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Double, Eric Colin

Service number:
120711
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Double had participated in 37 scrambles, 89 convoy patrols, 4 intruder patrols involving a number of ground strafes, 5 sweeps, a large number of other daylight patrols, during which he had been engaged with enemy aircraft on a number of occasions during one of which he was part of the Squadron acting as top cover for some Bostons when four members of his Squadron were shot down in an attack by Bf109's led by the renowned German air ace Oberleutnant Hans Jochim Marseille who shot down at least three of the four and killed Double's Commanding Officer. Double flew with three Squadron's operationally - 79 Squadron from March till October 1941, 213 Squadron from December 1941 through to March 1942 during which he was attached for a short while to 80 Squadron, and finally 73 Squadron from March through to October 1942. Double had by the end of his operational service amassed no less than 197 sorties!
He survived the war and was discharged at the end of 1945.

Promotions:
Temporary Flight Sergeant
4 April, 1942: Pilot Officer (probation/emergency)
4 October, 1942: Flying Officer (probation/war sub)
4 April, 1944: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With "NORTH AFRICA 1942-43" clasp.
Africa Star

Sources

  • - The London Gazette Issue 35565 published on the 19 May 1942
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35873 published on the 19 January 1943
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36479 published on the 18 April 1944
    - Dix Noonan Webb

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