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Hammerton, Jack ( Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1940-11-06

Birth Date: 1915-03-15 (age 25)

615 Sqn- Squadron
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
Jack Hammerton was born on 15th March 1915 in Slough and educated at Slough Grammar School. After leaving he worked for the Woolwich Equitable Building Society. He joined the RAFVR in March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot and was called up on 1st September 1939. He carried out his training at 8EFTS and 10FTS. Initially with 3 Squadron, Hammerton was posted to 615 Squadron at Prestwick in early October 1940. During a squadron patrol on 6th November Hammerton was last seen at 25,000 feet, leaving the formation, apparently in pursuit of enemy aircraft. He was killed when he crashed in bad visibility near the railway line at Noah's Ark, near Sevenoaks. THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN LONDON MONUMENT

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

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C of E Plot Grave 1484 at

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc.
Source BBMF

The Hawker Hurricane is a single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s–1940s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Hurricane developed through several versions, as bomber-interceptors, fighter-bombers, and ground support aircraft in addition to fighters. Versions designed for the Navy were popularly known as the Sea Hurricane, with modifications enabling their operation from ships. Some were converted to be used as catapult-launched convoy escorts. By the end of production in July 1944, 14,487 Hurricanes had been completed in Britain and Canada.

A major manufacturer of the Hurricane was Canadian Car and Foundry at their factory in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario. The facility's chief engineer, Elsie MacGill, became known as the "Queen of the Hurricanes". The initiative was commercially led rather than governmentally, but was endorsed by the British government; Hawker, having recognized that a major conflict was all but inevitable after the Munich Crisis of 1938, drew up preliminary plans to expand Hurricane production via a new factory in Canada. Under this plan, samples, pattern aircraft, and a complete set of design documents stored on microfilm, were shipped to Canada; the RCAF ordered 20 Hurricanes to equip one fighter squadron and two more were supplied to Canadian Car and Foundry as pattern aircraft but one probably did not arrive. The first Hurricane built at Canadian Car and Foundry was officially produced in February 1940. As a result, Canadian-built Hurricanes were shipped to Britain to participate in events such as the Battle of Britain. Canadian Car and Foundry (CCF) was responsible for the production of 1,451 Hurricanes. Wikipedia and Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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Wkikpedia Wikipedia Hurricane

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hurricane - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (454), RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (358)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:11:03

Hurricane Mk. I 323

Ex RAF L1886. To No. 1 (F) Squadron, 9 February 1940, at Dartmouth. Category B damage in eastern Canada at 14:32 on 14 March 1940. During the take-off, the a/c swung off the runway into a snowbank and collapsed the u/c/. To Canada Car & Foundry, probably at Amherst, NS for repairs 2 May to 27 June 1940. Had 1:50 flight time when it arrived at CC&F, repairs cost $6,450.00. To No. 1 (F) Sdn. overseas when repairs completed. Returned to RAF in the UK shortly after this, but retained RCAF serial, was still listed as 323 when it arrived at 615 Squadron. With this until when shot down on 6 November 1940. Crashed near a rail way line at Noah's Ark, near Sevenoaks in Kent. Pilot Flight Sergeant Jack Hammerton was killed. Some remains of the aircraft in the Shoreham Aircraft Museum, Kent, UK.

Operations Record Book National Archives UK

1939-05-17 Taken on Strength RCAF Station 2019-08-20
1940-06-27 Ownership Transferred transferred to RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
1940-06-27 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07

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