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Pilot Officer John Lonsdale came from Stokton-on-Tees. He served throughout the Battle of Britain with Number 3 Squadron. He was still with number 3 Squadron when he was ki lled November 26, 1942.

Photo R.A. Peacock.

Flight Lieutenant James Henry Gordon McArthur, born at Tynemouth, Northumberland, was an experienced pilot prior to the breakout of war. A civilian pilot, he served with an airline. McArthur served with 238 and 609 Squadrons during the Battle of Britain and achieved the status of 'Ace'. He was killed in a flying accident in Las Vegas in 1961.

Sergeant John William McLaughlin of Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne served with 238 Squadron. He had only been with the squadron when he was shot down. Trapped in his burning Hurricane, McLaughlin suffered severe burns and became one of the 'Guinea Pigs' of East Grinstead Hospital. He never flew again and died in Australia June 16, 2001.

Photo J.W. McLaughlin.

Sergeant Joseph Pearson Morrison from Newcastle upon Tyne served with 17 and 46 Squadrons during the Battle of Britain. After only little over a month operational flying, Morrison was killed in action, October 22, 1940.

Pilot Officer Vincent Parker was born inDurham. After the loss of his family he emigrated to Australia with his remaining relatives. He flew with 234 Squadron during the Battle of Britain and was shot down, August 15, 1940. Taken prisoner by a German E Boat Parker remained a POW for the rest of the war. Involved in many escape bids he was placed on Colditz. He was killed in a flying accident, January 29, 1946.

Sergeant Dennis Charles Peacock of Hartlepool flew with 151 and 605 Squadrons during the Battle of Britain. He was killed, as a Warrant Officer, September 15, 1942.

Photo Mrs K. Collier.

Sereant William Albert Peacock of Seaton Carew, Cleveland flew with 46 Squadron from July 18, 1940. He was posted as 'missing'  September 11, 1940.

photo R.A. Peacock

Pilot Officer Stuart Nigel Rose was from Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne. He later moved south and joined the RAFVR in Southampton, March 1939. He joined 602 [City of Glasgow] Squadron, June 18, 1940. He was to serve on 602 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. After a period on 54 Squadron he spent the rest of the war on training units. Rose is one of the very few still alive.

Photo S.N. Rose.

Pilot Officer Robert Durham Rutter DFC of Gosforth, Northumberland joined the RAF just prior to the outbreak of war. He served on 73 Squadron in the latter part of the battle of France and throughout the Battle of Britain. He was later to serve on other squadrons as well as a period as a flying instructor. Rutter was invalided out of the RAF in 1947 with the rank of Squadron Leader.

Sergeant Jack Stokoe DFC was from the Durham mining field of West Cornforth. After joing the RAFVR, June 1939 he was called to full-time service. He served for a very short period on 263 Squadron before moving to 603 [City of Edinburgh] Squadron. He was to serve with 603 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain period. The following year he served on 54 and 74 Squadrons before moving to training units.