
  • Marriage details: unknown
  • Additional information:
    Buried St. Stephen’s Churchyard, Lympne, Kent. Grave Ref: Grave 60.Geoffrey’s original headstone was replaced in 1983. At 0900 hours Geoffrey was shot down during aerial combat over the Ashford area of Kent, and crashed at Hothfield, Ashford, Kent, whilst he was flying a 501 Squadron, R.A.F. Gravesend, Kent, based Hawker Hurricane (No. P3516). During the same interception of enemy aircraft, two other 501 Squadron, R.A.F. Hurricanes were shot down killing both pilots. The aircraft of 22 year old Pilot Officer (Pilot), Hugh Charles Adams of Chaddleworth, Berkshire, crashed near Eltham. Hugh is at rest at the churchyard of St. Peter's, Tandridge, Surrey. Flown by 19 year old Sergeant (Pilot), Oliver Vincent Houghton of Coventry, the other 501 Squadron, Royal Air Force Hurricane came down at Charing, Ashford, Kent. Oliver, who was born at Coventry on 19 January 1921, is at rest at Allesley (All Saints) Churchyard Extension, near Coventry. Four days after losing the above pilots, 501 Squadron, Royal Air Force relocated from the R.A.F. Gravesend Satellite Station, and moved to R.A.F. Kenley, Surrey, on Tuesday 10 September 1940.

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