Warrant Officer AJ Brocklehurst (Jim) flew Hurricane Mk. IVs with No. 287 Squadron from January to December 1944 before joining No 56 Sqn to fly Tempest Mk. V.

After the war he worked for GEC as a salesman for a number of years before buying a Bed and Breakfast hotel with his wife in Broadstairs, Kent, overlooking the sea to a free Europe. He sadly past away in February 1993 aged 72.















Brocklehurst's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Serial No.

Location of Claim



19 April 1945


US-N (SN140) 

Baltic coastal area 

56 Sqn

Destroyed on ground

25 April 1945

1/2 Bf109

US-N (SN140)

Meyenburg area

56 Sqn Destroyed on ground

2 May 1945

1/2 Bv138

US-N (SN140) Eutin area 56 Sqn  

3 May 1945


US-N (SN140) 12 m NE Lübeck 56 Sqn  




Photos & text:
Sean Cook